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  1. Hi Greg; Your plan makes perfect sense if the measuring method you describe emulates the measuring actions that will be taken by the electricians hanging the show. The problem i see is in consistency. **if** all of the hanging positions start from the same distance from centerline, then changing the origin to that point makes sense. if all the overhead dead-hung battens uniformly terminate at 10'-5" SL of centerline, for example, then make the end of those battens the new "X" zero. the problem is if all the hanging positions **don't** start from the same "X" distance from centerline. if you need to reset the origin for each of the hypothetical battens, and their SL termination point is each a different distance from centerline, your plan [i think] runs afoul. as i understand it, you can only have one origin point at any time in any drawing. [i just tried to create a new drawing with four layers, and change the origin on each layer. no luck. the last origin is still the only origin]. so if you change the origin on the 1st electric to 10'-5" SL of centerline, but then you have to change the origin to 11'-3" SL of centerline [a different starting point for the 2nd electric]--once you've done that, the distance readout for the 1st electric units will change to reflect the new 2nd electric origin. the only way i can think to end with the result that you want is to enter in hard distance data into an open OIP user field. this would then remain unchanged, no matter what the origin is. yeah, not the answer you were hoping for.... maybe someone else will have a clever trick? good luck, Shelley
  2. i took a look at this file and it's way wacky. not to mention the fact that trying to copy using option-drag does not work in any way. data exchange was trashed; even an export to excel only showed me default instrument data, nothing otherwise contained in any label legend. a sad little plot with a serious cold. then again, i could just not be finding the right key. anyone else want to take a swing at this one? shelley
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    Hello bcd; no doubt many others understand your question without hesitation, but i don't. What's the "ID tool"? is it in one of the palettes? or part of a drop-down menu? part of a workspace? TIA for your guidance, Shelley
  4. Hi Ericsrocks; When you have a chance, update your profile to include your machine & vw version. [then you don't have to write it into your post every time]. the vw etc par body is your culprit; and more specifically, inside the body, is the 3D locus. edit the 3d component of the symbol; select the 3D locus, and change both the X and Y axis of the 3d component to 0". exit the symbol, refresh the drawing, and all of the source 4 bodies should correctly reorient themselves to their assigned focus points. hth, shelley
  5. Hi bcd; In vw2011 the parts record was added in the symbols, to allow the 3D components to "focus" towards their assigned focus point. in order to do this, the piece of the 3D component assigned to be a "body" has to point straight down. when assigned to a focus point, then, the 3D body accurately targets towards the focus point. the 3D body of the 1.2 doesn't point straight down because of the 3D locus point. the 3D locus point **must** be at the X,Y zero for the rotation to work. if you edit the 3D component and select the 3D locus point, you'll see that the locus is at 0" X axis, but 1/4" Y axis. change Y axis to 0", exit the symbol, and refresh the drawing; the 3D body will now accurately function and match the rest of the 3D followspot components. because of this scheme, the "at rest" position for all the 3D bodies is straight down. to change that, you'll need to establish a focus point [just for the followspots] that's at the same Z value height as the 3D loci in the followspot 3D components. then all the 3D followspots will point "straight out" [when at rest] in your rendered drawing. hth, shelley
  6. Hello Justin; Steve Shelley here. i'm not familiar enough with your terminology. what's an H-stand? if you can, send me a jpg or something off-list? all the best, Steve Shelley MrTemplate@earthlink.net
  7. Hi John; while the import is certainly a learning experience, the best favor you can do for yourself is to NOT import the dwg directly into your plot drawing. once the dwg import is complete, copy and paste what you need into your plot. keep the origin unchanged, and if you need anything else after the first copy/paste sequence, you can simply copy & paste special any future needs. hth, shelley
  8. Hi Kevin: Thanks for the info! Great to know. Steve
  9. Hi Kevin; Thanks for your note. good to see where the Focus Points live. when i examined the Focus Points file, though, i couldn't find the octagon shape for the "standard hybrid" focus point. is that in a different location? and is that created in 1:1 scale too? thanks, shelley
