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  1. No problem! Yea I really can't understand how this feature request isn't fulfilled by now. It requires 0% engineering considering the user can fix this with the workspace editor. The only hack job is having to sceengrab the spotlight toolset icon, since the builtin icon can't be selected in the editor (and cannot be found in the Vectorworks.vwr as suggested here). In the 2014/2015 discussions, it's mentioned there may be a hard limit on how many commands can be added to a single workspace. But this obviously isn't a problem (at least not in VW2017/2018) considering you can add all the missing Spotlight commands to the Designer workspace without any errors. Heck, they can grab my shared Designer+Spotlight_2018.vww above, swap out the my Spotlight icon with the real icon, bundle the vww in VW, and wish granted!
  2. For future Vectorworks releases, please add the Spotlight menus and toolset to the Designer workspace (or make a seperate Everything Workspace). Here's a request from 2010 Add the Spotlight Toolset to the Designer Workspace And 2014 Everything Workspace And 2015 (and bumped again in 2017) VW Designer 2015 - Still no complete workspace with all toolsets In the meantime, here's how to build a Designer + Spotlight workspace. 1. Create a duplicate of the default Designer workspace and name it. 2. Add the Spotlight menus & commands. Here is a compare of the default Designer workspace vs Spotlight workspace. Add the green hightlighted commands on the right side to your workspace (except the Architectural submenu (right side, lines 512-532) which I believe is already included under AEC (left side, lines 445-536). 3. Goto the Tools / Palettes, and add the Dim tools to your Basic toolset. The list of tools to add is in the compare link (right side, lines 918-924). 4. Add a new tool set and name it Spotlight. The list of tools to add is in the compare link (right side, lines 928-963). 5. Add the icon your newly created Spotlight toolset using the attached icon. (This was a quick and dirty screengrab + cleanup until they allow us to select from the builtin icons). OR, if you want to save a bunch of time, I've attached a workspace file which is just all the above steps completed (no other customizations). Place the file in C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\2018\Workspaces Re-open VW and select it under Tools / Workspaces Designer+Spotlight_2018.vww
  3. I'd be very interested to hear the explanation of how the new way is "as designed". The Y Rotation has worked predictably the same since Lighting Device 3D Orientation was introduced (I believe with VW 2008, so 9 years/versions now). As Mark said, Device Rotation and Y Rotation control exactly the same thing now. Rotation rotates around the Z axis, X rotates around X, and Y now rotates around Z instead of Y?
  4. 1. Insert Spotlight Instrument 2. Edit the symbol used for the lighting device. 3. "Refresh Instruments" does not refresh the changes made to the symbol. A workaround until this is fixed is to select all instruments, click "Refresh Labels" in OIP.
  5. In VW 2017, tabbing while entering information in the OIP with the Truss Tool (Straight or Curved) is broken. If you click a field, enter a value, and press tab to advance to the next field, the OIP seems to lose focus. This forces you to mouse click in the next field you would like to enter a value instead of tabbing through.
  6. Actually looks like there's a bit more that needs to be added to the Designer workspace from Spotlight than my list above. See here for the full compare
  7. Totally agree, no engineering required to make a workspace with all the menus and toolsets. For anyone with Designer who wishes to add Spotlight items to the Designer workspace, attached is a list of the Spotlight menu and toolset items to add to your workspace. Also attached an admittedly quick and dirty screen grabbed version of the Spotlight toolset icon for Windows (not sure if the Mac version is the same). At least it's better than the generic toolset icon. Spotlight Workspace Additions 2017.txt
  8. I just upgraded from Spotlight to Designer and it's crazy to me there's no workspace that includes all the tools. Is the intended workflow to switch workspaces in the middle of a project when I need to use different tools? Anyway, after manually adding all of the Spotlight menu's and toolset to a Designer workspace, I ran into the same issue of no Spotlight toolset icon. I grabbed the original using printscreen and cleaned the transparency up a little in photoshop. It's not as perfect as the original but it will have to do until they fix the issue. Icon attached for whomever wants to use it.
  9. I've encountered this in old version 12. Delete all your fixture label legends and anything in the label legend folder from your resource library and that should fix your issue.
  10. Just wanted forward along that I submitted a bug report and talked to someone in QA. The bug that was reported fixed in SP2 was a separate issue than the one I described in my last post. Hopefully the "Distribute Spacing" bug should be fixed in the next SP.
  11. Hopefully this highlights the difference between the 2010 & 2011 Align/Distribute command. Objects were selected, then Align/Distribute, and vertical spacing selected. As you can see in 2010 with objects of various sizes, equal spacing is applied between each object. In 2011, it spaces the center point of each object regardless of object size.
  12. Well, Service Pack 2 was released and this issue has not been fixed, although it is listed as being resolved. http://www.nemetschek.net/downloads/notes/2011SP2_Notes.php
  13. I concur about both of these issues, very frustrating. I added this thread to the bug submit just in case you hadn't. Hopefully this will be resolved in the next SP.
  14. Rotating hybrid objects on any axis besides Top/Plan in VW Spotlight is a really convoluted process. I'd like VW to handle this situation differently and I have a couple ideas. Here is what I'd like to accomplish. I'd like to be able to insert a truss using the truss tool, place fixtures on it, switch to another view, and rotate everything. Currently VW does not allow you to do this; it gives the warning "This operation only works on hybrid objects in plan projection". The workaround to this is to ungroup and regroup the truss while in a 3D view (losing the ability to further edit this as a truss object), and delete the 2D components of any symbols being rotated before performing the operation. First off, if I want to rotate a hybrid object from a front or side view, VW should allow me to do it. I'd like a warning similar to when you attempt to ungroup a high-level object. Warn me that the 2D component will no longer accurately represent the 3D component, but still allow me to proceed if I wish. To fix the issue of the 2D component not correctly representing the 3D component of the symbol, I'd like it to also give me the option to redraw the 2D component. What VW could do if I select this option is to create a duplicate of each symbol, perform a hidden line rendering of the rotated 3D object, and replace the 2D component with the newly created one. So in my example of selecting a truss with multiple fixtures and rotating, I think the following process would work well... 1. A warning dialog displays that if you perform this operation, 2D & 3D symbol components will not match. Allow the user to continue or cancel. 2. If the user continues, show a list of all symbols about to be rotated and check boxes next to each if the 2D should be regenerated based on the new 3D rotated model. The user should be able to perform this operation of redrawing on all, some, or none of the symbols. 3. Any symbol the user does not select should be rotated with the rest of the objects and the symbol should not be modified. 4. Any symbol the user selects to be redrawn should create a duplicate symbol, perform a hidden line rendering of the 3D component with the new rotation and use this as it's 2D component for the new hybrid object. I'd love to hear any suggestions or criticisms you have to this problem or solution. Thanks for your time.