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  1. 4 hours ago, Neves+Creative Inc. said:

    Yes, always jump into the next version!


    You are a brave man.

    Personally I stay away from the "upgrade" until February of the named year.

    So I won't bother with VWX24 for another few months.

    It's like the old days when we wouldn't upgrade until the x.5 came out.


  2. On 7/25/2023 at 11:39 PM, Kevin K said:

    There seems to. E some voodoo going on with the file showing up more than once…

    Mickey, download the file showing towards the bottom of my post.


    I got it!



  3. 23 hours ago, Kevin K said:

    Uh, so…..use the one I uploaded 🙂

    you won’t find anything like it an any VW library…..period.

    Kevin when I click on the link I just get a "sorry can't find ..." error.



  4. On 6/16/2023 at 7:43 PM, Kevin K said:

    @Mickey You didn't specify which version of VW you are using....

    That said, here is a pretty good pool table. VW 2022 version.

    It is a semi-large file, so you can mess with 'Simplify Mesh' from the Modify menu, but be careful not to over simplify ! 🙂

    POOL TABLE.vwx

    I'm on '23 and when I searched for one I couldn't find anything in the resource browser

  5. I was just looking for this information, but sad me the answer is no.

    A static rendered image of the iMag is what I was looking for.

    I've dropped a camera from the event tools into a drawing, I've got 2 screens next to the stage.

    I've zoomed my camera to be roughly a waist shot, and I sure would like to put that waste shot onto the screens, and show the client the damn screens are too small for iMag and to cut the camera entirely.


    So the way to do that would be to render the camera as an image file, save that, import that image as a texture, and map it to the screen which requires centering, and scaling.

    It sure would be nice just to link the image to the screen.


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  6. I saw the part about replacing a run of truss with a not just a different brand but a different type.

    Yeah that could be a thing, but maybe out of bounds.

    One my main goals would be to replace a same length with a different brand.

    Essentially I want to replace a Tomcat with a Thomas, or XSF and  they have the same bolt pattern.

    Or a black with a silver.

    Replacing a 10' with 2 5'. OK that's a feature I'd like.

    There has to be a way to do this.

    Back in the day I used to draw all my truss with the "Truss tool" Drag a line, get a 40' truss.

    good for a quick rough drawing.

    Then when the design would settle I's used "Spotlight/Object Conversion / Replace with Stock symbols"

    That worked pretty well.


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  7. I had a long exchange with tech support about this.

    First a phone call where I explained the problem, and shared the files with the tech support and finally got a point where they said " oh, that's not supposed to happen"

    A thread I had going about this topic with a different person got a vague response about this kind of supposed to happen, but then gave me something about cropping might break this.

    It ruined my renderings for this particular project.

    I did submit as a bug.

  8. On 3/14/2023 at 11:53 AM, SketchyJed33 said:

    Here is the easy answer without having to do any crazy programming


    File > Document settings > Spotlight Prefs > Loads and Rigging tab, check box on the bottom , then go into your drawing and turn off that class. 




    For a bit VW23 seemed to be better. I was getting a little better results with 5 way corners, but still ran into the limitations of BW but then the truss turds came back.

    I couldn't remember how I got rid of them and came back to  this thread to find the script.

    I see your solution, and that must be an addition to 23  which is great.

    But I think they should have followed @stayathomedad and called them "Truss Cross Turds" because that's what they are.


  9. On 4/11/2023 at 3:16 AM, TomWhiteLight said:

    Is your viewport referenced as a DVLP? or by Layer?

    If its by layer then I would expect the load to attach to the truss, if its by DVLP then I agree this shouldn't happen.

    Let us know.

    Do you mean Design Layer Viewport?

    I think that's what it is.

    Create Viewport / Select Source / External / Select File / Choose Layers and Classes visible / OK




  10. I found a whole new way to hate Braceworks.

    I have my lighting file.

    In that file I draw trusses, and lights.

    In order to see the event layout I do layer with a viewport reference to the Master file that has the event layouts, set, venue, etc ... on it.

    One of the points of this is so I don't mess up the master file with lights, and classes, and I can have my own drawing blah blah blah.

    The referenced information is a viewport.

    You can't modify a viewport. You can only turn classes, and layers on, off, and grey.


    But in this new version of VW the video wall in the viewport has snapped to my truss, and is no longer on the stage floor.

