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  1. And the ability to assign layer folder access permissions on project files- eg. anyone from the Video company/department can add/change/delete within their own folder but none others
  2. As long as one sheet could live in multiple folders. There are also a lot of other details that one saves with a saved set that would be better managed via the method used in "Organization" than the publish procedure.
  3. I'm not saying things can't be done. I saying that, it can be smoother, easier and behave more like the rest of the program. And as I understand it, I'm doing 11 "Batches", but I want to set them up to all go successively. Some batches have DWGs and PDFs loose, some are PDF packets that need to be manually named as they are being published. For an example I may have a weekly publish that looks like this: PDF all plates loose for Producer. PDF all Rigging plates in one packet. Same for Lighting. PDF and DWG certain Sheet Layers for Audio. PDF Packet of only the Guest experience for the End Client. PDF All technical plates and export Design Layers DWG for Scenic. Then back-save VWX with all certain references pulled in and some left out for Video. Staging, HVAC, Operations, Cameras, Brand Ambassadors, F&B, Talent Load-in-Load-out, TPA, Tents etc etc etc. Everyone has their own needs. Each week's updates can take half a day to set up and process each week. If when a draftsman makes a new Sheet in our Project file, if they could right then and there add it to whichever Sets it belongs in: say it is a plate about a jib platform, they could add it right away into Sets: Cameras, Scenic, Seat-Kills, Video etc., it would be huge.
  4. I have a varying 30-80 plate project file. Each week I have to update, re-save and publish 11 different sets. Step 1 check all new&altered plates and note to +/- them to whatever sets. Step 2 take previous week's set, update it compared to list, save, publish. If they are lose pages label each by sheet per selected setting options. If multiple pages, name the packets to match the name of the saved set. Do this again 10 times. If any sheets have special render views, this process takes 1-2 hr and requires my attention. I can't imagine having to deal with this for an entire building, it would be a full time job. Wish: A saved set could be managed like a viewport in Organization. Under Visibilities radio button (with better name) turn on or off the Sheet Layers you want showing, drag to change order. Under Details radio button chose format, PDF or otherwise, set the same publish settings. If they are lose pages label each by sheet, per selected setting options, PDF into a dated folder (format selectable I use YYMMDD but others don't). If multiple pages, name the packets to match the name of the saved set with auto-date-add option. Then when I publish, allow me to queue several Sets up and walk away. A more detailed progress box, "publishing page # of total # of this set, this many sets and this many pages left to go" would be a huge help. At the end, an optional report "Each set took this length of time, this page# from this set took longer than the others long (so you know if there is one you want to fix). Please!
  5. Option 2 is the situation. Thank you for reminding me to look there, I didn't expect it to be set for that. Turns out they drew in a border instead of letting VWX do it. It may have something to do with the fact that the company I'm working for wants the border inside the of the Titleblock, but no border surrounding the TB. It should be an easy fix now to uncheck that and try to create the aesthetic they want with margins. Thanks.
  6. I'm Admin-ing a Project file, and something has changed with my Sheet Borders. I am using the same Style for all sheet borders. Now, while the border is set to fit to page, it isn't actually doing it for different page sizes. When I go into the Style to fix it, my options are greyed. How do I restore my ability to control and edit this Sheet Border Style? Secondarily, why is it not auto-fitting to page anymore when I change page sizes, in the first place? Does it have something to do with the loci that have popped up on 2 corners the sheet border that I don't remember seeing before? thanks, Macbook Pro VWX2018 SP3
  7. Love for this attachment to be reattached in this new forum if possible, please.
  8. I can give you my working file. It has an 80% built marionette setup that i'm in the middle of, and a worksheet I want to pull from. There is also an example of an old version of a lineset schedule symbol I'm trying to replace the need for How do I get you a file?
  9. Oh, and it is essential that the column 2 data in the final object read out as a dimention feet'-inches" not as text (feet'inches") which is a problem i have sometimes with auto generated data, which may or may not be useful info for you.
  10. I'll usually be bringing the excel data into a worksheet, but if it is easier to pull from an external excel, than an internal worksheet I can do that happily. What I do now is, take a set of data, columns I am given by the show's TD: 1- Name of lineset number, like 2 or 21a 2- +Y Distance from 0, known as distance from Plaster Line 3- thickness of that piece, in other words, the y height of that piece with the +Y distance being center 4- and the mane of that set piece, like "Bob's Portal" I use that info to make a scale graphical depiction of the excel data in space. Some shows have 80 Linesets. It is TEDIOUS! I'm aiming to use Marrionette to make me something that... will take those 4 columns of data and make a box with the height from column 3, the y of that box's center from column 2, and read out column 1, then 4, then 2 within that box then repeat using the next row number indefinitely until the end of the worksheet (worksheets have end rows, excels have continuous rows, so maybe from a worksheet is better than from an excel) does that make sense?
