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  1. I am hoping someone can help me here.


    I generally have my rigging origin on the drawing origin for 90% of the stuff I work on.  I have something where they want to move the rigging origin.  I have a nice report that generates all the dims.  The field value in the database is =(ROUND(('BrxHoist'.'OriginX')*12))/12 for x and similar  for y.


    What would I want to do to make this value shown from the spot shown?

  2. 29 minutes ago, Pat Stanford said:

    The Workgroup (and User) folders are not intended to be be general purpose storage locations of things a team might need. It is intended to be a location where project or team specific VW content can be storage. This would be primarily "Default Content" and "Object Styles."


    That has not been my understanding, but then again maybe my understanding is incorrect.  So for example a group of about 8 of us in one company want to share resources (Symbols, sytles, templets, etc.) what is the correct way to have these shared items in VW available in the resource manager that can be managed by us internally?  


    It does not seem to me that this should be this complicated or inaccessible but maybe I am just looking at this from an outsider view here. 



  3. 11 hours ago, jcogdell said:

    When you create a Workgroup folder in the Vectorworks preferences it automatically sets up the correct folder structure for you in the location you have specified.
    If you want you can add further sub-folders to help organize them but its not required.
    The resource manager only display the folders in your workgroup folder if they contain a library file.

    What do you mean "If they contain a library file"? I'm not sure I understand that.  I have the files with the resources in a folder that has a library directory in it in VW.  I can see them just viewing in the resource manager but am unable to see them when replacing symbols in a file.  Please see the video for an example of what I am seeing.  What am I doing wrong here?

  4. This is not in a tool.  Let me know the folder structure they should be in.


    Right now the folder we have linked as a "Work Group Folder" has these in "workgroup folder" - Libraries - then the .vwx files.  They all show up in there if wanting to just grab a symbol or something.  However if I have a symbol that is in a file.  I select it and choose to replace that symbol these files are not accessible. 

  5. I find I regularly want to replace a symbol in a file with a symbol from a workgroup library.  I have in my workgroup a big folder of files that are referenced.  It works great for using as a shared directory for inserting symbols.


    However when I try to replace symbols there is no ability to expand the workgroup libraries tab to allow me to select them.


    Is there a certain type of file structure I need in place in the directory for this to work?  Anyone have any thoughts? 

    Workgroup Directory.png

  6. I do not believe this to have always been the case but at some point I believe things changed where when a new lighting device is inserted in a design layer the default setting for the light in existing viewports is set to on.  


    This is very frustrating for me personally but hoping there is a setting somewhere I'm not aware of and cannot find to change the default insert function someone can lead me to.


    I have prebuilt templates with viewports already created.  Many are just to show lighting systems in 3D space and have separate non spotlight light lighting devices in them.  I render most of them in Shaded/Open GL.  For one speed and secondly for the light limit in that render mode I would greatly prefer any new lights are defaulted to off.  When drawing a light plot every new light is defaulted to on. 

  7. I have no clue how this has not ever come up for me in the past.  I have an odd 3D model I'm working on.  There are a number of 3D Loci in there already at useful positions.  


    If I look in Top/Plan view I can just draw lines connecting the loci and see the distance of the line.  That is good except it is not accounting for changes in Z so I'm not getting an accurate distance.


    I go to another view in 3D I can draw 3D polygons with just two points and it is correct on the overall location including the Z height.  The issue is I want to know that distance.  Is there a good way to get that actual distance from just the 2 point I connected with a 3D Polyline?




  8. We are considering hiring an additional person or two to help on our in house drafting needs. This would be starting out with basic Vectorworks based drafting, understanding of Spotlight and use of the rigging tools is definitely preferred.  A familiarity with AutoCAD is also very helpful.  There is a possibility of helping in some rendering work as well.


    We primarily work in large scale touring applications and corporate events.


    If interested shoot me a note with some info and we can talk and go from there.


    This would be an inhouse / in person position in Sycamore, IL (about 60 miles west of Chicago).


    Matt Gohring


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  9. I have a panoramic image I'm using as a custom renderworks background. Overall it looks correct like it should in terms of the background.  However I have a generic ground plane in my geometry.  I cannot seem to align where the bottom of that image would be to where the ground plane is.  


    Does anyone have any experience with this?  Right now it basically looks like my geometry is floating in mid air, but since the image aligned so well I'm thinking there has to be a way to essentially scale it or place it in the right space.




