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  1. @Chris J Clarke A quick way to check what is in a truss system is to use the change trim height of system command in the truss object properties, The change dropdown menu gives you options to control what will be affected by the command, which will be hightlighted in your design, enabling you to see what is included in the truss system. In you above example place deadhang bridles or hoist above each corner of the ground support, this will allow you to calculate the system, it won't tell you how the legs respond to the loads or the exact force exerted on the floor but you will see how the truss laid ontop and supporting sections perform.
  2. The load on the hoist can be displayed either as a force or as a weight. However this can't be displayed in the hoists basic ID label you have to use a data tag. There are default tags in the library that display the hoist's ID and weight. You can also create your own. If you want to create your own tag or worksheet to display the total load force (including the hoists own weight) in kg, use the 'High Hook Weight Equivalent (formated)' property and make sure that your document units is set to kg. If you use the unformatted version then it will display in grams and need to be covnerted. If you want the force acting on the hoist (without its own weight) use the low hook version.
  3. jcogdell

    bridle

    it does both, the 'leg length x' fields are the length the bridle tool calculates as the ideal leg lengths based on how the bridle is drawn and the 'Part length leg x' fields are the actual length of the legs based on the bridle configuration.
  4. jcogdell

    bridle

    @Stefan B. Yes this should be possible. you may need to get rid of the default version
  5. Do the fixtures display their patch in the fixture properties when you select them? If you can post the MVR file that you are using to set Vision up I can take a look and check if it is correct? Also what sort of computer are you using?
  6. I just tried exposting from the VWX you provided and from what I can see its working correctly, the MVR is documenting the correct channel and unit numbers, based on what is currently in the lighting device properties. Are you on Mac or PC? I know there have been a lot of issues with the latest MacOs versions (14.4 and later) but I've not heard anything related to exporting an MVR. Another point is that the MVR you provided didn't include any geometry other than the lights themselves, I know earlier you had to include atleats some of the Design's goemetry for MVR to correctly export (when I tested I included the truss layer).
  7. can you dm me the file, so I can test it? The images don't provide enough info to tell what is happening
  8. ConnectCAD is primarily designed for planning fixed installations, this is why ConnectCAD only deals with the total cable lengths. There are a number of ConnectCAD features that are really useful for live events but because of ConnectCAD's focus on fixed installations they often work differently from how we in the live events industry would expect. To link a Spotlight cable to a ConnectCAD ciruit use the Cable dropdown menu in the Circuits properties. The dropdown displays all the possible cables that the circuit can be linked with, the 'Spotlight' section will displa the Cabel Run ID's of the spotlight cables in your file. Once linked the cuircuit will use the Cables length calculation and you can get the parts based on the Spotlight cable object.
  9. I've had a quick look at the MVR and there's 2 things that stand out, The MVR doesn't include any valid GDTF files, only the default placeholders created when lights haven't been linked to a GDTFin Spotlight. This means you will have to manually map the correct personality file to the fixtures in the MA 3 patch. Its not so important for depense since they don't use the GDTF's, you'll have to manually map the fixtures anyway. The MVR shows only that Unit number has been entered for each fixture, the fixture ID is empty. Fixture ID is mapped to Channel in Spotlight. Its possible that the MA 3 software is looking only for Fixture ID (channel) in the MVR, and ignoring the other ID options, this could explain why Depense is reading the file correctly. Can you provide me the original spotlight file so I can test exporting it? When I try exporting my own test file I can't duplicate this issue (Tried in both Spotlight update 4 and update 5)
  10. can you post the mvr file? I can take a look to see if the ID's are in the MVR or not.
  11. Label is controlled from the object properties, using a combination of the text style dropdown and the classes button, these are found in the shape pane of the OIP.
  12. Try setting the hanging support dropdown (in either the tool preferences or the preoperties) to multiple hoists, this should enable you to attach the hoists wherever you want of the bumper
  13. The RMCachce folder is in your user folder. You can find its location by looking in the Tools menu>Options>Vectorworks Preferences in the User folder pane Here click on the explore button this will use File explorer (or the mac equivalent) to open your user folder Once this is open go back up 2 leveles in the folder structure to the Nemetschek folder, and the RMCache folder is in this folder.
  14. This will be addressed as part of the Truss refactoring feature on the road map.
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