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  1. Matster

    Find Text

    Unless i'm doing something wrong, the Find text tool doesn't work. If i have say 15 instances of a specific text box and i do a "find and replace", it'll replace correctly, however if i only "find" it will only highlight 1 item, although say there are more (often this is wrong!). am i missing something, or is the tool broken?
  2. Matster

    Find Text

    my application for this use of text, is to create a system schematic, each text box represents a specific piece of equipment that i generated from a spreadsheet, so it is feasible a callout style box could work, although it may be a little clumsy. however the same text-box/callout would need to locate multiple time across the drawing, meaning i'd still have to be able to search for where it is located. That said, if i could highlight where all the boxes were and edit them all at the same time, that would be useful. obviously this is no good for my current drawings, but I will look into seeing is they're useful for future use! regarding Calllouts... I cannot work out how to put the key legend down when using it on a second sheet. on the first sheet, the callout numbers are created and the keynote drops in automatically, when i annotate the second sheet, it numbers the callouts, but the keynote legend never appears! weird!
  3. Matster

    Find Text

    I do like callouts, unfortunately this specific application of text boxes, the use of Callouts wouldn't work! I'll have to cope until Vectorwork upgrade the text search field!
  4. Matster

    Find Text

    Thanks for getting back to me, at least i'm not hunting forever! but it does seem very limiting, if it only finds one of the instances. If this doesn't work, then as far as i can see, there is't way to search and find all text boxes with a specific piece of text in, which is pretty much a feature in every program ever written 😂 Although maybe there is a way... 1 - put the text in a record.. 2 - create a report... 3 - export the report... 4 - open it in Excel... 5 - find the text you want... 6 - cross-reference the row number back to the Vectorworks worksheet 7 - then select it from the worksheet A simple 7 stages! 😂🤣
  5. I'd to be able to place some preformatted text into a text box with a record attached, and then have a record field update automatically. is that possible? the text would be formatted so that each field has a character to determine when it's text should start. i'm sure it is possible, i just don't know where to start!
  6. I'm sure there's a decent tutorial of how to do this, but I haven't found one! All i want to be able to to do is add some of our equipment to the generic databases of speakers, projectors and cameras. I have all the models and specs ect, i just want to be able to add them, so when i drop in a new projector onto a drawing, my projector type is on there, with its weight and lens options already included. I can find the drawings in the libraries, but when i add a new object in them, they never seem to update! It'll be fairly simple, i just need pointing in the right direction!
  7. I use a Streamdeck (https://www.elgato.com/en/gaming/stream-deck) for various functionality in software packages (AutoCAD, Outlook, Chrome, gaming etc) and I was wondering if anyone had set-up a profile for Vectorworks? I've kicked one off, but creating fancy GUI's isn't my strongest point, here's a Link if anyone's interested (it is still very much work in progress!). I'm not precious, if anyone has done a better version, I'd be certainly interested. What I've done works for my needs as of now, and I've just bought a 3DConnexion Spacemouse, the plan is to have this and the Stream deck to emulate a poor mans SpaceMouse Enterprise (as I already own the Streamdeck and use for other applications!).
  8. Is it possible to update an object or symbols record from an Excel document? I was thinking, I could name the object and it would update the record with the reliant information in the spreadsheet.
  9. Matster

    Connected Polyline

    I'm using Vectorworks to draw a Schematic and wondered if there is a way to draw a Polyline between 2 boxes and have it connected at both ends, so if i move the boxes around the line stays connected both ends.
  10. Matster

    Connected Polyline

    Thanks, I thought as much, which is not an issue at all, i was thinking moving like they do on a Marionette symbol, but it's no hassle moving the lines when needed.
  11. Matster

    Updating Record from Excel Spreadsheet

    I might be able to put the information into a vectorworks worksheet, is it easier to reference a worksheet embedded into the drawing file? although, I'm not clear how to do that either.
  12. Matster

    Updating Record from Excel Spreadsheet

    cool, that sounds very useful!
  13. Hi does anyone know how to grab the texture of a group an display it in a worksheet? I can get the texture of objects with using "Function" and "Object Texture", but even though the group is covered by a texture I can't work out how to display it in a worksheet! I have thought of using a Marionette, to put the texture name in a record and then reference that, but you can't seem to get a texture name from a Marionette either!
  14. Matster

