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  1. Is there a way to import a .step file into vectorworks? Matt
  2. yeah sort of one of the things that sparked my interest. it is a 2d tool and I'm working on something that is a 3d model with fixtures in them and was hoping I wouldn't have to continue having all my 3D views match 2D detailed views I already have
  3. 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. Thanks, Matt
  4. 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?
  5. 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. Matt
  6. 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.
  7. I have my own reports that I have used, but I set my row to be a database and use the lighting device criteria. I have not had a issue with fixtures that are rotated doing this. Not sure how you are doing this.
  8. I am trying to dimension a circumfrance distance and/or a arc length. Reason being I need to figure out the distance between lights on a circle truss for various reasons. This is somewhat spotilght based. Is there a way to do this? What I have is a 30' OD circle that has lights every 45 degrees. My first thought was to draw the a arc from light 1 to light 2 and dimension the arc, this works, but I then have a whole ton of arcs I need on my drawing for nothing more then dimensions, and I have to draw them all in. I really don't want to do that, anyone have any thoughts? I also understand the math for this isn't too hard to work out and I have already done it in the literal application. It is more the process as this is something that comes up often. My wish would be a dimension tool that had a mode for this. Where I could select a center point then a point a and then a point be using the distance of your center to point a as your radius and kept that in mind when selecting point b limiting you to stay on your radial path if that makes sense. my thoughts on it
  9. Now that is pretty cool.
  10. I am trying to batch rotate 60 fixtures and am curious to know if there is a way to do this? The reason being is that they are on a circle truss and my symbol denotes where the power cable comes off of the fixture. Well I did bad and all the fixtures are off by 90 degrees. Around the circle all the fixtures were originally arrayed to the angle that it equals for them to be evenly spaced on the circle. I know I want 90 to be the additional rotation, but I cannot just select all of them and put +90 in. As far as I know the only way to do it is to select each light one at a time and put +90 in the rotation after the preexisting angle. Anyone know anything to the contrary that might be more efficient?
  11. What I am doing is I have a worksheet that references 3 different primary record formats. It counts my lighting stuff one references the lighting devices, one references the record I assigned my truss to, and one references the record I assigned my motors to. Now I have been finding myself printing this off to give to guys working on different projects. However for each project I have been putting the event name in the header and then adjusting and sometimes my worksheet looks nice on 11x17 but not on 36x48 paper. So I need to adjust. Well I am making a nice worksheet that I am going to duplicate and scale according to appearance desired on the sheet size. Now that means I would have to change the project info on each sheets header. What I am looking for is the best approach to put the "event name" in a cell. So my thought is to make a different worksheet that is my master info sheet of sort. What do you think about that idea? Maybe at worst I do a worksheet that has A2:Event Name B2:Date C2:Cad File Name I think this isn't a bad idea, but do you see any better way?
  12. Is there anyway in a worksheet/report to have a cell equal the following -File Name -File Location -Date -Cell in Another Worksheet -Field in a Record
  13. I am using VW2010. I have referenced layers from other drawings. The other drawings were all 2D only. Now that I am getting a good 2D drawing of the floor plan I am working on I want to make some 3D aspects of it. I have one layer that the 3d that when I look at it from the front in its native file the 0 for the z height is way lower then the the geometry. I have 3d symbols that say they are at 0 but they are at 240' or so on the ruler. Then I look at the reference file with the multiple layers that I know is correct. It looks correct except that layer is about 900' under the 0 of where it wants to be. Anyone else ever have problems like this or have any thoughts on it? Matt
  14. Pat you are the vectorworks master. That is exactly what I have been trying to do! This makes my day. I just get all these different building drawing for events where I don't need to see the cyan color of a class because it doesn't effect me, but I want the class on. Thanks for the help on this.
  15. Is there any way with editing the layer options in a viewport to have certain layers print in black and white and others in color? Matt
  16. I have a piece of display piece that I am making it is all out of the same material. The drawing is a 3d model that is the only thing in the drawing. It is made entirely of extrudes. I want a cut list from this. Is there any way of generating a report that will just give me the dimensions of all these different pieces? Maybe say that it is the pieces on a given layer only. Also in the 3d power pack there is the unfold command. Is there a way of applying this to this model without losing my exturdes? I like my extrudes and I think they are nice and easy to work with. I would like to determine how many sheets of different sheet goods I want and I am hoping I can unfold the whole thing into flat pieces and drop them on guides of the given sheet goods. Anyone have any thought? Matt
  17. I got some pretty good results using the drape surface approach over some 3d geometry. Now I added stairs in it. I drew a path for my stairs and extruded it and subtracted from the draped surface. Looks how I want it except the drape surface is floats and doesn't touch the ground. What can I do to just extend the edge to the ground? Matt
  18. I am trying to make a scenic piece, think like a stair case built into some outdoor rock looking things. I attached a picture that is kinds like it, however I am thinking that this is actually going to be simplier. It is going to be where the actual constructed pieces is a wooden frame with wire mesh over it and plaster over it. That means it will be more like one bit rock ungulation thing. Has anyone come across any good ways to do something kind of like this in vectorworks? Matt
  19. thanks You would think there would be a mode setting option somewhere, but oh well I guess.
  20. I like having the box text option on when I dimension stuff. What do I have to do to set this as a default so I don't have to select all my dimensions after I draw them and then choose the box text check box. Matt
  21. I have files with symbols that have different records associated with them. My boss wants some info shown on my drawing in a worksheet that is not currently in my record. I edit my record and I edit they symbols. I add the information to the symbol in the data tab. However I may already have tens to hundreds of these different symbols scattered throughout my drawing. However the new symbol record format is not in the already existing symbols. Is there some process of having all the symbols refresh with the symbols from the resource browser so I do not have to go and replace or update every symbol? Matt
  22. I am working on a project that there are going to basically be a series of boxes to keep it simple here. Ideally I would love the boxes to be a parametric symbol that I can enter a height and width to. Is there a way to do this? My hope is to do this have the symbol linked to a record and then generate a report that tells me about all my boxes, height width etc. Matt
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