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Conrad Preen

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Well we would have to create a script function to expose the connected status of a socket I think.
  4. @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
  5. 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
  6. Hi @Nina Agelvis You seem to be editing the application folder file. You can locate the current user folder by going to the Tools > Options > Vectorworks Preferences... menu. And you can navigate to the folder by selecting the button which I have highlighted (the name is slightly different on Win). I've attached a sample file as a starting point. It goes in <user folder>/Plug-ins/connectCAD_Data/ . A bit 90's I know. We are working to make this much easier! Conrad SignalTypes.txt
  7. Hi @CharlesD Answers 🙂 1. Yes Devices are on Schematics. Equipment Item are on Rack Elevation / Layout drawings 2. You can group Devices if you want. So something that has a central unit plus various modules could be represented on a schematic as a group of Devices. Connect is fine with this. 3. Actually no. You can set an Equipment Item to use a symbol for its graphics if you so wish. 4. Certainly a useful thought. 5. ConnectCAD offers various reports as standard. But you are not limited to these. You can use the Vectorworks Create Report command to set up any kind of report on drawing objects. You ony have to do this once. You can save your report in your own version of the template and have it available in every drawing. If that doesn't give you exactly what you need you can refine the workflow using scripts. The really is no limit. Best Conrad
  8. @Sarajs just so you get notified!
  9. Hi Sara Something weird going on with the system symbols here. I re-imported the symbols cp_IN and cp_OUT from the Imperial template, and replaced the connector panels on your drawing. And now they behave themselves. What I don't know is how it got messed up in the first place. If you remember any steps that got you here that would be helpful. I've attached the corrected drawing. Obviously you'll have to sort out the labeling of the panels using the Edit Device Array button on the Object Info Palette. Hope I've helped and sorry for the delay. Conrad MIAC - Risers and Single Lines.vwx
  10. Actually that should work so please send us an example if you have one. Conrad
  11. Hi @aaurora Drag and drop the equipment you want into the 2D rack on your rack elevation design layer. Set the Mounting parameter for each one to front or back accordingly. Use the command Front - Rear Rack View ... to control what is visible while designing. Present your layouts using viewports on sheet layers in the normal Vectorworks way (check the online help for this). In the viewport you can show/hide classes Sys-Equip-Front and Sys-Equip-Rear to display what you want. The 3D rack will show it all on 3D> Conrad
  12. @CharlesDAppreciate your opinion! Thanks for that - it was very motivating! So, onwards to your actual question: First off let's get some terminology straight. In ConnectCAD when we refer to "device" we mean an object on a wiring schematic with sockets that you can connect up. On layout drawings where we represent physical equipment we use the term "equipment item" to refer to the physical aspect of the schematic device which has the same name. Let's tackle schematic devices first. Of course it makes no sense to have every card combination for these "mix and match" kind of systems. So what you can do is create a (schematic) device for each card and chassis unit. On the schematic you can group these so they are easy to move around. On the layout I would suggest using a rack frame for the main chassis and giving it the same name as the corresponding device on the schematic. Then you can show your module config on the layout by drag-dropping cards into the frame slots. Does that work? of have these particular manufacturers thrown us a curve ball? Conrad
  13. @Dendecko Equipment in rack frames is not shown in the 3D rack mainly because most frames have covers that hide the modules inside. Like @Nikolay Zhelyazkov says above we found a bug concerning individual equipment items placed in a row like you want to. In the 3D rack they all end up on the left. This will be fixed in an upcoming service pack. Also don't forget that you aren't restricted only to the workkflows which ConnectCAD automates. Vectorworks let's you draw pretty much anything.
