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  1. Currently there is no way to link a Vectorworks symbol. That functionality is something we are looking into as an improvement in a future version.
  2. What you are trying to do will not really work because of the nature of a PIO. When a PIO is reset the PIO starts as an empty container and redraws everything, so when you put an object in the PIO container it will exist but will deleted when the PIO receives a reset event. In order to do want you want you will need to add the selected geometry to the Profile Group of the PIO and then have the PIO copy the geometry from the Profile Group into the main PIO during the reset when the main PIO code is run.
  3. No, The photo metric tools do not know about the rendered light at all. The on/off status and intensity percentage of the light is irrelevant as far as the photometric objects are concerned. Most people use the "Draw Beam" option if they want to be selective about which lights are or are not included in the calculation.
  4. Fixture Mode is automatically looked up by using the Instrument Type supplied by the Light Info record. It will automatically do a name match. If there is no match found the Fixture Mode will be set to None. The GDTF mode is set to None unless it it set manually in the Tool Bar of the lighting Device or the OIP.
  5. In your template file Open Spotlight Preferences > Parameters and select Settings: <Spotlight> Click OK and see if that resolves your issue. The Fixture Mode parameter is hidden in your template file so the made may be getting set automatically but you can't see it. I've also seen issues where over time adding, removing or reordering parameters causes some controls to be improperly disabled till the default OIP is restored.
  6. In order to stay consistent with export to visualizers and consoles the Number of Channels is determined in this order, GDTF Mode, Fixture Mode then the Light Info Record. When the Number of Channels is determined by the GDTF Mode or the Fixture Mode the Number of Channels field will be disabled. If you want to manually set the number of fields you will need to set the GDTF Mode and Fixture Mode to None.
  7. The photo grid does not pay attention to the actual light object. It does not take into account color, shadows, other geometry, layer or class settings. The calculation is a simple cosine squared falloff based on the candlepower specified in the Light Info Record and the distance between the lighting device and the focus point.
  8. Are you using a style? What's the length of the soft goods object are you trying to draw? Have you changed any of the default settings? Usually the issue is with a very long soft goods object or a pleat with that is too small. If the pleat width is set too small it ends taking a long time to draw because of the number of vertices that are being drawn. There were a few default styles that were shipped with a very small pleat width rather than using the Simple 3D option that have caused issues fro some users. You can try using the Simple 2D and Simple 3D options to make sure there are no other issues and then check and adjust the pleat width and depth to see if that resolves your issue.
  9. In Tools > Options > Vectorworks Preferences... > Display enable "Zoom to line thickness (slow)"
  10. You need to render using one of the Renderworks modes to use more than 8 lights.
  11. I would call your local tech support. They will be able to provide you additional support and collect some diagnostic information to help you resolve the activation problem.
  12. If you are rendering in shaded mode there is an 8 light limit. They may show that they are turned on in the visualization pallet but only the first 8 in the document that are turned on will be rendered.
  13. You can not change the graphical layout of the single legend option. The single label option only gives you a tabular listing of the selected parameters based on the order shown in the dialog.
  14. Yes, the number of lasers you can use is limited by your license, it's the same limitation as the number of universes. Educational users are limited to 4 universes and 4 lasers. Users who purchase Vision have unlimited lasers and universes.
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