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  1. Thank you all for your ideas and knowledge. I can see where you're headed with this and I don't disagree with standardization, however, I would be in favor of a switch to turn off selectable app data, such as the switch you have to turn off the device builder database in the ConnectCAD settings. Maybe a switch to turn off the connector and signal type data bases as well? The real genesis of where this question arose is that the connector and signal type drop down lists as is can get extremely long and hard to navigate if you've already spent the time building custom connector and signal lists for use in earlier versions. The App Data plus the custom signal lists can be 100 or more connections, some of them duplicated in name only with no customization (ex. class line colors, etc.) I agree with @elc. Maybe there is a way to apply filtering similar to the Make/Model filtering in the device builder? On the flip side, I've been a ConnectCAD user since 2016 and have built, customized, and curated these lists to work with my workflow. To now have to sift through a lot of useless and duplicate data (to me) is frustrating. I remember when I used the app data starting out and it came in handy, but for experienced users things like this are aggravating. One of the things I've loved about ConnectCAD from the beginning is how flexible it is to make it your own. This feels like a little bit of a regression.
  2. Hello all, In VW 2022, Is there a way to get rid of the default connector and signal types and ONLY show the user folder options? Thanks! Chad Silvey
  3. Thank you both for the info. My gut was telling me the same thing, but I was hoping that was not the case. I am trying to make a modified Cable pull sheet for our installers. One that would tell them the all the info that cable report does along with a reference to the page that cable could be found on. I wanted to add it by socket or device, as with an arrow connection those devices would be on two separate pages. This is something that has become a mandatory item for our drawings and was trying NOT to have to do it all by hand. Now you might be asking....the arrow connection does this already....I would agree. But I was hoping it was possible to get all of that info into one location.
  4. Hello, I'm trying to add some custom user fields to the All Layer Cable report. I'm wanting to add a some custom data per socket. I've modified the socket user parameters and can see it in the OIP when I am editing a device socket. Is it possible to add that data to the All Layer Cable report? I've tried ='Circuit"."user1" and ='skt_rec."user1" Is this possible to do? I guess I'm a little confused on how the circuit_rec and skt_rec come together to make the Cable reports. Can someone shed some light on this for me? Thanks!
  5. Also, I might have missed it, but is there a document that shows the workflow the way ConnectCad was intended to work? A lot of this from me might stem from me just figuring things out on the fly. Thanks!
  6. Conrad, Sorry it's taken so long to reply. I really wanted to think about it. The whole reason that we move stuff between layers is that we have to send out paper and pdf docs to our installers. The layers are the way to split out our build in logical sections. The labels on the arrow connections that lead you to the correct page are a crucial component on a printed set. I think it's something that will be around for awhile. It's how the rest of the building industry works (architects, electrical engineers, etc.). We've had to match their workflow. I think we will always have to move things between layers. In my honest opinion, I think you guys are already the best at arrow connections. That is one of the main reasons I switched to ConnectCAD 5 or 6 years ago. Before then we were building manually in autoCAD. To have a program that automatically did that was awesome. My perfect arrow label would be this: 1.Be able to seamlessly change between layers. Learning to do it the other way by building your devices first in my opinion is not as flexible. Clients (mine at least) are notorious for adding scope to a room. From a business sense hooray, right? But from a drawing sense, that means I most of the time I have to move devices to another page for things to fit. That means I have to change the layers of those devices, which means I now have to go and redraw all those connections. It's a hard pill to swallow. I would be happy if all I had to do was nudge it at the end. If that is a work around that would be awesome. 2.Be able to customize the length and direction of the arrows on both sides of the connection. And when you edit them they stay at that length when you move a device block. Similar to a polyline connection. This seems to have gone away as well. I used to be able to lengthen both source and destination sides. Just the source side works now. 3.Be able to customize the bubble size around the label. Or make it what ever shape you wanted. Similar to the dev_labels. 4.Be able to point the "label" to be whatever you wanted it to be. Layers, viewports, detail drawings, racks, etc. I hope that all makes sense. I applaud you for asking the question. It takes guts to ask people how they like a product you've spent countless hours building. I hope I didn't offend you.
  7. Just to confirm with what Eliiot said in the last paragraph. The only way I could get the custom dev_labels to show up in the OIP was to add it to the default Device Labels file. However, I could not change any graphical properties. I can only change the graphical properties with the dev_labels in the projects System symbol folder. In short, I have the same symbol in both places. One to get it into the OIP, the other to be able to modify.
  8. Conrad, Also...there seems to be a change as to where my custom dev_label symbols need to stored in order to have access to them in the OIP. I now have to add them in the connectCAD Device Labels file in Vectorworks Libraries. However, to make any modifications to the actual custom dev_labels, I have to change the ones inside the System Symbols project folder... Can you walk me through how that has to work? Thanks!
  9. The nudge thing didn't work. When I nudge the source side, it picks up the connector, but no other information. When I nudge the dest side, it doesn't do anything.
  10. Conrad, Thanks for the reply. I move things to different design layers and then use viewports to get them to the sheet layer I need for printing. This allows me to make sure the labels on the arrow connections flow to the correct pages for people who print the CDs out on paper. For your reference, I've attached a sample schematic that I did in an earlier version of CC. Maybe it will help you vizualize. 100%CDS_P201019_SUMMIT_BLUE RIDGE_072320_CS.pdf
  11. It seems somewhere the scaling is getting mess up in CC2021. I'm not sure where. Can someone shed some light on how this works? When I open the custom dev_label and go to edit the 2d side of things. All my scaling is correct. The box should be 1" wide. When I add a device to by design, the dev_label is 3/4" wide. All my scaling for my design layers are 1:1. These labels are carryovers from ones I built in CC2020. Has something changed about how custom dev_labels are handled? Thanks.
  12. Thanks for the clarification. I do use the All layer cable report. I was just trying to easily parse out info that specifically pertained to connections outputting from the selected layer. After reading and understanding how CC build circuits, maybe I can build a report base on the devices who's layer is the one I looking for and go from there... Thanks!
  13. Hello All, I'm trying to create a cable pull sheet to put in my drawings. My big dream is more of an Excel pivot table looking worksheet built from a database. Has anyone done this before? Thanks Chad
  14. Hello All, I've been delving into really getting reports to work for me on our line drawing sets. I have a question as it pertains to the Current Layer Cable Report This works great for cables that stay on the same layer. But how would I go about making a report that would track the cables leaving one layer to go to another, like arrow connection cables tend to do?
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