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  1. Hi Marissa: Steve Shelley here. I'm the designer of Field Template [plastic lighting templates] and SoftSymbols [Vectorworks theatrical lighting object libraries.] I just got a request from someone to convert one of my vectorworks 2D components into an SVG file, and ran across your posts last spring. have you been able to find a simple recipe? At present, my guess is to export the vw component as a pdf; then open it in Illustrator or the like; then save it as an SVG. is it that simple? thanks in advance for any insight, Steve

  2. Hi folks; What Rob said! Sorry for the delay, but we've now got the entire 3.9 SoftSymbols series in the shopping cart for all Vectorworks flavors, including 2018. This includes updates for Arri, Ayrton, Clay Paky, ETC, High End, Martin, Morpheus, Portman, PRG, Robe, Showline, and Vari*Lite. They all have the new improved 2018 Parts Record, and they all have the "special sauce" in the Fixture ID field, streamlining the workflow from Spotlight to Vision! Stop in and take a look; there are gif images showing all of the latest symbols, so you can see before you buy! https://www.fieldtemplate.com/SoftSymbols-39-Object-Libraries-and-a-SALE.html oh yeah, there's also a Sale!
  3. Hi folks; I worked for some weeks last summer updating the entire ETC library, with the assistance and support of the nice folks from ETC. In August I released the ETC 3.8 object library. Of course, they've gone ahead and released even more nifty doo-dads, so i intend to update the library again after USITT. In the meantime, however, you can see gif images of all the symbols on the Field Template website. http://www.fieldtemplate.com/soft/down_etc_frame.html all the best, Steve Shelley shelley@fieldtemplate.com plug>
  4. Hello Sam; It sounds like you're experiencing an example of Sub-Class Frustration. If you open your Organization Screen [Command-Shift-O on a mac] and click on the Classes tab, you'll see the complete listing of classes in your drawing. It sounds like your Video class is a sub-class of Floor lights. [if this is correct, there will be a small black disclosure triangle next to Floor Lights. when you click on it, Video will appear and disappear.] Presuming all this is right, the way to extract your Video class from being subservient to the Floor Lights class is to click on Video in the Organization screen, then click on the "Edit..." button on the bottom of the screen. In the "Edit Class(es)" screen, click in the Name Data Pane. Presumably it will say "Floor Lights-Video". The dash is what makes the Video class subservient to Floor Lights. Delete both the dash and the initial name "Floor Lights", click and click ok. In the Organization screen, you'll see that Video is no longer indented under Floor Lights. when you click ok again and return to the drawing, you should be able to turn off the Floor Lights class, and your video will remain independently in view. hth, Steve
  5. Another tactic I've used for some years is to create the lighting device and label legend as you want it to appear, then when selected, invoke the "Convert to Group" command [Command-K on a mac]. Once converted, the entire arrangement is a group, and no longer a lighting device. hth, Steve
  6. After viewing the "Shadow" solo dance performance it occurred to me a new symbol would be required for future light plots using this technique. I found a scaled image online and built the attached rough example in Vw2015. Feel free to download - your light plot awaits! All best, Steve
  7. Hi Mickey; I just did a double-check. The Mythos **is** part of the V3.7 Clay Paky SoftSymbol Object Libary Pack. Take a look when you get a chance. All best, Steve
  8. Hi Mickey; I just downloaded the Mythos & SuperSharpy symbols. they look to be the same body. The 3.7 Clay Paky SoftSymbol object library includes the Super Sharpy; guess the Mythos got released after my last cruise through the Clay Paky online catalog. all best, Steve
  9. Hi Mickey; I just released the 3.7 packages of Vectorworks symbols that include ADB, Clay Paky, NSI Colortran, Martin, Strand, and Vari*Lite. The Clay Paky library includes the B-EYE series, and the Martin library includes the latest Viper series. I just updated the 3.7 libraries in September, and I'm [not] surprised that the new Mythos fixture was unknown to me. Take a look at the rest of the libraries, and contact me off-list regarding the Mythos. All best, Steve self-promotion>
  10. Hi mk; i just opened a new 2015 doc, imported a couple of lighting symbols from the Nemetschek Martin library, created a label legend, inserted a lighting device. After i applied the LL, i repositioned the LL attributes around the lighting device and saved as a new Label Legend. No problem. i don't know what i did different from you, but i didn't have to export back and forth into/out of 2014 in order for LL repositioning to work. All best, Steve
  11. Hi Tony; Steve Shelley here. I just inserted the four different S4-36 EDLT's in the SoftSymbols ETC 3.5 Combo Pack, using Vw2012 on my macbook pro. in all cases, the shaded lens tip matches the graphic pdf that comes with the package. The shade is a default color, RGB 170. Send me the file OL and I'll take a look. All the best, Steve
  12. Hi Rob; sorry to hear of your challenges. can you tell us which version of vectorworks you're working on, and specifically which ETC symbols are exhibiting this behavior? when the libraries are constructed with nested symbols, it's helpful to list as detailed a list as possible. thanks in advance, Shelley
  13. Hi folks: The SoftSymbols Martin 3.5 Combo Pack includes the Viper and other recent additions to the Martin product line. The package also includes a second set of mover symbols that provide 3D components sitting on a stage. you can view the 2D symbols here: http://www.fieldtemplate.com/soft/down_martin_frame.html pitch> all the best, Steve Shelley
  14. Hi Rob [and others]: I had this same problem on an old document with ancient label legends working in vw2012 and then "exploding" in vw2013. i would change the channel number in vw2013, and when i pressed the tab key to enter the change into the data cell, the label legend would explode, sometimes text feet away from origin, font attributes that were bold turn into non-bold, etc. yowsah! with kevin's help, i think i solved it in three steps. 1. first, i opened my "label legend birth chamber" document [originally created in vw2011] in vw2013, and then imported matching label legends from the birth document into the old document, replacing the ancient label legends. that seemed to solve the exploding part. 2. then kevin directed me to "clear the font mappings". when i made the scooby sound "<*aroo?*>", he told me to go to preferences > display > edit font mappings > " and then select ALL of them and DELETE them. this only deletes the mappings, not the fonts. 3. then he instructed me to edit a problem Label Legend. while there, click on a piece of text that was demonstrating the bold/not bold thing. check the OIP for text name. then select **ONLY the first letter of the text**. it will probably not be the same bold/not bold. sometimes somehow a piece of text in LL may be half and half. drag select **all** of the text, and re-select the font and font attributes. edit symbol, refresh symbols in drawing, and [hopefully with fingers crossed] viola! it will all work. at least it worked on my old drawing. good luck, shelley
  15. I'm not seeing that on my mac. have no idea if that makes any difference, and certainly not trying to start anything.


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