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  1. Hi Justin. I'm still running 2019. Perhaps I'll move this particular drawing to 2020 and give the new version a test. Thanks for the help.
  2. I'm using a number of Christie Lites' 7.5 degree T-link bars in a truss system. I can't seem to make the truss all one system while accurately angling the truss to the angle forced by the T-link bar. For example: Step 1: Place a 6' piece of truss, connect another 6' piece of truss to it, connect a 7.5d bar to those -- all good Step 2: Connect a 6' piece of truss to the bar - still good However, the connection is still a straight connection and doesn't take the 7.5 degree push into account If I rotate the piece of truss to match the angle then it is no longer part of the "system." Is there a way to place the truss at the angle forced by the T-link bar or select the truss objects and force them to become a "system." I'm trying to use Braceworks to calculate my loads and well... without it being a "system", I don't know how to make it work. Thanks. Dave
  3. I tried what you mentioned and it still didn't work. Attached are my settings and what they do... any ideas would help 😉 Pic #1 illustrates what I'm seeing when I've applied to legend to the fixtures and then ganged them. Pic #2 shows the 2d layout of the legend. Circuit name and number are on top of each at the bottom in blue but offset horizontally. The text is all aligned as CENTRE. Pic #3 shows the fields -- none are "right reading"
  4. I'm trying to find a way to keep the instrument label consistent independent of how the light is rotated. However, as you can see in the example below, some numbers rotate and the "e2" -- which is made up of two fields --at the bottom of the fixture changes place depending on the rotation of the fixture. Ideally I want it to look the same -- basically the whole fixture including the labels should rotate the same -- for the fixture in any direction but neither right-reading or any other option seems to solve it. Do I need to make a separate label for when the fixture is rotated in different angles?
  5. Is this the same challenge with the label legend itself? I'm trying to find a way to keep the instrument label consistent independent of how the light is rotated. However, as you can see in the example below, some numbers rotate and the "e2" -- which is made up of two fields --at the bottom of the fixture changes place depending on the rotation of the fixture. Ideally I want it to look the same for the fixture in any direction but neither right-reading or any other option seems to solve it. Do I need to make a separate label for when the fixture is rotated differently?
  6. Thanks for the info, Pat. I was able to get it to work... just mixed up the summarize and sum boxes. Cheers. Dave
  7. I'm trying to create a total wattage count for my drawings. I would think it would be as simple as defining the selection criteria, showing and summarizing fixtures types, wattage and their counts and then applying a couple of basic math functions -- ie: count X wattage -- and then summing those summarized totals together. However, I can't seem to create this using variables and the summarized numbers. For example: 7 Source-4 19deg 575 All I want to do is essentially -- in Excel parlance -- =sum(A7*C7) to get the total wattage per fixture type and then do a running total of all of those numbers. When I use the "=sum" function in the worksheet, it can't seem to process the variables and allow it to create results per row. Thoughts? Cheers. Dave
  8. It would be great to have the WYG attachment setup implemented in VW but for now, you can attach the fixtures and then move them without too much trouble to show their realistic position... labels also help.The functionality of actually attaching the fixtures is great because of all the database/worksheet/report functions which you can now customize. Remember that you now have 3D labels in case you're doing ladders or more difficult non-horizontal hangs. And then we just pray for somebody on the crew that can actually read a plot 😉
  9. I've run into this issue when ganging fixtures. I create the "gang" but the label has the two fields offset from each other -- in my case, the circuit name is higher than the circuit number. I've ganged fixtures many times but have never had this happen before. I've tried rebooting, restarting and all the usual tests. i created a new drawing and it's still happening. The two-fer object properties are as follows: Style: >un-styled> Corner: Arc Gang by: Circuit Field Vale Is there some kind of a symbol/group layout that can be modified to correct this? Thanks. VW 2019 sp4
  10. Does anybody know if there is a way to create a specific ganging object? I want my ganging tool to only show a fixture's Circuit Name not Circuit Name & Circuit Number? OR if I have to stay with Name & Number, can I tell it to only display the Name? Thanks.
  11. Actually, I think I just figured it out... adding a glow texture to a narrow cylinder seems to do the job... Still testing...
  12. Hi all. Today's fun project is to try to simulate a laser. I'm trying to render a stage and show some laser beams coming from some set pieces. I thought I'd be able to do it with a linear light with no falloff but that doesn't seem to work. Essentially, I just one to create a visible line that can render with a colour that doesn't emanate any light -- i just want it to be visible if I point the camera at it. Any ideas? Thanks.
  13. Anybody having trouble exporting worksheets? I'm trying to export my drawing but I get no file selection window after I select the format. I've tried restarting VW, reloading the file, rebooting the PC. Is it just me? USING: 2019 SP2 (Build 463397)(64-Bit) Windows 10
  14. Is it possible to replace truss that has been converted to a hanging position? I built a lighting rig and then found out that the supplier changed the size of the truss from what was in the drawing. I'm trying to change the type of truss in the hanging position but can't seem to do it as a group operation. I can delete each individual piece of truss and replace it one-by-one but that will take me forever. I've edited the position, selected the truss, tried replacing the truss but I can't seem to find a way to do it. Ideas? Thanks.
  15. Okay, so I did a a bunch of other changes then went back to those hoists and changed the function from video to lighting and back to video and then chain went black. So... I don't know what that means but it seems to be fixed. Anybody else run into this?

 

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