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Ryan Seybert

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  1. Hi All,


    I literally just started exploring the awesomeness that is Marionette today so please forgive the ignorance.  I migrated over from AutoCAD a little over a year ago and I'm really missing some of the dynamic blocks that I built to help with my workflow.  Marionettes seem to be able to fill that void.


    I'm working on an object that creates "boundary" boxes for organizing some 2D symbols.  The object creates these boxes by specifying the size of the boundary box and specifying the number across and down.  It also has a "leader line" that will point to where the symbols are meant to go but are omitted for clarity.  I built the leader line component by creating a line segment with an offset from the origin point that connects to another line segment with a 2D Control Point.  


    Everything works great until I move the control point.  It seems that moving the control point resets everything back to their original settings for some reason or another.  I've attached a video.


    Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

  2. When creating a new design layer you have the option to import one from another file and include the objects on that layer.  You can also import sheet layers from a selected file but not any of the objects on that sheet layer.  This kind of seems pointless as it only imports the sheet name, number, and page size options.


    Is it possible to add "Import Layer Objects" to this feature as well?  


    Our main template file does not contain any pre-formatted department specific title blocks or worksheets in an effort to lean down the template file and alleviate those resources from being purged or sent off to third parties.  Currently, most worksheets that are to be printed/exported exist on sheet layers as the formatting in worksheets beyond creating a database, in my opinion, are poor and leave a lot to be desired.  Granted, this is coming from a Spotlight user where worksheets are being used as a replacement for the stock "paperwork", which are also poor.


    Having the ability to "Import Layer Objects" at the sheet layer level will help expedite the process and prevent having to create the sheet layer, insert the title block border, and insert the appropriate worksheet.  Often times, there are 30+ of these sheet layers and any abilities to automate any of these steps would help tremendously.



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  3. Hello All,


    Is there a way to prevent objects from auto attaching to rigging objects?  


    On many instances, I've had Drape or LED Walls that are meant to be ground supported and drawn as such but happen to be under a truss line.  It seems that as soon as I make a change to any of the objects, the ground supported items will still auto attach to the rigging objects.


    How do I prevent this from happening?

  4. @BrandonSPP Do we have a timeline on when SP3 will be released?  Since the introduction of Schematic views, Create Plot & Model View and DLVP have lost practical functionality when lighting focus is taken into consideration.  There are several threads in the forum on the subject expressing the concern.  As you stated in your post, there are many issues with Schematic Views and very little instruction from VW on how the workflow is to be applied.  Schematic Views, I've found, tend to bog down my system more than a DLVP would.  An idea on when this feature will become fully realized would a great help.



  5. @Sam Jones I had a coworker try the out the red symbol and got the same results.  Dark mode doesn't make a difference.


    I also found this issue with a lighting pipe red symbol I made.  Maybe it's a bug with any line based tool that is made into a red symbol?  Rather unfortunate.  Having to redefine all these settings file at after file is a bit of a pain in the butt.

  6. @Sam Jones Hmm.  Maybe it's time for a reinstall of VW.  It has been acting quick in the last few days with stuff that it's not had issues with before.


    I try to lock in settings as much as possible to help with consistency.  Most of the Vectorworks object out of the box bring in some less than ideal classing structures.  Not that it's a bad thing, they just don't work with our work flow.  If I can make a red symbol out of it, I will:)


    Thanks for looking into it.

  7. I've created some multicable red symbols to help preserve custom settings and classing.  Works great except when I try to move around (pressing the click-wheel on mouse) while the tool is active it stops the tool and sorta gets stuck between the pan tool and the multicable tool.  It also grays out all menu bar options.  The standard multicable tool seems to work properly.


    Closing the file will not stop the issue but a close and restart of Vectorworks will until I use the tool again.


    I've attached a screen recording as well as the file.

    Multicable Bug.vwx

  8. @SCParker I have indeed looked into the Autoplot capabilities.  If it were just me I would have purchased all the third party plus-ins available but that's not the case.  I can't take the idea of purchasing/subscribing to a plethora of third-party plug-ins that would increase the financial footprint of a piece of software just help cover its shortfalls to the money people.  And multiply that across the multiple users that need access to the plug-in.  I do appreciate everything that the third party community is doing as its really driving the software developers see what its users need. 

  9. @jcogdell Something else that seems to be an issue (at least for me) is that if I want to change the trim height of a truss system, I have to select all the truss in the system.  Selecting one truss object and changing the "z" value does not change the "z" value of all connected truss objects.

  10. @Luis M Ruiz I've checked that a few times.  I did notice that the fill color displays as set by class but the fill type displays as solid.  When I try to change it to "by class" it snaps back to solid.  Probably not related but perhaps worth mentioning.


    This is issue does only happen in viewports when the class has an override.  Seems to work properly in design space.

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  11. On 2/6/2020 at 1:48 PM, jcogdell said:

    for questions 1 and 2, go to the spotlight menu>cables>assign circuit preferences. the settings are there


    I found the preference dialogue box but when "lighting Device" is selected "Combine Cable ID and Break Out Number" is disabled.  Can you only add this data to a record?  None of the available lighting device related records have any circuit fields.

  12. @JBenghiat Thanks.  I was able to get the texture sorted through the class settings.


    Of course, I set out to make a screen recording of the issue I was having and it decided to behave for the most part.  I put some lekos on a pipe from top/plan view and they snapped fine.  I then added some LED pars to the same pipe the same way and they were in the ground.  However, the pipe did not change elevation when I chawed the elevation of the fixtures.  I then changed the elevation of the pipe and the lekos track but the pars did not.  I selected the pars and attached them to the pipe via the right-click menu "attach to rigging object" with no immediate change.  Then I changed the elevation of the pipe and all four fixtures tracked with the change.  Go figure.


    I'm gonna say this was a case of operator error.  I know the rigging objects have been changing a little here and there and I'm sure this is some growing pains on my part.  I'll keep an eye out and post if it happens again.


    Thanks again for the help.

  13. Hi All,


    Noticing a few issues with the Lighting Pipe tool:


    • Lighting Pipes do not change texture or color fill in any render mode/view other than top/plan.  All other render modes yield a white lighting pipe.
    • Changing trim heights seems to be a bit tedious.  If I draw a lighting pipe, set it's "Z" value, and then populate it with fixtures it tends to change its height on its own.  Usually, it'll pop back to 0'-0" once the lighting fixtures have been added.  If I change the "Z" value of the fixtures, either through the OIP or physically dragging to the pipe, the pipe will track with the movement and now be double the original height.  If I then change the "Z" value of the pipe, the fixtures will be in the ground.  Usually, after a few rounds of those steps, everything will cooperate and I can move on to the next position and do the same song and dance.  I've noticed this in a few drawings now.


    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.



  14. @markdd Do you see your workflow working without the AutoPlot tool set?  


    My challenge is that I manage a few users and making sure everyone has this plug-in installed, up to date, and tracking with the various updates of the VW software is another step in the process.  I would like to keep as much of our workflow within the confines of VW as much as possible and refrain from using third party plug-ins as much as possible.  We utilize Project Sharing with our workflow and have had issues in the past with third party plug-ins.  This is also the main reason why we cannot utilize Lightwright for paperwork purposes and instead rely on worksheets that I've created within VW.




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