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  1. Sorry, I thought it might be one of the palm/forehead moments! we don’t have the stake tool in VW Spotlight so I’ll leave it to some others to try and come up with a solution.
  2. Not my discipline, but can’t you set your unit prefs to show “decimal” feet?
  3. You have perspective crops turned on. Turn off in document preferences.
  4. Work out what geometry is casting the shadows you don’t want. Then apply a RW texture to just that geometry and make sure that the texture is set to not cast any shadows. - That should do it.
  5. This is an old problem that has been known about by VWX for ages. I thought they had fixed it by now. Shame you had to waste so much of your time finding it out. Bad luck.
  6. This is a very good point. Maybe every month a "guest editor" from within the forum users could provide an overview of what has been said with regard to the Troubleshooting, Wishlist and other lists - What's been most useful - What's bugging everyone - Issues resolved - Great ideas, etc.etc.... This could be sent to the new message box that's now included in V2018. Links to items within forum lists could be included as well as all sorts of "housekeeping" for users. I am aware that there is a Planet Vectorworks email that goes out weekly, but this seems to have been taken over by the Vectorworks marketing department and is now of very little use at all!
  7. The first thing to say is that the Z height of the instrument is the correct height so use that. The ruler will change depending on the view and its relationship to either the active or any specific working plane currently active. Its a tricky concept to explain and always seems to come down to which one of these buttons is currently selected. It also looks confusing if you are looking at an Isometric 3D view, ie not Top, Front, Left, Right etc. If you are dragging instruments to change their height, then I advise you to do this in a non isometric view (Top, Front, Left, Right etc.) with Screen Plane active. That way the instrument will only move relative to the screen in front of you. To be honest, if you know by how far, the best way to move instruments is by using the Move 3d menu command. However, if you are in screen plane then all the other tools for moving and distribution objects will work well too. The only way to really understand this is to make and save a couple of working planes. For instance, if I am working on a raked stage, then I will make and save a special working plane aligned to the rake. If you have many levels to your set, then you may want to create working planes based on some of these levels as well. Where that is useful is when you need to know the height of an instrument in relation to a particular height of your raked stage or set, then make the relevant working plane active and then highlight the box with the pink grid and the Z height will display the height of the instrument (or any other 3d object for the matter) in relation to the working plane that is currently active. Phew! I hope that helps!
  8. There are two options available at the moment that you may not be ware of. Last year VWX brought in eye dropper functionality for label legends. Essentially, get all the labels adjusted on one symbol to how you like and then pick-up the parameters with the eyedropper tool and apply them to all the other symbols that need to have the same label adjustment. (look for label Legend in the parameters section of the tool) The other is a third party set of menu commands called AutoPlot which has a command called Copy Altered Label Legends which does much the same as the eydropper tool in VWX but with far fewer mouse clicks. Hope that helps.
  9. Thanks Jonathan. Its hard to know whether this is a bug or an oversight. I often feel that these days.
  10. That's a shame. Its a neat function that would be really helpful if it was reliable. Did you submit this as a bug?
  11. Thanks @halfcouple I have another question. When two out of 5 of my fixtures are orientated using the 3D orientation setting I get the result below. Surely this is not intended......
  12. Is there a way to NOT see the Label Legend on an instrument when using the image function to display thumbnails of Lighting Instruments. (without turning off the label legend classes) Many thanks Mark
  13. Yes please. This would save so much time undoing and redoing this command when I forget to check the object retention mode.
  14. This is currently not possible with the Spotlight Instrument tool. However, depending on what you are trying to achieve, there is no reason why you can't duplicate the symbol and make a Light Symbol from the fixture symbol. If you want to do this then I would duplicate the symbol and rename it. Remove the attached records Edit the 3D portion of the symbol and add the requisite number of light emitters I cannot find the exact instrument you are referring to in the libraries, but this is an approximation to show you what you could achieve. By doing this you will be removing all of the Spotlight Data functionality so this is more for director/client renderings rather than more practical light plot drafting. This kind of rendering functionality is available in Vision but the quality of output is nowhere near the quality of Renderworks. Below is a very quick render to show you what is possible in a few minutes.
  15. Yes, I remember establishing it as some sort of display issue with Wireframe the last time. The EAP objects display perfectly well in OpenGL as well as Hidden Line and Renderworks styles. My main issue last time was that I wanted to display in Hidden Line without the various solid additions showing their joins - which they still do. Thanks Kevin