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  1. What I've been doing has been to extract the gobo image from the file and blur it in Photoshop. I use the Lens Blur tool, but Gaussian gets one a long way quickly. I then recreate the gobo texture with the name ####Blur or BlurMore, etc. I then try to remember to store it somewhere accessible, so I don't have to rebuild when next I need it. I also tend to find many Rosco Gobos blur successfully from scratch, but many others do not. Very sad, that.
  2. So, I did try closing and re-opening several times and no joy. Any fixtures copied/pasted to a new document travelled without any info. The time machine backup was the only path to any success at all and even that file was quite corrupt - something which raised it's ugly head in the data exchange process. I finally copied and pasted from that time machine doc to a blank spotlight doc and all was good once more. What a journey.
  3. SO, thanks to OS X's Time Machine, I was able to pull a reasonably current version of the file without the amazing corruption and work on, though many LW5 issues ensued. Been a crappy work day for sure, but at least _something_ resembling my intentions went out the electronic door tonight, thanks to apple.
  4. The title pretty much sums it up - except for the unbelievable panic I'm now feeling, with the plot due yesterday and literally no data to access on the plot. As you might see from the attached image, there's no 'type' to the selected object true for all lighting instruments on plot!!! Freaking out pretty badly at this moment and looking for the simple "you silly goose, it's right over here" help from the inter webs. (edit: updated sig)
  5. I find that the IES files provide a much more accurate visual interpretation of the output of fixtures, at least for example the Selecon Aurora IES file is what I use for renders as the edge mimics what I see on my Aurora groundrow system in-theatre. And the Aurora Spotlight fixture has exactly the problems you talk about in rendering. [img:left]https://www.me.com/gallery/#100009/IESFILE[/img] [img:left]https://www.me.com/gallery/#100009/Screen%20shot%202011-08-27%20at%206.01.30%20PM[/img]
  6. Wll that's an improvement to me for sure!
  7. Thanks Joshua, your information is very helpful. I am certainly looking forward to the VW fix though. Anyone know if 2012 solves this issue?
  8. The Autoplot tools mentioned above are found in the distribute menu, not the dimensioning menu. And they're very useful.
  9. mjm

    Mirror Ball

    It is so cool, yet I find myself needing desperately the "real" thing: When I aim a source at a reflective surface, I need the light to bounce off that surface and onto the next surface. It seems terribly counterintuitive that the render package would be strangled in this way. And what I'm gathering from this thread is that there's currently no way to do that outside of an export to C4D? Which means, I'd need to pony up the 1800$ US etc? Big bummer. And WAY outside both my and the dot-orgs I work for to afford. I'm open to suggestions on how to solve this problem. Elegance counts, but not as much as a realistic answer.
  10. Thanks for the quick reply Kevin. Sadly I need them to be Spotlight fixtures.
  11. Thanks for the quick reply Kevin. Sadly I need them to be Spotlight fixtures.
  12. Haven't found anything relating to this with searches on the forum for "striplight" - It seems to me that in Spotlight 2011 it is impossible to place striplight fixtures (stock from the various entertainment resource folders) and then move them on the drawing without having them apparently randomly shoot off into strange places on the drawing. I have some designs which call for up to 8 positions of striplights, and when that becomes so severe for me that I am reduced to drafting in older applications to get the work done. Never had this issue with AutoplotVW. Is there something I am doing incorrectly? Does no one else have this problem? Thanks for your input, Michael ˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘˘ Spotlight 2011 couple of Snow Leopard OS X laptops, 4 GB Ram, 320 GB onboard storage Outboard 24" Monitor (HDMI through the DVI>HDMI converter) nothing else of interest to this board
  13. being able to move the origin of the drawing is crucial to my workflow: I get drawings from client and assorted venders with origins often in places which are worse than meaningless to efficient drafting (00@center of the plasterline in theaters). Any other position is detrimental to drafting quickly and efficiently. Being able to employ the Set Origin tool to position the origin where I need it is great. Subsequently, having the origin move randomly is extremely detrimental.
  14. And why why why pray tell does this happen? Esp as it's been occurring since v 2009 or earlier.
  15. Ok, I can confirm that - unbelievably - it works. FF is my default browser, that's all a bit irritating.
  16. I have exactly the same problem. VW 2011 OS X 10.6.6 MBP 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  17. Turns out that the symbols fill and swap appropriately when dragged from the resource palette, but do not when the Spotlight 'Insert Symbol' tool is used. I call bug!
  18. Hey there Mike - thx for the quick response.The file in question originally was a converted V12.5 file. I then opened a new file in 2011 and drew a rect and filled it from the classic palette with black (second from left top row in the default config). same result. Am repairing permissions even now. I'll test on a new blank file after that. Hmm: still seems wrong: When I create a rect in a new blank file as described in original post, or employ a symbol from the default ETC folder in OBJ-Entertainment, the fills do not swap when I switch backgrounds in the VW 2011 pref window. I have attached two screenshots showing the test. I started with white background, then swapped to black background. Notice that my imported homemade symbol behaves as I expect it to! By resetting VW preferences d'you mean I should locate said file and trash it and let VW rebuild it? Thx again...
  19. Title says it all: when I have a white fill and swap to black background or vice versa in VW 2011 SP2 the fills do not swap as has been the norm in every other version of VW I have used. True of symbols and 2d primitives so far. Thoughts? TIA, Michael, MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,3 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz Number Of Processors: 1 Total Number Of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 3 MB Memory: 4 GB
  20. Anyone know if there's a measuring or dimensioning tool in the Viewer, before I recommend the D/L to the video designer or the client? Thank you, MJM
  21. mjm

    Warped Mirror

    DAVE, easy & effective, thanks!
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