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klinzey

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  1. If you open a Spotlight drawing in regular Vectorworks everything should be just as you saved it. The user will not be able to change any of the information on the lighting device.

    Instruments would turn into rectangles only if the other person has a copy of Spotlight, but did not have the symbols in the document.

  2. Technicaly a two-fer is an electrical Y that has female receptacles at the top of the Y and a male plug at the bottom leg of the Y; used to connect two instruments to the same circuit

    In the drawing world a two-fer an take on a slightly different meaning. In general a two-fer is used to designate that 2 instruments are always going to have a common dimmer, circuit, or channel attribute. The ganging tool simply places two-fers, and you can put mutiple two-fers together to gang many instruments together. If you two-fer by channel, the channels will allways be the same, etc.

    Multi-Circuit Instrument is an instrument, such as a striplight that is one physical unit, but has two or more circuits. The individual circuits of the instrument must be placed seperatly, then converted to a multi-circuit unit. If you move one part of the unit, the others will folow, but each part contains distinct information.

  3. Eric,

    By any chance are you purging the document? In versions prior to 10, purging the document will cause the label legends to be deleted. Also have you moved the page origin? There have been problems reported with V9 if the page origin has been moved. If your lables are not appearing make sure that the Label-[Attribute] class is set to visable and that you are in Show-Snap-Modify others.

  4. With Spotlight 10 you can have 8 labels in your legend along with a user selected symbol.

    You can copy and edit existing Label Legends in V9. Existing Legends are symbols stored in the Label Legends folder. If you duplicate a LL symbol, give it a new name and place it in the Label Legend folder. When you run the Label Legend Manager, it will appear as a new label and you can add and remove fields as you would normally do. You can also copy legends to a new document in the same manner.

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    The Objects from Polyline command seems to create walls for every selected polyline in the document.

    This problem had been fixed in 10.1.2.

    Objects from Polyline command generates VectorWorks walls.(Curved and Staight) In order to represent a bezier curve the polyline is converted to simple straight and arc segments.

  6. The symbol defines the beam and field angle. In order to adjust the beam and field angle you have to edit the symbol and make the change globaly. If you want to have a different beam and field angle for a fixture you will need to create a new symbol.

  7. The only way to edit information about the lamp is to edit the record attached to the symbol.

    Once you are in the edit symbol window, deselect all. The data should show in the data pane of the OIP.

    If the object is already deselected when the edit widow opens, the information should automatically be displayed in the data pane of the OIP.

    If you are not seeing this behavior, send me details on machine and I will check the behavior.

  8. Make sure that your image size is 2" x 2".

    Begin with these rendering settings:

    Detail : Low

    Use Shadows : ON

    Shadow Mapped Shadows : ON

    Use Ray Tracing : ON

    Recursion Level : 2

    Use Textures : ON

    Use Transparency : ON

    Use Anti-Aliasing : ON

    Use NURBS : OFF

    Also try using a different file format. I have found a few source files that worked better if they were .tiff or .gif.

  9. The original question was about curved truss. With Straight Truss, there is a "Hanging Angle" parameter that controls the tilt of the truss, 90 will stand the truss on end. "Rotation" will cause the truss to spin on it's axis.

    [ 03-17-2003, 09:31 AM: Message edited by: klinzey ]

  10. In Spotlight 9:

    Configure the truss.

    Go into a 3D view.

    Select the truss and ungroup and regroup.

    This change the truss from a PIO to a simple Group, so you will no be able to change parameters any longer.

    You can now use the 3D rotate tool to rotate the truss.

    In Spotlight 10:

    Check the Draw3D Only box on the IOP.

    Grab the 3D rotate tool and rotate the truss.

    You can reconfigure the truss even after it has been rotated.

  11. Make sure that the "Device Type" says "Light". I have seen some documents lately that have the Device Type feild empty. These instruments will export, but will not show in Find and Modify. If this doesn't help send me(klinzey@nemetschek.net) the drawing an I will take a look at it.

    The fastest to see if you have any of these problem instruments is to make a custom selection.

    Select only : Field value : Decice Type : = :

    or run this script:

    DSelectAll; SelectObj(('Light Info Record'.'Device Type'=''));

  12. Import the Light Info Record from another file if it does not exist. Edit the 2d symbol definition. De-Select everything. Change to the Data pane in the IOP. Check the box next to the Light Info Record to attach the record. Fill out the data. Exit the symbol.

    The step that most people miss is to De-Select before attaching the record. You can take a look at Appendix-A for some more detailed instructions.

  13. Edit the 3D portion of the symbol. It should be a sweep. Is it swept 360 deg or 180 deg? Edit the 2d componect of the sweep. Is it a full half or quarter section of the Par?

    The render does best with a quarter section of the par swept 360 deg. It should work with a section sewpt 180 deg. It doesn't like it when the section is swept 360 deg.

    If you edit the symbol def, it should fix all of the instrumnets on your plot.

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    In the drawing I am working on, I laid out my instruments first before assigning (or even creating) a label legend. When I did make the legend, I started converting my symbols to fixtures, but then I had to tell manually assign the active legend to each unit. Shouldn't the legend automatically assign to the symbols when I convert?

    This is on the wish list for the next version.

    For now, you can select mutiple instruments and run the Assign Legend to Instruments command.

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    Also, does VW have to change an object's class to NONE when it is grouped with others?

    The group is in the "None" class, but the objects withing the group will still be in the classes they were asigned. This allows you to control the visibality of objects within the group.

  15. Spotlight 10 is scheduled for release in early 2003. Please contact sales directly reguarding upgrading a recent purchase of VectorWorks 9.5. They have all the details. 1-888-646-4223 (sales@nemetschek.net)

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