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  1. When you upgrade from 9.0.1 to 9.5 make sure to use your Architect, (Not Vectorworks) and Renderworks serial numbers.
  2. A tool requires the user to click in the drawing space. A menu command (.vsm) does not require the user to click in the drawing, so this may fit your needs.
  3. If you installed all of the gobo textures try moving them to a temp folder outside of the VectorWorks directory. The installer copies the entire 9.0.1 folder before the updater actualy runs. The textures are over 1GB when installed so it will take a long time and need a lot of space to copy 1GB.
  4. If your concern is the actual Gobo, just let the manufacturer know the details. I needed a Gobo that was basicaly a circular with text. I need the circle to be round and the text to be square. I ordered the Gobo from Apollo; I told them I was using a 19deg S4, the throw distance was x, the height was y and the image needed to be Z. They did the math and it was perfect. If you want to try it in VW. Type the text in a TrueType font.Select the text and run the menu command TrueType to Polyline.Extrude the polylineRotate 3D x?,y?,z? (you will need to do the math)If you want to make Gobo that you can project with RW, you should be able to do a solid subtraction with a "blank" Gobo and get the final result.Then consult the Spotlight manual on how to make the texture. You may need to convert the 3D back 2D polys before you make the texture. HTH Kevin LinzeyNNA
  5. You may need to close VectorWorks, then delete the file. It has been entered into the bug list.
  6. First make sure that you are in the correct workspace. From the File menu choose Workspaces, VW Spotlight 9_5. If VW Spotlight does not appear in the list of Workspaces then you will need to try the install again. Make sure that you use your Spotlight ser # when are upgrading.
  7. You can place the rotating set on its own layer and create a layer link and rotate the layer link. Another option is to create a symbol of the rotating set pieces. Then place the rotated symbol in different classes or layers. You can then use the saved sheets to easily navagate to the different rotations of the set.
  8. Try http://www.microspot.co.uk/support_pages/sw_updates.html The trailing period made it a bad link.
  9. "gobo" is a much debated acronym. Without getting into too much detail, a "gobo" is a pattern or texture that is placed in front of a light and projected onto the stage. Think of it as a slide for a slide projector. You can take a look at http://www.rosco.com/gobocatalog/ to see what they look like.
  10. There was a bug in SpotLight 8.5 the prevented the prefrences from being saved. The bug list shows the problem was fixed for 9.0. If you are finding any prefrences that are reseting themselves please let us know. Remember that some prefrences are stored with the document and others are stored globaly.
  11. There have been some reports of problems with the automated action for Lightwright. Try manualy exporting the Lightwright data. See the section "Data Transfer Between SpotLight and Lightwright" in the SpotLight manual. It contains detailed instructions on how to import and export the data.
  12. The size limit was removed in 9.0. I just did a quick test with 81K of code and it worked fine in 9.5.{US Version} Also the syntax for an include file is {$INCLUDE [file]} not {#INCLUDE [file]} HTHKevin LinzeyNNA
  13. The easiest thing to do is to place the include within the VectorWorks Plig-Ins folder. If the full path is not given VectorWorks will path the include fine beginning from the plug-ins folder.
  14. It would be best for you to call the sales department. 1-888-646-4223 sales@nemetschek.net They can give you let you know what each product contains.
  15. Kevin, You can use the workspace editor to add the Align and Distribute, or any other command in VW, to your SpotLight workspace. Consult the VW manual for details on how to edit a workspace. The Align and Distribute command is located in the tool menu.
  16. quote: Originally posted by daisymurray: have just upgraded to 9.5.02 beta and with added speed tried gobo projections. each gobo projects split into 4 quadrants with the curved outer edge of the gobo appearing 4 times around the centre of the beam.any ideas why? It's a bug in b2. It should be fixed in the next beta.
  17. quote: Originally posted by MikeB: No, his advise works for 8.5 as well With 8.5 you have to hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd-Mac) before you select the object. In 9 the control key can be pressed at any time during the operation.
