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Conrad Preen

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  1. Hi @sivonen Could you send us a file that shows the issue? Conrad
  2. I'll be doing the Open House in the (US) morning and in the afternoon Scott and Nick will be taking care of you. Stop by and I'll show some useful tips. Conrad
  3. @Dendecko You can get Vectorworks to redraw the screen by double-clicking the pan tool. But we will check your file too and see what's going on. Conrad
  4. Well there is a place for a suite of power scripts. And you can always create these as Vectorscript or Python plug-ins. I'm not as in touch with the scripting community as I used to be and the websites come and go. But Google can find them and there's quite a lot of resources and examples out there. I will certainly help support anyone wanting to develop scripts for ConnectCAD. Conrad
  5. Thanks @Ross McLee we're checking that.
  6. @Ross McLee In this thread we are talking about 2 different things: reporting, and circuit/connect tool operation. And I get what you're saying. Back in the day my installation manager used to take the lists I sent him into Excel and sort and filter them by location so as to share the work between installers. Vectorworks worksheets aren't quite as powerful as Excel but you can still do a lot. For example, you can change the criteria to filter for particular locations, you can sort by up to 3 columns. You're by no means stuck with what we give you. But let's face it, it's not Excel and re-inventing the spreadsheet seems a bit pointless when Vectorworks can import and export Excel files directly. Circuit source and destination reflect signal flow where this is one-way. I don't like the idea of changing that because it will kill off some ideas I have for the future. As far as swapping over IO-IO circuits goes - yes could be done but this would be a great little script project. Grab the path of a selected circuit and all it's parameters, delete it and re-create the circuit the other way around. I don't really like cluttering up the OIP with a Swap button that is only enabled for Io-IO circuits. ConnectCAD is confusing enough for new users, I want to simplify it. My 2c worth Conrad
  7. @ryanww Ah yes I get the picture. You don't need Architect to do these kind of drawings. But ConnectCAD isn't aimed so much at residential electrical installations. It's a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a walnut. That said, you can place Equipment Item objects on your ceiling plan and those can have any look you want. If you have a symbol you want to use for the look of the Equipment item just create the basic equipment object, and in the Object Info Palette select Use Symbol and choose the symbol you want. Give the Equipment item the same name as your schematic device and they are linked. You don't have to do this rigmarole every time - you can save the Equipment Item set up the way you want it as a red symbol (Create Symbol command) and just drag it in from the Resource Manager. Create Equipment also helps automate creating an equipment item for each distinct device name on your schematic. You can place Drop Points in your ceiling at the points where cabling is delivered. And link these up with Cable Paths created with the Cable Route tool. Link each equipment to the drop point used to cable it (using the control point on the object). Then run the Analyse Cable Routes command to look for a physical route for the theoretical circuits in your schematic drawing. Once you have a routing for your circuits Calculate Cable Lengths will work out the length of each circuit. You can also use the Spotlight Cable object to draw the cabling directly, and ConnectCAD gets it. Assign the Cable Run ID in the Circuit.Cable parameter and the length of the theoretical circuit is set to the length of the selected Cable object. Calculate Cable Lengths will update the length if you make changes. Hope that helps a bit. It is overkill for a simple architectural electrical plan but when you have several thousand cables to route it becomes really useful. Goes without say that I'm looking for ways to fill the niche with a simplified workflow that can exist in parallel with the complex one. Best Conrad
  8. @ryanww Hey Ryan, Help me out with that TLA (three-letter-acronym) please... what does RCP stand for in your part of the world? Thx Conrad
  9. @the_fisher Well I have checked out what I can glean from the above and %g seems to work as designed. %g looks at the entire cable number and checks that it is unique. So if the sockets in your device all have unique names (a good thing) then %g will not need to increment because each combination of <socket name>+ number is unique. If you want a number that increments each time the tag is used then you should use the %u tag. Hope I've answered the question. Let me know if I have missed something. Best Conrad
  10. @the_fisherInteresting. Can you give me a more complete example to try? If you Edit As Text... you'll be able to copy the complete rule e.g. Src_Dev_Name^?JF_&Src_Skt_Name^PORT=%s#1#2 That way I can try it out and let you know. Conrad
  11. Hi @Thomas K., What I still haven't really understood here is the "why" of this request. What happened? What was the source of the confusion? I feel like we've jumped straight to a possible solution without including me in understanding the problem. Feel free to PM me if you prefer. Conrad
  12. Hi @Thomas K. Hiding stuff on design layers like this may introduce a gotcha. Say you hid unused sockets and then life being what it is you got dragged away to some other task and a few weeks later you come back to it. What are the chances that you'll forget that you hid those sockets? And if that happens an you need one of them and go create the same socket in name - then Check Drawing will fail mysteriously until the penny finally drops. Perhaps the best approach would be for use to provide a somewhat hidden connection count parameter for sockets that could be used in a script to change the class as Niko suggests or allow you to delete unused sockets? Conrad
  13. Well we would have to create a script function to expose the connected status of a socket I think.
  14. @tk_ This is probably to do with screen plane vs layer plane but I'm just guessing at this point. If you like, PM me a sample Vectorworks document showing the issue and I'll take a look. Or give Tech Support a quick call. Conrad
  15. Hi @Nina Agelvis This sounds like you should call Tech Support. They can go thru the setup with you online and make sure it's all ok. Conrad
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