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  1. VW 2017 SP3 running on an Alienware 15 R2. I was working on a file that was based on a DWG import. Turns out I was attempting to move some 'symboled' geometry that included "3d" geometry from the DWG file, so I deleted the DWG junk and just drew new geometry. I do find though that the program can still lockup if moving a not overly-large amount of geometry from one layer to another.
  2. I've been seeing this a lot recently and it's starting to annoy me. If I grab a selection of objects and attempt to change their layer assignment, VW has a propensity for locking up and crashing. Anyone found a fix for this?
  3. I'm seeing something weird that I haven't had an issue with before in regards to drape slider lengths. If I draw a 60' line of pipe and drape using SoftGoods, select my sliders (7'-12') and give my preferred target length of 10', VW is spacing the uprights at 12' (the max for the slider) and not the 10' I'm asking it to try to target. I think this is new to SP3. SP2 and earlier I don't recall having an issue with the target length. Anyone else noticed a change in behaviour?
  4. Is it abnormal that I can't open the navigation palette in the VW viewer? As well there isn't a way to modify the toolsets? I have it installed on a surface tablet, I'm close to just doing a full install and building a custom workspace but figured the full program would chew through the battery faster if I just wanted to view a document.
  5. I'm going to drop this here after starting a conversation in troubleshooting. Can we be given the option of defining a location to store the default library folder? In my case I have a 100 GB ssd for os/apps, and a 512GB hard drive for data, so I prefer to have the couple of gigs of library stored on the hd, but I need to do a shortcut workaround to make it work and watch out for library updates as they don't follow the shortcut upstream. We're given the option for user folders but not the library.
  6. This seems to have ironed itself out, still weird though.
  7. Does VW have an option somewhere to move the default location of the library folder? I have not come across anything and web searches seem to indicate there is not. I have a laptop with an SSD and HD, VW as with all of the programs is stored on the SSD, but I want the library to store on the larger HD. Under SP2 VW seemed to be fine with me moving the library file to the HD and having a shortcut in the VW folder called 'Library' and that all seemed fine. Under SP3 this no longer seems to work and I'm losing connection to my default content. Thoughts? Ideally I just don't want the library wasting space on the SSD when it can sit perfectly fine on the Hard Drive.
  8. Upgraded to SP3 a few days ago, and my workgroup folders no longer show up at the top level in the RB. Instead I have a drive marker folder with nested folders through my workgroup folders leading to the favourite folders of the respective workgroups. Re-synced the workgroups and the problem persists. Is this something intentional for SP3 or is this an unconnected issue to the update. Image of what I mean attached. Thanks.
  9. What I personally would like to see is the option to give pan and tilt info to a spotlight instrument without having to assign it to a Focus Point, and then be able to 'turn on' the fixture. For Renderwork lighting objects we have this ability, we literally have sliders to adjust. Personally I find my drawing space getting cluttered even on small shows when using the focus point tool. If I have 30 lights in the plot, I could conceivably have 30 focus points I need to deal with depending on how the focus needs to work out. Anyone else feel the same way or am I in the minority?
  10. @JBenghiat That was what I was missing, the Display Flattened option. It was section slices of a 3d model. Thanks
  11. I've been mucking around with the Section viewports trying to make this work, and it seems like VW just does not want to do it. What I want is this: While working on my plot in top/plan I would like to have a viewport of my theatre showing the front elevation below, and a section of the theatre displayed in left or right view off to the side. Is there any way for a viewport on the design layer to have a different view orientation to the drawing space? I feel like I am either missing a basic option selection somewhere, or VW doesn't do it. Thanks
  12. The only way I can think of to achieve this currently is to use the texture functions in a class. Assign all objects you want to texture together as a class with a texture. Assign texture by class. Change the class texture and all the objects will update.
  13. I'm not sure if this has come up before, but I would love to see a change to the way fixtures with zoom ranges are handled. Right now we can only input the x and y beam and field spreads for a fixture, but we cannot designate a smallest zoom size and largest zoom size. I cannot tell Vectorworks that my Source Four 25-50 zoom fixture has a minimum field size of 25 degrees and a max of 50, then when I place the fixture choose where in that zoom range I want the beam size set. Ideally VW would also do the basic math on the Candlepower and be able to do the math on the inverse square calculations of what happens to beam intensity when you flood. Thoughts?
  14. I think I found the solution. After I edit the criteria the "formula" shows up in the formula bar, and I can change the | marks to ampersands, so I think my issues is solved. I find it odd that in the edit criteria window I don't have the option of choosing how the criterias nest though.
  15. I'll try to explain what I am looking to do. I am trying to create a worksheet that will count my pipe and drape cross pipe, uprights, and drape counts, which after a bit of googling I can do on a basic level. However, I have two sizes of pipe and drape, 12' and 16' high uprights. I also have multiple types of drape, different colours of supervel and velour. I am using the material, material colour, and note records in the Softgoods PIO Object Info to track the info. The note record has either a 12' or 16' value. Where I am running in to an issue is when I try to limit the database row in the worksheet to only target subdivisions. Ex, I only want a drape panel count of 12' Black Velour. But if I try to set multiple criteria I do not get the result I want. If I try the following criteria on the database row: Record>Soft Goods>is present Field Value>Note>=12' Field Value>Material Type>=Velour Field Value>Material Color>=Black instead of looking at only the objects that are all three, it returns all of the 12', all of the velour, and all of the Black pipe and drape. Am I missing something in how Criteria works? I'd like to be able to have multiple criteria that allows me to really narrow down on a selection. Thanks
  16. I'm on a laptop with a display that defaults to 125, so my secondary monitor is set to the same to avoid issues moving windows between screens. Resetting to 100% on both screens and restarting VW did not fix the issue.