    Getting Group Texture in Worksheet

    I've attached a couple of example groups, that i was trying to grab the texture of, I'm happy to texture the whole thing if that helps! Example Groups.vwx
  15. I'd like to be able to attached may screen to one truss and projector to another, then have the weights of each calculate for each, is that possible? or will i have to create an object for a random weight, just to make an allowance?
  16. I'm only hours into Marionette, so I am very new, however I I am stuck on a few very simple things (or they should be!) I want to create a record for new and existing objects with it's height and width in a text or number field, I've got to a point where i'm stuck, currently where i am at, i can attach a record with its size (width or height) included, but I've come to a stand still on how to move forward, so here are my questions; - I can specify an object by its name, but would like to just select 400 or so objects and apply the Marionette script to the lot how can i do this? - typically in the UK, we work in mm, but all our set build panels are in feet and inches! so I need to convert the format of the "Get Length" and "Get Width" to feet and inches - Ideally, I would like the panel size to be as text in one text field, I just cannot work out how to join multiple strings together, so it makes a single string i.e. "Get Length"&"x"&"Get Width" I have curves and angled panels i'd like to identify, but for now I just want to work out how to automate the standard rectangles! thanks in advance!! 😁
  17. Matster

    Adding/Amending records - Simple Questions

    Much better 😀 so how do i turn my Integer into a string? as it creates an error with it directly into the ordered list with the Concat attached!
  18. Matster

    Adding/Amending records - Simple Questions

    This worked perfectly, thanks for this, I can see a huge amount of use for this node in my ideas! The math is simple enough, just a little arduous! I couldn't see an attached file 😱 if you could re-attach it that would be great! either way i'll try and work it out, now I have a pointer in the right direction!
  19. Matster

    Shuttering Spotlights in OpenGL

    Thanks Mark, That is a great video! I'll be watching it through a few times to grasp some of those techniques! it is impressive how those renders and the reality look so alike!
  20. for some reason, i cannot see the results of shuttering my lights in OpenGL, it's is visible in fast render, but as soon as I switch to OpenGL, it just displays open shutter. I do have a few LED battens with lots of emitters, but even with those off, it don't show the shutter.
  21. Matster

    Highest Record Number

    I was advised to pop this topic into the Python scripting area, as it's more of a script than a tool! I need a way of finding out what the highest number is of a specific record and then putting it on the drawing (ideally auto updating!) This is for a few things, chair/table number (don' really like the auto creation tool!) and cable numbers on schematics, these are just a couple of current requirement, but i just think it would be really useful! I have little experience with scripting (and non in Vectorwork), so any advice or instruction would be greatly! 😀
  22. I'm trying to do something very simple, one of 2 things either; items with reports (say model number or size), count how many are in a specific class or rectangles, count the ones with the same height and width on the same class it sounds very easy and if it was excel i could do it on a flash, but the summary only summarises and the sum, adds together all the numbers, which is no good if there are no number in the field (as it's a text item). Also, if i try and be clever by using say the volume, it adds all the vols together, not count ones with the same vol! All I want to do, is design a stage set and create a report of the different panels I'm using for the workshop to pull together. I can either add a report to each component and give it a type (in text), or i can break it down to panels with the same height and width. I don'y care really, although grabbing the data directly from the object seems the quickest way and most secure, as there's a chance a record could be incorrectly filled in. As you can tell, this is frustrating me a little! 😫
  23. Matster

    Report Counting.. should be simple!

    Thanks @Boh I that's helped a lot, and has given me an understanding of how it all works now! It would be nice to know how to auto hide columns, that have no value! but maybe that's a different thread 😀
  24. Matster

    What's the highest Number?!

    I need a way of finding out what the highest number is of a specific record and then putting it on the drawing (ideally auto updating!) This is for a few things, chair/table number (don' really like the auto creation tool!) and cable numbers on schematics, these are just a couple of current requirement, but i just think it would be really useful!
  25. Matster

    What's the highest Number?!

    Thanks I have no (or limited) clue with scripting, so i think i'll re-post this in the Python forum and see if any can lead me through it!


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