  14. Hi Sara, Can you send me a quick sample of that as a Vectorworks file and I'll see what's going on. Thanks Conrad
  15. Hi @Sarajs This is exactly what the Connector Panel was designed for. A way to model those facilities panels that litter museums, churches (in the US), conference centers etc. On the schematic you place Connector Panel devices using the tool. These are simply devices whose name begins with the prefix "CTP_". When you create Equipment Items from these devices the Equipment has a couple of extra buttons on the Object Info Palette: Get Connectors - looks at the schematic and adds connector symbols inside the Equipment. You can move these around to set up the physical layout of your panel. Create Panel Device - is for those people who like the design there panel layouts first and then do the wiring schematic. So this way you can have your wall ports represented both as physical equipment located on floor plans, and as devices on your wiring schematic. Final wrinkle: Connector Panels can either be inputs or outputs. Since a Connector Panel is a chassis connector there are two circuits joining to it. One on the left and one on the right. One of these will have a cable connector, the other will be bare ends soldered or crimped to the back of the chassis connector. We symbolise bare ends as --> pr <-- depending on which way they are going. An input connector panel has bare ends on the right, and an output has bare ends on the left side. Kinda long explanation but it's actually quite simple. Hope this helps. Conrad
  16. Yes I think that's reasonable. We'll make it happen 🙂 Conrad
  17. Hi @irenao Well first of all I would strongly suggest you upgrade! ConnectCAD 2021 is so much better. And it just keeps on improving. When ConnectCAD 2018 was being tested Spotlight 2019 did not exist. I think you have to at least get onto the same version. Conrad
  18. I think you have to understand that software like living organisms evolves. Evolution isn't perfect either. The Vagus nerve is a great example. It goes from the brain down the neck around the aorta an back up to your throat. Nuts! Except of course back when our distant ancestors were fish that was the most direct route... So back to software. The problems we are trying to solve change over time and our expectations of software increase exponentially. In a way yes, panels are panels. I've certainly thought about merging them. But putting everything into one tool with a zillion modes won't necessarily be easier to use. In the end a design is a model that has to be good enough for an installer to execute. It doesn't have to be absolutely perfect. I've found in my life as a designer that the more I removed the need for the installers to think, the less they engaged their brains and the more frequently they made stupid mistakes. So I started to do the opposite. Give them less information so they were actually forced to think. Performance and accuracy improved as a result. Just my 2c worth. Conrad
  19. Hi @DSchoepke That sounds interesting and on the verge of being totally possible! Nested rooms are something we are looking into. You can add user fields to ConnectCAD objects and visualise them on the drawing (see this thread) If you are not in a big hurry even better ways of doing this are coming 🙂 . The locations of physical equipment (as opposed to theoretical schematic devices) are defined by Equipment Item objects. When you move this object around it detects its location in rooms and racks and updates the corresponding device(s). All that happens automatically. The location information appears in the default circuit report too. So you can filter by this also. You can assign your own symbols to Equipment Items in the Object Info palette to have whatever look you desire. ConnectCAD reports are normal Vectorworks reports - no magic. We just have them in the menu to make life easier. You can customise them to add extra fields, modify the criteria to filter by location etc. etc. and you can save it all as a template so you only have to set this up once. If you have time to PM me some example files I'd really like to see what you are doing and maybe I can offer more specific advice. Regards Conrad
  20. @stancilent If you could PM the file, I can look into why the Get Connectors button isn't working in your case. Thanks Conrad
  21. @stancilent Please see my reply to your other post on this subject. I think you are using the wrong kind of device for this purpose. A Term Panel would make your life a lot easier. Conrad
  22. Hello @stancilent Doesn't it also "suck" when the text is too small to be readable? Anyway, you can set the text size by selecting the object and using the Font menu to adjust to your needs. I am curious as to why some people choose to model standard rack-mounting panels in this way using CTPs. The Term Panel tool is designed to create these kind of devices. And when you create the equipment, you can set any Equipment Item to use a symbol for its graphics using the Object Info Palette Display > Use Symbol option. That gives you the way to visualise the connectors in as much detail as you like. Connector Panels were actually intended to help design those myriad custom connector panels that appear all around venues. For standard rack-mount panels they are an over-complication IMHO. Be interested to hear why you are doing it this way. Conrad
  23. Hi Thomas You can do what you want in ConnectCAD. You can have multiple instances of the same device (i.e. same name) and if you have also duplicate sockets across those devices it's OK. ConnectCAD will simply carry on working. Circuits will collect the data from the sockets and devices at their endpoints and this data will appear in reports. If those reports contain conflicting info (e.g. 2 cables going into one socket) that will be because you designed it that way. But you can't have your cake and eat it. Meaning that you can't expect Check Drawing to "know" that in some cases sockets are intentionally duplicated and in others not. I don't think it's a good idea to add exceptions to the rules that Check Drawing uses. It only creates ways for things to go wrong. Nothing in ConnectCAD stands in your way as far as I can see. You could probably hide your duplicate sockets using classes to help you avoid unintentional connections. When you have finalised your design just delete the unused sockets and Check Drawing will make sure you have no issues remaining. Best Conrad
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