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Conrad Preen

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  1. @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
  2. 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
  3. Thanks @Ross McLee we're checking that.
  4. @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
  5. @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
  6. @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
  7. @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
  8. @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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Well we would have to create a script function to expose the connected status of a socket I think.
  12. @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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. @Sarajs just so you get notified!
  17. 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
  18. Actually that should work so please send us an example if you have one. Conrad
  19. 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
  20. @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
  21. @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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Yes I think that's reasonable. We'll make it happen 🙂 Conrad
  25. 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
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