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  1. For what it's worth, today I confirmed that the pdf's were failing to open in the latest version of Acrobat. I also tried printing to pdf and those also failed to open on the recipient's PC. I'm going to try the pdf->ps->pdf trick that worked for me at Kinko's, but having to go through all that trouble to produce a PC readable file is more than a little ridiculous. Granted, I haven't yet installed 2010 SP1, so maybe that will fix things(?).
  2. @CipesDesign I have not tried printing to pdf, as that would have required some tedious paper size management in printing options that I didn't have time for when I needed to get my drawing as hard copy. In general, I far prefer the batch export to pdf tool's functionality to printing to pdf. It would be a shame if it produces files that are unreadable by PCs. Until the Kinkos staff was unable to open the file, I had assumed that the trouble that the other PC user had experienced was an isolated incident. @Ray Libby I don't know what version of Acrobat was being used in either case. I assume that Kinkos-- sorry, FedExOffice-- has the most recent version available. This assumption may well be false.
  3. I've had problems with pdf's exported from Vectorworks 2010 on my Mac: other Mac users can access them fine, but pc users are unable to view the files (and the files have, in fact, caused a couple of crashes). In order to be able to plot a drawing at Kinko's, I had to save the pdf as a .ps file and reconvert it using Preview in OS X. The pdf that originated from Vectorworks would not open on their machine. Is this a known bug?
  4. I'm currently designing a show for an educational institution. I received a groundplan from them drafted in their educational version of VW 2008, and I drafted my light plot atop that ground plan in my standard version. Within that plot I created a custom symbol for a fixture that I hadn't used before. When finishing the final plot for a separate professional show, I imported that symbol because, hey, why re-create it... And now this drawing, entirely edited by my standard version of the software, seems to permanently have an "Educational Version" watermark on it. I didn't notice, of course, until I tried to export to a pdf. I deleted the resource and recreated the symbol from scratch but that didn't help. Is there anyway to remove this watermark, or have I permanently corrupted this drawing file by importing that symbol? I have to bring this plot to load in tomorrow, and I'm pretty irritated that it'll have the watermark all over it, especially since that symbol was never modified by an educational version of the software.
  5. I can't think of how I would have deleted all of the nested symbols from the larger symbol, but I suppose that it's possible. The especially maddening thing, and what leads me to believe that it may have been a software rather than an operator error, is that it wasn't "un-doable." I stepped back through every change I had made since entering the nested symbol (only a handful) but it wouldn't step back to the point when I was in the larger symbol.
  6. Travis, All of my relevant classes were turned on and I was editing solely in 3-d mode. The peculiar thing was that the symbol didn't just disappear on the screen; when I exited from editing the nested symbol the combined symbol no longer existed in the Resource Browser, as though I had deleted it. Which I hadn't. Very peculiar. I've redrafted it and am trying to negate a recurrence of the problem by saving very, very frequently. I also recall having the vanishing symbol problem in version 10 that you mention...I don't think it's recurred in later versions either. Thanks for your reply.
  7. This morning I was working on a symbol for a custom spiral staircase. I was within the larger symbol, and from within the "edit symbol view" I selected to edited the "tread" symbol which is nested within my "staircase" symbol (The staircase is composed entirely of tread symbols.) When I clicked the button to exit the edit screen for the tread symbol, I was returned to a design layer instead of the edit symbol screen for the staircase. And more than that, my staircase symbol had vanished from the resource browser. Fortunately the tread remains, so I didn't lose too much work, but this is still irritating. I've had strange behavior like this happen when I've edited nested symbols before, but it hasn't necessarily been consistent. I was going back and forth between the nested and larger symbol for over an hour of drafting before this happened. Is this a bug, or do I need to modify my behavior in some way?
  8. I had this problem a couple of weeks ago. Select your regular 2-D insertion tool (the basic tool rather than the spotlight fixture insertion) and make sure it's set to "Standard Insertion Mode" rather than "Symbol Pick up Mode" in the options at the top left of your screen. When I had the problem, the mode had spontaneously switched to "pick up" for an unknown reason, resulting in the same error message that you're getting. It took me a while to figure it out, but after I switched the 2-D insertion mode back to normal, I could place fixtures with no issue. Hope this helps.
  9. Ah, sure enough. When I right clicked on the fixture, I was choosing "Edit" rather than "Edit Light." Previously I didn't even notice that those were two separate options. So much for my thorough search. Thanks for your help, everyone.
  10. Yes I've tried this. Looking in the Object Info palette I can't find the "turn light on" option that existed in VW 12. Similarly in the "Lighting Device" options, I can turn the wireframe beam on and off, I can adjust shutters and every other option, but I can find no check box to turn the light on. For the current project I've assigned temporary channels to everything so that I can tell each fixture apart in the Viz palette, but it's not the solution I was looking for. Am I somehow overlooking the check box in these palettes?
  11. Actually, I've found that it is possible to turn on the light (that is, turning on the light for rendering, not the "show beam" function) without setting a focus point. But that's turning the lights on through the visualization palette, not from the Object Info Palette.
  12. I'm working on my first lighting rendering using VW 2008, and I can't for the life of me find the "Light On" option in the Object Properties dialog box (which is where it was in VW 12, and where the help file suggests it still should be). I know that I can turn lights on using the visualization palette, but as this is still a preliminary plot, the instrument names make that method confusing. I don't want to have to assign channels before I look at what the lights are doing. Is there a way for me to simply select a fixture and tell it to turn on?
  13. Working on some renderings, I'd been successfully using the 'scene management' tool to switch between stage looks. But when I decided to actually export some image files, and switched back to my initial look, all of my gobo projectors had the pattern names deleted from their object information. When I attempted to re-input the data manually, it had no effect; apparently the gobo objects have somehow become unbound from their respective lighting objects. Is there an easy way to prevent this from happening, or do I need to replace all these gobo projectors?
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