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  1. Whats the fix for this?! Thanks in advance.
  2. Hi all, How do you set a symbol to take on the attributes of the class its placed on? In AutoCAD, you build your block(symbol) on the "0" layer. Once created, all objects within the block definition that don't have attributes assigned to them take on the attributes of the layer(class) the block(symbol) is currently on. We've just made the switch to VW from AutoCAD. So far we're very impressed with the software but we're struggling with some of the differences. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  3. Hi all, I would like to export a drawing to PDF but without line weights. We often send out drawings of very large productions in a very small scale via PDF. The line weights have always be an issue with this. Coming from an AutoCAD background, before plotting you can check/uncheck "plot with line weights". Is there something similar with Vectorworks? Thanks in advance.
  4. I have a motor point picking an audio array and the load weight is off by 262lbs. 1/2 Ton motor = 100lbs. Audio Array = 914lbs. Total Point Load = 1,014lbs. Braceworks is calculating a load of 1,176lbs. with an excess of 262lbs., roughly 28.67% of the load. Not sure where its coming from. It also seems to scale larger when the load becomes larger. I changed the array so that it was a flat 1,000lbs. The excess grew to 350lbs., 35% of the load. I've attached some screenshots for clarity. Any help would be greatly appriciated.
  5. rseybert

    Line Array with Bracewroks?

    The trick seems to be move the Array to the motor point or the truss. The motor point or the truss will do its little red thing and then it'll connect.
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    Label legend symbol problem VW2019 SP1

    @bmerdzhanova When can users expect SP2 to come out. This is kind of a bummer.
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    Address in Label Legend

    @Mickey Anny chance you can provide a step by step on how to accomplish the 1/101 display? Been racking my brain and its getting pretty frustrating. Thanks in advance.
  8. Would love to see the ability to link truss to the sides of another truss on the same plane. this would be accomplished by a grapple or other type of real world hardware. This is not a major issue with Spotlight as it is once you run calcs in Braceworks. Braceworks will see this as an unsupported connection.
  9. Hey all, Thanks for the replies. I've attached a few screen shots to better illustrate what we are trying to accomplish. @C. Andrew Dunning 1- Are the VW plug-in objects you speak of built into VW or are they third-party add-ons? 2- I'm somewhat familiar with the built in staging tools. What I'm interested is when we build a deck on an unlevel surface, being able to drop in the parts we need and be able to retrieve the parts list from the program through some means of data export. I've attached a screen shot of a large deck we built for a private function. The deck was built on a field that had a dramatic downward slope. When we detailed the deck out, we essentially placed each leg (the deck leg tool) and then manipulated the "block/symbol" via the visibility parameters that I built into the tool. If something like this currently exists with-in VW or a third party add-on I would most definitely be interested in checking it out. Its one of the major things that my scenic department is adamant on having before making the switch to VW.
  10. Thanks for the reply. I figured this was the best way to accomplish what I'm trying to do outside of the workgroup option.
  11. Hi Pat, Thanks for the reply. I spoke with Andy briefly on another unrelated thread. Looking forward to their responses. I can post some screen shots of the tools when I get to my office. Thanks.
  12. Do you really need to have the Design suite in order to share workgroup resources from a cloud based collaboration service such as Dropbox?
  13. Hello All, I work for an event production team that is looking at making the switch to Vectorworks Spotlight from AutoCAD. We're all pretty proficient with AutoCAD, some more than others. We are looking at making the switch as AutoCAD does not support out industry specific demands. We have a couple dynamic blocks that I built for use in AutoCAD that are really important to our workflow. Any help as to how to recreate them in Vectorworks would be greatly appreciated as they weigh in greatly on our disicion to migrate to Vectorworks or not. See below. Triangulation block: When we are on site, we utilize triangulation to mark out where we place our structures and production elements. Currently, the process consists of three elements: Point "A" - simple block with a polar stretch feature that allows us to stretch a line segment along a fixed angle to a designated piece of architecture. The length the line is displayed on the block and is also exported for use in a spreadsheet as well as printed on stickers. Point "B" - Exact copy of Point "A" except it is redefined as Point "B" for data export purposes. Commonly, it is placed 20'-0" from Point "A". Spike Point - This is the real work horse. The insertion point is meant to be placed on the point you wish to triangulate. The block contains two line segments, both with non-polar stretch functions. One line is stretched to Point "A" while the other is stretched to Point "B". Each line segment displays its length as well as exports its length for use in a spreadsheet as well as printed on stickers. Block with Visibilities: We have several blocks in our arsenal that deploy visibility states for quick drafting as well as exporting data about that particular objects. One in particular, is a block that contains about 32 different iterations of a stage deck leg, with each iteration being a selectable visibility. Each iteration is comprised of two separate blocks: the leg and the foot. Some examples are: 12" leg w/plastic cap 30" leg w/screw foot 60" leg w/screw jack When that block is exported, we have a spreadsheet that tells us how many of what are in the drawing, allowing us to order the correct number of parts. Any help on how to replicate the above described would be greatly appreciated!
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    Linking fields between objects

    I wouldn't mind seeing the fixture take on the attribute of what cable its receiving. For instance, if you run 10ft L6-20 and 25ft 5PIN jumpers to a fixture it would populate user fields for use downstream in paperwork and lighting tapes. Unless there is a way of doing this already... I'm coming from about 12 years of AutoCAD. All my symbols have cable fields for use in paperwork and truss tape. Rather surprised VW doesn't have these fields implemented already.


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