RickR

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  1. Isn't this what the Door ID tag is for? I did play with your file some. I could easily get the total width and height of the symbols right along side the door numbers, but I couldn't associate the door's internal values without having both the symbol and the door show up in the worksheet. Twice as many objects! Of course I don't have Architect, just Spotlight.
  2. And while we're at it, how about editing in place, on the drawing, like virtually all other text! I can see a unifying tool to help manage many pages of multiple sizes, for different sets, through all the changes we do. But if you can't improve on a custom worksheet you need to go back to work.
  3. Your on the right track. Each instance of a symbol is unique and can have a unique field value. One can have several records in a symbol and in a worksheet. The database criteria selects the pool of objects to report on. Column headers can be from any record or PIO field those objects have. So placing a Door number with the Room number should be very possible. It might be a big spreadsheet!
  4. While all this is great for symbols, I can't help thinking it would be useful in other situations as well. Something more like X-ray mode, or the view behind functions to toggle "View Plan & 3D"
  5. My trick is to edit the 2D and Cut everything, go to the 3D parts, and Paste in Place. Make sure that all the 2D stuff is set to screen plane. That way, when closing the 3D edit it gets pushed back into 2D. We will still have to deal with filled objects obscuring stuff underneath. Top/Plan 'front/back' rules should let us control what we see.
  6. For those that get lost over at ETC https://www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/ETCnomad-ETCnomad-Puck/Software.aspx Mac and PC versions are different downloads, but the PC one does computers & consoles
  7. I've been wrestling with some poorly drawn symbols. I've developed a trick to see both the 2D and 3D portions simultaneously, for alignment purposes. It got me thinking that a temporary hybrid/hybrid view could be useful in other cases. Spotlight fixtures, truss, positions would benefit, and maybe even simple door/window/wall situations. So I propose a "Top AND Plan" view mode. All hybrid objects would show all of their components at once.
  8. 2.6.1 is out https://community.etcconnect.com/control_consoles/f/eos-family/23695/eos-2-6-1-software-is-released-and-available-for-download I recommend that VW/Vision staff, as a visualizer provider make direct contact with ETC. Anne Valentino would be an ideal person to contact.
  9. I'm pretty sure all I did was delete a class, I don't recall what they were. My workflow and class structure is probably pretty rare in the live entertainment realm as I mostly consult with architects. So I use that type of structure to blend with theirs. Most of my stuff goes into T- classes. I don't really care why you developed it, I was happy with simplicity. Nor do I expect you to change it for my limited type of use. I do feel strongly that forcing any structure on users is a bad idea. Advice and suggestions are great but making me do extra work to match your concepts is wrong.
  10. OK mostly sorted, still some strangeness here but I can move on. The funky dark circles are my fault. They are from an ETC ColorSource PAR without a texture on the lens parts. I deleted the lens class (I really hate all these extra classes) and they didn't pick up the default instrument texture. But since they only cover part of the face some light got through. I've worked around the uneven fixtures by deleting all but one and copying that across. A sledge hammer for what I think were corrupted fixtures, but it worked. What happened to them and why only some fixtures are rendering in image 2 above are still mysteries.
  11. When I wrote the post there were 2 images! #1 shows the dark circle up center and the unevenness. #2 shows just some lights rendering in FastRenderworks.
  12. I would be interested in hearing some of the pros & cons. I went with Dropbox because others started sending me files that way and we got used to it. It's always worked pretty well whether I'm connected or not!
  13. This one has me stumped! The issue is a series of 6 cyc lighting fixture that don't shine evenly. It truly appears that 2 units are bright than the others, but not the same as each other either. Then there is a 'dark-light' up center, nicely darkening a brighter area on the cyc. And here is one where only some of the fixtures rendered, like OLG but it's FastRenderworks. Mostly the same lights are on, just the dark-light and some out of frame ones. I've tried all sorts of fixes: I've checked all their settings too many times to count. Clearing the cache, if I got the right one. Changing fixture types, changing fixture positions. I also went back to a backup file to rebuild the geometry. The 'dark light' I can get away with just turning off, but if I'm asking for help I'm throwing all the info out there. I don't want to rebuild the file, it is fairly complex with multiple references and sheets. For that matter I'm about to put in a plain surface with a glow texture and shut off the lights. Then again this is early in a 3 year project ... Something seems really strange!
  14. There are 2 clear types of preferences. Ones that stay with the machine/software and ones that stay with the file. Any other distinction is strictly for a user interface. Saving and loading of preference sets, or even partial sets (like dimension standards) should be completely normal in modern software.
  15. There are all the older versions on ETC's website. I think I saw that 2.6.1 is due out almost any day. I'd expect this is a major issue. The windows version is fine.