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  1. @jcogdell Thank you very much for this insight (and your screenshot looks great!) I will be the first to admit that I missed something, and it happens to be the Preview tools. I honestly thought that they had been added to my workspace correctly, but I'm embarrassed to say that I actually missed them completely, and have been trying to get the old tools to work, thinking that they were the new tools! Reading through your post a couple of times finally made it click. That feeling of ignorance after posting, then realizing the answers were there all the time is probably why I'm a Greenhorn after over 20 years of using VWX because I have stubbornly not been posting. Well, if you don't ask, you don't know. Once I get a chance to wrestle with the new features I will hopefully be back here to answer my own questions for the benefit of others! Thanks again. peace aj
  2. The labels are still there in VWX2021, however it seems that the "extra" length only shows up on Multi cables and Data cables. So far my Jumper cables all indicate just their standard length. At least the Power plot will be less cluttered! Right now I'm choosing to deal with the clutter, as the fixtures will be cabled up in a catwalk so the tech will be able to refer to the plot when gathering cables to haul up in to the grid. It would be helpful to be able to indicate a definite break along any cable; I have seen this comment elsewhere regarding this topic. This would be useful for a break at the end of a truss or at a doorway that needs to be closed at night on a corporate show... I have also found that when copying a jumper cable and editing the polyline, the displayed length can become the actual length of the cable rather than the length of the standard part. When creating new cables the standard lengths seem to always be adhered to. One day, it will all make sense. I think that the software engineers should be brought to gigs on a regular basis (COVID notwithstanding) to see how this all fits together, especially when it comes to this kind of tool. I would volunteer comps to any show I'm doing and an offer of a backstage tour! I know we have plenty of theatrical professionals working at VWX informing the developers, however I'd love to show them first hand how their tools are used and I'm sure they would enjoy the experience.
  3. I'll add to this chorus... the "extra" display just clutters up the drawing. There might be an instance in which this feature is desirable, but it should not be the default. With all the other options for turning on and off various display elements, one might conclude that this is not so hard to fix. VWX please listen to us and do so! peace aj
  4. @Mark Eli Hi Mark, and thanks for looking in to this for me! I haven't had a chance to try Artnet... honestly it's a bit harder to configure than sACN which just lives in the same network and IP range as MA3net. Too much to do on a current project... i can dig in to that after Thanksgiving. I use the DMX viewer to verify signal if the model isn't working quite right, however it doesn't seem to fulfil that role now... I just have to question that the MA3 is doing something "funky" with a standard protocol. The Vision model sees the DMX. The app sACNView sees the DMX. The Pathport that receives the sACN and relays it to the fixtures just loves that yummy data from the MA3. In this case, DMX viewer is the only part of the system that seems not to be listening. It is also interesting that the DMX viewer does not default to the selected DMX provider when launched, nor does that option come up first in the drop-down menu. Of course that's probably an alphabetical thing? sACNView is a useful little tool: https://www.sacnview.org
  5. @michaelk Oh geez... signature updated. Although i have a friend who's still rockin' 12.5... My VWX 2021 is as up to date as can be. I'm still getting the described result. If it's working for you, there's something weird in my installation, or some weird option i can't find. peace aj
  6. Hi all, Every time I change the Working Plane using the Working Plane tool, it seems that I get stuck with the new working plane and can't change it back. I'm using Planar Surface mode to select a new working plane. From the manual: Double-click the Set Working Plane tool to set the working plane to the layer plane. Nope. Doesn't have any effect. In fact, trying to select another planar surface to establish a new Working Plane has no effect. It's like the tool is a one-shot deal that needs a restart to fix. I'm using Screen Plane or Working Plane mode in Plane Mode under Document Preferences. Double-clicking the "Active Layer Plane" from the Working Planes palette does not have any effect either. The only way i have found to restore the working plane to the active layer plane is to restart. Is there some option to lock the working plane tool after one use? Perhaps that got selected somehow with an errant keyboard shortcut? Weird...
  7. @TomWhiteLight Vision 2021 on Windows 10. Perhaps I'll try on a Mac if the licensing scheme allows it... I know i can install my E-license of VWX on two machines but haven't tried that with Vision yet. @klinzey Quitting Vision does not quit the DMX viewer; it runs in a separate process. Each time the DMX viewer is launched from within Vision, it opens up another DMX viewer window and they all stay open when you quit Vision. Each and every time DMX viewer is called, the DMX provider menu defaults to Artnet and changing it does not seem to have any effect. Again, the model is receiving sACN DMX as is an independent app (sACNViewer). Just can't get the Vision DMX viewer to work over here... peace aj
  8. The DMX viewer does not display sACN levels. The model works fine; all fixtures are controllable via DMX; the diagnostic DMX Viewer does not display levels. DMX provider correctly selected: Here is the DMX viewer window compared to sACNView window: Anyone else seeing this? VWX2021, Vision2021, MA3 Light peace aj
  9. ajpen

    Import from Poser?

