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  1. I have had this issue as well. It seems that you have to make all the connection in the exact same direction. If you start making connections going from the left device to the right, they will all match. But if you later add another connection going from the right device to the left device, the labels on that line will be flipped.
  2. @TomWhiteLight Thanks for your detailed response. We ran into another interesting issue today. When using schematic views with rigging objects (not converted to light positions) and you give position information to the lighting fixtures... the 2D schematic representations of the light fixtures all disappear. If you remove the position name from the fixtures, they reappear on the schematic view. Thoughts?
  3. I'm trying to change the color of all magenta text. I've changed the color of all classes with a magenta pen color but my Conn Panel Outputs and Data Terms are still labeled in magenta color. I've attempted to edit the sys symbols to see if I can change the text color there but no luck? Does anyone know how I can change the color of these labels?
  4. Our office just upgraded to 2020 and we are having some similar confusion regarding the intended behavior of the schematic view tools. It seems that creating schematic views from a ladder (not a hang position) and a ladder (converted to a hang position) has different results in the schematic view. For our purposes, the schematic view created by a ladder that is not a hang position results in what we expected to see (a front view with 2D lighting symbols and label legends). When you create a schematic view of ladder that has been converted to a hang position, the front view schematic shows front view 3D lighting symbols. Sure this is useful for showing how the fixtures are physically hung, but we also want the ability to show the 2D symbols and label legends for fixture info. Attached is my test file. Schematic View Tests.pdf Schematic View Tests.vwx
  5. I don't think that is it... the color fields are all empty.
  6. So I'm not quite sure what I did, but when I have "draw beam" turned on for my lighting fixtures, all of the beams drawn are red. How do I get the beams back to the default black? I've checked my beam class as well as the attributes pallet for the the fixtures. Everything seems to be set to black. Any ideas?
  7. In the press release regarding this acquisition, it mentions that ConnectCAD will be "offered as an add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight or Designer." Does this mean it will be an additional cost? Or will this be included in the price of a Spotlight/Designer licence?
  8. I this pre-formatted report available to Spotlight users? I don't see it in the list.
  9. Hello everyone, For a while now, I have been struggling to find an efficient workflow for drawing non-horizontal lighting positions in Vectorworks. The challenge I'm having is finding the best way to only have 1 instance of each fixture in both 2D and 3D views. For my purposes, accurate 3D positioning of the whole rig is incredibly important as my end goal is to export the plot into GrandMA2 for programming. 2D views are equally important for clean plots, hang tapes, etc. I have been playing with the Vectorworks visualization tool called "Create Plot and Model View." [app-help.vectorworks.net] I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with it and have seen a lot of posts here regarding it. This tool lets you draw your non-horizontal positions in 2D/Plan View and then create a design layer viewport that shows a 3D model of the position that you can then rotate and position in space accurately. At first, this functionality seems great because I can use the 2D views for label legends, plots and hang tapes. At the same time I can have a true to life 3D model for photometrics, renderings and I had hoped for accurate MA2 export. Where I'm struggling with this tool is that the 3D model view is just a 3D viewport referenced from the fixtures/positions drawn in 2D/Plan view. If you attempt to run the MA2 export plugin, all of the the non-horizontal positional will use the fixture positioning from the 2D/Plan View where the fixtures were created/defined. (On the ground, horizontally) For shows that have these non-horizontal positions, the only way I have found to accurately get these positions to export correctly into MA3D is to draw them entirely in 3D. This ends up being very cumbersome when you want to create plots and hang tapes. Is there any way to pull the position information from the 3D viewport of the lighting fixtures created with "create plot and model view?"
  10. So I've used the Create Plot and Model Views to create a couple vertical lighting ladders. But I'm a bit confused in regards to where vectorworks thinks the actual vertical fixtures are in real life. My goal is to eventually use the GrandMA2 exporter plugin to get my 3D fixture locations in to my showfile. Since the Create Plot and Model View tools is just creating a viewport, when I export to MA2, won't the position information for my ladder fixtures be coming from the definition layer and thus be incorrect? Am I missing something?
  11. Same issue here. I have a class with the same name as the viewport I am attempting to create and it is telling me " the viewport name is already being used by another object." Seems odd that a class and viewport couldn't share the same name as they are two entirely different things.
  12. Greetings, I'm using focus points and the draw beam features in spotlight and am currently working on getting all of my viewports plated into sheet layers for publishing. I'm running into a bit of a snag where I have some viewports where I would like to see the lighting beams and others where I would like them to be off. How can i achieve this since this is a feature of the lighting fixture itself and not a class? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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