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  1. LJ TMS

    How to "tilt" objects?

    That's a great point Andy. Making changes to the truss layout or fixture placement after the fact is going to be way easier with method 2 than it will be with method 1. Especially if you decide to rotate that on more than one axis. If you do go with option 1 and need to make changes, you'll want to read up on Working Planes.
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    How to "tilt" objects?

    Yep, you have two options for rotating that... 1.) As Justin mentioned, strip out all the 2d components. When this is done correctly, symbols will show a little "3" in the bottom right hand corner of the symbol thumbnail in the Resource Manager to indicate the symbol is 3d only (not hybrid). If you think you've deleted everything but still don't see a 3 on a symbol, look at the visibility of your classes because your missing something (like a 2d locus). If any of that truss was drawn with the truss tool, change your view to 3d, select it, and ungroup. It will give you a warning about ungrouping high level objects, select yes (this just means it's no longer an editable plugin object that can be changed in the Object Info Palette). Once everything is 3d only, you can select it all and rotate on any axis. 2. Use Create Plot & Model View. When you run that command on your selected objects, it will create a Design Layer Viewport (DLV). You'll end up with a single object (almost like a symbol) that can be rotated on any axis. The components of that object (the truss and fixtures you selected when creating it) will end up being on a design layer called the definition layer. Any changes you make on that definition layer will be shown in the DLV. It's a bit confusing at first, especially right after you run the command you'll end up with what looks like a couple duplicates, but it's probably the best way. The DLV can be rotated however you want and that's what you'll use for 3d views & renderings. The Definition Layer will still have a nice top/plan view of the truss & fixtures for use on plots. I usually place the DLV object on the same layer as the rest of my drawing, and assign it a unique class so I can turn it's visibility on/off. A quick google search led me to this video which should help. I haven't watched it in full, but it should help familiarize to how that command works.
  3. Yea that's always the hope, but I've had far too many instances of major changes that need to be made. I avoid at all costs doing any changes on the Vision side, since any re-export from VW means doing those changes all over again. At the VW Design Summit this week, Vickie Claiborne put it best that VW should always be your show bible. I look at any changes made to a show on the Vision side other than saved views and render settings as wasted time. That is until there is two-way communication between VW/Vision. I don't mess with moving trusses all that often, but that was indeed the way in Vision 2 using Transform Nodes. You could do multiple exports to separate out the truss positions from each other. Or since Vision groups all geometry together that has the same fill color or texture, you could give each truss a slightly different & unique color so they are separate meshes in the Scene Graph. Then create a transform node and nest the truss & fixtures under it in so they would move together. I never tried using that to rotate the truss and fixtures together for raked truss, so not sure if it worked in that way. Either way, I think the solution I'm looking for is that whatever is the VW answer to making raked truss with fixtures on it, Vision needs to understand it on import. Whether that is Design Layer Viewports (which always felt like a band-aid to me) or something else, that should be the goal.
  4. Interesting. I think I like the clean look and control of appearance with my 2d symbols too much to loose that. So what are you doing for plots, hidden line render with 3D labels?
  5. @scottmoore Yes you can rotate objects in Vision. The challenge is you want your VW file to be correct for plots and renderings, but Vision doesn't interpret the contents of design layer viewports as anything other than mesh. If you were to export your VW truss & fixtures flat and attempt to rotate in Vision, (1) it would be a long and arduous process, and (2) would need to be redone anytime you make changes in VW which would require a re-export. Right now, the workaround I use is to make a copy of the raked truss & fixtures and put it on it's own design layer. Then make copies of all symbols used and strip out all 2d components so they are no longer hybrid. You can then grab and rotate the truss & fixtures together freely on any axis to match up to your design layer viewport version. You would then export this copy along with the rest of your design except for the original design layer viewport truss & fixtures turned off. Really a lot of extra steps and work to workaround the fact that VW & Vision don't work together in this instance. You also now have two copies of the raked truss (one for VW plots & renders, and one for Vision), meaning any future changes need to be done twice.
  6. LJ TMS

    How to import a custom colour palette into VW2019....

