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  1. Hello, I have been experimenting with rendering gobo recently. And I seem to get a ring of light spill around the shape of the gobo. Is there a way to fix/get rid of this? Please see the image below to see what I mean. Also, the breakup shapes seem to be really low quality. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks, Ryan
  2. Hey Guys, some times i have an issue where fixtures at not appearing on my plan yet all the classes and layers are on, the only way to make the fixture re appear is to turn off the class and turn it back on, after doing that the fixtures re appear until i move or zoom the page and they become transparent again. i know they are still there since when i select them they become selected in orange yet they are still transparent. has anyone ever seen this? Thanks Andrew
  3. Hello I am selling my Vectorworks 2017 + Spotlight License transferable to a new owner. Contact for details. ryan.dunbarsa@gmail.com
  4. What is the current consensus on pc/mac specs for optimal rendering/operational performance with VW Spotlight 2017? Currently running: HP Zbook 17 G3 Processor Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1535M v5 @ 2.90GHz, 2904 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s) Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 64.0 GB Adapter Type Quadro M4000M, NVIDIA compatible And running into severe lag in most layers/views.
  5. Vectorworks Spotlight 2017 SP3. Navigation pallet has unexpectedly gone blank. Reinstall does not fix the problem. Restarting the system does not fix it. Any thoughts?
  6. I was an early adopter of Vision but have not used it for some time. Can anyone tell me what one can and cannot do when rendering an image in Vision now that VW and Vision are integrated? I don't recall what the feature is called, but you can export an image file with better quality images than what you would have with standard "operational" OPEN GL meaning the rendering you see when working in real time. Here is what I suppose I would really like to know: - Can I export from VW into Vision using all of my existing VW textures? - When exporting still images at higher quality, do those textures appear the way they would in final quality Rendtrworks? (i.e. reflections, bumps, transparencies) I am assuming not as I do not believe that was ever the case before, but perhaps there have been some changes with the integration?
  7. Hello- How do I prevent data visualization from affecting my label legends? I do not want to change the color of the container or the text in it.
  8. I would like VW to create a FROST or SOFT FOCUS function for the Spotlight Instrument tool. This would help visualise the effect of varying grades of frost filter and would be especially helpful when rendering shutters cuts and gobos that need to have a soft focus applied. Could I suggest Rosco 132, Rosco 119, and Rosco 114 as a good start. Many thanks Mark
  9. Hello All, Whenever I create seating sections there is no longer a seating count worksheet created. I can manually run a report, but it isn't formatted and doesn't include seating totals. Any ideas? I have searched all over the forum and cant find anything. Thanks, Capp
  10. Hello, I have a mayor problem which I just discovered in the Spotlight module. When I select a random lighting instrument and select "Edit" and perform a random edit, VW crashes immediately. This happens on all the Mac's we use VW on. Also we discovered an issue with Inserting Lighting Positions, this feature is not working properly anymore. I would appreciate a quick reaction on these issues !! Pelle Herfst Lighting Designer Westerdoksdijk 679 NL 1013 BX Amsterdam The Netherlands-EEC T: +31 20 62 06 212 M: +31 6 53 15 18 77 E: pelle@rapenburgplaza.nl W: www.rapenburgplaza.com
  11. I'd like to be able to manually clip the video screen coverage zone, eg at venue walls.
  12. I'd like to request a plugin tool to create cable swags. Sometimes you want to show the crew where their cable swags should drop off. Step 1: draw a line Step 2: choose the start height and end height. Step 3: choose how much swag or droop to have Optional: Maybe the tool can calculate how much cable is in that run.
  13. Someone on the team probably can make a festoon / bistro lighting tool/plugin. Step 1: draw a polyline Step 2: choose how much vertical swag to use OR the difference between the start and end heights Step 3: choose what symbol to use for the bulbs Step 4: choose the interval at which bulbs appear. Maybe default to every 2ft?
  14. I am trying to create a custom house light fixture, it's an Altman Downlight Chalice. I have imported the .dwg of it, converted it into a lighting lighting symbol. Now I want to use the Photometrics file that Altman provides which is an .ies file. I have looked all over and cannot find a way to import and assign that to a custom fixture. Anybody have any ideas? Or am I looking at this totally wrong?
