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  1. Any thoughts as to why Absolute Address would not be visible as an available field when exporting the *.xml for Lightwright exchange? In a new drawing it appears correct, but is missing in my working file. New Drawing Missing in my working file.
  2. Hi all, I am working in VW Braceworks SP3.1. I heard that VW created a easy to use report for creating hoist paperwork. From what I am reading this option should be in the drop down menu Spotlight>Reports>Create Hoist Report. My problem is that it simply is not there. Am I over looking something or is this a technical problem? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,
  3. Hi it's my first time using lighting devices in Vectorworks. Is there any way you can edit a device so I can open up the barn doors of the spotlight? I can't seem to figure it out if it's possible. Any help would be great. If you do have a way please give me step by step instructions. Thanks Ami
  4. Hi guys, Unless I have missed it somewhere - but... it would be great to include additional mounting solutions for loudspeakers which are installed (semi/permanently) not just flow from rigging I see there is up/down yoking etc - could there be an on/in wall mount option?.. with/without yoke?... Could this be integrated with in/on wall plugin types so that when the wall moves so does the object? How about pendant loudspeakers hung from ceilings (I guess an adaptation of ceiling speakers)? ... That would be awesome. Thoughts?.... R
  5. Hello, I'm having an issue with a project I started in a new document in Spotlight, but it's now its not allowing me to: A- change container types, and B- see the symbol when editing fields. I've also tried creating a label legend from a lighting device and it just gives me an error saying "There's no valid label legend assigned to the lighting device." I opened a new document to see if I can easily make a legend and it worked, no problem. Not sure if I accidently deleted or changed something that I shouldn't have. Anyone have any ideas? Worst case scenario, is there a good way to transfer the architecture to a new document? Preliminary- Evangel.vwx
  6. Hi, I am laying out some ceiling loudspeakers across multiple floors of a leisure building for a background music, paging and PA/VA system. I inserted them in to my design layer using the speaker tool, and used a brand/model which was similar to the product I am going to choose later. Now I want to change the model, I have tried to select all the ceiling speakers on my current design layer (there are more) and change them using the Select Symbol button in the OIP... but it doesn't work. I select the symbol from Resource Manager and click select, but it looks like only the first speaker object I selected actually changes. I can do it one-by-one just not in bulk. Am I doing something wrong or is this not how the tool should work ? Thanks, R
  7. Hello, Is there any way that you can adjust the dispersion range/hatch associated with a speaker object so that it is bound within the walls of a room it is placed in? I am creating a number of neighbouring rooms with ceiling speakers, but don't want a the dispersion hatch/range of the neighbouring room interfering/overlapping my other rooms. Any ideas welcome, Thanks R
  8. Hi all, I'm new to spotlight so forgive me if this is a simple question. How can I change the appearance of the dispersion range? I'd like to change the hatch pattern for starters. Will this change be applied to all speakers in my drawing or do I need to apply it separately to multiple same or different types. thanks, R
  9. Hi all Wondering if someone can advise me? I'm using Spotlight 2021 and having a problem with the lighting pipe tool. It stuck at a fixed length of 4.537" for a reason I can't figure out. No mater what size pipe I try to draw, that's the length the pipes are stuck to being. And these tiny pipes don't look like the normal scaffold pipes ... just a tiny straight line with a couple of markers on them. Any advice would be really appreciated as I can figure out what I've clicked to makes his happen. Thanks and best wishes Andy Lowe
  10. Really loving this very handy tool. Could you increase the size of the input boxes (e.g. prefix) so I can see larger strings of text? This tool comes in so handy to do smart text find/replace with numbering the prefix could be 10-30 characters long! Additional thought - would it be possible to see a preview, of, say the first 5 items, before committing the update (of course you can undo, but... a quick preview would be good) Thanks, R
  11. The hoist tool seems to no longer have a "load weight" field in VW2021. I used this field to create simple rigging worksheets for the last several years. Now I am struggling to find a way to make my old workflow work. Has anyone else run into this and found a workaround? I don't have Braceworks, and don't intend to make that purchase anytime soon given the way 2020 went...
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  13. Hi all, Any clue why this paperwork show this kind of X and Y coordinates when... - I've set the 0,0 on down stage center - All my lighting devices have a label legend that shows their X and Y coordinate which seem correct (see image, legend X and Y location is placed under the device) - I've set the report to show X and Y Location which shows a million decimals - I've set the document settings to 1mm in precision, no commas - The user origin is set to down stage edge - I've changed the cell to no decimals - I've tried different version of cell formatting, but the result is the same Thanks all!
  14. Hi All, When using the speaker tool, you can only add one main bumper within the speaker array tool. It's kind of weird that you are able to use three speaker types with no bumper between them. For example, a configuration with a 4 x K1-SB, 16 x K1, and 4 x K2 underhang. The K1 and K2 connection officially needs a underhang bumper. Would be nice to see this feature in the new service pack or the software release.