  10. Hi acdeslx; historically i've found that nudging lighting devices always takes a lot longer than nudging the same thing when it's merely a hybrid symbol. nudging a plug-in object just always takes longer to process. because of that, i quickly became a fan of the move tool. command-m [or alt-m on a pc, right?]. i'm sure there are other assists, and inevitably nudging will be involved, but using the invisible grid, and using some of Sam Jones' autoplot tools for spotlight both help to reduce the instinctive Need for Nudge. hth, Shelley
  11. Hi Matthew; This **sounds** like a problem i had for a long time. that is, when moving a lighting device and any accessory, the rule of thumb was to select ONLY the light device. if you select both, the accessory "senses" the move command twice, and therefore moves twice as far. i found this to be the case with scrollers, and i **think** at one point with iris's as well. hth, shelley
  12. mk; can you send me an example? i'd be thrilled to see what you're talking about.... Shelley
  13. Mike: i fiddled with the Colortran 3-cell and you're right. The 3D rotation is funky. In my rough examination, there are two problems: 1) the 3D locus in **each** of the three cyc parts needs to be zeroed on both the X and Y axes, and 2) the 3D component of the "Far Cyc 3 Cell" has an additional 3D locus. Once i removed this fourth 3D locus, and centered the other three, the Far Cyc 3 Cell behaved more correctly. until i change the 3D Y rotation. when i set that to 90 degrees, all three 3D components "sat on their elbows". I'm still trying to figure this 3D stuff out, but i know these two changes will help. i know i spent weeks trying to suss out the selador striplights in the ETC Combo Pack. Good luck, Shelley
  14. Hi Andy; This is an intriguing notion. When i started drafting, sometime after Pangaea broke up, it had already been established that fixtures stacked on top of one another warranted two views; the groundplan view showed where the stack was located, while the separate front/side elevation showed the actual fixtures, their hanging locations, and [in this case] their label legends. Drawing this and still showing scaled accurate beams in 3D is still [iMO] a Gordian Knot. you hypothesis is interesting. what would be great is if you could quickly draw out something like what you would want to see. this could potentially be a new aspect to drafting, as far as i can tell. If you have a chance, send me a simple example off-list. i'd be very interested to see it. good luck, Shelley MrTemplate@earthlink.net
  15. FIELD TEMPLATE is pleased to announce the addition of the ETC 3.5 COMBO PACK to the SOFTSYMBOLS? series of Vectorworks? symbol libraries. The ETC 3.5 COMBO PACK is a complete overhaul and upgrade for the entire Electronic Theatre Controls product line, including all conventional fixtures and the entire array of Selador LED products. The ETC conventional symbol library includes the new Source Four Fresnel and XT Zoom Ellipsoidal, as well as all wattage variations for the HPL and HID series. Ellipsoidals and PARs are also included in two styles with numeric/text or old-school slashes in the lens to indicate beam spread. The Selador object library includes all variations of the Desire D40, D40XT, and D60 fixtures, and all lengths of Lustr+, Paletta, Pearl, Fire, Ice, and Vivd-R striplights. All striplights can be inserted as either single or multi-circuit symbols. TopView? symbols show 2D and 3D representations of vertically mounted striplights. Additional 3D components allow any striplight to be rendered either "hung" or "sitting on the deck" The hybrid symbols provided in both libraries are constructed to act "wysiwyg-y" in the Vw2011 or Vw2012 environment; when a Spotlight device is assigned to a focus point, the 3D components tilt and rotate so the beam emerges from the front lens of the 3D fixture. Like the rest of the SoftSymbols downloads, the ETC 3.5 Combo Pack includes graphic SoftMaps? and SoftData? in pdf format, allowing for hard-copy navigation and comparison. The download also includes Sam Jones' fabulous Data Conversion macros, which can be used at any time to convert data for all lighting elements from Imperial to Metric and back again in a single click. The download is offered in two versions; the Legacy Version is designed for the Vectorworks 2008, 2009, and 2010 environment. The Vw2011 Version is designed for the Vectorworks 2011 and 2012 environment--this is the version where 3D components articulate "wysiwyg-like" when Spotlight lighting devices are assigned to a focus point. Images of the libraries can be viewed at http://www.fieldtemplate.com/soft/down_etc_frame.html. Either version of the combo pack is available as a $30 download. Contact the manufacturer for site licenses.
