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Mickey

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  1. First does lightwright data exchange work with student versions? Second does lightwright data exchange work with a watermarked version? I'm trying to help someone with a show, and the file was created in a student version which creates a watermarked file. It has a light plot already drawn. I tried connecting the file to lightwright, but it doesn't import anything into said lightwright. Before I start chasing my tail I want to know if it is supposed to work.
  2. Please see below images for how this new "feature" ruins my workflow. Image 1 Edited the object you can see the different fields as "#Linked Text" The white letter format is larger than the symbol. In this case the text field will be filled in as a 3 digit number which is this booths number. Image 2 are 2 different symbols selected, and even thought there is no value assigned hence no visible number the selection box is larger than the symbol because the invisible "linked text" field is larger than the symbol. Image 3 both symbols aligned left, and it aligns the invisible linked text field, and not the actual edge of the symbol. This is not a feature, this is someone creating value by changing things that weren't broken, and breaking them. The law of unintended consequences? Please fix this. It's really making my work unhappy. I'm going to submit this as a bug. linked text.vwx
  3. Does anyone have this issue or is it just me?
  4. Nemetchek why do you continuously make my life more difficult? Please see attached screen grabs one from VW 2020 and the others from 2021. I have a lot of simple symbols with custom text fields, and record formats. In this case these are symbols for a trade show style booth layout. So booth number, and 2 different booth names with text formatting. In 2020 the linked text would be just a slim invisible object that you have to draw a marquee around to order to find. In the Text 2020 jpeg here's a symbol being edited in 2D, and you can see the 3 linked text objects Yeah sometimes it can be tricky to find, but at least it's contained within the boundary of the symbol. In the link text 21 jpeg you can see the words"#Linked Text" but with my formatting those words are bigger than the symbol. Look at the symbol 21 jpeg and you can see the boundary of the symbol is now larger than the symbol itself, and this really messes with my ability to line objects up. Center is not center anymore. Is this a feature or a bug?
  5. @JustinVH You bring up an interesting point. In a 5 way corner what is "top" This might explain some of the cussing I was doing at VW while trying to build a simple 4 post truss box around a stage. Using the insert truss tool I had placed a 10' stick as a leg vertically, and when trying to insert the corner block it kept putting it on the bottom of the leg and not the top. I had to manually move it, then it all of the various pieces I attached using the insert truss tool where sideways not top and bottom. A simple 30'x30' box with 4 legs should have taken 30 seconds to a minute to build using the insert truss tool, and instead it took me a half hour part of which was fighting the anomaly we see here. It seems the VW truss tools have gotten more complicated than useful. How would I set a 5 way corner so the open end is on top, or on the side if the corner was part of a larger system?
  6. Thanks Tom, That's something that needs to be fixed in the Tomcat library. This must be some new feature because I've never seen this before. Did you just check the unchecked box, and fill in the XYZ based on the top? I'd like to know in case I see this again
  7. What is this crap and how do I get rid of it? See attached pic and file I tried using an existing symbol in my library and a newly imported symbol from Tomcat. I placed the corner block using the insert truss tool from a front view to stack it on top of a 10 vertical piece these data tags became visible. When selected they show up in OIP as a Truss Cross. There's no class associated with them. So I deleted them, only to have them come back when I nudged the whole truss piece WTF is this crap? A new "tool" that I didn't ask for? Why Why Why Vectorworks do you make my life so miserable? Anyone know how to get rid of them? Thanks -mickey truss cross.vwx
  8. One of the groups I work with has had a lot of success using Dropbox. Some "gotcha's" you have to look for (at least in a pre pandemic word) Always check out your layers before getting on the plane and turn off your wifi on the plane while working with your file. - Even if the plane has wifi it may not be fast enough to sync to the xml file, and you could end up with a broken working file that has been disconnected from the project file. - If that happens you have to create a new project file, and users have to create new working files which could strand some changes If you work on both a desktop and a laptop create separate working files for each machine. The issue of a working file becoming disconnected from a project file can happen. Make sure everyone on the project is using the desktop app, and working out of the file in the Dropbox folder. - Yes there are people that still don't know how to use Dropbox Otherwise we've had a lot of success using project files assuming the users know how to use project files. That said we created a document outlining best practices, and guidelines to help new to project files not screw up the classes and layers.
  9. I figured it out. I had a long call with Tech Support and we deleted Vectorworks 21 preferences folder. In Windows 10 that's in User/AppData/Roaming/Nemetcheck/Vectorworks/2021 Deleted the whole folder which makes you re-activate VW. We noticed the palettes were correct. I ran the migration manager again, and that's what broke it. After many many attempts I narrowed it down to 1 single checkbox that breaks the palettes apart. Preferences.xml You can see in the images below what happens when that single box is checked. I ran it again, with everything checked EXCEPT that 1 box, and it works. I'll submit a bug report So glad to be doing product development for something I pay for.