  15. Noticed that my lighting fixtures (spotlight - theatrical symbols - all custom) keep disappearing when I zoom. I thought maybe there was a scale discrepancy, but after checking that and checking to make sure that my class and layer options are all correct, I started futzing with the Fixture Mode dropdown. When I am able to select the fixtures, even if their fixture mode is already set to none, if I grab that dropdown menu and set them to none again, suddenly they don't disappear. This is true across the board, no matter what symbol or what fixture mode. Setting them to none makes them all stay. Edit: Day 2 - I have to do this once every time I open the file. And it seems that syncing with Lightwright also makes me have to do this again. Running VW2017 2012 Macbook Pro OS X El Capitan VW 10.11.6 2.6 GHZ Intel Core i7 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Ram NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB
  16. Hello all, I am looking for a way to make a custom sized truss with 3 sides containing ladder bars and one side open. This is an example of what I mean: http://www.tomcatglobal.com/Products/Dance-Tower/ Any suggestions on how to do this? Thank you!
  17. When attempting to label fixtures using the label legend the properties selected are not stored. Once properties are selected under the edit fields prompt, I attempt to apply them to a symbol (edit layout) and there is nothing to layout. When entering the dialog again, there are none of the previously selected fields still selected. Whats up with this!
  18. Hey VW Friends, working on rending some 3d shots of a design we are working on for a project and i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong. any time i try fast or final render works i just get a solid colour Crop. but yet in open GL i can see my full shot, what is also interesting is in Open GL not all my lights turn on, yet they are all duplicated from the first one thats turned on. for my final render work i figured it could also be my Ambient lighting was too dark at 12% so i upped it to 75% and all i got was a more Brown Screen instead of black, i attached that screenshot too. I guess i'm trying to figure out the best render settings for presenting my projects that all the lights are on and i have a nice dark ambient lighting, Thanks in advanced VW Friends. Andrew Total Events
  19. I have placed a lighting instrument (S4) on a light position using the spotlight instrument insertion tool For some reason, the instrument appears beneath the lighting position and is faded (looks like it's grayed). As far as I can tell, everything about the instrument is ok, it just doesn't display properly. I earlier inserted some instruments and these all display fine; they are full brightness and on top of the pipe. I can copy these older instruments onto a pipe and they work fine when copied. However, the instruments inserted by selecting an instrument in the resource browser and inserting it don't display correctly. What did I do that makes these instruments dim? When I click on the ones that display correctly and the ones that don't, I cannot see any difference in the object info. They are both on the lighting position, they both have their fields filled in, etc. They are both on the same layer and class, although the new one looks like it's on a grayed layer. I tried send to front and it didn't help. Both the instrument and its data are grayed.
  20. Every time a screen gets dropped in one of our drawings, we need to know the optical center of the screen to optimize the projection scaffolding setup. It would be outstanding if the OIP of the screen object would just tell you what that measurement was instead of having to draw a 3D dimension in a front elevation (which can be a chore in and of itself) or worse yet, having to actually do foot and inch math in your head! The way I see it, the plugin is already calculating the center of the screen, because the projector position can be set to "Screen Center." All we need is an entry showing what that dimension is! Thanks, Joel
  21. When I use the Align and Distribute Items tool in Spotlight, Vectorworks crashes. Thoughts?
  22. Hi, I have a clean install of Vectorworks Spotlight 2017 SP2. I have used the straight Truss tool to create a Lighting Position. This worked fine initially. Now when I change the z height of the truss the truss dissapears, in 3d and in Top/Plan view. I don't understand what is going on here. Any help much appreciated. See attached files for details. diappearing_truss.mp4 benlight_demo_show01A.vwx
  23. I have just upgraded from VW 2015 to VW 2017, and now having a problem with the accessory insertion tool. First I place a lighting unit on the plot using the instrument insertion tool. Select the instrument insertion tool. Select a non-static accessory (such as a scroller) via the pull-down menu (note in the displayed window, that the data record indicates the device type as an "Accessory" Click on the front of the unit to place the scroller, click to set the angle of the scroll, and click on the unit to connect the unit to the instrument. The scroller will be placed on the plot successfully, but if you look in the object info, you will note that the device type is Static Accessory rather than simply Accessory. As a workaround, I can manually change the device type, but the is obviously less than ideal. UPDATE - After talking to Tech Support at VectorWorks, this seems to be a bug. It has been referred to engineering.
  24. Hi All, So I started experimenting with adding movement circles into the 3D component of my Lighting Devices. These are circle objects with a dashed line type, flipped up into the appropriate 3d space. They are great for 3d sections I've been generating. However, it appears that these 2d objects do not move appropriately when Set 3d Orientation is used. The circles are grouped appropriately inside the symbol with the appropriate Part and so forth, so I do not think it is built incorrectly. Furthermore, as soon as I convert the circle to a 3D Poly and refresh instruments, it immediately moves to the correct location. This is less than, because then I cannot easily make it a dashed line type. Thoughts? Thanks, Ben
  25. I have one resource library in my Resource Browser favorites that is displaying duplicate folders in the hierarchy structure. Any explanation to why it does this? Clicking on both folders takes me to the same correct folder. Thanks. C