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C. Andrew Dunning

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  1. 15 minutes ago, Projx_CA said:

    The Audio Array tool in Spotlight is very useful, but also very difficult to work with on complex arrays.


    Processing time on the CPU for a single array with 3 types of boxes can take 10 minutes or more, with the entire program being unusable during that period. 


    GPU is not enabled for this, even if modified in Shaded mode. 


    You're running in Symbol mode, correct?  If so, something that might help is to switch to Library/Catalog mode when initially building and placing arrays.  Then, switch to Symbol mode for final drawings.  That will at least help you to work quicker until you need more detailed models.  Another option that may or may not be acceptable is to use less detailed Symbols.



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  2. 5 minutes ago, Mark Aceto said:

     The light plot analogy only applies to lights.


    I'd argue that there is a good bit (at a certain level) of similarity.  For both, the Hybrid system is good for simple hangs (think horizontal truss with bottom-hung fixtures).  Things break down quickly when steering away from that - which is why things like raking Design Layer ViewPorts and Schematic Views have been pursued.  Designers in both disciplines need to communicate details clearly - especially, when "non-conventional" approaches are desired.  Judging from threads over the years (including this one), we're still in search of a good solution...


  3. On 3/12/2022 at 10:56 AM, fuberator said:

    So, does the 2D symbol part of a projector hold so much value that it can't just be fired? Or optionally disabled in the OIP?


    Sorry for the delay in replying.  Lots of juggling these days...


    Interesting food-for-thought.


    To answer your first question, I'll draw a parallel w. Light Plots.  There is a big difference between 2D icons shown on plots and 3D models.  The latter would make for illegible plots.  While, perhaps, not to the same extent, I'd offer similar thinking w. projectors, screens, and other video elements.


    As to your 2nd question, definitely something worth giving consideration.


  4. 2 hours ago, Josh Schulman said:

    The Railing prefs are greyed out. Could this be changed or is it best practice to continue to ungroup stairs and break the plug-in?


    This definitely could be changed but might be a bit.  Short-term, your best bet will be to "break" instances and add the additional railings manually.


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  5. 54 minutes ago, jcogdell said:

    Sorry Andrew you're correct that was a typo on my side, I meant to say it not as easy as it should be,
    I'll correct it





    A huge part of the problem, here, is that making truss swaps and rearranging configurations are frequently part of the every-day "low-level" design process.  Things like this should be incredibly simple and intuitive - so much so that, in a sense, users don't even think about it as they're doing it.  As things stand, the current approach gets in the way of the process...

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  6. 40 minutes ago, jcogdell said:

    Also setting up a truss inventory is as easy as it should be,


    Respectfully, I beg to differ.  This whole process is light years from being intuitive.  It also doesn't "understand" things like an easy swap from 4 x 10' to 5 x 8'.  While, yes, a bit of adjusting after-the-fact was necessary, simple truss Symbols are profoundly more straight-forward to use day-to-day.

  7. 2 hours ago, Paul S. Morrill said:

    I have a drawing with multiple LED Walls  can I create a quick way to label them in a drawing

    Basically pull the info from OIB?


    pixel count


    module count



    The Landru Design version of that tool tracks everything you list, plus a few other things.  This version will also let you display everything except manufacturer (unless you use the Note field) in text blocks embedded in the given PIO instance.  See the link in my sig for more info.


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  8. 4 hours ago, Nikolay Zhelyazkov said:

    In 2021 you can actually use the Current Plot Date field of the title block border which automatically updates on publish. I think that this should get the job done without the usage of any scripting.


    Actually, I don't necessarily want this automated.  I'd like to be able to control when this field (and, possibly, others) gets written/updated.


  9. On 4/21/2017 at 4:32 PM, Pat Stanford said:
    Procedure UpdateS_Date;
    	SetRField(FSActLayer,'Custom Titleblock Record','S_Date',Date(2,0));

    Try this out and let me know what else you would like it to do.


    What is the current syntax for using VS to write to fields in the newer (2021) format TB data format?

  10. 3 hours ago, STA said:

    our company has some custom made speaker stands, which we would love to use with the speaker tool.

    Is there a way to incorporate them, so I can choose them from the dropdown?


    At-present, no,  The tool only uses the stands it creates on-the-fly.

  11. We are happy to announce that all of our tools have been updated to make them Vectorworks 2022®-compatible!


    In addition to the usual on-going refinement, you might also notice minor additions and tweaks like "Vendor" and "Cost" fields, hardware Texture control for SoftGoods 2, and 3D Text Blocks for the Staging ToolSet tools.


    All of the tools will work in any "flavor" of Vectorworks 2018-2022.


    If you're a current user, you should have received upgrade details in the last few days. If you'd like more info, please visit https://www.landrudesign.com/VWPlugIns.htm


    Happy Vectorworking!

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