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  1. Hiya, circling back - I didn't see the dongle in Disk Utility. Called support, and didn't get a definitive answer, so I just went ahead and ran Vision and HogPc on the same windows laptop. Note to Vectorworks Folx - calling in to support for Vision gremlins in recent years - inevitably I get someone who is *not* familiar with Vision, Spotlight, or stage lighting in general, and they usually insist on trying to solve the problem first before trying to send me over to a colleague who knows Vision. Most times, I know far more about what's going on that the non-Vision trained CSR. Sometimes they've been chill and transferred me, and sometimes their feelings get hurt when I tried to explain to them how to turn a light on using DMX in Vision doesn't at all work like it does using Renderworks. This is usually very frustrating. While this instance last week was pleasant in interaction, the support fellow had to ask a colleague and email me back later. Maybe add a way to get to Vision support more directly instead of having to burn our precious time explaining what DMX or sACN is? Thx!
  2. Hi folx! I've got a 16" 2021 MBP (M1) Running Monterey 12.3.1, and just installed Vision 2022 on it. When I plug in the dongle via a USB-C to USB adapter, Vision doesn't see the dongle and boots into demo mode. I've tried this with 2 different USB-C adapters with the same results. I tried both adapters with the dongle on a Dell Windows 10 machine, and it vision opens correctly. Anyone else having trouble with USB-C adaptors? thx!
  3. Zoom line thickness for the win! ; ) Many thanks! A
  4. Hi all! I know this probably gets asked all the time, but when searching the forums, the only on point discussion I found was from 2012, so I thought I should ask to see if there's been any change. I'm trying to use VW2022 (spotlight) to create a vector (.eps) drawing that can be sent to a laser cutter. The cutter is capable of a line width as narrow as .1mm, and I need VW to show that accurately in order to properly figure the space between lines. It does appear that line weights in VW don't necessarily correspond to an actual width, correct? Does anyone have a workaround to make that possible, or maybe a suggestion on another app that does? Many thanks! A
  5. Hi all, I'm trying to create an LED wall that I can attach a media server to in Vision. In searching around, I'm not seeing much - there is a thread from a few years ago about using "Spotlight>Visualization>Select Vision Video Source>" (which seems a little outdated, but there's a similar menu item in 2022) to configure that, but in 2022, the LED wall that I've created using the LED Screen tool results in the error "This command requires that one of the following objects be selected 3D Locus/Extrude/3D Polygon, etc, etc ,etc" The screen is editable via the PIO in VW, but it's importing into vision as just a mesh shape. I tried searching for an actual tutorial but there's nothing, and the manual is somewhat silent on actually setting this up. Can someone point me in the right direction for instructions on this feature? thx! A
  6. Thanks folks! Some reckless draftsperson (ahem) dropped a stick of random truss about 1/2 mile north of the loading dock in my drawing. Once removed, it opens right in front of the stage and with all the zoom and flyover purchase I would expect. 🤣
  7. You mean, I might have dropped a bolt out near FOH, and I've got to fish around to find it before the crew curfew? ; ) Thanks this all makes sense. I'll give these tips a try tomorrow when I'm back in my studio.
  8. Hi there, I'm going into the same venue as I did for a show in 2019, so I'm hoping to reuse the VW plot that I created 2 years ago. When I have the plot open in 2021, and use the 'send to vision' command, it opens up in vision, but kinda far away, and I have to carefully pan and zoom into be able to see my stage and lights. There's also something going on where there's a huge amount of purchase from each mouse or scroll wheel movement, to the point that one or two clicks, and the entire drawing is thrown off screen. When I create a quick new stage and lights in VW 2021, and send that to Vision, it opens right in front of the stage as expected. I thought maybe something might have happened to the origin in my VW drawing, but it was right on. I went ahead and reset the origin just to make sure, but that didn't change anything. Any ideas? thanks! AJ
  9. Hi there. For a graphics project, I'm trying to create a coiled helix that kinda looks like a coiled lamp filament. I'm creating it by drawing a 2d curve, and then using the 3D Power Pack/Create Helix-Sprial command. It's making a nice coiled 3d objet for me that's in the ballpark of what I'm looking for, but the coil itself isn't tight enough. When I try and modify the "Turns" value in the OIB, I can't increase it past 62 turns before I get an "Object creation failed due to invalid parameters, please use different parameters" error. I thought it might have to do with the radius of the coil, and maybe VW won't let the coil overlap itself, but even when I adjusted the radius to a size where the coil is really far apart, it still gives me the error. I'm attaching a screen shot of the current coil that I'm working with. The size is not the final version, I can't really dial it in until I've got this detail sorted. Any ideas on how to (literally) wind myself up tighter? ; ) Thx! A
  10. Hi all, I had started a light plot last week in 2019, but apparently I need to use 2020 in order for my workflow to function with Vision, so I just started with 2020. When I open my 2019 plot in 2020 (Windows 10), all my lights are now offset by a couple feet SL from their position on some truss towers, as well as the electrics. Also, all of their Z heights now bear little resemblance to what I painstakingly set them at the other day.. In plan view, I then grabbed several lights that were at the top of truss towers, and moved them manually back on top of the truss towers, and they look correct in plan view, but when I click the 3d flyover tool, all of a sudden, the lights are back to being offset. I then tried "unified view", which moved the lights back off their trusses again. Before I take the time to individually re-position every lamp, is there a fix for this? Thanks! AJ
  11. Thanks. I did try that. It looks like using it with a gobo might work, but I was on the phone with VW support today, and they said that shutter cuts won't render in fog. I tried to switch back to a gobo, and now VW keeps crashing every time I try and render the scene, so I'm gonna get back on the phone with them tomorrow :(
  12. Hi all, I'm trying to dummy up a laser look by projecting a thin rectangular line gobo onto a surface. I used the technique described in the video linked below, and it works for just projecting the gobo itself onto my 3d surfaces, but I need to take the next step and have the shape/texture show up in the beam with the 'lit fog' option turned on, but when I turn on the fog, it's showing the entire circle of the beam, not the shape of the geo I've created. https://www.vectorworks.net/training/2016/getting-started-guides/spotlight/Gsg-2016-s15-adding-a-gobo-texture Is it possible to render a texture in the fog beam? EDIT: I also tried removing my gobo texture and just using the shutter tool, but that doesn't work either. thx! A
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