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    Theatre Lighting Designer
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  1. tpenna

    Dimension text offset

    Thanks; I watched this video this morning, and while it doesn't explicitly address dimension text offset, I found the setting which makes the change I need.
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    Dimension text offset

    I've searched the forum and kbase but can't find an answer. Sorry if I missed it. I want the text offset of my dimensions to be 0", but I can't find a field in the dimension preferences to do this. I can make the change to a dimension in the OIP, but I want the text offset to default to 0". VW2018 SP4 Windows 10
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    Resource Browser Icons

    Working in VW today and just found that symbol icons no longer appear in the resource browser. I can still select them and insert them, and restarting VW didn't fix it.
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    Vertical pipe labels

    I figured out my original workaround. Use the Lighting Pipe Tool to create a pipe. Select the pipe, then use Create Symbol. Then use the Hanging Position Tool to insert the pipe in the drawing. The pipe label will appear right side up.
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    Vertical pipe labels

    Weird, not how I remember it, but it works. Thanks!
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    Vertical pipe labels

    I'm drafting a black box theatre with a 4'x4' pipe grid. I use the Lighting Pipe Tool to create the pipes, then use Spotlight>Object Conversion>Convert To Hanging Position. When I do this for the vertical pipes (the pipes that run upstage/downstage) the pipe name is rotated 90 degrees. How can I get the name to read right side up? I used to know.
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    It is OTF with PostScript Outlines (I have no idea what that means). I tried re-installing it with no luck. I am just using the Windows font manager. Other downloaded fonts (Graphite ATT in particular) are working just fine, but they are TTF's. I guess that's the issue.
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    VW2018 SP3 Windows 7 I've downloaded and installed a font called Neutra Display Drafting, which works on my desktop running Windows 10, but not on my laptop running Windows 7. This is a new document, so there are no font mappings. The Neutra font works in MS Word on the same Win7 laptop. I had a similar problem in VW with another font, Graphite, but that is working now (not sure why). Any ideas?
  9. I have set up my VW Cloud Services account and linked it with my Google Drive. There are some folders in my Google Drive that don't appear in the VW Cloud web browser. I think it's because those folders were created by someone else. Is there a workaround for this?
  10. tpenna

    Change default Z click

    I'm working in Spotlight inserting lighting symbols onto hang positions. Hang positions are at 22' elevation. Every light I insert goes to 0" elevation, then I have to change its Z value in OI palette. Is there a way to change the default Z click?
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    Which mouse for PC

    Thanks for the advice! I'm trying out a Logitech MX Master. The forward/back buttons on the side are a little hard to feel, and I'm trying to find a good use for the side scroll wheel (I don't really need it to side-scroll in VW), but it feels good so far! Tony
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    Which mouse for PC

    I'm one of those rare PC users using VW 2016. Has anyone here tried using the Logitech Performance MX mouse and/or the Logitech Master MX mouse with a PC? I've read a number of pros and cons for each on amazon, but they were very general and I'm interested in hearing from someone who has tried them specifically with VW 2016. Right now I'm on a laptop running Win 7 Pro, but I'm getting a new PC with Win 10. Thanks!
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    Font menu

    I just discovered that if you have dual monitors the font menu will expand across both so that you can see twice as many fonts.
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    Dynamic viewport scale

    Thanks, MattG. What I'm trying to do is set up a sheet layer on 8.5x11 with a viewport that is NTS but fills up the page. What I had been doing was setting the viewport scale to 1/8", which is often too small, or 1/4" which doesn't fit on the page. I saw the Custom... option, but ain't nobody got time to click in the OIP and enter scale settings until you find the right one! And Matt P: good to know you're a Tiger! If you're ever on campus please let me know!
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    Dynamic viewport scale

    Thanks, Matt. That was the trick I was looking for.


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