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livespace josha

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  1. Hey all, I'm a regular spotlight user, but I use the Space tool quite a bit in layouts and to pull reports based on location. Is there a way I can round the "area" field to the nearest SqFt? In my current project, it is displaying out to 3 decimal points...which is WAY too specific (and cluttered) for us. I can round it on the worksheet, but can't figure out how to do it on the DL label.
  2. I use the "Move" command a lot in my schematic DL. I have it set to the "Shift+arrow" hotkey, and set to my grid spacing of 1/8". Pretty much indispensable in this application. However, in the rack elevation design layer, it really doesn't work...I can move an equipment item as expected, but once it's inside an equipment rack, the rack snapping (not sure if this is the correct term) over-rides any attempts to move it with the "Shift+arrow" hotkey. Being able to use "Shift+up" or "Shift+down" to move items up or down 1.75"/1-ru in the rack elevation DL would be awesome. Is this possible?
  3. Could we get a command to "delete coincident points"? I use the reshape tool quite a bit, and can be frustrating when 2 (or more) points get stacked on top of each other. I've come across a few instances where this could be helpful... - Spaces - Polylines - circuit objects in ConnectCAD (I should note...99% of the time, this happens automatically and perfectly!) - cable objects in Spotlight Kind of like the way "Simplify Poly's" works, but across different tool sets. Might be more difficult, but could there also be a way to simplify these objects when the path "doubles back on it's self" (again, like how a ConnectCAD circuit takes the shortest path when you reshape it)
  4. When using the connector panel tool, can we have the option for the port number to be set to "--" (nill) from the tool bar? Numbered/sequential are super helpful, but when I'm only doing a single connection point, I don't necessarily want a number associated with it. I know you can remove it with the Edit Device Array command, but that adds a step per connector
  5. thanks @Pat Stanford, this made me do some investigating: - the grouping of view changes is only for the "Undo" command, not next/previous view changes. - the general "Undo" command gets logged as a view change. Example: if I have the preference set to grouping and I do the following commands: [pan-pan-pan-pan-undo], I go back to my original view. But this gets logged as 5 view changes, and I would need to hit "previous view" 5 times to get back to where I started - I use my mouse's roller wheel for zoom. But depending on how fast I zoom, it logs the zoom as a single (large) view change or multiple (smaller/incremental) changes.
  6. @Pat StanfordInquiring minds want to know....those other plugins you created: What do they do??? I'm really curious about "Sit, Stay, Good Dog!" I've done a saved view called "Whole Enchilada", which always puzzled people (and maxed out CPU/GPU resources).
  7. I've looked at that arrow for 4 years, and never knew what it did...wow. It works, but could the "group view changes" idea be implemented into this command? - if you zoom in -> pan -> zoom in again-> pan again, that is 4 keystrokes you have to do in order to get back to where you were. It's easier (for me) just to zoom out and pan because the tools are right on my mouse.
  8. Feature request or maybe somebody has a good workflow. Hopefully my parenthesis will emphasis what I'm trying to get across... - I'm working on a drawing "zoomed out" - I need to "zoom in" on a specific item to do something...edit some geometry, add a locus, add an alignment marker, move an object, etc. - I need to "zoom back out" to where I was before to continue what I was doing. My idea is maybe a new undo command that ONLY works on view changes (I know you can do the opposite...group view changes into a single undo). And then map this to a hot-key or mouse button ...or maybe a bit of volatile memory that always logs "drastic" view changes ...or a function that always updates a saved view (x, y, zoom, render, standard view, etc) every # seconds, with a command to recall it Undo won't work because I'd undo the work I did while "zoomed in" Currently, saved views would work, but you have to remember to save a location before you changed views. The loupe tool kinda (z) works, but you can't really edit anything while zoomed in. Thoughts?
  9. I know this topic has been kicking around on a few threads...it's also be covered in the Public Roadmap and the recent Open House discussions. Can we get some more "install specific" mounting accessory options for mounting lighting fixtures? A couple that come to mind are: - Strut Nuts - Threaded rod/nuts/washers - Bolts (standard, lag, etc)
  10. if you import a pdf and rotate it, the height and width dimensions are swapped. Editing the "width" makes the document taller/shorter Editing the "height" makes the document wider/narrower Anybody else experience this?
  11. I'm using Spaces, Custom Space Name and the =GetSpaceNameForObj command, and it works great. I set my space "height" to be 10 (-1 to +9) just to catch if anything was mis-aligned with 3d geometry. Does't seem to bog the file down like I feared it would. Actually lists both Spaces (source and destination) if I use the "Arrow" Circuit Type, which is very useful. The only annoying thing I've noticed is that if I have a circuit and use the "Arrow" Circuit Type...if the "path" of that circuit "passes over" another space, it also lists that space in my report. Maybe just need to re-arrange a few things. looping in @Conrad Preen...maybe he'll find this thread useful!
  12. @Pat Stanford @JBenghiat...Can I ask a related question? Your comment said how you can limit a worksheet data to a specific crop...But can I have a worksheet report back which crop an object is in? use: I'm working on a large ConnectCAD file. I'd like my cable report list have a column telling the installers which page the cable is on. I've done something similar before with spaces, but that adds another layer of complexity to the project!
  13. Hey @Conrad Preen! Quick question...is there a way to set a default device width when creating new devices using the device builder tool? All my labels are formatted for 1.5" (which works great for our setup), but the program defaults to 1". it's a quick edit, but would be nice to have it pre-formatted straight away. I recall this being an option in previous versions...but I fully understand the yin and yang of software development.
