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  1. @Pat Stanford Thank you for the caveat. While this is something weighing heavily on my mind, it seems I haven't given it enough thought. Naively I thought this PIO would just drop a Truss Symbol that I could then copy/paste all over the place and use the snapping points to line up. Benefit here also would be that I had someplace cleaner to store my symbols. But I will take your advice and look into Data Tags @michaelk Once again, Thank you MichaelK. You helped me greatly in my adventures with worksheets and now this. I will investigate the Data Tag option and report back with what I find. In the meantime, thank you both. Dimension2 looks wonderful. I will also download that and incorporate it into my files. Maybe find a way to tweak it a bit, aesthetically speaking of course.
  2. Hello Pat, many thanks in advance. I have been on and off on the forums with questions to help my workflow. Creating a PIO to insert symbols has constantly been in the back of my mind with a few usages in mind. I work in the entertainment industry and as such use Truss almost daily. As I print the plots for install, I have found it useful for the end user if I had a plot with Truss Builds denoting what each stick of Truss is. I currently am using a custom set of symbols for Truss and noticed if I insert the Truss Length into the symbol, I can turn the visibility on/off through the use of classes, however as I edit the symbol and need to rotate truss, the font gets rotated as well. Through research, it has been suggested that by making a PIO that inserts my truss symbol, I can achieve class visible length markers that do not rotate with the truss. Where can I gather more help on creating a PIO for this purpose? Secondly, I had contacted Sam Jones about a possible PIO similar to the one you reference here. I wanted to drop a locus point on my drawing that shows distance from origin, much like his Chain Hoist Tool shows distance from origin. He mentioned needing to understand EventAware. I just downloaded your example, but does your example do just this? Thank you
  3. precisely. every time i attempt to create a worksheet all i get is pretty much a spreadsheet and I have no clues how to bind cells to functions and what not.
  4. @michaelk Very informative. I appreciate you taking the time. I will watch this over and over. Questions: 1. The 3D symbol that represents the hoist...it looks oddly similar to the one used in the Chain Hoist Tool, is this something you scripted or is it built into Vectorworks 2. I seem to be having a fair amount of trouble creating worksheets to work as yours works. What's the correct method in doing so? Thank you much.
  5. @michaelk I'm actually making my own symbols for motor placement that will have attached records...
  6. @michaelk Apologies if I'm bringing back an old thread. But I was just wonder how to do the same as well. I tried following your steps but I am not following the parts following the worksheet creation. Would you have a moment to explain that in further detail?
  7. @@Pat Stanford @Sam Jones I basically want to mimic the Chain Hoist Tool, but with far fewer options. Drop an object (2D/3D Symbol) and upon dropping the object into my drawing, have the following options: Hoist Size (1/4 T, 1/2T, 1T, 2T) -- would be a dropdown that changes the symbols for each corresponding motor size to either a Diamond, Triangle, Circle, or a Square - much like the Chain Hoist Tool Distro Color -- can be a dropdown; also changes the color surrounding the symbol as in the attached symbol drawings Circuit Number (1 - 8) -- can be a dropdown Motor Cable Length (50', 75', 100', 125', 150') -- can be a dropdown Hang Type (Dead Hang, Bridle, Spanner) -- can be a dropdown A record label that keeps track of the coordinates with reference to the origin -- I love this aspect of Chain Hoist, I can refer to any point and it'll display the coordinates Trim Heights I have corresponded with Sam and the aspect of the chain Hoist Tool that allows for Origin Reference to be displayed every time the symbol is moved has to do with Event Aware...something I haven't been able to find any information on through Google but would really love to have. I think the Chain Hoist Tool is a great tool. Well thought out and very thorough. For my uses however, it becomes a little too thorough as I don't need to know the motor's manufacturer, phasing, speed, voltage, controller location, chain runners and connector type. I love how it's implemented and would like to create/script a tool/plugin that largely mimics it. If that is OK with Sam. I would eventually love to learn how to use worksheets to print out each motor's location with reference to a user origin, cable length, hang type, and such to speed up my Pre Production process. With this in mind, along with Event Aware, I also spoke with Sam about using that aspect of the Chain Hoist Tool and creating a tool/plugin that acts as the Stake Object. Something similar to the loci tool that I can leave marks at my scenery locations that would display the coordinates, again with reference to a user origin. If I haven't lost all my hair at this point, I would love to have a button that could clear all dropped points. I suppose I can CTRL-A and delete, but this would prevent me from accidentally deleting scenery items. Maybe through the use of classes? Assigning all location points to a class and just deleting the class? I apologize if my understanding of the subject is so basic. But I'm really trying to learn. Also, attached is a PDF of a small set of symbols I would like to use. @markdd Thank you for the suggestion, I will look into this as well. New Symbols.pdf
  8. Thank you for your response. I work as a Production Rigger and I group my motors and motor distros by colors. Since playing with the Chain Hoist tool from Sam Jones, I was intrigued with the ability of the Chain Hoist tool however the color grouping options were limited (4 or 5 colors if I recall). Hence started my journey down this path. Other options I am looking into are learning to script with Vectorscript, however I keep reading and am getting nowhere fast. I think I need a watered down 'Dummies' version to get started. Now that I look back, even Sam Jones had a page of each symbol instance included with the Chain Hoist tool. I guess I know what I want but because I can't script and don't know how to start, I don't know how to begin. Like with basic HTML you have your <html> <body> and what not... Apologies for the rant. But I do thank you for your help. Not to be drifting off topic too much, but I've followed the links in the searches of Vectorscripting and so far have found myself going round and round in circles. And in response to your signature, I am interested in Scripting. BTW, is the Chain Hoist tool really a tool? Or is it a plug-in? Thank you.
  9. I've been playing with this for a while. I would like to create a symbol that has the ability to change the fill in 2 different parts of the symbol. Any chance this can be achieved with 'Color by Class'? I am repeating symbols and denoting their function through the use of colors. In the past, I have had to draw up each symbol in the color combinations desired and Copy/Paste each symbol when I need. Hoping to consolidate the symbols page of my 'Template'. Thank you.


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