    If it's not showing up in the Attribute palette, did you checkmark your custom palette to make it active in the Palette Manager?
  7. Not sure what version your migrating from. If it's 2017 or prior, this webinar might help... https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=jFLNVWW0pyE If it's 2018, I couldn't find anything that discuss changes from 2018 to 2019.
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    How do you work? Workspace Configurations

    I like to spread out across two monitors. I feel too constrained on one monitor, although I'm still rocking 1080p's. I'd really like it if palette docking worked on the second screen. I'd also love to be able to lock my workspace once I have everything where I want it so I can't accidentally drag a palette out of position.
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    How to import a custom colour palette into VW2019....

    If they are saved palettes in the Color Palette Manager, you should be able to copy the xml files over from your user data folder... C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2018\Libraries\Defaults\Color Palettes to C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2019\Libraries\Defaults\Color Palettes Then open the Color Palette Manager in 2019 and checkmark them in the list to make them active
  10. Well crap. Thought I explored everything in that Publish command, but somehow missed that Options button becomes active only after you move one or more sheets to the right hand side and highlight them. Thanks guys, appreciate the help!
  11. Thanks! The DPI setting on the Export PDF dialog does appear to help fix the issue. Although I have to set it about 1200 DPI before all the circles look correct which seems excessively high. I guess the next question is how do I set the DPI with the Publish command? This is how I normally export PDFs since my drawings almost always have multiple pages. I can't find anywhere to set the DPI when using Publish, and it doesn't appear to use the DPI of the Sheet Layer.
  12. Can someone explain what this weirdness is when exporting to PDF? 1. Draw two circles at x:0 y:0, one with 2'0" diameter, one 2'6" diameter on a design layer with scale of 1:24 2. Create a viewport to sheet layer 3. Duplicate a few times each with a different scale from 1:200 to 1:1300 Everything looks fine on the screen... Export to PDF and things get funky. What's going on here? test_v2019.vwx test_v2019.pdf
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    Select a random assortment of objects?

    @Pat Stanford Thank you for this awesome script, super helpful! I tried using this in VW2017, but it does not show up in the Plugin Manager or the Workspace Editor (so for anyone who wants to use this, looks like 2018 is minimum version). When I tried using this in VW2019 on Windows, VW would stall and never recover. I saw in your description... Windows immediately closes any open menus when pressing ALT, and won't let me open a menu while it's held. Thinking that may be the problem, I tried commenting out line 51 in your script... If Not AUTOKEY(L1) AND OPTION then and now the Plugin is working for me! The only change is now you get a dialog every time the plugin is run, but personally I prefer this (as I'll probably forget about the hotkey if I haven't used this tool in months). I've attached the modified version for any Windows users that run into the same issue. Thanks again for the great script Pat! Random Group.vsm
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    Crowd with LED wristbands

    This thread could be helpful in creating your random looks... You could create a wristband for every seat, then use random selection to remove a percentage. Then random selection again for color. And again for intensity. Should help with your varied look.
  15. Interesting, I was certain pre-2017 folders allowed any type of resource to be placed in them. But I found a computer with VW2015 installed and your definitely right, they are strictly symbol folders. Guess my memory is failing me, lol. One thing I did notice and must have been what I was thinking of was that each resource was filed under a collapsible dropdown for that resource type. Seeing that gave me the idea for another feature request... VE-99234 - Option to auto-sort resources into folder in the Resource Manager Add a checkbox to the folder creation/editing dialog that would automatically place any new or existing resources of that type to within that folder. This would give a functionality similar to the dropdowns pre-2017, and I would use this feature for my more create-it-and-forget-it resource types (gradients, hatches, line types, record formats, text styles, worksheets, etc). I agree this may lead to some users to not use folder types altogether and make all folders generic. But I feel one of the great strengths of VW is in it's flexibility. Often times there are multiple ways to accomplish a task, and VW doesn't force you into a strict set of conventions. Two of the benefits of this are (1) you can accomplish tasks and organize in a way that best suits you, and (2) often times if I run in a bug, I can find another way of accomplishing the same thing by skirting around it. I think flexibility in allowing us to organize in the way that best suits our needs is very beneficial (especially with the range of disciplines that use VW), even if it allows less experienced users to do things in a way we may consider disorganized. For example, I would be pretty upset if VW decided there is only one way to organize our classing structure, and everyone needs to adjust to the way VW deemed 'correct'.


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