  17. This is a minor thing, but have been wondering if someone has come across a fix. A number of my icons in the UI look like they are wrapping around inside their space and no longer look correct, image attached. Thoughts?
  18. I am running on an Alienware 15 R2 and am loving it, 2d and 3d work pretty flawlessly, and I do renders at high res and it handles it just fine. The graphics cards you would get on the R3's now are a good step ahead as well, I bought my R2 last year. My only complaint is that I should have gotten a larger SSD, I've had to move the VW library file to the magnetic hard drive and link a shortcut through to make sure my SSD does not fill up. Aside though, I think your issue with the MSI was a windows issue and not a laptop issue. I'm assuming you were running Windows 10? I'm not sure if you've seen the option, but Windows 10 allows you to scale apps differently on different screens. I only mention this because I run in to the same issue sometimes. The native setting for my laptop screen is 125% scaling, but off-board monitors it defaults to 100%. If I have the main VW window dragged to the off-board monitor the scaling difference causes issues for the palettes on the laptop display, they sometimes try to adjust to the 100% scaling that the off-board monitor is set to and do weird things like change size, and the ghosting you mentioned. It got to the point where I just gave up and set the off-board monitor scaling to 125% to match the built in display.
  19. That is what I figured, thank you Pat.
  20. Weird question, one that I do not have a way to check for myself. What happens if you open a file with spotlight tool PIOs in a license running only fundamentals? If you import a red symbol of let's say a screen tool PIO in to fundamentals what happens? If the file is then opened in spotlight again do the PIOs still function? thank you
  21. Awesome, thx Kevin, glad I'm not the only one who thinks it behaves weird.
  22. I'm attaching a 2017 file with an example symbol. The main reason I am going through this trouble is that I find the event seating tool clunky and annoying. It is much faster for me to manually drop symbols in that have spacing locus and duplicate as necessary. The main reasoning behind dropping table arrangements in as groups is that I can count individual symbol instances in the file, for quick and easy chair and table counts, as each chair and table is a unique instance of it's symbol inside the group. There are probably better ways to do this with scripting but at the moment this works for me. My big issue with the event seating tool is that it gets annoying to use when table placement is not perfectly aligned. Often I am dealing with tight banquet rooms and making sure things will fit means nudging things around, which can not be done with seating blocks, the spacing is even throughout the block. Then dealing with multiple seating blocks means it's faster to just drop symbols and nudge as I need to. The tool is great for things like large chair layouts, where spacing is much easier to assume will be even and won't need to be nudged individually. Aside from this particular purpose though it still baffles me why I can not have 2d information stored in a blue symbol that can get inserted in to the plan view on the layer plane. I use blue symbols a lot for PIO and other geometry stored together, like a screen PIO sitting on a truss frame that is built with truss symbols and other non-symboled geometry. Geometry that is otherwise not a symbol itself will not insert to the "opposite" view, 3d won't insert when working in plan, and plan won't insert when working in 3d. Really my basic question is why any and all 2d and 3d geometry inside a blue symbol just does not get inserted to the appropriate places at all times. As I stated originally my only assumption is that it's working on the same principle as the 'convert to group' command. @Kevin, maybe I am missing something but I am not seeing how you can have geometry inside a blue symbol assigned to the layer plane, my only options are screen and symbol definition, and symbol definition geometry, being stored in the 3d portion of the symbol, will not insert to the group when working in plan view. test.vwx
  23. I would like to see Blue Symbols insert properly when you have non-symbol geometry saved in there. Right now any 3d-only geometry inside of a Blue Symbol is lost when inserted in plan view, and any 2d geometry is lost if inserted when working in wireframe or other 3d views. As well, I would like to make sure that 2d geometry inside the symbol can be inserted on to the layer plane instead of the screen plane. Hybrid symbols inside the Blue Symbols work fine, it's just the 2d- and 3d-only geometry I try to store inside (like locus points). It has gotten to the point where I've resorted to creating hybrid symbols that have a 2d and 3d locus on top of each other just so I can have a centered working handle when I insert the group. It seems silly. This is something that is really starting to bug me. I am trying to build a library of banquet seating layouts, but my 2d spacing geometry will only insert to the screen plane. And any "extra" 3d geometry I try to have in the symbol does not work unless it itself is a hybrid symbol. I am assuming inserting a Blue Symbol involves a process akin to the "convert to group" command, which strips the geometry you are not looking at (2d or 3d). Unfortunately I would like to be able to have different 2d and 3d information in these libraries that I can not easily have right now. Thank you.
  24. Right? It seems silly. Glad it's not just me. I think what's happening in the background is a sort of "convert to group" command on the objects, but one that somehow leaves embedded symbols intact. If you have a hybrid symbol and use the "convert to group" command it groups the 2d objects and discards the 3d. If in 3d groups the 3d and discards the 2d. It's all I can think that's going on. But yes it makes no sense. My only way around would be hybrid symbols of my monitor sizes, and I'm not quite at the point of cluttering up my Resource Manager just to have the screen size show up yet.
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