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  1. Yes! it's great that you can add a fixture into a schematic view and have it correctly inserted into the Hanging Position, but why can't you delete one and have it correctly update?
  2. The thing that I found so confusing and finally figured out is that the class assignment set in Spotlight's Lighting Device > Modify Instrument Color Set By > Lighting Instrument > choose class here, acts only as a proxy or alias, pointing to the class that the symbol is actually in. But that action requires then that all other geometry is also in their own classes within a symbol. This means that in order for this feature to work, you have to edit every single symbol's 2d geometry with new class assignments - no symbol libraries work without doing so as far as I can tell... Part of the problem that I was having is that you cannot separate "use at creation" by line weight and fill. Why can you not make a class that has a fill "use at creation" but a line weight without...
  3. Renewing this thread - I'm having this same problem. How can I maintain multiple line weights and styles within symbols while using "Modify Instrument Color" - specifically with color set by Lighting Instrument? What I want to do is to add one symbol (with multiple line weights) into different classes and have them automatically take on the class fill color, but NOT change the line weight. Even if I have the instrument symbol line weights assigned to different classes, the "Modify Instrument Color" option overrides them. VW Designer 2017 SP4
  4. Ha. that's it. Thanks Michael.
  5. I'm wondering if someone can give step by step instructions on getting a spotlight instrument to render shadows. On rare occasions, I need to quickly mockup a focus, and with the my version of Spotlight (2009) what I used to do doesn't work anymore: -Extrude shape for a 'floor' -Extrude other shapes (proscenium, furniture, whatever) -Add a light (eg source-4 26 degree) -Give light a height -Add a focus point / assign to light -turn on the beam -select render with shadows not enough - can someone help? Thanks!
  6. I knew it was something like that. Thanks!
  7. I must have done something stupid, but now all my reshape handles have disappeared on simple objects like rectangles - I can't find a way to get them back? In preferences there's only the option to have 4 or 8, and I don't have any... Thoughts? Thanks in advance! Rick
  8. Genius! Thanks Pat, that was exactly what I wanted. Rick
  9. Is there a way to relocate the position of the small Vectorscript window that pops up when a script is being run? I can't select it when it appears, and there doesn't seem to be a way to invoke the window itself. Probably there's a .DS_Store file that specifies where it goes, but I'm not sure how to do it? Thanks!
  10. The script forum is pretty active. I bet you could get help within a day from the folks over there.
  11. Autoplot Tools for Spotlight does this.
  12. Edit the saved view that you want to use, and click on the Edit Script button. Paste the script above into the script window and you're done.
  13. If you export to Lightwright, and then import back into Vectorworks, all the info should update according to the Light Information Record after a refresh. Or you could quickly add the information in LW or indeed in Excel and then put it back into VW. The LIR definitely doesn't auto update though - presumably because many of the fields are specific to each unit - channel, color, etc., etc..

 

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