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Rob Jensen

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  • Occupation
    Theatre Set Designer
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    Minneapolis, MN
  1. They are on there own class and layer and they are both on. I figured out that it was because I cropped the viewport to help it fit on my sheet. When I deleted the crop polygon they came back.
  2. I am having a bit of an issue. I have a drawing that I set up cameras to see some views of my set design form the audience prospective. I inserted lighting (about 10 total) and created a sheet layer viewport that one of the cameras is linked to. Did a couple of test renders with fast Renderworks and it looked great. I made some adjustments did another test with fast Renderworks and still looked good. Then I rand a final quality render and I thought it was ok. I then when to explore doing a second render with some different setting copied the viewport and opened the visualization pallet and when I clicked selected viewport no lights are listed. It is the same for the original viewport. I ran some other renders and then noted it is just rendering with default lighting no matter what render setting I use for the viewport. Changing the camera render setting doesn’t seem to help. I created a new camera in the same position. In the design layer it looks great and when I first created a sheet layer view port It renders as expected and I can see the lights in the visualization pallet. But at some point I when edit or adding lights I lose the list of lights for the viewport and it renders in default lighting.
  3. Pat, Thanks for the help I did get the totals to work. As to your last question. Each flat is drawing on the Design Layer and then yes I made viewports on the sheet layer that shows them. Rob
  4. Hi all, I am currently working on a project and trying to learn VW. What I am having problems figuring out is how to create a worksheet that will report all the instances of a given symbol. I have several drawings, each in there own sheet layor viewport, of stock flats and I want to report of all the corner blocks and keystones symbols used. These items are symbols. I get that it involves creating a worksheet, but following the information in the manual isn't producing the results I would expect. I am getting a database that shows all of the symbols in the file. At this point I would settle for a total count for each instance of the symbols, but if I could get a count of each instance sorted via each sheet layor viewport, thus getting a cut list, that would be grand. Any help or pointing in the direction of help files would be most welcome. Thanks, Rob Jensen (go eazy on my I am a AutoCAD user making the switch to VW :blush: )
  5. Hello, I am the TD for a small MN college and am having difficulty getting started using VW Spotlight. I have a extensive background in AutoCAD and the college that I work for has Spotlight v12. I was not part of picking the program, it was here when I got the job. I am just now starting the processes of learning this program, so that I can offer advice about both AutoCAD and VW to students. Can anyone give me advice on the best way to go about learning to use the program. I have tried twice now to plod my way through the manuals but I keep getting lost. It is kind of embarrassing give that I am not a CAD novice. Are there good starter books I should be looking for? I am not willing to just give up and say AutoCAD is better, I don't think that. I am just frustrated that it is not as intuitive to learn as AutoCAD was. I don't think it is because I am not thinking outside the box, but it is possible that I am set in my ways and just not seeing the forest for the trees. When I started to learn AutoCAD I found a great book that took me through the basics and worked my way up. 2D is currently the most important but eventually I want to work in 3D as well. Any advice would be most welcome. Robert Johnson Technical Director Concordia College (218) 299-3821 rojohnso@cord.edu
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