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  1. Vectorworks supports 2 types of accessories. Static Accessories and Accessories. Static Accessories are things like top hats and barn doors and are seen by Lightwright as Accessories. Vectorworks Accessories are things like color scrollers and are seen by Lightwright as Devices and will be shown as a separate entry (line) in Lightwright. It's important to use them appropriately in order to get the data to move between Vectorworks and Lightwright. If you set a scroller to a Static Accessory in Vectorworks, Lightwright will not be able to assign it a DMX address. If you set a top hat up as an Accessory in Vectorworks, Lightwright will see it as a separate device and it will not show up the Accessory list for the light. Lightwright doesn't support any data for Static Accessories, they just become a list in the accessory field in Lightwright. If the data is not necessary you can leave the fields empty in Vectorworks. Vectorworks uses internal data to know which accessories are attached to which light, Lightwright uses the position name and unit number of determine the association. So both applications have to make some assumptions in order to link an accessory with a light when we are exchanging data.
  2. It's not easy but it is doable. You would need to place a texture of the tree leave on a 3D polygon in front of the light and then align it with the light. The easiest way to do this is to put the light and the 3D Polygon/texture inside of a symbol then place the symbol in the document and rotate it as necessary.
  3. Yes it should work fine with any student version. Make sure if you are converting the file from an older version you save the file after it gets converted. The file must exist on the disk in order for the data exchange to work.
  4. From the File menu choose Expoer->Export MVR. When you export an MVR it includes the necessary GDTF files. The GDTF files contain only the fixture description the MVR file contains the details about each fixture, and the other geometry, in the document.
  5. For now we have only implemented receiving data via the Pangolin protocol. We will consider other implementing other protocols in the future depending on requests from users what information is available from the manufactures about the protocol. Pangolin worked very closely with Vectorowrks in order to allow Vision to properly read and render the data that was being sent. Lasers are being added to the GDTF specification so once that happens DMX controlled lasers will be more feasible within the limitations of the DMX protocol.
  6. @Benson ShawI took a look at the file and verified it was created using an educational version issued by our Hong Kong distributor, so it can not be open by the US version. This a restriction imposed by some of our distributors to prevent abuse of the educational license in their local markets.
  7. To clarify, the file format restriction on educational versions is a restriction imposed by some distributors of Vectorworks. For the US, professional versions of Vectorworks can open files created by the US educational version. The watermark from the educational version will be viable when the file is opened in the professional version and all resources will be watermarked.
  8. I know "OpenGL" modes were changed "Shaded" when openGL was removed for Vectorworks 2022.
  9. There is still a limit of 8 light sources when rendering in shaded mode.
  10. Also see: Inserting accessory creates duplicate legend
  11. Make sure you select the accessory in the "Edit Accessory" field and then set the label legend to none for the accessory. There appears to be an issue when you select "Edit Accessory" "<All>" The label legend control will work but it will not display the "<None>" choice even when it is selected. The control works fine when using <All> it just does not display the correct choice in the label legend popup.
  12. I'm not seeing the same issue in my version of 2021. Can you post your file or contact tech support. My test was a single fixture in a new blank file on both Mac and Windows.
  13. Setting the fixture mode should automatically set the DMX footprint based on the selected mode. Does this issue happen for you with all the fixture modes or just the Robe MegaPointe Mode 1? Is this issue in just this one file? It looks like you are using a customized OIP, does this happen when using the Default OIP in a new document?
  14. If it's not listed, it's not available in the Vision library. It doesn't look like there is a GDTF version available on the GDTF Share either. You can create a GDTF fixture using the GDTF Builder or if you can request one be created using the link located at the bottom of this page.
  15. Site Protection Server licenses are are different then a regular Vectorwoks license. Your regular license will not work with the site protection server. Your Vectorworks account representative can give you all the details if you contact them.
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