  14. Title pretty much explains it! Normal projector works fine. But when a projector/screen is placed in a wall, I am not able to change the screen image or edit any of the image geometry. side note...when a normal projector is moved to a wall, it retains the settings, but you cannot edit them.
  15. We frequently import .dwg's from architects. Usually, RCP's import with every ceiling type (GWB, ACT, paneling, etc) as a hatch. When designing our systems, I gray out that RCP (class or layer), and overlay out systems...But then the hatches disappear. Is there a way to gray-out hatches so they follow the usual protocol of visible and gray without completely disappearing? The fix is to edit the hatches in that file, but that is incredibly time consuming. (If I'm missing a work-around, please point me in the right direction!)
  16. Having an issue where all the elements of my hanging position disappear when I try to edit them or attach a load. 3 truss structures, all set up as hanging positions. Various worksheets used to determine overall load, truss schedule, load by point, etc. Video attached with my problem... All looks fine, and all my worksheets work as intended. I double-click to edit the profile of the right structure, and all works as expected. I do the same to the left structure, and nothing appears (even with all classes set to visible) I exit the profile, and everything has disappeared, and all the elements have been deleted from the worksheets. (one other issue is that the LED wall is attached to the wrong hanging position. When I try to remove it from the hanging position, the same issue noted above happens) Thoughts? (running spotlight, without braceworks) Screen Recording 2020-12-22 at 9.15.44 AM.mov
  17. Rendering seems to be the hot-button issue, but I'm going to hijack the discussions to a different topic... I didn't see any specific references to ConnectCAD in the roadmap pdf. I've been a user for several years, and love it. Bit of a learning curve, but we've got past that and now it's a key element to our workflow. @Conrad Preen and his team have done an awesome job. One thing I've always wished for was to get manufacturers onboard with the platform, and they create (or outsource the creation of) devices. That seems to be the trend within Vectorworks for truss, lighting fixtures, furniture, flooring, etc. The "community database" aspect is great, but I'd love to have the manufactures supply their specs, i/o, images, variants, etc. Thoughts?
  18. @Conrad Preen - I'm working through this now, and running into a major issue... - All of my symbols from v2020 are set with a custom .250" x 1.500" device label (one of 6 variants). Anything imported when I converted the file from 2020 to 2021 looks fine. - when I duplicate a device and edit it, it looks fine - If I create a new device, the label is scaled incorrectly (.198" x 1.191") - If I scale my device label symbol to match the .250" x 1.500" size required, ALL of my device labels re-size...so everything in my library is now sized incorrectly! I know a work-around would be to create a duplicate device label, and scale it as needed....but is there a permanent fix for this? I try to keep my file as streamlined as possible, so I'm trying not to have duplicate device labels.
  19. Can a column in a worksheet be re-formated to display another dimension standard? USE: My file is in imperial (ft/in) I'm working on a worksheet for some LED video walls. I am pulling the module width and height fields. I'd like the worksheet to read 500mm, not 1'7 11/16" (The short answer is to finally get America on the metric system so this isn't an issue...)
  20. Two part question, both related: I have a hanging position (made from truss) with several lights, projectors, loads and speakers on it. - I'm working on a "breakdown" schedule for a hanging position with overall weight and weight per component. My overall weight is correct, and I have trusses and lighting fixtures separated out as separate reports...but how do I add the "other" items to a worksheet? What parameter or criteria can I reference to get that information to display? - how do I associate an "other" object with a hanging position, apart from dragging it onto it?
  21. Feature request (or could somebody point me in the right direction): Would it be possible to reference sheet layers of another project, rather than export individual PDF pages and reference those? Here's my workflow: Main file is my architectural/electrical/systems drawings, with associated viewports on sheet layers Separate ConnectCAD file, with associated one-line diagrams and rack elevations (I keep them separated due to class structure and workspaces) I also have some generic boilerplate pages that I use in my main file. I typically publish one "master set" with everything. All sheet layers are 24x36 It's a bit tedious to publish twice because I had to make a small change to one of my ConnectCAD file. I understand there would be some issues with section/elevation/rendered viewports that would need to be updated prior to export. Thanks, Josh
  22. Great points! I should first say this tool is awesome, and proved to be a huge time saver. A couple of tweaks would really make this stand out. First and foremost would be to make the data fields (sensor size, zoom ratios, sensor format, angle of view, etc) match industry norms and verbiage. It took an afternoon in our warehouse with a few cameras and extensive googling to refine our workflow so that will produce accurate renders Probably the biggest limitation IMO. A degree of tilt at 400mm is a massive change! I've cheated and entered in a huge depth of field temporarily as a work-around Agreeded! Didn't realize how frustrating this was until you mentioned it! Agreeded. I'd use this for wide and tele lens limits to show the zoom range Did you edit the 3d symbol component?
  23. @markddThat's it, thanks! Never thought of using the replace symbol command on a symbol. The only odd thing is that I lose my symbol scaling (that's a minor issue and a quick fix)
  24. I have 6 variants of a symbol, with an arrow pointing in different directions. I use these for callouts on electrical support drawings. I attach a record, which populates a worksheet. Issue example: - I start with the "arrow up" symbol, and enter in all the data. - due to some layout issue, I need to swap it to the "arrow down" symbol. - I use the "replace symbol" command in the OIP - when I do that, all my record entries get reset to the default values. So I need to re-enter the values Is there some way to keep my record entry values when I replace the symbol? Maybe thinking there is something like the Attribute Mapping tool to do this?
  25. ...one more thing: - Can the lens zoom change in non-integer steps? (is replying to your own thread the modern-day equivalent to talking to yourself?)
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