  16. Hello Jack; Steve Shelley here. Welcome to the Forum. When you have a moment, update your profile with your vw version and machine info; that way, when you have questions, folks will already know your "attributes". The ETC symbols that ship with Vectorworks Spotlight are quite helpful. but there are a lot of other lighting symbols out there. a google search for "theatrical lighting symbols" will get you on your way. That said, I've just released a pair of libraries which many consider an symbol library enhancement. The SoftSymbols ETC 3.5 Combo Pack includes a more extensive selection and diversity of symbols for both the ETC and ETC-Selador product lines. The ETC object library includes complete sets of the conventional fixtures with both numbers/text in the lens, or old-school slashes. there are complete sets, distinguishing between 575w and 750w. There's a second set of 70w HID fixtures. The SoftSymbols ETC object library also includes filled 14 degree Source Four ellipsoidals, and the popular Revolution fixture. The ETC-Selador object library includes several additional product lines: The complete product lines of Pearl, Fire, Ice, Desire 40, Desire 40XT, and Desire 60 fixtures. Additional 3D symbols allow fixtures to be drawn in "top view" [mounted vertically] as well as "sitting on the deck". All SoftSymbols are designed with a consistent line weight, and include SoftMap pdf's as graphic reference guides, along with Softdata excel pdf's showing filtered Light Info Record data [exported directly from the resources]. For more information, please examine the post in the "3rd Party Services" Forum. pitch> Contact me off-list should you require any other information. Shelley
  17. Hi folks; FIELD TEMPLATE is pleased to announce the release of the ETC 3.5 COMBO PACK, symbol libraries that overhaul and upgrade the entire Electronic Theatre Controls product line, including all conventional fixtures and the entire array of Selador LED products. New ETC symbols: The Fresnel and the XT Outdoor Zoom Ellipsoidal. New Selador symbols: Desire D40, D40XT, and D60 fixtures, and all lengths of Lustr+, Paletta, Pearl, Fire, Ice, and Vivd-R striplights. Comes with graphic and data pdfs, along with Sam Jones' Data Conversion macros. Available in Vectorworks versions 2008-2011. Vw2011 3D "wysiwygy-ness"; assigned to a focus point, the Spotlight 3D component articulates to it. For more information, consult the "3rd party services and add-on's" in this Community Board Forum or contact the manufacturer directly. FIELD TEMPLATE 310.832.4700 fieldtemplate.com
  18. Hi folks; I've just realized that i need to plunge into working with Vectorscript and i'm completely in the weeds. within an open object library, i wish to: sequentially select each resource in the RB Edit each resource Edit the 3D component of each resource Select the 3D symbol named "c-clamp*" select c-clamp* and convert to group Exit the Edit Symbol window Select the next sequential resource in the RB and continue to do this through the end of the RB. Then search the entire document and perform the same action for every inserted symbol in the object library. I've looked through the knowledgebase. i downloaded some examples and scratched my head. i think what i need is a primer or a "vectorscript for dummies" and i can't seem to find it within this website. can someone direct me to a location that shows a basic list of functions in vs code and explains what each does? or is there another way for me to take these baby steps? thanks in advance, Shelley
  19. Hi Matt; I know that this has been submitted as a bug for some time. i don't know it's current status. in my rough tests i've found the problem seems to be confined to symbols that have been transformed to spotlight devices. and while Tamsin's workaround is effective, i inevitably [and accidentally] select several extraneous objects when i use the alt [option] key. for that reason, i just stick with shift-click and call it done. hth, shelley
  20. Hi folks; Steve Shelley here. And that's what you get when you don't pay attention to those "renew domain" notices.... We're back up and running, with the assist notification from Mr. Linzey. I'm about to finish a series of spring commitments and plan to start in on upgrades, updates, and web page improvements. Sorry Chad for the interruption. Let me know if there's anything i can do for you. All the best, Shelley
  21. Hi Preston; Steve Shelley here. i just got back online from a week in purgatory. and no internet. sorry to hear your woes. if you can, send me a copy of your latest efforts and i'll see if i can deduce the problem. it sounds like there may be more than one issue at hand here. send it to shelley@fieldtemplate.com and i'll try to get to the bottom of it as quickly as possible. shelley
  22. Hi aaron; you raise many good points and ideas. offhand, i **think** you would be stuck with two separate label legends. one for red dot, one for blue. and yes, i **think** you could make whatever polygon you wanted to be the container, as long as you placed it in the container RB folder. but i can't think of an alternate to two separate label legends in order to change the two colors. and i **think** you would need to have two different fields in order to have the two different colors. even considering classes still seems to imply two different legends. as for changing between the legends, though, just create the two legends with a different letter at the end of it [either "B" or "R", for example.] then, when you need to change the instrument's identity, scroll to the bottom of the OIP and change the final letter in the legend data box, and the color would change. bada-boom. hth, shelley
  23. hi jackalope; there's also some nexera fixtures in the symbol toolkit SoftSymbols. www.fieldtemplate.com shelley
  24. Hi folks; i remember this being somewhat of an issue for me back on vw2008. i never found a good workaround other than using the move command. i also used sam jone's "move to closest unit" macro, and for some time changed the grid to 9" horizontal. yeah, nudging lighting devices can be as sludgy as the reviews of "phantom; the paint never dries".... shelley
  25. hi michael, for whatever reason i can't get the quicktime to load on my mac. i'm saddened; i was ready to take notes and everything. is there a special memory requirement in order to view the video? thanks in advance, shelley
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