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  1. Oh Nemetschek, Why do we go though this every time there's a new release. You break something that used to work fine. 2019 SP1 Spotlight Undo is not working correctly with lighting instruments. I've seen a few different errors so far. When at the very start of a design I often spread fixtures around looking at different options. Maybe duplicate array, or duplicate, and move, or click- control - drag and duplicate, or just click to insert. If I don't like what I see CTRL-Z! Oh, but now that doesn't work. Undo either doesn't undo at all, or it leaves a little rectangle where the instrument used to be, but still has all of the instrument information. I've tried with several different fixture types, and they all have issues. The rest of undo works fine regarding non lighting instruments. Sad. I'll submit a bug as I can recreate this on an existing file, or a new file.
  2. I don't usually use borders so maybe this is normal behavior I have a new title block that I set up the border to look the way I want. When I edit said title block I can see the border data is set correct. When I drop the title block on the sheet, with the correct style selected, it inserts the correct title but has the terrible stock border with sections, and everything, not the custom settings I picked. I've tried on several different documents including a blank file that only has this one title block style. Again I don't use borders so maybe this is a "feature" I'm not familiar with?
  3. So do I. But what do you do when you inherit a drawing from someone else that has imported a DWG, and didn't give it a prefix? Now you have 1000 classes that start with A-XXTTT%....
  4. How many of us Spotlight users have to deal DWG files that pollute the class structure? I've asked for years for a tool that would allow us to mass rename these irritating classes, and in 2016 I discovered that VW did indeed have a tool that would do that, but it was only for Architect, and Landscape. Why not Spotlight? http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2018/eng/index.htm#t=VW2018_Guide%2FSetup%2FMapping_Classes_and_Layers.htm&rhsearch=class layer mappings&rhhlterm=class layer mappings&rhsyns= Do the CAD overlords assume us lowly entertainment types don't interface with the almighty AutoCAD? Yeah we do. Every time a building engineer sends us a venue which is fairly often. I don't have a need to own the full "Designer" series, and don't want to pay for features I'll never use, but this one tool would make my life, and so many other lives better, but I can't get access to it. Does anyone else in the Spotlight community care about this, or am I a lone voice?
  5. Here it is 2019, and we still don't have this basic function in Spotlight.
  6. Mickey

    MA2 PLUG-IN VW 2018 W/ MA

    So VW2018 SP3 is out, and it still doesn't work. I'm curious to know what Vectoworks broke in 2018 that makes the plugin not work. It does work fine in 2017. Sadly I have to keep my 2017 copy on my computer just to be able to use this one plug-in.
  7. I thought I'd follow up with a post about a year later. This is still a problem even with 2018 sp3. I was reading through this response, and have a hard time buying into it. If a cloud service was locking the files we wouldn't be able to write to any of them from any program. I'm going to try putting the exchange file on my desktop to see if that does anything. Considering how stupid my work flow is with VW2018, project sharing, LW, and MA export adding this extra step isn't that big of deal.
  8. Mickey

    Join a line with an arc

    That worked Now I have to ask even dumber question. What's the point of "Join" if there's a separate tool to "compose" I've never even noticed the Compose tool.
  9. This is something I can never make work. I want to duplicate along a path. The path contains an arc. I can't freehand draw this because it comes out all wavy. So I draw a straight line, an arc, and another straight line, but you can't duplicate along multiple lines. If I try to join a line, and an arc together they form a 90­° L. If I decompose the arc to lines they won't join. see attached super simple example. This can't be this hard. arc.vwx
  10. In the early stages of a drawing I use the straight truss tool to play around with layouts. It's a quick way to make a 3D model. You can set hanging angle for vertical, and draw out all of your shapes. With 2018 we get "Replace with stock symbols" In the Conversion section. This has been a great addition as I now don't have to redo the work by going back, and dropping in the symbols. I can now run a report to count all of my truss symbols (please see my other post about the painful experience of running reports) I do not see a way of converting these symbols to Truss objects. However with that said I also don't see an advantage of converting them either. I don't have Braceworks so there might not be a point. What do you all think? Even if we could convert a symbol to a truss object (like you can a symbol to a instrument) is there any advantage in a non Braceworks environment?
  11. Mickey

    MA2 PLUG-IN VW 2018 W/ MA

    I've had success with It usually takes me several passes of export/import before the data looks correct in the console. Sometimes I'll do it in waves. It's always the conventional fixtures that get me trouble because I twofer them, and have multiple instances of the same channel that confuses the export. What I do in that case is create yet another file, and delete all of the moving lights, and a 3rd file with all the movers, and no conventionals. The movers get exported by type, and the conventionals in a single layer. It all takes some hoop jumping but way faster, and more accurate than having to patch a large show directly in the board.
  12. Wow that's incredibly stupid and complicated for what used to take me 4-5 clicks. I created a new one, and got it to count correctly. Thank you for helping with that.
  13. Mickey

    Insert Truss tool - Vertical truss?

    Brilliant. It would have been nice if it were explained that simply in the Help file. Thanks I learned more than just vertical truss in that short video.
  14. Sure. Since I've stopped working to write yet another tech support request. Here's the file with everything stripped out except the lighting layer. The 2 reports I started are still in the file. The one pictured is named Count Supper. Let me know if you figure out what I'm doing wrong. Thanks -mickey Test_count_file.vwx


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