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Conrad Preen

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  1. The thing is that the symbols used internally in sockets and device labels are scaled according to the snap grid at the time of import. But the text drawn by Circuits is scaled according the current snap grid. So if you change the snap grid in mid design then this can give unexpected results (in the same document). So that might be an extra complication here. Generally for schematic design find the snap grid you like and leave it for the duration. In the online help there are some recommended snap grid settings for common layer scales. In the next version we are introducing a ConnectCAD grid setting separate from the snap grid.
  2. Well what I did and successfully repaired the issue was to delete the referenced layers and the reference, set the snap grid the same in both files and then redo the whole referencing. It was a bit of a dance but it did fix the problem.
  3. This arises from having a different snap grid in the two documents . When referencing between documents make sure there have the same snap grid because this value is use to set the sizing and spacing of ConnectCAD schematic objects. Conrad
  4. @tom-SPL I'm wondering if we can bend the RackFrame object to be a DIN rail? Essentially we are talking about a mounting that has a fixed number of equal-sized slots into which we can drop modular equipment that can occupy one or more of those slots. That's basically what a rack frame does - it just doesn't look anything like a DIN rail. What do you think? would that fit the bill if we had DIN-rail-style graphics? Let me know. Conrad
  5. Any chance you could PM the files so I can investigate? Conrad
  6. Basically all you need to do to get your equipment items to update is to select them all (use magic wand) and then sat toggle Auto-BTU in the object info palette to make them refresh.
  7. I'll pass this on to those who maintain Spotlight Numbering. Meanwhile do try out ConnectCAD re-numbering. We put a lot of work into it and personally I think it strikes a good balance between features and ease of use. C
  8. If you use ConnectCAD > Drawing > Renumber ConnectCAD Objects ... it will work because ConnectCAD knows to tell the equipment that there's been a change. Conrad
  9. Ah, in 1. I mean just draw the circuits the way you want them. The Connect tool doesn't separate circuits.
  10. Hi @VW_Harry Well there are several ways: 1. with the Connect tool. After you have clicked on the source socket a preview line extends to the cursor. Click at any intermediate point to add a vertex, ( move about and do it again if you like. ) then click the destination socket to complete. Try it and you'll see what I mean. 2. Draw the circuits as you did in B. Select them. Then use the ReRoute Circuits tool and hover over the first circuit - it highlights - now click and drag the mouse and you'll see the preview of spaced out circuits, release and you're done. Harder to describe in words than to do. Best Conrad
  11. @garrettohler it's a feature! It rests on the idea that the last selected cable type for that signal is likely to be the one you want in the next case. To me that doesn't seem like an unreasonable assumption. But since this is causing you problems let's have the conversation about why, and see if we can find a better workflow. From what I understand, the problem you are facing is that the software is making the wrong guess instead of doing nothing. And it's much harder check each item to make sure it's not the wrong thing than to fill in the blanks. Is that the issue? Here are some ideas of mine to get the ball rolling. Option #1 - leave cable type as a totally manual assignment the way it used to be. Option #2 - improve the prediction of cable type. Find a better basis for guessing what you want. Or at least not guess when it's not a sure thing. Option #last-of-all - Adding a preference. This is something I try very hard to avoid. Software should just work. Other random thoughts: You are using broadly-defined signal types ("buckets") for the purpose of cable number prefixes. Presumably these are your own signal types? so you have control over whether a cable and connector type is assigned to them. If you don't have anything assigned, isn't that Option# in my list? You can also un-assign the default cable types for all the application folder signals that you use. Another thought - you are doing this for cable number prefixes - correct? The prefix is editable for all signal types, application and user. So how about editing the prefixes to your taste and saving all this in a template? Let me know what you think. Conrad
  12. Check the Vectorworks Preference Zoom Line Thickness as a starting point. C
  13. @Conrad Preen let us know what do you think. I think it's OK as it is. I would love reports worksheets to have reveal triangles that could expand to show the summarized rows. In fact I think I already filed a request for that. C
  14. I would expect something that is comparable to what's available in Spotlight cabling tool where it would calculate the parts based on the cable lengths specified in the settings. So for instance, if the route is 89ft, it would call for a 100ft cable if that's listed and if there nothing that long it would break it down into sub parts ie. 2 x 50ft cables. Is that something that is on your list of things coming up? The key word here is "expect". ConnectCAD is not in the business of detailed modelling of physical cables. As you say this is covered by Spotlight Cable Tools. For most permanent installations the aim is to use unbroken runs of cable for greater reliability. If you want to use Spotlight Cables to model the physical cables in your system all you need to do is set the Circuit.Cable parameter to the Spotlight Cable Run ID by picking it from the popup list. After that the Circuit follows the Spotlight length and is updated by Calculate Cable Lengths. I think a better way to support users who want standard lengths might be to add an option in Calculate Cable Lengths to round up to the nearest standard length. My 2c Conrad
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