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  1. Hello, I don't know why you're not using the Model>Create Helix Spiral Command? Much more controllable and can be any shape. I have the Rotation field in the OIP set to 50º for the Text along Path object. However as you can see from the screenshot even in an orthogonal Top view you'll never get all the letters vertical. This must be a limitation of the command with that particular shape of path. In which case you'd be better off breaking it down to smaller sections of individual Text along Path objects. Cheers, Peter
  2. Oh yes your seating tool is very nifty.Can you post some pics/examples for people to see? Thanks, Peter
  3. That's great Michael. Best of both worlds! Cheers, Peter
  4. I agree I don't like anything being imposed but they don't come into the drawing until/unless users click the 'Use Standard Classes' button in the classes layout dialogue having clicked the 'Classes' button at the bottom of the OIP. Cheers, Peter
  5. Dear Michael, I think it saves the user from having to think about and then create each and every class if they were pre-populated. That way the user gets the best of both worlds which is the choice to use those or make their own. Currently it's just more work IMO. It would also make it similar to the rest of the PIO's in the staging toolset. I haven't investigated the texture side of things but personally having the already aptly described classes pre-filled allows me to get to the texture settings straight away knowing what's what and then suss it from there. Not everything will have a grain or even be seen so close... Cheers, Peter
  6. Thanks Michael that's great. Any chance the classes could be pre-filled like the other Spotlight PIO's? It would be great to have them self contained with the object. Click the Classes button in the OIP and choose Standard Classes... Cheers, Peter
  7. For anyone in Australia make sure you check out the new v2020 built in ANZ hardscape libraries, they're very extensive. Cheers, Peter
  8. Dear Frank, Thanks very much for trying but Styled objects such as Plants don't have this option. The option to edit the PIO options only applies to those PIOs not governed by styles as far as I can tell. Cheers, Peter
  9. Dear James, Frank's suggestion is a great one but alas you're right it doesn't work for Plants if Convert to Plug in Objects is checked. I'll report it. Cheers, Peter
  10. Hello, Group all the things on the sheet layer viewport and copy. Paste into new document and ungroup. Go to the Eyedropper tool and click on the settings button. Choose 'Viewport Attributes' and tick everything apart from 'Other Properties' as this will transfer views, projection etc. Then click on the original viewport and go to the new document and set the tool to put down mode (bucket). Find the viewport (which most likely will be blank) and click with the tool. The viewport should come back to life. This might not always work and I'm not sure about section viewports. I agree it would be great for Vectorworks to be able to do this but I suspect there are significant technical reasons why for the moment at least, it can't be automated. Cheers, Peter
    Dear Sarah, This is great and so easy to use! It's a great example of what Marionette can do. My living room will never be the same again. Cheers and thanks, Peter
  11. Dear Jesse, I've been pondering this but how can users easily populate the truss/rigging ID into the position field for the lighting device or any other Spotlight object that hangs for that matter?. For Lighting Pipes and Ladders there's a position field which transfers to the Position name automatically for Lighting Devices but not for trusses. So it seems a bit inconsistent: Truss Objects: Field called 'ID'> Does not go into position name for a Lighting Device. Straight Truss: Field called 'Name' > Does not go into position name for a Lighting Device. Lighting Pipe: Field Called 'Position Name'> Does populate Position field of the Lighting Device Lighting Ladder: Field Called 'Position Name'> Does populate Position field of the Lighting Device So users have no choice other than to convert the trusses to Hanging Positions in order to populate the Position Name into the Lighting Devices. Also do you think it would be good if Spotlight shipped with some predefined Data Tags as that would help users? Cheers, Peter
  12. Thank you both for your advice and efforts. It is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Peter
  13. Dear Josh, A revelation! I never knew that the Data Manager could be used like this. Fantastic! I've enclosed snapshots for those who like me (thanks again Josh!) couldn't figure this out at first. Cheers, Peter
  14. Dear Pat, Thanks for your reply, but alas yes, the user wanted it to be automatic. It's a convention centre where they have a particular workflow requiring this. I might put in an enhancement request and see what happens. Cheers, Peter
  15. Hello, Does anybody know if it is possible to have the time included with a revision, for a Title Block Border? Thanks, Peter
  16. Even better, or at least as good: the Modify>Align Distribute command works for all Truss Systems! See movie (it takes a few seconds for the command to execute). Cheers, Peter PS Just discovered it only works for Bottom not Top alignment which makes sense I suppose. Align Distro.mp4
  17. Hello, If you select more than one Truss System in order to change the height via the 'Change Trim Height of System' in the OIP, you can't as the option is then greyed out. However I just discovered a way to do it easily and thought I'd share. Just select all trusses and motors with the selection tool and choose the Move 3D command from the Modify menu. In any view, enter the number in the Z field and the trusses move accordingly with the motors staying put. Very quick movie no sound attached. Cheers, Peter Move multiple truss systems.mp4
  18. Dear Sam, To be clear I'm highlighting the (new to v2020) Live Data Visualisation rather than viewport Data Visualisation. For example being able to instantly check Type versus Universe such in the enclosed screenshots without leaving the design layer. Cheers, Peter
  19. Dear Jesse, There's never a day when I don't learn something new about the program. That's great to know - thanks! Cheers, Peter
  20. Here's one example of all the Cosmic Global F44 library, all connected with all different lengths displaying in colour. It might not be what you want but Live Data Viz is very powerful! Cheers, Peter Truss data Viz by length.vwx
  21. Hello, Have you had a play with the new Live Data Visualisation in 2020? This works on Design layers and once you have some set up you can keep them in a template. No need to edit symbols or maintain duplicate libraries. Cheers, Peter Truss Colour Live Data Visualisation.vwx
  22. Hello, Use the Layer Import option next time - no need to copy and paste in place! Cheers, Peter
  23. Dear Pat, Thank you for doing this, it works really well. In my example I have about 130,000 3D loci, extracted from a Point Cloud of a building, and it didn't take long for them to be replaced by my named symbol. Cheers, Peter
  24. Dear Pat, The first version doesn't work with 3D loci only 2D so that's no good as the Model>Point Clouds>Extract 3D loci from Point Cloud is the command that is getting us here. Any chance you could tweak as a user defined symbol would be the most useful fix. Thanks, Peter


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