  11. Every time I get a new lineset schedule in excel, I have to build one on my page. It doesn't seem available, but: can I tell Marionette to look for a worksheet to pull input from, and if so how? thanks.
  12. Still an issue, as a test I restarted VWX and built an extruded hexagon, tried to export an animation revolving around it, super simple, and even now got that same error. OSX 10.9.4 16GB memory 1600 MHz, VWX2014 SP4!
  13. For me too, when i draw one on a sheet layer it lives many thousands of feet off from where I drew it. Help please! p.s. i'm in 2014 SP3, Mac
  14. workaround chosen: At the moment i'm creating a new record format with just the item name, and a special worksheet that is meant to look like an extension of the instrument summary too, with counts and symbol images, making these symbols use that new record instead of a light info record. Then placing that in my key below the instrument summary. I just have to remember to recalculate it regularly.
  15. I'm doing lighting symbol maintenance for my symbol library and I'd like for certain symbols to continue to count in the automatic instrument summaries, but not translate to Lightwright, like boom bases and C-stands. I was wondering if there is any kind of device type, or hard to find setting, or anything I could employ to achieve this.
  16. How big is the object you are using to define the seating area? What type is it? Have you tried the same command with the same object only larger?
  17. you mean that down arrow that always sits below my screen level so I never see it? sweet thanks!! phew!
  18. Hi, I constantly receive files I have to convert so that we can add our part to them or are converted from DWG. I import all my classes and dump the imported elements into our class structure. I grab items on a daily basis, sometimes many times a day that I want to simply take on the class's elements. I end up having to click a drop down and select "class style" 4-8 times per item. I am looking for a script that can take a selected item/s and change all attributes to class attributes in one click. Sounds simple enough, in theory. Maybe this will be a button in the attributes palette one day. thanks!
  19. Oh and that isn't to say I wouldn't love to try your tool. It may save a lot of time and that is always good!!!
  20. i'll do my best to respond to Samuel L. Jones's questions from 7/7 as concisely as possible -breakin tail type: Would you plan on typing this in, or should there be a default? it looks like this would have to be type-in -origin label for each break in tail (like circuit number but allowing letters as well as numbers) which defaults to spare when not filled in Are you really planning on patching from the drawing? Real question? this is an option that would be greatly useful for rep plots, permanent installs, touring shows that use house systems (for the touring part) and small shows so yes. if you're doing rock or a short term event you can just ignore it. if we're looking to improve on what we do in excel i may as well be able to do it all on the plot and skip the excel all together. I've already been doing dimensioned polylines of cable for years. I want more. don't brush off an idea just because it helps an ALD. they have feelings too. they often have to do the shop orders when the show doesn't have an ME yet or needs a fast rough order for bidding. not every scenario is ideal. and who knows, maybe the ME (or the future MEs of this world) like to think spatially and will like the tool too. there has obviously already been a request. why build a tool that only does half of the job? -destination for each tail (multi A) which defaults to the multi it drops on like when you drop a unit on a position but you can still change it if you want -origin for each break out (multi A) which defaults to the multi it drops on I doubt that there would be separate drawing entities for each tail, just fields in the OI palette. This would mean no dropping and therefore no defaults. ok. but where multis break out to, in detail, is just as important for trouble shooting as the truss they go to. these details can tell you the difference between weather you have to use a genie or climb a truss especially if you're using long breakouts. it would mean that one could do all functions on the drawing and export or automatically generate a box like the unit count made for the key rather than working in several different programs. i'm looking for the cable to export a flow chart so that an ME, and ALD or a designer stuck on their own can build a show as close to reality as possible. the biggest reason for tails is so that you can see what tail lengths to spec in advance like long/short/staggered so you order less excess. working in a rental house has taught me that people over order cable (well beyond spare) rather than think it through carefully all the time, and constantly need more shorts to extend badly planned breakouts, or worse, have to send for another truck because they can't store the excess cable during the run of the show. -origin label for each regular cable or multi (ie touring rack X ckts 1-6) Which label goes on which end is a reasonable question. how about making all visible as an optional both ends so that when you're working with one bundle you don't get "tangled" then you uncheck boxes like "display origin at start" "display destination at start" "display origin at end" "display destination at end" so you can decide to show all or none at your convenience but the information is all stored there for the report -number of lines per run (so if you have to chose bundles versus multi late in the prep based on shop availability it is an easy transition) I'm not clear on the functional difference between a bundle and a multi. depending on what you find available in the shop during prep you may be forced to make bundles, especially if you add runs during a busy season. some times a location needs 6 circuits and a spare, or 8 and a spare, or 3 high and 3 low on a