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jcogdell

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  1. The Fixture type pane of the MVR export dialogue tells you what GDTF files (and the assigned DMX modes) will be included in the export. If an entry in the GDTF name column starts with 'Custom@' it shows that the light has not been assigned a GDTF fixture or fixture mode.
  2. Hi Juay I'm guessing from the lack of slings that you are using the default Spotlight bridle parts library, which doesn't contain any round slings. You can create your own custom bridle parts library with slings and other objects by opening the Stock Bridle.vwx library file. Its located in your application folder>Libraries>Defaults>Stock Bridle Material and can be edited like any other library file. Bridle parts should be stored in the file resources and have to have the BridleItemRecord attached to them to be classed as bridle parts The record defines the parts behavior with the bridle tool and object. Once you have added the new parts save the file back into the same location, make sure to create a back up of it as well as it will likely get overwritten if there is a update to the default libraries. open a new empty file, open the bridle parts manager and hit the update button to import the new parts into Spotlight. You should then have access the newly created bridle parts Let me know if you have any more questions here's the link to the help page https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2022/eng/VW2022_Guide/Hoists/Managing bridle_parts.htm?rhhlterm=bridle bridles parts part&rhsearch=bridle parts
  3. @CFL the only MVR import related issue that I am currently aware of is specifically to do with how GLTf deals with texture mapping. Can you post the file you are having problems with?
  4. Spotlight updated its MVR support to the new 1.2 DINspec with service pack 3, The main difference is that MVR will now use the newer GLB file format for geometry, by default. Its possible that Capture hasn't updated their MVR support to account for this. In sp 3 the MVR export dialogue has a new option to tell it to use the old 3DS file format for geometry, make sure this is checked and see if that fixes the problem
  5. Hi Dylan The easiest way to do this is using the insert drop mode of the insert connection tool. The tool preferences enable you to chose the hoist you wish to use for the drop. A second option is the Braceworks menu Insert Drop command, which will insert multiple drops at the same time, it uses the insert connection tool preferences to control which hoist is inserted.
  6. I'll get a bug report opened What mac OSX version? and what build number of Vectorworks are you using?
  7. The red crosses are the auto-connect attachment points of the truss, not truss crosses (the truss cross issue is being addressed in 2023) and are automatically created based on the truss objects BrxTrussItemRecord (accessed by the Customize Truss Symbol Data command in the right click context menu, not from the data tab of the OIP) Normally they should only be visible in Wire-frame or shaded polygon modes and not in Shaded or Rendered view modes. They will also display if the truss has been converted to a hanging position but this should only happen when the position is selected. This was an issue in 2021 and older versions of the software and as far as I know was fixed for 2022, it works correctly for me (I can only get the crosses to display if I'm in Wire-frame or shaded polygon modes), but I use a win 10 PC not a mac which may be part of the issue. Otherwise from your screen shot it looks like you may be using a customized truss library, since the trusses are black. If it is a custom library do you get the same issue using the default library version of the trusses? When was the custom library created?
  8. I don't have much experience using truss data vis in worksheets, so I can't say for certain why the data vis doesn't display correctly. Can you post the file so I can have a look? In regards to the pipe not taking the data vis, @Mark Aceto is correct, the most likely reason is that the pipe doesn't have the same data record or object type as the data vis is set up for. Personally I tend to convert my pipes into truss objects to get round this issue and then use the criteria object using parameter, Truss, Name for my data vis as this parameter normally a combination of the truss type and length.
  9. Thought I should add a quick update to this post, The above workflow is for 2021 and earlier versions of Spotlight, In 2022 you will need to add truss magnets There are a number of ways this can be done Use the truss magnet tool in the rigging tool set, to access it right click on the truss tool and choose the truss magnet tool in the menu that appears. You will need to insert the magnets in the 3D component of the truss and they should go into the Rigging-Truss-Magnet class. Insert them at each connection point, making sure that you set the connection type (defined by the position of the magnet on the truss) and the allowable roll ( all 4-chord truss should be set to 90°,180°, 270° for example). Automatically using the Update Truss Magnets command from the Tools>Utilities menu. This will add magnets to all the truss symbols in your active file resources. Its good for updating existing custom truss libraries. If this command is used make sure to check the classing and configuration of the allowable roll paramter for the magnets as it may not set these correctly.
  10. This looks like the shaded render mode (openGL if you are using 2021 or earlier) quality is set too low, Look in The view menu Rendering section for Shaded options once you have opened the shaded options dialogue set the Quality drop-down to 'High'. This t will give you much smoother curves in 3D views, it can have a performance impact if you have a lot of curved geometry or a large file though
  11. Is it the house rigging point that is being overloaded or the Dead hang bridle itself? If its the bridle that is failing check the bridle configuration is using the correct steels and shackles Another possibility is the safety factor, make sure that the safety factor is configured for usability in the Braceworks Preferences If none of the above helps DM the file and I'll take a look
  12. Hi Dan sorry for the slow reply on this one, We have a number of fairly similar sized 3 chord truss types in the libraries, including the eurotruss fd and hd 33, prolyte h30d, global f33 and more. How these match up load capacity wise I'm not to sure, without going through the individual manufacturer loading charts. We have been trying to add more Slick truss libraries but we are waiting for them to provide us with the required permissions and data (geometry or structural).
