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About RickR

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  1. FYI I've been using VW heavily for over 10 years, the workflow is not confusing, merely tedious. Look at those first two images closely! That is not plane confusion.
  2. I deleted it, but here's another. Cuts aren't so far off on this one. ?? Bad cuts.vwx FYI gotta run. Won't spend VW time for a few days.
  3. Exactly the same 😣 Just one light, for clarity. 17' above stage floor, 55d to vertical and side. I added a cut that renders properly. I've shown the just the beam at focus and floor. The rendering isn't even close to right.
  4. My NDA was written by lawyers used to inventions and patents... These should tell the story. On a possibly related note, I can't open yesterdays file, or the previous 2 backups!
  5. The usual 5', but I could see the rotated cuts easily. They were roughly 45d off and not as deep. These are all cuts at the front edge. In plan it was a straight line across the stage. Rendering showed zigzagging several feet deep.
  6. Add to this, 2 identical fixtures with identical settings (except X location and focus) have rotated shutter rendering. "Cast Beam" shows the same for both!
  7. It's been years since I did this... but my ellips shutter cuts aren't rendering to match the wireframe beams. The cuts show, but nowhere near where they should. I've since adjusted them in rendering mode, but how does this @%^$%^ happen?
  8. Hold on now! Edit In Place has been the UI norm for less than 20 years. Let's not get ahead of the technology or client expectations. 🙃
  9. It's as if the programmers never saw truss in use, let alone stuff on all 4 chords!
  10. I had a house full of Parellipspheres in 1986 in the SF bay area. My main memory is trying to get lamps that fit. The reflector was designed for a halogen retrofit, but if the base ceramic was too tall it wouldn't go all the way in. The lamp still met specs for the standard version but was useless to me.
  11. All workspaces are completely customizable. What you want is pretty basic. My primary recommendation is to make a copy of your main workspace and edit the copy so any updates from VW or connectCAD don't destroy your changes. Updating them is not yet automatic. This explains the process better than I can.
  12. I don't see why we can't have in place text editing. Excel got it done years ago. Lots of other graphic programs do it too!
  13. I love saved views! Viewports are critical to anything but the smallest projects. How to make them better? My basic set of saved views are essentially copies of my basic sheet viewports. But as a project gets more complex the viewport settings change with new class/layers, overrides or whatever. So a common work step is to update those saved views to match. Why not have it automated? Aren't viewports really just saved views on a sheet? Sure you can get there, but many clicks and much time can be saved by having every viewport show in the saved view list and track with those changes! A sub list could be links to the annotations for those viewports. But that would only save time and frustration...
  14. I regularly use key notes. Sometime more than one set on a sheet. To manage them I find it easiest to use the database part of the notes tool. Select a note and "update" it from the database. That makes sure the various versions are exactly the same text. I'm also known to just copy existing notes. But practically speaking just editing a note instance should change it. This file is a mini example. If it doesn't help maybe you can explain your issue in more detail. Keynotes.vwx
  15. Yeah, showing up is one issue displacement is another. I recently had issues with ref. files moving. That was all origin bugs. I moved the user origin in the ref file to the master file origin (both) Worth a good look.


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