Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

6 Neutral

About eamon

  • Rank

Personal Information

  • Location

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. eamon

    Bye Jim. Good luck!

    Hi While more of a lurker than a poster, I would like to echo the sentiments expressed by other users in the announcement of Jim's departure. It is Vectorworks and also these forums loss with the exiting SR of Jim. I have often felt that he has flown the company flag in the face of user frustration and ire. Jim has, to me, being a talisman for thes forums and seemingly managed the expectations of both sides. It will be awhile before I encounter the supervision and dedication to a company forum as personified by Jim. The new moderators have big shoes to fill and I hope they can rise to the challenge. Best of luck with pastures new. Hope life will treat you well. Eamon
  2. eamon

    Autocad import query

    Hi Pat/Gadzooks Many thanks for the pointers. I went with the option of Convert to groups and so on aka Pats method. I did not think of AC blocks as becoming the symbols in my drawing but that makes sense. I checked the file in autocad but it read oddly. I am not as good with AC as I am with vwx. The convert to group worked perfectly. Thank you very much for the help and the solutions. Eamon
  3. eamon

    Autocad import query

    Hi I have been sent an autocad file for inspection and work etc. I have imported the file and all seems fine on the outside. On closer examination, all the items in the drawing have been classed as symbols. I wish to edit the multiple parts of the drawing as normal but each item is listed as a symbol and all the sub items are noted as a symbol. I know I can manually copy & paste the file the old fashioned way but I am wondering is this a quirk of the import and more importantly is there a sensible way around this. I am looking a days worth of re-doing plus the issue of my making a mistake rectifying this file. I am wondering does anyone have any pointers. I have seen this before and I cannot remember what I did to "cure" the problem. Eamon
  4. eamon

    Can't select lights in Collab Doc

    Hi I can take a look; I cannot guarantee success but I do understand the frustration of others making "hidden" changes and the time taken to fix things etc. If you wish, you can send it on. eamondofox at me .com Cheers eamon
  5. eamon

    License query issue

    Hi all I have had the following message come up on my computer screen a couple of times lately. I suspect this is due to some "house keeping" that has gone awry.... Message: "Vectorworks will now quit because this license is in use elsewhere" I have recently moved stuff from one laptop to another and put in a new SSD drive as a clone etc. Somehow I think that I may have messed up the seat count for my license...?? I am wondering as to how to stop this. i have uninstalled vectorworks from one of the newer machines but to no avail. I am intending to upgrade to 2018 and have put it off due to this issue and too much work on my part... I do not wish to proceed and lock myself out of the program! What is the best way to proceed....? Thanks in advance Eamon
  6. Hi all I have finally gotten round to getting a home computer. I normally run vwx on my mac laptop and am looking to install the 2nd seat (standard e license with 2 x seats). As I have a mac installation current and my new home computer is a PC, is there anything I need to do re installing the 2nd license? I have yet to do this but do I just access the service select menu or do you need to go back to the dealer for the download link? I had a look but I dont think I am using the right terminology with what I am seeking? Eamon
  7. Hi JIm Thanks for the answer. That is what I figured. I have an old license of 2012 and this allowed me to jump the file down to 2010. He is not looking for all the bells and whistles etc. The process worked and I have passed on a v2010 version. Thanks for the pointer. Eamon
  8. Hi all I am currently using vwx 2016 and all is fine there. I run a theatre venue and do all my plans native to this format. I have recently upgraded from 2012. A client coming in is still on vectorworks 2010 and has requested a copy for this format. I have recently upgraded the plans and do not have a working 2010 version that is accurate. Is there a way to achieve this file version to help him out? Many thanks Eamon
  9. eamon

    Renaming Fixtures

    Hi Josh A big thank you for pointing me in the right direction. It works! Thank you for taking the time and explaining how the LSM works. I do and don't like the tool but your guide made me sit down and look at my workflow. I think I did the classic trick of just barrelling in with approx 30 plus plans to draw and a lot of other work too and did not grasp how the LSM works. Some what a case of RTFM. Please excuse the lateness of my reply, the aforementioned work thing is this week a bit time consuming... Eamon
  10. eamon

    Renaming Fixtures

    HI Josh Cheers for the tips and heads up re the LSM. In typical fashion, I am still having the sames issues. I cannot seem to resolve the conflict of the symbol name. I have tried your suggestions and I cannot see any change. I also use lightwright 5 and I have noticed I have a plethora of names for some of the units. The lightwright file can show a different name whilst the vectorworks key shows another! I have changed the Par 64 MFL to be a Par 64 CP62 in the instrument summary. Lightwright shows a Par 64 CP62 whilst vwx shows a Par 64 MFL; all are attached to the same symbol. Some people here will wrongly debate that MFL refers to CP61 etc. Sometimes easier to put CP62 in the name etc.I accept that I have changed a name type somewhere and not being consistent. Kinda makes me laugh and cry in the same breath. I accept that my process and some of my symbols are at odds with the new (to me) way of using the LSM. The frustration is almost leading me to go back to 2012. I have a license on a second computer etc. Just for the time being to get by the plans I have to draw and the oddities of all the symbols. I am unsure how to proceed as the symbols are a mixture and maybe my symbols are somewhat corrupted. I plan to update to 2017 in a few weeks but am waiting till I get past this trench of work. I do not wish to discover another quirk. Please do not take this as a criticism of the new tool; it works somewhat and is a good idea but it is dragging me down. thanks for all the advice. Eamon
  11. eamon

