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C. Andrew Dunning

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  1. > would it help to draw everything on design layers at 1:1, and adjust the desired and final scale with a viewport? <

    That's in essence the way that I work. For the past bunch of years my "working layer" has been left at the same scale - 3/8, I believe - for pretty-much all of my drawings. No deep reason for 3/8. It just worked best when I was getting started w. this system. All drawing plates for each drawing have simply referenced that layer at whatever scale I desired. Prior to ViewPorts I did it w. LayerLinks. Right now, my drawings use a single design layer, multiple sheet layers, and 130+ classes. Saved Views makes it all quite easy to manage.

  2. There is a pair of VW scripts floating around that does what you're wanting. They are "RGM Prefix Classes" and "RGM Deprefix Classes." I've got them, but don't remember who wrote them or where I got them. I'll be willing to share, but need to make sure they aren't part of someone's commercial script pack. (I've purchased a few of those over the years and can never keep sources straight.)

  3. 2 concerns I have in using the curved truss tool:

    1) When 12" box truss arcs are created the lacing does not stay within the confines of the main chords (in 3D). The lacing sections stick out (above) around .3". This is when the ladder spacing arc is 22.5.

    2) The radius dimension is the radius through the center of the truss - not the outer or inner radius. This is a little confusing in that the user has to remember to do a little math in order to create a circle or arc w. a specific radius or diameter (as such pieces are created in reality by the manufacturers).

    Otherwise, a pretty useful tool. 99.99% of the time I use my own truss symbol set, but when I need a quick arc for which I don't have a symbol yet, this tool is indespensable.

  4. > 1)Try Copy&Paste of parametric values <

    That is currently what I do. It just seems to be a pretty convoluted process for software that has some other-wise "productivity-encouraging" features.

    > Also, have you checked out some of the additional Vectorscript procedures available online ? <

    Yes. I'm a bit of a junkie for such things.

    > 2) For Glo effects try using a semi-transparent phong or plastic lens based on a White Texture or any other color & pattern. <

    Thanks for the hint - though I'd already given that a try. It makes the object glow, but doesn't even come close to acting like a light source.

  5. Greetings from Nashville!

    For those of you who might be interested, we now have available a VW tool that allows users to insert video devices, like projection screens, plasma televisions, CRT monitors, and LED arrays in their drawings.

    This tool was inspired by the many projects that I've been doing that involved projection screens. I was dealing w. many "what ifs" w. my


    "What if we changed the screen size?"

    "Where would the projector need to be placed?"

    "Would you show me a picture of what things would look like w. different images on different screens?"

    "Will 4:3 or 16:9 work better?"

    Sound familiar?

    I was more than happy to give my clients what they wanted, but a lot of this was proving to be fairly time consuming. W. needing to modify masked light sources, change images, and correct screen borders, a simple size change might have taken 30 -45 minutes. No longer. Now, more like 1 minute (or less).

    If you'd like more info, please visit www.landrudesign.com/VideoScreen.htm

    or http://www.jonker-wu.nl/videoscreen/.


  6. Greetings!

    3 features that are really needed are:

    1) Volumetric rendering / atmospheric lighting effects.

    2) A "glow" parameter for objects. Especially needed for creating realistic flourescent and neon tubes, as well as rope light.

    3) A "Like" command. Explanation: When in the OI box or a tool-bar value box, the user would hit a hot key (such as "="). VW would then let the user use either the ruler tool or the protractor tool to measure a value from pre-existing drawing geometry. That value would then end up in the OI or tool-bar space. No more having to write things down...

    Regards -

    C. Andrew Dunning

    Landru Design


  7. Where/how can I get more detailed information on Spotlight? I and several colleagues are current LD Assistant/Studio users. Because VW9 does not allow that plug-in to work, we are now faced with 4 options:

    1) Stay with LDA/S and VW 8.5.2 indefinitely.

    2) Switch to LDA for AutoCAD.

    3) Switch to Spotlight.

    4) Switch to one of the other plug-ins for either AutoCAD or VW.

    Thank you.


    C. Andrew Dunning

    Landru Design

    Nashville, TN

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