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  1. I am getting the following error, screen shot attached. 


    Internal Error - general failure encountered during disk I/O operation. (Failure on attempt to open file)


    So I have searched for this error and it sounds like a few things. 


    1) a server issue.  The machine I am getting it on isn't really using a server. It is on my home machine.  I have a little 5 bay NAS at home but nothing that should be pulling from that.


    2) a backup issue.  This is one of my best guesses.  My guess is because I have my user folder saved in Dropbox with the user preferences set to save backups to a custom location on my main machine at the office I get this because it is looking to backup to that location that does not exist on this machine.  What are others thoughts?  I will try to test this but my issue is that setting is saved in my user folder which I want in my Dropbox for a number or reasons.  My only other thought is to put my VW Backup folder in my Dropbox, but right now I have multiple drives in each machine.  I keep lots of backups of lots of files in a big spinning drive on each machine to avoid wasting space. 


    3) A second hard drive issue - maybe because my backup folder is currently on my "D:" drive on this machine and the location may be on a different drive letter at home that could be a culprit?  Not sure though, this seems less likely.


    Anyone have any input or thoughts?  Maybe a alternate workflow?



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  2. No I get what you are saying.  I know/understand how to do that.  What I actually want to do is be able to extract the shape from the 3D geometry already existing.  


    What you are showing is easy enough and get how to do.


    The reason I want to do it this way is more to find a better workflow in case they want to adjust the shape again I don't have to redraw, my how it just to extract or project?


    Any thoughts with that method?



  3. I know this is probably pretty easy, just went through a few tools and couldn't get it working for me the way I was envisioning.


    Basically I am attempting to create a curved header for a exhibit booth.  I drew a bunch of options to show the clients for different curve options.  Well the one here is the one they liked the best so far.  


    Now what they are wanting is a path in the carpet to match.  What I was trying to do was just project the two outside most curves straight down onto the 3D poly black floor and then extract that surface, but it wasn't working for me.  Ideally I want a polygon of the curved surface on the ground plane that I can make into either a 3D poly or thin extrude.  Anyone have any good ideas on the best way to do this?


    Honestly I may just edit the extrudes and pull out the 2D geometry, but I know there is a better way to pull this from the 3D but not sure.




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  4. I have been using VW for years and mostly have developed our own symbol library we use here.  In that we have started making symbols with less devices type options that were available in versions many years ago.  That said I have some people working here that I am finding it necessary to document what I have always just thought of as givens in my head.  With that said I am making a little document spelling out how I want other people here to build symbols and just general VW workflow for how we create our documents.  This has been on my list for a long time and finally getting a little time to look at it.


    With all that in mind I ran into a thing that I have come across in the past and sort of dismissed, but I am wanting to see what other peoples thoughts are.  When you are making a new symbol and assigning a "Device Type" what do you assign to certain things.


    For me  it is more or less as follows


    Light: Conventional light most likely one that connects to a dimmer, or possibly a single channel DMX Fixture that the DMX only controls intensity.  We have LED Lekos, Fresnels, Pars etc that work that way, but they are only one control channel.  This would be a very basic light.


    Moving Light: Anything that pans, tilts, changes color etc.  Very easy with say a Robe BMFL, Mac Viper whatever.  What I am having a difficult time with is where LED color changing lights fall into this mix.  Not something like a Mac Aura that is definitely a moving light, but say a ColorForce 48, LED Par, LED Color Changing Mole Light?  That is what is stumping me a bit.


    Accessory: Color Scroller, beam bender, gobo rotator, things similar to that that would get DMX but don't have a light source.  Something you call up from a desk to help an already existing fixture.


    Static Accessory: Barn doors, top hats, iris, etc 


    Device: Not entirely sure here, maybe something like a MA 4 Port Node, Networks Switch? Not too sure what others think would fall into this category.


    Practical: Lamp on stage, hanging chandelier, desk lamp etc things that are on and off built into a set piece etc.


    SFX: Strobes (Xeon, LED), Hazers, Foggers, Low Smoke, Lasers and similar


    Power: Not sure what this is intended for.  Maybe just a symbol that is marked as a power drop?  Maybe something that just needs power and nothing else?  Maybe a small portable dimmer pack power that goes to it?  I am not too sure here.


    Other: I guess this would be the catch all for anything else that does not fall into something above?


    I guess for me my big question is where would most people categorize multi channel LED.  Things like strip lights, LED Pars, all the gimmicky LED stuff that is coming out.  In my mind it is a moving light even though it does not move, but are others calling those devices or maybe even SFX?  Just curious more than anything.


    If anyone wants to chime in I am curious to hear thoughts.




  5. I have a document where I have symbols on a layer.  I want to have a worksheet that I can break up into (3) sections.  Symbols whose insertion point starts from 0 Y to say -17' Y, than another data base row that breaks up the symbols whose insertion point fall from <-17'Y to -35'Y and so forth.  


    I cannot seem to figure out how to write this database header line.  Does anyone out there think they might be able to help me?


    The items are thins with a given record attached. I can figure that part out but I don't know how to break down the insertion points between items from one dimension to another.




  6. No major hurry or anything just working on something here, it is an inventory of some pieces we own.  It can really be put together more or less whenever.  It is more of a curiosity thing.  I am also very curious how to do this myself.  I know some super basic scripting, but not sure how to execute this.  I would appreciate any insight.




  7. Yes and yes


    There are mabye 6-12 blocks of text per symbol.  Most all the symbols already have this record applied to them, just not the text linked to record.