    Renaming Fixtures

    Hi Josh I think I might have an idea as to why I am suffering... Having been speaking to Steve Shelley today re a separate manner and another friend who is well versed in vwx, I think the reason I am having problems is that I have only recently upgraded to 2016. I was running 2012 prior to upgrading circa August. I have not done much with vectorworks in the last few months but now typically I am flat out. The below quote is from Steve re a query I had for him: "in 2014, Vectorworks added the Parts record, so that 3D lighting devices could swivel around and point at Focus Points." Could it be that I skipped all versions from 2012 and jumped to 2016, that my symbols are not "referencing" the parts records properly? I use a mixture of generic, old white light (uk) symbols and Steve Shelleys field template. Some I just prefer and some are just for the scale. Some of these, I have had for over 10 years etc. Sometimes I change them out for 3D stuff etc. I did attach a light record via Tools etc and nothing changed in terms of useage. Also, some of the symbols will not allow me to edit or enter any changes when I got to change stuff in the LSM menu. I do not know if the issue is a mixture of me just missing the point or there being a glitch etc. Probably me! I will upload a touring version of the lighting plan in vwx 2016 just so I can show what is happening. Re the plan, the cyc floods are intended to be Starlette floods and I am using a symbol from another library. Even changing the name of the house PC lanterns to R/juliat 329 PC from 329PC is not working etc. Many thanks for any help possible. Eamon Nutcracker_An_Grianan.vwx
  12. eamon

    Renaming Fixtures

    Hi all Josh; you are correct in what I am wishing to achieve. I am finding the ability to change names hit & miss. Needless to say , and typically, this is more miss than hit.... To be honest this is starting to get to me.. I have tried your suggestions re the type & model and they do not work for me. Sometimes the symbols have new names, sometimes not. I am unsure where & how this is working or not as the case may be. Does the Instrument Field in the Object Info palette bare any use in this equation? I just used to edit this field and away we went, Some symbols will not let me save the changes in the light maintenance too. I will be upgrading to VWX 2017 but not till the end of the month and this job is finished. Do not want to find more heartache.. I am unsure as to what I can do to help work around this problem Meant to say, nearly all are taking their names from the "symbol name" and are ignoring my data.
  13. eamon

    Renaming Fixtures

    Hi all I am drawing a large amount of plans for an upcoming ballet tour. Some of the plans are copy & paste, some are re-draws. I am using a variety of symbols and jumping from using a fresnel to profiles etc. What is frustrating me is the inability to change (properly) the name of the symbol. I have for example flood battens in one venue and I wish to re-use them in another venue as a different fixture e.g. Thomas cyc floods are now Coda cyc battens etc. I wish to leave the symbol as the same unit and just change the name. Just efficient and the scale is not the important. I cannot figure out for the life of me, how to change the symbol name. I would normally have changed the Instrument info in the object info palette. I have changed the symbol name in the object info and this has given the symbol a mild stroke. I have also doubled clicked and changed the symbol to a new existing name but I cannot change the fixture/symbol/instrument name to a new uncreated name...!! I appreciate the instrument key/schedule has changed and there are some good improvements but can anyone shed light on a sensible way to change the name of the fixture...?? Eamon I am on vwx 2016, final build
  14. eamon

    Address column issue

    Hi all I am currently sharing a large (ish) lighting plan between myself (chief electrician) and the lighting designer for a production beginning next week. I have just upgraded to 2016 and she is on 2013 (maybe 2014). She sent me on the plan for the first venue. This being the rehearsal venue. I used this to make up the DMX plot for the show. I used the address column to input the DMX address's. This was synced via lightwright 5 and all was good on that front. I sent on the updated version as the one to work off etc. The problems began when she did some edits and started looking to the main production venue. For every fixture she touched, the DMX address information defaulted to 0 and the information disappeared. I gathered quickly enough that is was my use of the address column. Her version does not possess this column and obviously there is a conflict between version's.The plan is useless to her re this field In hind sight, I should have used one of the user columns but I assumed the address column would have been fine. I am just wondering if there was/is an easy way around this issue without manually re-mapping all the DMX information or does anybody have any insight to this problem? Thankfully there are only two venues and I will look to use a user field column in futures. many thanks Eamon
  15. eamon

    dimension weirdness in spotlight

    Aha! So freaking obvious. Many thanks for that. I think I am going blind. Just realised that I am so used to hitting the shortkey N for the dimension tool and completely missed this..... Was not thinking straight. Sorry for the double post. thanks again. eamon


7150 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA   |   Contact Us:   410-290-5114


© 2018 Vectorworks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Vectorworks, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.