    I called the TD and asked why he'd moved the video wall, and what they were going to put under it.

    And in his drawing it's on the stage floor.

    In mine it's floating.

    Because in the viewport it moved, and snapped to the bottom of my truss.

    WTF >>>???

    That's not supposed to be possible.

    Or is this a new "feature" that no one asked for.

    Anyone else seen this?

    And of course I can't show you the pictures I screen shotted because the forum still won't let me upload jpgs.

    Thanks Nemetchek.


  11. I found this thread to try to once again teach myself how to make a strip light look correct, and after reading through the thread all I get is facepalm



    So back to putting multiple emitters in the light.

    Of course when I tried that it didn't work.

    more facepalm.



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  12. So the short answer is no.

    You can not control the direction of a truss cube. 😢

    I figured it had something to do with the direction a truss the cube is connected to is inserted.

    @markdd No I haven't and I was trying to avoid having to make custom symbols just to control the direction of the open side, but I think until this is fixed that is the only answer.

    On 4/5/2023 at 1:15 AM, markdd said:

    The other way I have found to get more reliable results is to drag a truss object using the locus that is closest to the connection I want to make.

    Can you eleborate on this a bit more?

    I'm not sure what you are talking about when you drag.



    This is an example of why I hate Braceworks so much.

    It kinda works sometimes.

    As long as you are working the way the people that designed it to then it's golden.

    For anyone else it's all sad trombone.






  13. This is one of the primary reasons Braceworks makes me hate it.

    There are so many things about BW that makes me scream but one thing at a time.

    It has gotten better.

    Now in 2023 there's a little red indicator that gives you some sense of the direction the cube is going so this is getting better.

    5 way truss cubes are really common for vendors that use Tomcat or Tomcat clones which is a lot of lighting shops in the US.

    I have to build dumb things out of truss all the time so fighting with this is all too frequent.

    It would be tolerable if I could just flip a cube and have it be correct, but Tomcat 5 way corners aren't symmetrical, nor are they a true 12" (Why Tomcat ...?) so rotating them causes other issues.

    The Braceworks tool of clicking trusses together is really useful (if only it would allow me to exchange trusses, or click trusses of a same bolt pattern but different manufacturer) but I can't get control of this 5 way cube thing.

    I have a few tricks that work sometimes, but not others.

    The direction of the open side is inconsistent so I can't find a regular way to trick it.

    So hive mind.

    How do you control the direction of a 5 way truss cube?

    Attached is a a simple example of the pieces I'm using.




  14. Vectorworks doesn't have this brand in its library.


    Probably because the manufacturer doesn't release info or something stupid like that.

    But said manufacturer also doesn't have any downloads on their website.

    And yet they've been around for a long time.

    Does anyone have any details on this truss?

    I'm working with a vendor that has this in house, and prefer to draw with the correct symbols in an attempt to get cords accurate.

    Note attempt.




  15. I downloaded 23 back in September.

    It was SP1 and I didn't trust an early build so I shelved it until my schedule opened up and I could dig in.

    I have a small project starting from scratch so I thought it would be a good time to give it shot.

    When I opened it I got the update notice which I expected.

    I downloaded SP3 and updated libraries etc.

    I started a simple drawing, and it lasted about 30 maybe 45 minutes before it froze, and I had to end task.

    Nothing fancy.

    Some walls, a stage, some drape.

    It's when I started to insert some text.

    Down it went.


    Thanks Nemetschek for living up to expectations.




  16. I'm sure people find this behavior useful but it annoys me to no end.

    Yes I know how to right click and disassociate, but usually after I've moved a dimension, and it moved my object for me.

    I want the dimensions to not auto associate at all.

    I can not see any preference to turn it off completely.



  17. I'd post a picture of the error message, BUT I CAN'T POST PICTURES.

    It's been over a year since I first reported this.

    I've submitted support requests, and sent messages to forum mods.

    I can submit VWX files, but not jpegs.

    I find this extremely annoying, and it makes the forum less useful.

    For example I'd like to post a picture of a dialog box where I have a question about a setting, but I can't.

    Please Please Please fix this .


    Error code as scene on my screen

    "Sorry, and unknown server error occurred when uploading this file (error code: -200)"


    I've tried this on multiple browsers with different security settings.




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