  15. Just placed a bit of Christie Lites 7'10" F-Type truss in a drawing straight out of the VW library... As you may be able to see from the attached screenshot, when in OpenGL (or anything other than Wireframe) the truss does not render, however, is still there as it highlights when hovered over and is selectable. I did have other truss in the drawing that was rendering absolutely fine. I have also tried in a blank file and checked the 3D component to make sure that it's solid. Can't work out what's going on after having a good look. Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks!
  16. I've tried to use the cable tool in VW2021. A few suggestions: For the data cable tool there should be a way to turn off the "extra length" field. (I see this request going back a few years). It would be convenient to be able to select multiple fixtures at once and assume they daisy chain together in order. This would be faster than selecting each fixture by itself. The tools don't appear to work on fixtures in schematic view. It draws the cable in the 3D view which is usually at a right angle to the schematic view and thereby invisible. Thanks. -Ed
  17. I'm having an issue with numbering instruments in spotlight. For whatever reason, the lights do not properly increment from fixture to fixture. This has happened in multiple files, so perhaps its the symbol or maybe its a bug? Regardless, I'll include a video to show whats happening. You'll see that I set the channel to increment by 1 and the dmx address to increment by its footprint, which is 17.... VW Numbering Issue.mov
  18. Hi All! I'm trying to sync up my plot and LW6 file and it's not going too well. The data in 3 custom user fields are completely wrong in my plot updating from 2019 to 2021. Anybody else experiencing this?
  19. Hey everyone! I started to use VWX Spotlight in 2019 and I always face with some-kind of unpredictable issues that I used to think would be a "one button solution" for such a software. Most annoying thing is that it's not possible to make a report with counts of weight and wattage for the hanging position because weight and wattage are the text fields. But! My friend spend about 1,5 hrs in pyth and wrote script that converts those fields in numbers in one column and text in another(kg/w/etc.*) please find pics below. This script even adds those parameters in Basic reports as an option to choose. Well, my main question is: Why WVX inc. cannot do the same function as a stock in the spotlight(I've seen some topics about that issue before in this forum)? I don't know python lang(hope someday I will learn it) but I do really want and need some kind of this option to be in the Spotlight. It would be perfect if would be automated report as "Position summary". Am I missing something? Any thoughts? PS: yes I know that this report doesn't include truss weight but I hope WVX inc. will make this "one button solution" one day with calculation of weights not only for the lighting units but for speaker arrays and projectors as well.
  20. I work primarily in the entertainment/events industry, but have recently purchased some land and would like to develop my site plan with VW. I only have the Spotlight license and understand that the site model tools (among others) aren't available without Architect/Landmark. I'm trying to avoid the expense of an additional license for a one-off personal project. Does anyone have any good workarounds for creating topography of a site using more rudimentary tools? I don't mind a bit of added manual work to get it done. Many thanks!
  21. I'm enjoying working with the new version of Plot and Model view, Schematics, but I would be even happier with it if the data was linked both ways. I'm using it where I have a handful of stacked ladder like positions where I keep my 3D true fixtures in their positions relative in space, have one set of schematics for my sheets in relation to the true position as well as a second set of schematics placed elsewhere in my file. If the schematic views could correctly add, delete, number, etc (what my second set of schematics would be for).... that would speed up my workflow instead of trying to find my fixture under a handful of other pipes to delete or adjust. Currently if I delete a fixture on a schematic rigging point it won't delete from the true position, as well as not correct show it's rotation.
  22. Hello, I'm trying to make a Prolyte H30V top plate 30x30cm. I already made a base version, and that works fine. Now i'm trying to make a upside down version which not work properly. When trying to connect to the truss, the plate automaticly rotates with the pins facing up. I was already playing with starting / endpoints but unfortunately it doesn't work out. Has anybody a solution or experiences on this subject?
  23. I updated to vectorworks 2020, and I can't find the Spotlight Numbering tool. I've done some searches online, but there is nothing about it. The AutoNumber tool is there, but when I select it nothing happens. I read somewhere about it being part of the legacy tool set, but I don't know how to find that either. Attached is a screenshot of my dropdown menu.
  24. I'm currently working on a couple of plug ins that need to interact with Spotlight Hanging Positions. The first thing i'm trying to do is get the total length of a hanging position. Thanks to some excellent topics and replies from @Sam Jones and @JBenghiat I've got my head around accessing the objects within the hanging position group, and the different kinds of objects I may expect to find within, and iterating through the objects to get the total length. My question is: For HP's containing Truss PIOs is it better practice to use the TrussItem parametric record or the Truss Record for getting the length? From what I can gather the TrussItem Length field is affected by the units of the active documents units, whereas Truss Record appears to always be in metric mm. I think using the Truss Record probably makes more sense as then I have a consistent set of units and don't need to worry about logic to work out the units of measurement. I just wanted to try and get some confirmation if my thinking was in fact true or if i've missed something. Secondly for HP made up of individual symbols (so no truss record) is there a way to get either the symbols total length or the even more directly the HPs total length? For bonus points are there any good resources floating around that deal with the inner mechanics of Spotlight? Pretty much everything I've managed to do with spotlight so far has had to be learnt through trail and error! Thank you in advance
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