  13. @Ben59 That's the university back up and running
  14. There is a complete learning path on the Vectorworks University for the new cable tools suite and the last 2 video in the path cover electrical components and how to use them to create custom electrical devices.
  15. The Nomad app is free and doesn't require service select or cloud services to use. As long as you can send him a link or QR code for the file you want to share he should be able to access it
  16. @Ben59 Here's the link for the cable tools learning path on the University https://university.vectorworks.net/local/programview/index.php?id=25 this is not currently possible inside Spotlight that I know of, we are testing at a potential solution to help with this in 2023 but I'm not sure if it will accomplish exactly what you are looking for
  17. Here's a spotlight lighting device rendering cheat sheet that covers the workflow. It was created a while ago so some of the Dialogues have been updated a bit since but it should still be good Spotlight Rendering Cheat Sheet.pdf
  18. At this point the error checking only functions when the cable is first drawn, not if the light is changed. To have full control over the electrical properties of a light you need to add a consumer electrical component, this allows you to define operating voltage range, power factor, power consumption and connector. If you are happy with only changing the connector type then edit the fixtures light info record in the resource manager (right click on the symbol and select attach record), but be aware that you will need to use the universal name of the connector from the cable connector xml not the localized name. There are 2 skill videos that go through the electrical com,ponents and how to use them with different types of devices Personally I would avoid the automatic adapters and use the adapter cable parts as it is easier to get the adapter count this way. This can be done using a combination of worksheets and the new cable report command. there is a video about documenting this in the cable tool skill video series on the university The issue with cable paths at the moment is you need to carefully think about how you plan to draw your cables before you create the paths, as the automatic cable insertion options will only work with relatively simple cable path networks. Another aspect is does the cable run have to go across multiple truss line to get to the end point, if so it probably better to draw the path so that it reaches the final truss line, as this will make it more likely the cables using it will follow the desired route.
  19. Hi Jake I had a play with your file and was able to verify that there is a problem. I'm not sure what is causing the issue though, it does seem to be specific to these specific cable path objects, as if I recreate the cable paths in a new clean file I don't get the crash to desktop. Please contact the UK tech support team to have a deeper look at your file. The main potential issues when tying to get cables to follow trusses automatically are, truss symbols from earlier versions of Spotlight that do not have the new magnets in them. The magnets define the auto-connect behavior which is also used for drawing cables. incorrectly created or corrupted truss symbols, if the truss hasn't been correctly set up to begin with or has somehow lost the data needed by auto-connect then cable will not follow the truss line automatically. The wrong mode of the cable tool is used, if schematic distributor mode is used then the cable will not follow a truss line automatically The target object is not part of the same truss system, it could be that it isn't correctly connected to the truss, or that the trusses are not part of the same system for example connected by a grapple (which is not supported by Braceworks), truss cross or a drop. Easiest way to check is to use the select system objects button in the truss properties the user has not connected the cable to the truss (by clicking on the truss) after exiting the cable path
  20. use either the insert connection tool or the insert drops command and choose a dead-hang hoist symbol to represent a deadhang bridle. You can insert bridles and drops in 3D views.
  21. Do you mean to hang the mothergrid? or to hang trusses from the mothergrid?
  22. Hi @DylanvanEgmond Adding trusses to Spotlight can be done but it isn't quite as simple as just importing a DWG The thread linked below covers the basics of preparing a truss symbol, there is one step missing though as this was from before we added truss magnets in the 2022 release, so after you have finished the process in the linked thread you will need to run the update truss magnets command from the tools>utilities menu to add them and then configure them correctly inside the symbol geometry Additionally if you want your custom truss symbol to work fully with Braceworks you will need access to the manufacturers structural data to create a Braceworks cross section profile for the truss, the thread below describes how to enter this data. Please note we take no responsibility the accuracy for user created cross sections. Out of interest what truss are you trying to create? it may already be on the content teams creation list
  23. I've managed to reproduce this and will open a bug report to get it fixed, In the meantime to avoid losing the data if you have to use the reset braceworks ID's command use a worksheet to copy and paste the distributors ID into the Name field, and after the reset copy the and paste the data back into the ID field.
  24. Hi Dylan At this point in time its not really possible to this using structural members, This sort of structural calculation is a fairly common request and is on our list of enhancements for Braceworks in the future, but at this time I do not have any idea of a timeline for it. An existing Braceworks feature that may help is the Load overview dialogue, which you can use to get create load reports for specific parts of your rigging system.
  25. Have you tried turning off the VGM cache in the File menu>Document settings and then changing the view to force a refresh?
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