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Steve Barrett

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  1. Thanks Scott, I appreciate the recommendations. I completely forgot to check their offerings.
  2. Thanks for the quick response. I'm using a text field as a work around but that obviously opens itself up to human error. Hopefully that expanded capability will become an option in the near future. I can see type of resource working well for a number of situations in the entertainment field.
  3. I'd like to create a custom tag which has a field that tells me the total length of a connected truss system. Is this possible? I'm having trouble finding the field for "total length" in the options. Better yet, is there a way for a data tag to breakdown the quantity and length of the individual trusses in that connected truss system?
  4. Check out the VideoScreen 4 PIO from Landru Design. Andy's tools are indispensable for our industry.
  5. I just started having this issue on my last two projects. One of the symbols was supplied by a vendor and the other symbol I created from a simple extrude. I noticed the problem in sheet layer viewports that were created using the renderworks camera. If I make a similar view with manually and using a viewport crop, then it renders properly...until I update the view created by the RWC. Then it all goes wonky again. SB
  6. Thank you for the tip. I love Dropbox. Here's my new challenge. I'm using 2010 and my associate is using 2008. It seems there is no easy way to export the main project file to 2008 and have the referenced linked files automatically export out as well. Or is there? The batch convert dialog seems to only work the other direction.
  7. I read the help files and searched the forums, but I've had little luck with this topic. How do I email a coworker a project file to include my design layer viewport reference files? Do I send all the files together or can VW do that automatically in a package of some sort? If I'm to send the files, will my coworker need to recreate the reference links since the file locations will be different from the original setup?
  8. Well this is odd. I added a vertex to the legs and support and when I render I get 1 leg only.
  9. I had the wrong info on my previous signature
  10. Recently I've started having an issue with a chair model displaying correctly when using hidden-line mode. The model is very simple (the legs are just 3d polygon lines) as I sometimes need 16,000 or more of them in my drawings. When I render the legs and the back supports disappear. I started playing with the smoothing angle setting and if I set it to zero, the problem goes away. The issue with this setting is my curved trusses take on a faceted look which requires a smoothing angle of 10 or more. Any ideas or suggestions? Steve B.
  11. When I create a piece of curved truss, 3 of the 4 chords become very segmented. I've tried using different resolution settings to no avail. This did not happen with earlier versions of VW, so maybe this has something to do with Solidworks? The first image shows the resolution set to very high under Vectorworks/Preferences/3D/3d conversion res. The second is set to low. Any thoughts?
  12. When I create a piece of curved truss, 3 of the 4 chords become very segmented. I've tried using different resolution settings to no avail. This did not happen with earlier versions of VW, so maybe this has something to do with Solidworks? The first image shows the resolution set to very high under Vectorworks/Preferences/3D/3d conversion res. The second is set to low. Any thoughts?
  13. I'm having the same issue on my MacBook Pro. Fresh install of 2009 on a brand new laptop.
  14. For what it's worth, I'm also having this problem. It's VERY difficult to be productive when using just the laptop trackpad. I hope this fix comes soon.
  15. I just applied the update and it fixed the crashing but I still can not import a PDF. Now I get the error message "This Plug-in Object file is missing. Check to make sure it is in your "Plug-ins" folder. Can anyone tell me where to find this plug-in so I can add it back?
  16. For some reason, I can no longer import a PDF without my copy of VectorWorks crashing. Is anyone else having this issue? Vectorworks 2008 13.0.1 (82099) MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4 GB SDRAM
  17. Katie, I think this is something else. I had exported the file, zipped and emailed it to a co-worker earlier in the week with no problem. She was able to confirm the same file size. Sometime during the week, when I tried to send her a revised file, it exploded to 811 meg when I took the same process to export and compress. I would be happy to send you the file (13.5 meg) for you to see if you like.
  18. I have a file that is 13.5 meg. When I export to v12 or v11 it blows up to 811 meg and converts the original file to 811 meg as well. Any ideas? VW 13.0.0 (78970) (SP1) Mac OS X 10.4.10 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  19. I have created a 3" square and extruded it 10'. I would like to take this solid and duplicate array (circular) it upon it's center and have it place each copy on top of the previous (raise each copy of the solid 3 inches). I want the piece to make 2 complete revolutions and grow in height accordingly. I guess it would be similar to a DNA molicule when finished. Does anyone know a simple way to accomplish this?
  20. I am making a video screen with a "mask" in front to hide certain portions of the screen from view. I created the tiles of the screen and then duplcate arrayed them into a curve - so far, so good. I would like to take the "mask" and form it to the front of the video screen which is curved. How do I take a pre-existing 2D shape and from the top view bend or warp it to match the curve I need?
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