  10. So I did a manual version of what I am describing.  See the attached screen shot.  This is on a sheet layer. I semi redacted as I didn't want to show the kids names.  But basically there is a worksheet with a order 1-9 in the far left column.  There are "players" populated in there at different positions.  This rotates each inning.  This is easy if it was just one inning.  Trying to figure out how to do this for 3 inning for 3 separate instances of the lineup.  The arrows show where I would want those names to populate.


    Does that make sense?

    Screenshot 2021-09-14 161219.jpg

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  11. Here is a really odd topic/silly thing but I'm curious to see if there is a good way to do this. 


    Completely silly and unrelated to anything normal drawing wise.  I started coaching youth baseball and am currently coaching a T-Ball team. They were having a hard time with the positions so I drew a small lineup card in VW.


    Off to the side I made a little worksheet that has the batting order/line up on it.  I also drew in symbols at each position where the players should be playing in the field.  We are only playing 3 innings in t-ball so at each position in the field I have a symbol with what looks like a little worksheet in it that has 3 rows below it listing who plays that position first, second, and third. 


    Off to the side I have a batting order and position lineup.  We change the order and positions every inning so right now there is essentially 3 worksheets smooshed together to show three different innings.


    My curiosity here is if I did this all once in either the batting order lineup or on the positions on the field would there be an easy way to link the information in one item to the information in the other so I don't have to manually move all of that around a second time?



  12. I may be doing this incorrectly and let me know if I am so I can be corrected, but I want to use a data tag that shows the overall point at the top of the hook connecting to the structure in the ceiling.  What field do I use?  My understanding is I should use the "Hook Weight Equivalent" as described above.  I want to be able to enter the known value hanging from the hoist info under "Hoist Weight Equivalent" and have the value in "Hook Weight Equivalent" update its total based on the weight entered and the weight of the hoist & chain.


    Right now in what I am doing this does not work.


    Is this correct?

  13. I'm really surprised if that is the case and also somewhat surprised it has not come up before. 


    I am making a bunch of very similar worksheets that are sorting info from different locations.  I am hoping to have a cell at the bottom that just says what the worksheet name is for reference to be sure I got the right one.

  14. I'm sure this has probably been asked but I didn't find it and I'm sure others are wondering, especially as the event world is picking up.


    With the updated hoist tool in v2021 and up there are a lot of changes.  If I am not using braceworks what is the proper field to use in the OIP to manually enter a weight that would be most appropriate to use?   From my basic reading in the help section I think this is "Hoist Force"?  Is that correct?  The default value in there shows a value in "lbf".  


    In short I'm wanting to be able to manually enter in weight values of the items hanging from a hoist calculated outside of VW.  My hope/understanding is that when I enter these values I can have them populate and not really effect the overall functionality of the backside of the hoist tools.  


    I'm also updating my worksheets and reports for these and want to use the correct fields.


    Additionally with the appropiate field what is the unit value that it is defaulted to?  I am looking in some of the backend items and it looks like a lot are formatted in grams.  I am fine with whatever I just want to know what my base unit is for the field to use it appropriately in a function in the worksheet.


    @JCodgell  Any thought?




  15. Just saw this looking for something else and not totally sure there is a question in here.


    However I can tell you that the pre 2021 hoist tool is still available, it is "Hoist (Legacy)" and you can add it to your workspace and use it as is for now.


    For the other things, you could just literally make symbols with records and accomplish all of that on your own and avoid anything brace works related.  It really may be the better option for some.

  16. 44 minutes ago, markdd said:

    If, when you create a new worksheet from the resource manager, the first thing that you do when the worksheet is created (before using the create report command or anything else)  is go to the File menu on the worksheet itself and select Preferences. You can format the font that the worksheet uses from here. All entries into that worksheet should use that font style after that.


    This is how I have been solving this quandary for a little while now and it works fine for me.









    I have done this in the past.  However I wish that the "Preference" change would apply to all subsequent worksheets.  It seems somewhat tedious.  I also find that in spotlight I use the spotlight - reports - create report option a lot because I may not always know what the database or field of something is.  Sometimes I just go through and delete unwanted columns and call it good.  But I do wish I knew where VW decides to take that font value from just to change it.  Not a huge deal but more of an annoyance I guess. 

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