  10. I uninstalled and re-installed after doing a registry clean. Nothing changed. As an extra ha ha bonus when I edit a workspace and come out of it any window and pallet placement I've done is lost. I'm so glad I pay for a subscription of Designer. I can see my money is going towards useful, and meaningful upgrades to the platform Oh and Support has not responded to my request. I'll be calling tomorrow
  11. OK great. I'm not the only one. That's a small win. Yes same issue with them all being on the far right of my my right side monitor. I updated the graphics driver just in case, but that didn't fix it. This was a pre SP3 installation but I didn't use 21 until very recently. I had no need to draw anything as I'm in the entertainment industry, but now I've got a gig, and we're working in 21 so I updated to SP3.1 and this. Laptop looks fine even with 2 monitors, but it was a clean 3.1 installation. I guess I'll try uninstalling, and installing a fresh 3.1 How Lame
  12. I guess no one has had this issue and I'll be calling tech support where I'm sure they will tell me they've never seen anything like this before again
  13. Attached are 2 screen shots. VW2020 and how window palettes used to, and should behave, and VW2021 SP3.1 and how they look now. I've restarted the computer to see if that would help, and still wrong. This did not happen on my laptop. Only the desktop version, and only after installing 3.1 Anyone?
  14. This thread is 5 years old, and here I am wanting to see the sources of lights I'm trying to render. I don't see the files, or images listed, probably because the thread is so old. Scott can you share again? Has there been a newer and better method to see the sources or dots? Thanks -mickey
  15. It's not a super easy transition and Import. I think it's odd that the set design team is being asked to import into MA3D. That's usually the lighting department importing the models from the set department. Here's a link to some info https://support.actlighting.com/knowledgeBase/11589471 Good luck
  16. Can you expand on that thought? Link to something maybe?
  17. OK I did a search in Help and found the tool. There's very little information about how to use it, and what the numbers mean, but I kind of got it to work. It looks like it's very sensitive to how the image file is imported. Once I slap it around a little I think it will reveal its secrects It would be nice if VW would offer some deeper explanation of what the numbers mean. This is not the only example of that. But this method is going to be way better than what I was doing before
  18. I am trying to make some 3D musical notes. I am working with a visual artist on a project, and I need to do some modeling that has physical musical notes. I found some shared vector graphics, and opened those in Illustrator, exported them as DXF files, imported each one to an individual VWX file, made a surface, and extruded them Yeah me! The artist didn't like the musical notes I found, and has instead drawn new ones Boo me I went through this earlier in the project where we wanted a heart. I took the PNG file dumped it in VW then used a series of arcs to re create the shape, made a surface out of them, and extruded. Woo-Hoo heart. But the thought of having to that gag for 4 different complex musical notes has me rethinking my approach. I'm pretty certain that I'm using the wrong software to do this. I bet there's something out there that could take a PNG, trace it, then extrude, and model it on an iPad, but I don't want to buy, and learn a new modeling program just for this small project. There has to be a better way. Doesn't there? Thanks in advance -mickey
  19. Oh woe is me. I need to drop some porta potties into a drawing, and silly me assumed VW2020 would have them. Nope Lots of good event towable units. Great I'll use those in the future, but for now I'm looking for the good old fashioned porta-john kind So I searched the forum, and came up with my own thread :facepalm
  20. We think it's something similar, but related to air travel. Even if you don't check anything out, and open a file on a plane that has some internet, it might not sync the dropbox or some other VW "feature". We accept that this is a risk, but what's infuriating is that the error refers to duplicate files and there are none. Even if we reset the project file it doesn't work. The only way to get it working again is to create a new project file in a new folder. It can't be in the same folder.
  21. I keep getting this error, and it's killing our project team. See attached. No one has copied and pasted anything. There's only 1 VWXP file in the folder, or in any folder in the entire dropbox for this project. WHY DO WE KEEP GETTING THIS? We've had a lot of success in the past using Dropbox, and project files, but the last 2 projects have had this recurring problem. Anyone else seen it?
  22. Why not instead make VW work with an existing plugin? Every year a new VW comes out, and breaks the MA Export plugin. Maybe you could in advance work with MA so they can update the plug in in advance? Isn't Nemetschek supposed to make our lives better not worse? Or is it because MA has a 3D modeling program that is free and that competes with Vision so you do this on purpose? No that can't be it Since VW/LW/MA2 is my primary workflow I won't be installing 2020 until this is resolved. Or I'll be stuck with leaving 2019 on my machine and having to back save to do the export like with did with 2018 Thumbs down
  23. Was there any resolution to this? I have the same problem and would love to use "current plot date" I've got a project with over 80 sheets. I have finally gotten smart and started using the Title Block manager, and reduced the number of title blocks to a few, but still it's really annoying to have to manually update. At least it's only in a couple of places
  24. Thanks Boh, I did some similar searches, and indeed just killed those classes. For this particular file it's not a big deal, but I have had some issues in the past with mystery classes, and didn't have the time to figure it out. Since this file was so simple I thought it would be interesting to delve deeper.
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