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jcogdell

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. As long as the consumer and output component use the same connector type this will be done automatically.
  6. @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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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/
  13. 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.
  14. The Braceworks preferences are in the Spotlight menu in the rigging sub menu.
  15. A set of skill videos is in the process of being prepared for the cable tools suite and should be on the Vectorworks University soon. In the mean time the thread below contains a lot of info about the new cable tools
  16. Have you tried adding a output component as well for the link through?
  17. This should be possible, it was implimented in 2021 sp3, the only thing that can't be shared in a user or workgroup folder is the cableconnector xml file. What build of Spotlight are you running, so I check this when I 'm back in the office
  18. This is a bug and is being worked on. It will hopefully be addressed fairly soon.
  19. The input and output order is based on the stacking order of the components, with the input or output component at the bottom of the stack being the first displayed in the OIP.
  20. At the moment we don't have a dedicated object specifically for LED tape like this, There is another route though, Vision can convert any mesh object (a piece of geometry) into an emissive RGB object. One thing to remember when doing this is that you will need to set up a separate piece of geometry for it in in spotlight, before opening the design in Vision, otherwise the complete object will light up. Also you won't get the points of light for each emitter on the tape.
  21. Hi Mike I've been trying to reproduce this issue for the bug report and at the moment using the current 2022 sp1.1 build I can't. Can you send me the file, so I can take a look?
  22. @Flavie Wysiwyg now supports the new MVR file format so it should no longer be necessary to use DWG or DXF files when collaberating with a Wysiwyg user. Below is the link to a recent webinar by Dany Tancou from Castsoft about how to work with Wysiwyg and MVR
  23. Hi Mike I think this is a bug and will get it into the system, what truss symbols did you use?
  24. this is a bug and is being worked on. This is a limitation of the data tags, they will default to the plane of the view mode used when they are created, so you need to choose what view you want them to be visible in and then draw the cable in that view mode. I have just looked through the default tags and pretty much all the data tags that start with "Breakout tag - ****" are not correctly set up, the first named "Breakout" is correct but the others have a number of errors both related to the field names and the criteria being used in the tag field definitions. I have opened a bug report to have them fixed. Normally the spare should refer to 2 possible data points, the spare settings for each type of cable as set in the cable preferences, to display this in a tag define the tag field criteria using the following settings in the define tag field drop-downs. Data Source drop-down ;- "Object Parameters" Object Name drop-down ;- "Cable - #CableObject#" Parameter Name drop-down ;- "Spare- #Spare#" or to the extra cable in the cable object, this one you would need to script so that it displays the correct value (in this case it will display in meters) Replace the tag field criteria with #CableObject#.#LengthPartsTotal##m_2_1#-#CableObject#.#Length##m_2_1# Yes it is complicated, but apart from the fixture label legends the starting point and workflow should be relatively similar, import the style or symbol into your active file's resources, right click on it and choose the appropriate edit option. Personally I never create cable styles from unstyled cables as it involves a lot of extra steps, its much quicker to duplicate, edit and rename an existing style in the resource manager. There is a new option for creating data tags in 2022, select the object you want to create a data tag for and activate the Create Data Tag Style command from the tools menu In regards to distributor objects I have a lot of ideas about how to improve the workflow fro creating them but because it would be a complete development task by itself it will likely take a while before any major changes are made. At the moment the only thing you can do is to create a cable part for the joiner and manually add it to the parts list for each cable object. I will make an enhancement request to add the ability to do this automatically.
  25. Where did you buy your license? From one of the official distributors/resellers or second hand from a private seller?
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