pipe. bundles exist when the world doesn't divide evenly into 6. sometimes short bundles even come off of a multi to extend only half of the runs. a multi is pretty much just a bundle of six (commonly) like a multi circuit unit, but packaged nicely. -destination label for each regular cable or multi (ie FOH L Lekos) This makes sense as a field in the OI paletted for display in worksheets or lists, but why would you label the destination on the drawing? The cable ends at its destination on the drawing. The labels will take up some rapidly decreasing real estate on the drawing. it is more about the report/map than the visual. i've fallen in love with the auto count key VW added and it all springs from there. it is the fastest way to see when you're going over budget while working. -destination of each tail which defaults to spare when not filled in This should probably be a circuit number either a number or A1, A2, etc. or if some one prefers to say "SL truss unit 2" -fields for break outs for tail length I would probably make this a single field that specifies length or "staggered." that is great! -breakouts tail type --pretty much all of this can go in the object info box Yep, each multi gets a field for multi type (veam or soco [are there others], a field for break in (has it or not), and a field for break out. How to handle daisy chaining multis is unclear to me. that is why an origin and a destination are great--especially if you can auto link two ends by starting one on another's end so that the fields that can copy do copy--i know i'm asking for a lot but I blame VW for helping me too see what the program can do as it evolved -there should be a function to make these connections autofill the light info (execute function, click connection end, click unit= then the unit has that ckt number in its data ready to go, like when "manual" auto numbering) Not going to bother implementing this. Look at your LW paperwork. OK. that was just a wouldn't-it-be-nice-if... for the VW guys -the ability to do a fast count like when you get a count in an automated legend, compact so it fits nicely in a notes box, (with spare counts by location option) Counts of what? The counts could be put in a worksheet or text fields could be rearranged and resized. There is no way to know what qualifies as "compact" for each drawing let alone each electrician. number of spares ckts on a truss number of ed break outs total etc. -you should be able to place a mark at a point in your poly-line like a locus called "vertical cable point" or something that macros a 3D drop (-Z) or rise (+z) so the additional length is calculated in and those of us who use 3D can rotate the view and see that it works or fix it. A field for vertical rise or fall, certainly. An actual 3D object? I'm not going to bother. I tried to edit a 3D polyline once, for the cable tool described above. It's painful, and for me not worth the effort for the info I got out of it. this is why i think that it is great that you offered to make a plug-in but what i'm looking for is an included VW function. i'm not looking for immediate help. i'm used to the excel and dimensioned polylines. i'm asking for a long term VW solution. this tool needs to be 3d so that another like it can exist in each VW edition--for conduit and plumbing counts in engineering or whatever. I'm interested in evolution, not a band-aid. one reason i rarely use plugins is that if i'm touching up a drawing on another computer or bringing a file to the shop then i'm without my plugin and it stinks. i love your ideas and i see how they work for you but they don't add enough to the kind of work I do. I wouldn't use it. when I draw a plot as an ALD i am still expected to make it pretty at the very least which is not quite ideal with polly lines. When I am expected to make the lightwright and initial shop order I need to do counts of everything as fast as possible and i need to make sure everything is powered as fast and possible and a mapping that out in advance can seriously save prep time and prep time can seriously save hang time. Both prep-in-shop and hang time cost money. I'm glad to brain-storm anything that helps. thank you for bearing with this mess Diana Kesselschmidt Lighting Designer 516-643-3185 fax: 413-513-6115 DianaK.com
  21. under object info, render tab you normally have a scale slider. no? i mess with this in Open GL until i get what i like or if even that takes too long i edit just the object itslf with a rigt click adn go into Open GL and mess with that scale. I find that the scale can get greyed out when using a stock texture that is designed to be continuous as opposed to repeat. Is theis the problem?
  22. better to have one symbol for up and one for down and maybe on on its side. if you really need the 2d version to change with each symbol remember that a moving head unit upside down is only a square-so if you really want it to look upside down in 2d it would match your key. i leave all 2d symbols to match my key. this is another 2d copnsession like having the 2d of an underhung unit over the truss with a note saying underhung so that you can stillsee the symbol type. better to swap a "mac TW1" with a "mac TW1 under" that you make yourself so that when you drop it 7 times you don't have to rotate. it is already upside down. this requires going into a duplicated and renamed symbol and rotating the 3d symbol all the way down and down and down in the layers of symbols and groups. this you can always do for a unit, then you have teh symbol for future reuse. IF ONLY IT WERE THIS EASY TO HAVE VERTICAL TRUSS. as far as i know i have to pick a size and turn it into a 3D polygon in order to rotate it, especially if it is curved. and then i can't edit it, i'd have to rebuild it and break it down again to rotate it. the problem with outside plugins is that you then have a problem when using the file on someone else's computer. at the very least you can't do what you can at home.

 

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