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jcogdell

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  1. Hi Dennis At the moment this is the default however you can change it. there are 3 options depending on your preference If you want to edit all the lights in your file edit the the 'Light Info Record' definition in the resource manager. to do this right click on it, choose edit in the context menu and then edit the connector field. You'll need the Universal name string of the connector type to do this, which can be found in the Cable Connector xml file (located in your application folder>Libraries>defaults>Cable Tools). This modified Light Info record can then be saved into your template or favorites so you only have to do this once. For a specific lighting device type you can edit the Light Info Record attached to the symbol definition in the resource manager. right click on the symbol, select attach record, in the attach record dialogue highlight the Light Info record (make sure to not accidentally uu-tick the attach column or you will lose the data record contents!), hit the edit values button, edit the connector field the same as above. the third option is to add a consumer electrical component to the symbol definition in the resource manager. to do this you will need to edit the 3D component of the symbol definition in the resource manager. right click on the symbol, select edit 3D component in the context menu, activate the electrical component tool (you will need to right click on the distributor tool for this), select consumer component in the tool mode bar, insert the consumer inside the base/body of the light. You can then define the connector type power consumption, power factor and operating voltage range in the consumer components properties. A couple of points to remember if you do this , make sure to correctly class the consumer or it will be potentially visible in all your drawings and make sure to save the customized symbol definition to a favorites, user or work-group library so you can use the customized symbol in future projects
  2. The easiest way is to import a lighting device from the library, either using the right click context menu import command or by inserting it into the file. The light info record will then be available in your active file's resources. Another option is if you are starting a new file use the Spotlight template as it is included in the template file resources. There isn't a dedicated light info record for ETC, as record formats are mostly empty defaults that have to be filled in for the light (or other object) they are attached to, after being attached.
  3. You can convert the imported DWG into a Spotlight lighting device Here's the link for the Help page that goes through the basic process https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2022/eng/VW2022_Guide/LightingDesign1/Creating_a_lighting_device_from_an_existing_symbol.htm?rhhlterm=creating create created lighting light device devices&rhsearch=create lighting device and here's a link to an older video that shows the same basic workflow, its a bit dated but a lot of the basics haven't changed to much Vision symbols are not so easy to create, effectively there are only 2 options Make a Vision fixture request through the service select portal, making sure to include all required DMX modes that you need, since each mode counts as a separate fixture in Vision. create a GDTF file for the fixture since Vision can read GDTF's natively. For this you will need to go to the GDTF share website https://gdtf-share.com/
  4. I'll put the content request in,
  5. They should be a folder labeled 'Stair Modules' in the Layher library. If the stair modules you need are not there please let me know and I will make a content request for them,
  6. This is a bug, the consumer object should apply the load to each phase, not just the L1 phase. I'll get a bug report in. The way this should work is that your Heater should have a single consumer inside of it, unless there is a power link thru, in which case you would add a output component (which will automatically link with the consumer).
  7. The easiest way is to use a data tag, Select a bridle open the tools menu and activate the create data tag style command in the dialogue tick the use and use label column for the ID row This will create you a basic bridle ID tag, that you can reuse.
  8. @JLitterio Edit the 3D component of the symbol and use the electrical component tool to add a 'Consumer' component. The Consumer properties include Connector, choose the appropriate connector from the drop down Power, this is the power consumption (load) of the device Power factor, this is effectively how efficiently the device uses the power, most lights for example have a factor of 0.95 or better Max and min voltage allow you to define the needed operating voltage range for the device.
  9. Yes we have an extensive Layher Scaffolding library, in the Resource manager look for 'Scaffolding Layher Allround Event' in the Ent Stage folder. The only thing not in the library would be the curved roof, you would have to create the frame using truss and pipe objects.
  10. Hi Bogdan The bug is still currently being worked on, I'll ask the dev team for an update. On the subject of the Help and more info, the new cables tools skill video should be added to the Vectorworks university soon. Also if you haven't found it yet there is another fairly long forum thread about the new cable tools, page one is mostly about the preview 2021 version.