    @grant_PD I have searched high and low on TurboSquid, 3D Warehouse, etc. for posed musicians and there is not much to choose from. I wanted to make my own bespoke figures and come up with a solution to pose them on a case by case basis. I ended up going with Poser now that I have a workflow that serves my purpose. Until I get in to complex characters it's not too much of a problem to replace the textures as I described above. I'll keep trying to figure out why the textures don't export correctly from Poser, but that's not a VWX problem. The user interface for posing figures in Poser is a lot of fun!
  10. ajpen

    Import from Poser?

    @jeff prince AHA!!! I created my own texture. Just grabbed a random texture from my archives and saved it as a .png with the same filename as the Poser texture that was imported. Didn't even check to see about dimensions... VWX didn't care as long as it was finding an actual .png as expected. This is a bit of an obscure workaround, but it does the trick. Maybe i'll get a whole bunch of figures exported in this manner before my trial period runs out... Not sure i want to spend $200 on this headache from Poser. But again, maybe someone in a Poser forum might help, although searches of their knowledgebase are fruitless and web searches lead to the uber-nerds (i say with respect and affection) in Reddit, Github, etc. Thanks very much @jeff prince and@mjm ! peace aj
  11. ajpen

    Import from Poser?

    @jeff prince Thank you Jeff, and I appreciate this. But if you look at my first reply you will see that i did everything you originally suggested. I understand at this point that this is not a Vectorworks problem. I can plainly see where Poser is exporting the files. Everything is in the same folder, and the .mtl file clearly refers to the correct path for each image file. However if you refer to my post you will see that I discovered that the .png files that Poser generates are not valid or readable by any application. I don't think that Vectorworks is having any trouble finding the files, just in reading them. Definitely a Poser problem... I guess it's outside of the purview of the Vectorworks forum. Thanks for responding!! peace aj
  12. ajpen

    Import from Poser?

    @mjm Below is a screenshot of the message i get every time i try to import. I have tried checking and unchecking the various Import Materials options in Vectorworks to no avail. Same result each time. If the "Import Materials" is unchecked altogether, there is no error message but of course there is no texture import. I ran the "uncompress" script. No change. I looked at the Save Files Compressed option in Poser (at least i found a "Use File Compression" option under "Save Files") and tried different combinations there... no change. Poser 11 is still generating image files that can't be read. If they're still being compressed as you suggest, i can't find a way to stop that. @mjm , @jeff prince ... Your suggestions are quite informative and I thank you! However I think it has to do with the texture files Poser is generating and I can't find the option that would modify those results. Again, the reference manual and YouTube videos regarding export to OBJ or other formats seems to be very thin...
  13. ajpen

    Import from Poser?

    Wow. Your suggestion was on the right track... i was exporting in to Dropbox and trying to open on a different computer, and the paths didn't match. Then I tried exporting to a stick. Different drive names between two computers, visible in the MTL file so i search/replaced F:\ with D:\ - still no go. Then I tried on the local drive of the same computer. Still no go. Then I had a look at the .png files that Poser exports and realized that the filenames had no .png extension, and Vectorworks was naming the files it couldn't import so I tried appending .png to the texture files and... still no go. Finally, I had a look at the .png files themselves... Windows Photos couldn't open them. Neither could Photoshop. So there's the problem. Maybe it's a limitation of the trial version? I'll look in to that. Couldn't find much on YouTube or otherwise regarding export from Poser to OBJ. The reference manual is quite thin there too. Frustrating. Maybe Poser isn't the answer, but i can pose the arms of the default model as if they were holding a guitar in about 30sec. Very intuitive. Anyone else feel like banging their head on this one? peace aj
  14. Hiya I am experimenting with the trial version of Poser and every time I try to import the OBJ that it generates, I get an error message that says each texture cannot be imported. Anyone else try this workflow? 3D figures in VWX are a joke, between the Vision legacy figures, the useless legacy Human Figure tool, etc. Just want to be able to pose my figure and have textures map properly. Some of the posts regarding 3D humans in VWX are twenty years old. Nothing ever seems to get done about it... Image Props are not suitable. I want real 3D that is posable and looks better than the low polygon "people" i drew for myself 5 years ago. Changing a pose is incredibly tedious in VWX with the symbol build as groups of tapered extrudes, etc. Any help would be great. 21 days left in trial of Poser... peace aj
  15. I can confirm that you need to open up all permissions on the Plug-Ins folder in the current Vectorworks folder for this to work.


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