  18. SIA (Soci?t? suisse des ing?nieurs et des architectes ~Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects~) is a Swiss Standard. Check the VectorWorks manual under Getting Started\Setting Your Prefrences\Document Prefrences\Dimensions\ for more information on dimensioning standards. [This message has been edited by klinzey (edited 08-20-2001).]
  19. Modify Layers and classes was not designed to setup a document, it was designed to modify and existing document. Modify layers and classes will not create layers or classes when loaded from a saved mapping file. If the None and the Dimension class move into the proposed list then things are working correctly.
  20. In order for the circuiting tools to work, the circuiting record needs to be attached to objects that VW sees as symbols or objects, it will fail to work on groups or simple lines. If you are still having problems printing email tech@nemetschek.net with your problem and the file. Kevin klinzey@Nemetschek.net quote: Originally posted by pismox: Is this the right email address? It came back as unknown. I think that the problem was the objects that I was trying to circuit were imported from ACAD and then I converted them to symbols. Instead, I replaced the ACAD symbols with VW outlets and so forth. I am having a problem with printing however and I am getting type 11 crash errors. I am having to save file as a VW 8 file before I print. Any advice? ------------------
  21. Please send your file directly to me (klinzey@nemetschek.net) and I will take a look at it. Does the dialogue appear after your first click? Where are your electrical symbols located? on the active layer? Do you have electrical panels in the document? What are their names? quote: Originally posted by pismox: One of the main reasons for upgrading was the abiltiy to use the circuiting tool. When I use it, however, I am able to draw the circuits only to lose all control over VA9. I can't save, our even quit after using the circuiting tool. I have to force quit. What a dissapointment. I have been happy with the program overall until this bug. Anyone have any luck with this? DPG4 533 768 RAM OS 9.1 VA 9
  22. If the Cyrix 133 isn't being seen as a Pentium try downloading and installing this utility. http://www.powerleap.com/CCP.htm It will trick the system into thinking it has a real Pentium processor.
  23. You need to run the Update V2 Objects command. See the instructions in VWReadMe.txt quote: Originally posted by jhutchison: Just upgraded from VW 8.5.2 to VA 9.0. When selecting parametric objects such as windows, I can not edit them--all the options are greyed out. How do I correct this? Also, many of my custom tool scripts are greyed out of the menus---can I retain these?
  24. You need to run the Update V2 Objects command. See the instructions in VWReadMe.txt quote: Originally posted by jhutchison: Just upgraded from VW 8.5.2 to VA 9.0. When selecting parametric objects such as windows, I can not edit them--all the options are greyed out. How do I correct this? Also, many of my custom tool scripts are greyed out of the menus---can I retain these? [This message has been edited by klinzey (edited 04-18-2001).]
  25. Use the Modify Layers and Classes command. Before you try this, back-up your drawing. Run the Modify Layers and Classes command. To use all the standard AIA classes click the "Load" load button and select the file ...\Extras\VA2AIAClasses.TXT. This will create and map all the VA classes to AIA classes. You can do the same thing manualy and save it to use next time. Click the next button and map your layers to the AIA layers. (Sorry, no predefined maping for layers.) Save the maping once you are done so you can use it again. Then click finish. One warning, any objects contained in the layers and classes that are left in the existing list will be deleted. More detailes are avaliable in Using Standards chapter under the heading of Altering an Existing File Structure in the Architect manual. Changing the insertion class of objects depends on how you are inserting them. If you are using the Object Browser you can change the class of the object in the Object Browser file. quote: Originally posted by jhutchison: We have a new client who is requireing us to produce Drawings using the AIA Layer Standards (i.e. "A-WALL-NEWW", etc). Is there a way to convert the standard VW class system to AIA standards (which all of our consultants use as well)? Is there a way to change the "default class" of parametric objects such as doors, windows and columns? For instance, when inserting a column, I would like to put it on the class "S-COLS". But instead it by default goes into "Structural-Columns". We are using Architect 9 on MACOS 9.1. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
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