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  1. Make the changes to the record information as described above. Then run the find and modify command. Select all lights whose symbol name is "ETC Source 4 36?"(or what ever symbol you modified). Click OK. The OIP will say # Lighting devices selected. Highlight the Inst Type field and then hit the delete key then the enter key. The instrument will regenerate and and the field will be filled in with the new data.

  2. You need to change the Inst Type field in the light info data record attached to the symbol def. Edit the symbol and de-select. Chnage the name and then exit the symbol. This should fix it for all new symbols in the drawing. Updating the existing instruments in the drawing requires a few extra steps. Let me know if you need to do this too and I will detail the additional steps.

  3. Whenever the lighting instrument turns into a rectangle, it can not find the refrenced symbol. Check to see if the Symbol Name field is blank or if the symbol has been deleted form the document. If fields were maped incorrectly during an inport/export process the Symbol name field could contain an invalid symbol name. You can use find and modify or replace with active symbol to fix the problem.

    [ 07-21-2004, 09:22 AM: Message edited by: klinzey ]

  4. Try adjusting your snap and rounding settings. You may need to move your labels just a little. Remember once you move the label in the drawing, it is locked ther until you assign a new legend to the instrument.

    There is a problem between the way the label legend is rounding numbers and the way the lighting device is rounding numbers. We have finaly been able to reproduce the problem in house and you will see a fix in a maintance release of 11.

  5. Make sure you follow the directions carefilly when creating the symbol. Be sure when you are editing the symbol you DE-SELECT everyting before you attatch the light info record. If you have something selected in the symbol and then attach the record, the record will be attached to that object and not the symbol def. Also try moving the focus point, there are some lighting angles that it can not calculate, you should get an error message that says Can not calculate, angle must be larger then xxx

  6. lclew,

    As far as I know there are no architectural lighting symbols designed for use in Spotlight. You can make them by taking a simple symbol and attaching the Light Info record to the symbol and filling out the necessary information in the record. Please refer to the Advanced Topics chapter in the Spotlight manual for details. Spoltight (Vectorworks and Renderworks) do not support IES files. Spotlight photometric calculations are based on a simple cosine distribution of direct light from a point source.

  7. Figuring out what, if any change, happened is on my list of things to check. I need to sit down with LW3 and LW4 and try to import from the same VW file with different number styles of nunbering and see what happens in each. Then I can talk to John about what is happening.

  8. Spotlight has always done Num/Alpha as Num.Alpha. Alpha/Num creates as AlphaNum. I am supprised LW treates NumAlpha as a multi circuit instrument. I know several designers that use the NumAlpha numbering to identify instruments that were added to the plot after it was drafted.

    Instrument 1A is between instrument 1 and 2, while 1.A is part of a multi circuit instrument.

  9. When the lighting positions are converted, they are transformed into a hybrid object. In 2D view only the 2D postion is visable. If you look at it a 3D view you will see the position. You should have a 2D representation of the pipe and a 3D representation. Simply draw a line over the 3D portion, then select the 2D and 3D, group them then convert the group to a lighting position. It will be visable in 2D and 3D and you can give it a height.

  10. The only reason I know how LW works is that I have to make sure Spotlight works with LW. Full compatibility with LW4 high on the wishlist. It's a lot more complicated then just a new automated action file.

  11. From the LW3 manual page 147:

    "Lightwright 3 will first attempt to match lights during a merge based on it's internal ID numbers (which you don't ever see),

    then by external ID, then by position & unit#, then position and purpose, and finally by purpose. It will scan the file being

    brought in to see which of these methods are possible and then advise you of what it's going to do."

  12. Steve,

    LW ID id LW unique ID Field. Not maping this field makes LW work harder when you import into an existing LW file. If the LW ID field matches, LW knows the instruments are the same. If there is no LW ID, LW guesses by looking at other information to see if the instruments are the same. If you don't use the LW ID Field you are more likely to find duplicate instruments in LW.

  13. If Lightwright ID and LW ID are the last items displayed in the list select the first of the two. It's a display problem with the dialog, the second set isn't realy there. If you still have a problem sent the VW file and the exported LW file to tech@nemetschek.net and I will take a look at it.

    [ 03-03-2004, 04:00 PM: Message edited by: klinzey ]

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