Peter Neufeld

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  1. Yes we're on fibre optic at work and our internet connection speeds are blazingly fast. Yet the VSS portal is noticeably the slowest website I regularly go to. I bet lots of users never bother going there because it is so tedious... Cheers, Peter
  2. Yes I have reported this as a bug on 29th Nov. I think we'll have to wait for the next service pack. The missing fields are: Low Hook to load trim Speed Voltage Total Chain length Hoist Weight Chain Weight Hoist wt with Chain You can still access the fields via a worksheet which I enclose. Cheers, Peter Hoist missing OIP SP2 worksheet.vwx
  3. Dear Stephan, Incredible! Really amazing Marionette. Cheers, Peter
  4. The problem is, how do you define what is 'Technical Support' versus 'Training'? How would it be policed? I don't think you'd be able to, and the tech support (tech training) teams would end up being huge. Peter
  5. Matty, This is my poor attempt in between phone calls at work today. I think if the true 'quarter' was worked out correctly this will work. As it was, I made one quarter and did a circular array and you can see that they don't match but could however...maybe with a bit more head scratching. I made a vertical wall of several rows and turned into a solid and used the Deform/Bend tool in plan and elevation. In elevation you have to make sure the protractor is in the middle of the solid of course. Good luck! Cheers, Peter Honeycomb_dome_attempt_.vwx
  6. Yes I have reported this. It would be good if they stuck to the system. Cheers, Peter
  7. The 'Insert Truss' tool is like the 'Lighting Instrument' tool. Any symbol, even a chair, inserted by those tools become Truss objects or Lighting devices respectively. Likewise the two commands: Convert to Truss and Convert to Instrument - same thing. A 'Truss' is a higher level object than a symbol just like a Lighting Device. Think of it as a 'Truss Device'! Cheers, Peter
  8. Dear Wesley, Works for me: Using the Straight Truss tool, place one 12m long on the page. Make connection interval 3m. Import a 3m horizontal truss. Select Straight Truss and go Spotlight>Object Conversion>Replace with Stock Symbol. In the dialogue choose the 3m truss symbol in the pull down. The symbols will then replace the Straight truss. Select one of them and go Braceworks>Convert to Truss. Say yes to all instances. These are now all one truss system. Check in the OIP 'Select System objects" to confirm. Cheers, Peter
  9. Hello, To remove a workgroup folder you need to go to the Vectorworks Preferences>User Folder and select the workgroup folder there and 'remove'. I don't have any problems unchecked the tick box next to the 'Update Plant DB...' so not sure why you're having that problem. Maybe remove the w folders first and see how it goes? Cheers, Peter
  10. Hello, Digitalcarbon has the most efficient method and thanks for outlining the process, very clear. Just as an aside, sometimes using the Render Bitmap Tool (RBT) can be a very nice way of creating the 2D representation of a 3D object needing to be hybrid. In the enclosed file the size is 1.14MB which is higher than Digitalcarbon's 877KB but obviously looks quite different. A bit of fiddling might yet be able to be done with the image in the OIP to reduce further. Anyway I mention this as it's not a well know method and can be quite visually informative. Cheers, Peter Dough mixer RBT.vwx
  11. Hello, If you want individual control without having to duplicate the symbol several times (one for each colour) maybe consider using a 3D label Legend? If you select each one you can give it a different fill colour - but you have to do this manually. A bit of a drag with a large rig but don't forget the powerful 'Find & Modify' command in the Spotlight menu is a quick way to select objects with a certain criteria e.g. position or rigging type. I don't think it's possible to colour the 3D label with classes but some bright spark might work out a more elegant solution. Snapshot and file enclosed. Cheers, Peter Lx_Colours.vwx
  12. Dear Rob, Slightly off topic sorry, but while we're at it it is a real drag when placing a hoist into a drawing that you get a load of unwanted classes. This goes against all other Spotlight PIO's where the user can choose to add classes and/or have them automatically fill with standard classes which is great. Please can there be an option so it behaves like all the other PIO's in this regard? Thanks, Peter
  13. Never seen that before. Very confusing! Cheers, Peter
  14. Dear mjm, Agreed about jumping into first release software. To be prudent, an SP1 or SP2 release would be worth waiting on before fully committing. It's no different to operating systems - anyone going with the first release of High Sierra for example is a pioneer, likewise most software. I can't help you with the issues you describe. Are they Renderworks lights or lighting devices and Focus Points, I haven't seen that issue. Cheers, Peter
  15. Hi Mark, yes agreed it's a nuisance. The hanging position retains the original height of the truss symbol prior to being converted to a hanging position, but any added instruments do not (= drag). I think that things like accessories and so on will come in time. I can see lots of things but there's always a limit on time and resources. For example the softwoods have load information attached (at the Bottom of the OIP) and if you draw a drape which is 10m long by 6m high and put a weight in all is fine. If you change the height of the drape to 3m high the weight stays the same. It would be good if that also recalculated. So there are always lots of things that get added once a feature gets developed, in time. For example look at the Resource Manager in 2017 and now in 2018. I do hope that these issues re attaching at the correct chord and especially the correct height for symbols>hanging positions get fixed sooner rather than later. Cheers, Peter