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  1. Trusses and lighting devices have special behavior. In Spotlight, if you use the truss tool to place the symbol you will be able to rotate the truss in 3D. You will also be able to insert lighting devices, hoists etc and have them attach to the truss. Most of the workflows described above apply to older versions of Vectorworks.

  2. It should all still work.
    You need to use Manage Scenes to store the data from the light.
    Put the light in the first position and focus it. Check to see that it renders the way you expect. Save the scene.
    Put the light in the 2nd position, focus it, Check to see that it renders the way you expect.  Save the second scene.

    Set the rendering options then run animate select scene 1 and scene 2, give it a time and check the compression options then click OK and it should render the movie.

  3. The terminology is a little confusing in Spotlight.  The Fixture Mode pop-up in Spotlight is used to select the Vision's proprietary fixture description format, the format we used before GDTF existed. This allows up to support older files and older fixtures that do not yet have a GDTF file created.


    When you import an MVR into Vision you will see the option to use GDTF fixtures or Vision fixtures.


    As long as you have the GDTF mode selected everything should work correctly. Make sure you are filling out the data in the correct places in Vectorworks.

    Visualizer data mapping

  4. Check your classes, they may be turned off. The Beam, field and centerline can all be assigned a class Spotlight Preferences dialog.

    Also, the beams pick up the color specified by the lighting device, so if you have a very light gel color the line may be very faint and blend into the background color.

  5. On 7/28/2021 at 6:38 PM, SamIWas said:

    Thanks, Kevin.  Darn...I was really hoping that it was going to put in a symbol selection menu or a texture selection option.  That would be sweeeeeet.


    I guess the only option for those things is to just type the name into a text box, right?

    No, you have 2 options.

    If you are picking from a list you can create a dynamically populated pop-up and load the pop-up with the names of the appropriate resource.

    The preferred way in VS is to use a button and the Resource Browser, you can add a button to the OIP and call vsoButtonGetResource() when the button event is received.

    The SDK will allow you to put the resource selector directly in the OIP but that's not available in VS or Python.

  6. Mac hardware in general is a limiting factor for Vision because of the limited selection of graphics cards.

    Most of the performance will be determined by your video card. Vision will perform well on your Mac but be limited by your video card.

    A similar configured windows machine would generally have the same performance as your Mac.


    One of the big advantages of Vision is that there are settings that let you control the quality and performance to Vision to fit the capabilities of your machine.


    You can contact your local sales representative to get a trial of Vision and test it with your own files or the included demo files.

  7. Make sure the Fixture Mode and the GDTF Fixture are both set to None to enable manually setting the DMX Footprint.

    If there is a fixture profile set then Vectorwork will use the data from the fixture profile.


    I set the Fixture Mode to Arri Skypanel S-60 C m6 and the footprint was automatically populated with 20 and disabled. When I switched back to None the filed was manually editable.

  8. The new parameters are used to store a reference to a resource. They will not be displayed on the OIP.

    For example, the Symbol Definition filed will store the name of a symbol and only a symbol. If you try to put other data in the field if will not store the information.

    When the symbol name is changed in the Resource manager, the filed will be updated so the object can use the new value.


    You still need another user interface element to allow the user to select the resource, so these are not simply parameters that you can just drop into the OIP.


    The other new options work in a similar manner.

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  9. I did a very simple test starting with a new blank file in Vectorworks 2021 SP4 and the latest version of Lightwright and I was able to send data back and forth without any issues.


    Please contact tech support directly or use the Bug Submission form and provide your Vectorworks file, Lightwright file along with a description of the problem so we can investigate the issue.

  10. The tables should be in Vectorworks 2021/Libraries/Defaults/Event Planning/Seating/Seating.vwx


    Try using the search function in the Resource manager. Search for "72in Round" and it should find them.

    Vectorworks does not use single quote marks or double quote marks in the symbol names.

  11. Are you using the absolute or relative camera?

    The absolute camera is automatically disabled on file open because on launch if there is no DMX Vision receive all 0's and places the drawing off screen. When the file was opened, users saw the drawing as empty and also were unable to navigate in the file.

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  12. Someone has attached a record named "Data" to all the symbols in your library.

    Look in the Resource Manager of your current drawing for a folder named "Data". Contrary to recommendation in the dialog, rename the "Data" folder in your current document.

    Once you do this you should be able to import the symbols without the warning.


    Your other option is to change or remove the "Data" record from the symbols in your resource file before you import them.


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  13. @Oona Given the error message posted above, the file was created in an educational version obtained from outside of the US and not from a pirated version. The error message from a pirated file will be completely different and take you to a web page with more details.

    If you want to send me the file in a private message I can take a look and confirm but I would just ask the person that sent you the file which distributor they obtained their copy of Vectorworks from.



  14. @Oona In the US professional versions can open a student file but all files and all content in the student's file will be watermarked and the watermark will be printed on all documents generated from the file.

    Outside of the US many educational versions use a different file format and can not be opened with the professional version.


    Students and educators must annually provide proof that they are currently affiliated with an educational institution in order to obtain a license that is only good for 1 year.


    Educational versions are to be used only for educational purposes. Having a student use an educational version to do professional work, even as an intern, using the educational version is not permitted. If the student is getting compensated in any manner  they must using a professional license.

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