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  1. @tk_ Agree. The forum search engine leaves much to be desired IMO. If you search topics then you have a chance. Inside threads it becomes unreasonable. I would encourage everyone to create a topic unless you are absolutely sure. When we attach these to bug reports it's way easier if it's a short thread. I'm certainly not criticising, just trying to make the best of what we have. Just FYI and for all the others out there. Conrad
  2. @tk_ Just a note. New topics cost nothing 🙂 and they don't allow me to move stuff for you.. So to avoid having your question buried in the noise here.... please create A NEW TOPIC 🙂 Conrad
  3. Hi Dave All I can suggest is this. You are admin, so you can see who is the owner of the files and what permissions are set, and change them. I don't think this is a Vectorworks issue but you can contact Tech Support and they'll do their best to sort it out. Thanks for the feedback. Conrad
  4. @DaveMvM Hi Dave There are a godzillion connectors in the world! But you aren't stuck with the ones in the application - you can add your own. Here's how https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/68432-did-you-know/&do=findComment&comment=351755. Feel free to add the connectors and signals that you need. They are saved in the user folder so you can use them in future projects. For bare wires we use - - > or < - - i.e 2 hyphens and a greater than or a less than sign. Bare wires is not really a connector, its like "no connector". So even - - - i.e. 3 hyphens meaning unknown connector would probably give the installers the right idea. Hear you about tutorials. May I use that as a quote? I am going to elevate this issue because I simply can't do it all. Conrad
  5. Hi @Fig For the years we've basically either used a device or cabling to represent this kind of thing. A device has the advantage that it has a make and model, and appears in the device list so it is more likely not to be forgotten. But as you say you end up with extra circuits. Modelling this as a set of circuits is OK if it isn't a special order item and gets made on-site from general installation materials. In short this question has always been there. I've tended to err on the side of keeping ConnectCAD as a whole simple. I have a new object on my roadmap that will represent these adaptors / breakout cables. So this will be resolved in a coming version. I can't tell you exactly when because that isn't my call. Best Conrad
  6. I've got to admit you have me worried, Ross. If ConnectCAD seems like such a mountain then I would really like to know where you are getting stuck so I can "flatten the curve" as it were... Conrad
  7. Hi Ross We'll keep that in mind but it's probably worth re-posting it here https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/forum/19-wishlist-feature-and-content-requests/ since it's more of a general request than specific to ConnectCAD Conrad
  8. Guess that's something we could think about. Meanwhile it's quite easy to work around. While you've got your devices selected just type in the new prefix with a space at the end and then renumber. Conrad
  9. Sounds like a job for a scripter...
  10. Hi Ross No it doesn't change the Equipment name. I can see your point, but I can also see potential snags. More than one schematic device can point to a particular Equipment Item. So at the moment it would be tricky to make this automatic. I'll think about it though and maybe I'll find a way. Conrad
  11. Hi James ANSI TIA 606-B is an interesting one. The challenge is that it stipulates a different cable number at either end of the cable. I guess that is handy for inter-area cables but for cabling within the same room it adds an extra wrinkle to installation. But since it is a standard I will put it on the map to support it. Luck to us! Conrad
  12. Hi Ross, This command simply renumbers selected sockets or devices. The command does not guarantee or check for unique device names. You should use Check Drawing for that. Remember device names don't have to be unique but socket names with a given devices should be unique. Check Drawing tests for this. Renumber Devices / Sockets can - either apply a numeric suffix to each selected item e.g. 1,2,3,4, - or apply and alphabetic suffix with a delimiter character e.g. _a, _b, _c etc. - existing suffixes of the chosen type are stripped off prior to renumbering - you can choose start value, increment, format etc. so you can have 3,5,7,9 or d,g,j,m and so on... - you can choose the order of numbering left-to-right, to-to-bottom stacking order etc. The suffix is applied to each device in the selection and incremented as we go. The parameters that get updated are Name and Display Tag. If you experiment a bit you will discover lots of ways to use this command. Hope I've helped a bit Conrad
  13. Hi @RD Design If you are on 2021SP3 I think this is the answer.
  14. Hi Ross Yes that's a nice idea. I have implemented something similar - a "Google it" button that we use internally which searches for <make> + <model>. The only problem that I can see with your suggestion is that the internet is a very dynamic place and things move around a lot. I suspect that it would keep someone extremely busy just checking and updating all the URLs. We are quite a small team taking care of ConnectCAD, we just manage to create the illusion that there are a lot of us by moving around very fast🤣 🤣🤣. Conrad
  15. Hi @AceRoehrborn We have added options in the Circuit object info palette to let you override the logic. Best Conrad


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