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  1. The project I am working on has label legends that have just above the light the unit number field. Just about the unit number in a row is both the universe and channel field. I have the universe field to the left and the channel field to the right. Everything is happy so far. I have a image of my label legend attached.

    I apply this to selected fixtures. Still happy. Now I look at a curved truss that I have the units aligned on where the fixtures are essentially rotated in the -153deg area. the unit number appears in the correct position, but the universe and channel field are flip flopping. I am also attaching a picture of this.

    Anyone have a solution to this?

  2. I am working on a stage lighting project, but the problem I am finding is something that I am sure other people in other industries experience.

    The thing to do in stage lighting design is to have curved trusses with all sorts of lights on them. What I have found is the easiest way for me to be sure they are properly aligned is draw my curved truss and then draw a arc that is aligned to the pipe that I want to hang from so in my current example I have a 49'-10" Diameter Arc that is a total of a 30degree sweep. However I have lets say 6 lights evenly distributed on there. My current method is to take that 30deg and divide by 7 which I just do in the oip of the arc because it ends up being a crazy number. I then duplicate that and divide that in half and align the first one and then double the original arc and align a light to the position that the arc ends and they are all evenly distributed. I'm good right.

    Now the problem I want all my lights to appear to be perpendicular to the arc that I aligned them to. Does anyone have a good way to do this? Does this make sense?

    The lights want to rotate at a comparable angle to the arc as the arc goes along. Can anyone tell me what type of math I would need to do to determine this?


  3. I am finding in a project I am working on all of my text is not appearing in a isometric, front, right or any 3d view when I apply a hidden line render. Curious to know if this is something that others are seeing or just me and if anyone can think of any obvious setting I might be missing.

    Examples are if I have a dimension that's plane is set to 3d and it is showing the elevation of a extrude when I look in wirframe it appears correct but the hidden line the text portion goes away while the leader lines are still rendered.

    I also have some text that is flat on the ground labeling a area and it is on the 3d plane, but when I go to hidden line it disappears.


  4. My personal opinion is that I typically work on a nice ARCH D or whatever size you want big plot and export it to a pdf that size and just prind the pdf with fit to whatever size you want to selected.

    I am guessing when you are trying to export to pdf you are doing it on a design layer and your page set up options are in some way goofy, that is what I would guess is your problem.

  5. Is this a operator error or a possible bug. I am going through some of my lighting fixture symbols and thinking it would be nice if I had all the text inside the symbols match. I decided to attempt to have all the text on the same "text style" and then if I decide to alter the appearance be it font, color, text styling or what have you I can do it semi globaly. However I am finding that when I am doing this I can select the text choose my text style from the drop down and the text takes on its attributes but the drop down reverts back to the select text style. Then if I edit the text style the supposedly assigned text does not respond.

    What do you guys think?

  6. I have a project I am working on where I want one texture to map over multiple objects. I am trying to determine what the best way to do this is because I am essentially wanting it to be a "plane" type of render.

    My Two hopes were as follows. One was to create a bunch of 3D polys in a front view and map a texture across them. That was a no go. The other was to extrude a bunch of 2d geometry at the same time so it is all one extude, then apply the texture. Kinda works, but the prolem is that what I am trying to map is a curved video screen, so the mapping never works our correct. Anyone have any thoughts. I will try to get a samply up at some point here.

  7. Our problem is that I have tried to choose a different location say desktop and change the name. There is no other folder or file with the same name on the desktop but it still says there is a ocnfilct. Then I cahnge the name to whatever and it still says there is a conflict. I finally choose to just replace and it does not create a folder or file with the name in that location.

    I try to search for the file name I just created and find it but for some reason the mac seems to think that a .dwg is a calendar item. It is really strange to me as a pc guy.

  8. I am helping out a coworker with a problem he is having in vectoworks 2008 that I have never seen before.

    We have a file in vectorworks we go to export dwg and set the options we want and then we get a strange location that it defaults to save to and when we choose the correct location it gives us a error. I am attaching screenshots of both and not sure what is going on here. Then we go back to the screen where we choose location and we are now unable to choose the location. Anyone else ever experience similar?

    I am not mac savy and this is occuring on a mac, so pardon my ignorance on some of this.



  9. I would do the following

    Go to your navigation first and be sure all your "label" classes are on.

    I would then be sure you have a label legend assigned to all instruments you are hoping to see this with.

    Be sure your labels are in the proper place on the instruments in the label legend manager.

    Refresh all instruments

    if still nothing is happening check your resource browser and in the container folder edit the symbol labeled circle or whatever container you are not seeing. Be sure the geometry shows up there and that the attributes for the line weight are what you want.

    After that I am out of suggestions. upload a screenshot or the file for more help.


  10. I am trying to create a roof that is only sloped up not both sides that turns a 90 degree corner using the roof tool. I attached a image which probably shows what I am trying to do more then I can explain. I made a extrude on one side showing what I want to do.

    Anyone have any help?

    Sorry I typically do not use any architect tools.

  11. I am hoping someone here might be able to help me out. I am working on a fabrication project and ideally looking for a pretty good/accurate 3D source 4 leko and par. I have 3D models but need one with more accuracy. Anyone here willing to help me out? If so shoot me an e-mail mgohring@upstaging.com and I am sure I can send you something in return for the help.



  12. I am sure a simple one for you architects. I am drawing a rough model of a building that has slanted walls what is the best way to do this using the wall tool?

  13. Sorry this is more of a general drafting question but curious for a answer. I draft in imperial units 90% of the time. I am working on a install and it is in another country. The are a metric system country. The drawings I have to go off of for this are hand drawn in metric

    1:40 and other scales. I mostly work in architectural scales so the 1:40 is something that I don't deal with often and just as important I never deal with in metric units. I am trying to take these hand drawing and build a cad file off them. Anyone have any thought as to what would be a good way to go about this considering I do not have and cannot find a metric engineering scale rule around my area at the time being.


  14. I have a drawing I was sent that is being worked on by a few different people. It is a stage drawing and I almost always work on my projects with the stage facing down so the audience at the bottom of the screen. For a few different things I have worksheets made that note where a object is placed and it uses it's x and y center and gives me the dimensions on a worksheet.

    For the project I am working on now my stage goes from left to right so the audience is actually sitting on the right side of the screen. It is a little bit of a long story as to why it is like this, but it makes sense for this project. My question is what is the best way if any to adjust my worksheet's formulas to still give me a accurate x and y bearing in mind that I want my new poxitive y value to actually be positive x value and the current x value to be my y value.

    Kinda confusing here.

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