  11. Hi Matteo I'm afraid you will need to post in English to be able to get much help here, I tried using google translate to get a better idea about what your post is about but it it only partially translates for me. If I am understanding correctly you are having issues with the new cable tools, These threads have a lot of info about the new tools and may provide you answer
  12. just realized I forgot to post the link to the help page for creating new lighting devices https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2022/eng/VW2022_Guide/LightingDesign2/Workflow_Creating_lighting_device_symbol_definitions.htm?rhhlterm=lighting light lights device devices&rhsearch=lighting device
  13. Hi Olivier Glad you are enjoying Spotlight, I'm afraid we don't directly support any consoles proprietary fixture personality files. The only way we can do this is with GDTF. However you can create your own fixture types either by duplicating and editing an existing fixture or from scratch. Duplicating and editing an existing lighting device is the easier option, find a lighting device in the default library that is similar geometry wise to what you require, you will need the light in your active file resources, so either import it (right click on the desired light in the library and select import) or by double clicking on it to activate the lighting instrument tool, which will also import it. once its in the active file resources you can edit it there are 2 methods you can use for this in the resource manager right click on the symbol and select attach record from the context menu, then select the light info record and hit the edit values button. This will open the symbols attached data record and you can directly edit it. Also make sure you change the symbol name so that if you ever use the original symbol it won't overwrite your custom one. lastly save the symbol into a favorites or user folder. Use the lighting symbol maintenance command in the Spotlight Reports Menu. Once the dialogue is open select the symbol and hit the edit butoon to access the lights data.
  14. I had a look at your file and the error is because duplicate hoists have been created. All the drops connecting the upper truss to the lower are doubled up. if you delete the duplicates then it will calculate correctly. While investigating the issue I noticed that the duplicates are being created by the insert drop command, but only in this file. When I created a new file and tried to recreate the issue I couldn't reproduce it. Can you tell me the version and build number of Vectorworks that you are running so I can investigate further? (you can find it in the About Vectorworks section of the Help menu)
  15. Its normally in the Spotlight lighting tool set Have you tried reverting to the default Spotlight workspace to see if that fixes the issue? In the workspace editor it should be in the Tools tab in the Recent Changes - Vectorworks 2021 - New Tools section
  16. As long as the consumer and output component use the same connector type this will be done automatically.
  17. @raoulsI've just spoken with the content team and at this point the majority of the default libraries are having issues with the magnet configuration. They are working to fix the libraries (all the service select libraries are already done) but it will take time, as there are around 5500 symbols to go through. The plan is to release fixed libraries with each service pack update. At this point the work around of editing the magnets in the library symbols is the only fix I am aware of. The only good thing about this workaround is that it only needs to be done once for each symbol, as the edited symbol can be saved for future use.
  18. Ah right you mean directly from the electrical components themselves. No, you can only access the data of the Distributor object itself not the electrical components inside it. This is normal behavior in Vectorworks, unless the top level parametric object has been specifically engineered to allow a particular data record or parameter from other objects contained inside of it to be visible to a data tag or report. What specific data from the input or output components do you require? With this I can make an enhancement request to have this revealed for data tags and reports.
  19. This is possible in sp2 (International English version) build number 622317, which was released last week. I'm not sure when ComputerWorks will release the German version sp2, but I expect it will be fairly soon.
  20. If you are using a report or worksheet the cable run ID of a cable connected to an input or output can be displayed using the 'Output *' where the '*' is the number of the output. It is important to note that if the cable object doesn't have a cable run ID then nothing will display in the field in a worksheet or data tag when using this crteria
  21. What service pack are you running? This was at least partially fixed in SP2, it will now correctly show data from the lighting device connected on each output. However there is a related issue, where if there multiple devices on the output, it only displays the data from the most recently connected lighting device. This is being worked on.
  22. What version of Spotlight are you using? if you are using 2021 please specify the truss symbols being used and the the build number of Spotlight (found in the help menu in the about submenu). If you are using 2022 it is most likely the magnets in the truss corner are not correctly set up. There is an issue with some of our default truss libraries and the new magnets, that the content team are in the process of fixing. As soon as they are done the libraries will be updated. Until the default libraries are fixed you can edit the magnets yourself, In the resource manager right click on the corner symbol and select edit 3D Component in the context menu next group select the truss magnets (you may need to turn on the Rigging-Truss-Magnet class if they are not visible) and in the OIP change the 'Allow Extra Roll Angle' drop-down to 90°, 180°, 270°. exit the edit symbol interface and save the edited truss symbol into your user or workgroup folder so you can use in future projects Let me know if this fixes the issue, if not I'll need the same info as above so that I can follow up and create a bug report.
  23. I know we have some limited resources about GDTF on the Vectorworks university https://university.vectorworks.net/course/ Otherwise the GDTF group has a Youtube channel and has started to upload tutorial videos about the GDTF builder and how to use it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkn8qU02YTkjPdeVEeQPjVQ/videos and lastly there is the GDTF group forums https://gdtf-share.com/forum/
  24. The section you have highlighted tells you were to find the default cable part libraries, if you look at the first paragraph of the 'managing cable parts' page it says "The Manage Cable Parts dialog box provides information about the cable inventory in the Vectorworks library and any user or workgroup files" That being said I have just tested this an it is definitely broken in service pack 2. I'll get the bug report in to have it fixed and I'll also put a request in to have the help page looked at to make it clearer.
  25. The Braceworks preferences are in the Spotlight menu in the rigging sub menu.
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