    The hope is once the given text block is selected to save the couple of steps to link to that record and field.



  8. Long back story here, but the quick summary is as follows.


    We have a file here a guy is working on.  We have lots and lots of symbols in it.  I am trying to link one block of text in each symbol to one record field.  Right now we do the following. 


    Select the symbol - Edit 2D - select the text - choose from the menu "link text to record" - choose the record & the field- exit the symbol.


    What I am hoping is that I can generate some type of a script that after the text is selected would automatically go to "Menu - Tools - Records - Link Text to record - automatically choose the Format and the field in there as they are all the same and hit okay."


    Is there any way to automate that into a script or something where we can just select 1 button to make everything execute as follow?

  9. Thanks Michael

    Yeah I definitely use option 1 constantly. I was just thinking there should be a way to set the select similar tool to act that way. Wasn't sure if there was something I was missing or not.



  10. Am I missing the ability to use the select similar tool on spotlight lighting device instruments to select all of one fixture type? Is there a setting to do that somewhere?

    Just throwing that out there is case someone knows the trick because right now I am not seeing it.


  11. I remember a handful of releases back I had a plug-in where it would run and give a little pop up window of all the text currently in the document and show the different fonts, sizes if they were bold, italicized or what not. Then you were able to choose to change them.

    I am curious if someone remembers this plug in, it was a 3rd party one. And if so if anyone has or know where to share it from.

    I have a file that I received from someone with a bunch of labeling in symbols where they used a goofy font and rather then manually go in and edit each one I am hoping to be able to run this plug in and have them all swap from the goofy font to a not goofy font. If someone else knows a better way I am also more than open to hearing that.



  12. Okay a little goofy here. I have been drawing stage lighting systems and things for quite a while and I have had many times where I get trusses or set pieces going at odd angles to each other. Typically I make a very goofy classing structure to allow me to isolate just the stuff I want to see and do a set view to an angle I want if say I wanted a front or side view of the thing in question.

    I am curious if anyone else has other methods that might be better for accomplishing this. Thankfully I am working on a semi simple project and I am hoping to play around and find a better method and curious on what others do especially the architectural folks out there.

    I attached a screen shot of the item in question. This project has 4 trusses running at diagonals making a "V" shape at center. I want to see just the outside trusses on each side. These trusses have a handful of striplights hung at goofy angles and I want to put notations on these lights in a viewport. I want to make a viewport of just the truss shown without showing the other stuff in front or behind. Kind of like a section viewport (which has been one of my work arounds in the past). I want the viewport to basically show the profile of the truss showing those lights. I am hoping there is a way to dictate the starting point of the view like a camera view and an ending point. Also hoping to get this as orthogonal.

    Anyone have any recommendations?

  13. Is there some cool way of having a document put some sort of text somewhere on the sheet that labels the sheet layer name? I have a co worker who uses the date stamp tool and in a perfect world he would like that to have a field in there that displayed the sheet layer name on it. Or maybe a field in a title block that you can link text to a record, but that record value would be the sheet layer name. Or any other potential idea someone has or uses to achieve this.

    Anyone out there have any good ideas on a way to do this?


  14. Not quite what you are looking for here, however sharing my opinion. I have a set title block I use for most projects. In there I have a clearly defined space in the border for a viewport. This is assuming the type of project with only one viewport in that space etc... I hate when I make a viewport that floats out of that area. Often times what I do is go to the sheet layer. Draw a rectangle or whatever to fill that space. Do a quick cut of that object. Past on a design layer then start scaling it from the modify menu in typical architectural scale amounts. IE scale by 48, 96, 32 stuff like that that way I can see the area that will be in my viewport and if I need to bump up or down a scale to include some certain geometry. Then I go to create a viewport and just choose the corresponding scale value for the amount I scaled by.

    I know it seems a little goofy, but it works for me.


  15. We ended up getting the HP T520. It is nice. It is very fast and compact. Quality is good, but as odd as it sounds I felt you could get better quality out of our previous plotter with some setting adjustments.

    We have a few guys on Macs that have been having a few issues plotting. From what we can tell the issues are with font mapping in adobe, but it causes strange text. It might have something to do with adobe/hp, but unsure at this point.

    biggest selling point is it is fast, small and inexpensive comparatively. the ink cartridges are inexpensive and small which is good and bad. They don't last as long, but then they won't expire like some previous models. The paper alignment build in is pretty nice as a selling point. the output catch sack thing kind of sucks would be nice it it was better designed.


  16. That is kind of my thought. Last week I talked myself into thinking it might be a good idea and I think this week I am talking myself out of it.

    It will be interesting to see how vectorworks adapts to the changing touch interface of workflow for stuff int he future.



  17. Has anyone tried using vectorworks on one of the Microsoft Surfaces? I am slightly considering getting one and trying it out as an alternative when I'm on the road. I am curious if there is a way to use the pointer as a mouse or if I am going to just end up using my external mouse.


  18. I have a handful of files of equipment from different manufacturers. They have detailed 3DS files or 3d .dwg files on their websites. However they are actually too detailed for my needs. It is primarily 3D polygons when I import or meshes. Is there any way of easily simplifying these without redrawing everything?

  19. That worked great. I didn't realize the <> meant not to include. The problem is I had a bunch of stuff to <> to. Now my database header is a mile long. Either way though it gets the job done.



  20. I have a worksheet I made that displays lighting device fixtures on it. I have it sorted by criteria the way I want.

    However what I would like is to not see items that are part of a certain position. Is there a way to show everything except if it has a certain value in the position field or something similar to that?



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