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  1. Hello, I am kind of new on Python but not on Vectorworks. I have a custom symbol that contains 2 text labels: one contains a number like "2,43", the other is always the same text not attached to the database. I need to get read that "2,43" and later do the contrary: be able to write into the field in the symbol another number. some ideas?
  2. Hello all .... I realize this is something I should have figured out a long time ago -- however .... The Spotlight tools are chocolate-- ie - insert a projector, speaker, array, etc .. The Spotlight libraries are peanut butter - ie. L'acoustics, Panasonic, etc ... How to I make a Reese's ?? (insert the library symbol into the plugin tool?) thanks e
  3. Ethan R.

    AutoHybrid with Data

    How come if I use the the "AutoHybrid" I lose all ability to use the PIO data? Catch-22 - Can't make an AutoHyrbrid of a Symbol and keep the data - Can't make an AutoHybrid of a Group to make a symbol with data am I missing something?
  4. I have inserted some Elation Platinum Spot 15R Pros into my lighting plot. They render just fine on the plot and in 3D, however when I switch a sheet layer with a viewport of the plot, they do not show. In fact, colour scrollers and other accessories aren't showing either in viewports. The symbol is being recognized, as I can hover over a dotted circular outline where it should be, but nothing is showing: What might be causing this?
  5. How to change insertion point for a symbol? for a 2D, 3D and hybrid symbol.
  6. I would love to see the Replace With Symbol… command offer the option to keep the user input scale. Right now, when I replace a symbol who's scale I have modified, it reverts to none. This is an action I perform all the time, and having the symbols revert to none forces me to re-scale everything, more than doubling the amount of time the operation should take. Also related, let's combine Replace... & Replace With Symbol... Perhaps there is a reason for two seperate commands, but I have yet to figure out what that is. Combining those, and expanding the dialog to allow all the various options (class, record format, etc.), as well as full access to the resources browser would be fantastic.
  7. Wesley Burrows

    Atomic Design - Diamond - 3D Symbol

    Anyone have one? Tight deadline and haven't had great luck with timely responses from them. https://www.atomicdesign.tv/rental/category/backdrops/diamond/ Thank you in advance!
  8. Avaysse

    Curtain Wall Design

    So I'm designing a curtain wall that spans 2 floors and each have windows in them on 2 separate floors. Is it ok to design the symbol as one plug in object as if it were a window spanning two floors or am I building this wrong altogether. It seemed easier to just design it as one piece rather than design 2 separate systems that are slightly different one from the other. Will I run into problems down the line when making my window schedule? When I used to draw it in 2D, the whole curtain wall system would be under a single "window type" that would be considered as one curtain wall with casements where indicated. Maybe I'm overthinking this but I would love to get some feedback as to how some of you would handle designing a simple two story "storefront" system". Thanks
  9. Heblon

    Scale Symbols in Marionette

    Hey There, after a few days of learning Marionette I started creating some small Objects I've always missed in VW. Right now i started creating a small Tool that places a Hybrid height signature wich labels itself because I really hate my Multistamp workaround. This is just a first function test so be patient It places a Hybrid Symbol and moves it on the z-axis and labels it with the value used to move it. I would like to scale text size and symbol size with one parameter by I don't know how to scale the symbol. I thought about transforming the symbol into a group and then scale it or might there be a direkt way like the rotation angle accessible with the BIM-Node "Symbol"? Cheers!
  10. Is it possible to change the colour of an object within a symbol depending on the value of an attached record format value. Example: If "Single phase" is selected in the attached record format data, part of the symbol will be highlighted blue, but it it is changed to "three phase" it the assigned object in the symbol is changed to red.... Similar to "link text to record"... but not with text.
  11. HI all, Trying to find a decent 2d/3d symbol for a 19' Scissor lift and a single manliest - anyone have an assist Thanks Ethan
  12. I once had a great library of 2D Top view people - was great with men / woman and superhero (Hulk and Clark!) Wondering if any one remembers where that was? I wish VectorWorks had a better library of figures. This is one are I feel that is lagging for VectorWorks all around. One of these days I hope that one of us gets it together and creates a repository !
  13. Hello everyone, I am using a Symbol to define a feature in a Volume which repeats itself X number of times, this Symbol is being used inside different Symbols repeatedly. The Problem is the Symbol won't refresh unless i go inside of each sybol, only then it will refresh. Is there a way to have all Symbol instances refresh without having to go into-and out of each Symbol? Thank you!
  14. Bas Vellekoop

    symbol > look at working plane

    I was working on a symbol and wanted to use the 'set working plane' tool. I am able to set the working plane inside the symbol, but not able to use the 'look at working plane' button. This only happens when I'm on a sheet layer and open the symbol from the resource browser. Is there a specific reason this is not possible?
  15. I'm creating symbols and choosing the Insert as Group option. Text displaying symbol name in Resource Manager is black. Older symbol from Favorites inserts as group (expected). Text is black for that one, too. Shouldn't these have blue text in the Resource Manager? Even the tip box at bottom of Create Symbol dialog indicates that the Insert as Group option causes the blue theme in Resource Manager list. These symbols do appear in the blue theme if accessed from the list via Symbol Insertion Tool pref >Select a Symbol Definition. These symbols do have a tiny blue marker in the Replace Symbol list, but not blue name text or thumbnail border. But icons and text is black in the Resource Manager. v2017 example attached. In the file, open the Resource Manager, note the symbol named "Symbol as Group - Test". No blue. Place an instance on the drawing by dragging from the Resource Manager list. It manifests as a group, as expected. Enable the Place Symbol tool and click the Select a Symbol Definition button to open the symbol list (similar to the Resource Manager). The symbol displays with blue theme. -B BlueSymbolTest.vwx
  16. I'm having a problem creating a basic 2D/3D symbol. Sometimes, I'll have no 2D representation of my symbol and my 2D drawing is merged into my 3D drawing. I've read through the guides and have made sure that I'm drawing all my 3D word in the correct views and the 2D work in Top/Plan. I then, will select both drawings from Top/Plan view and align them together. While still selected, I then I will create symbol. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn't. Does the stacking order matter? Does the object position in 3D matter? I've tried the following: - Aligned both bottom axes to each other in 3D, then in Top/Plan aligned there centers. - Aligned both top axes to each other in 3D, then in Top/Plan aligned there centers. - Stacked the 2D object over the 3D object (Send to Front) - Stacked the 3D object over the 2D. Basically my 2D is carrying over to my 3D object and I can not figure out why... Thanks for any help!
  17. Version 1.0.0


    This Example shows, hot to have a any (complex as you want) geometry with a parametric length (available by the yards). The Geometry was not modeled and parameterized in the script. But this is the advantage which this example shows. So take every geometry (import files etc) and just "cut" the length you need. Thats how this script works. It cuts away from a maximal part length (input as symbol) to the length you need. You can make an own symbol and rename the symbol input of the script. The Symbol cross-section now is limited to one meter. You can edit the script and increase this if necessary. Or look at this, with this method, you can model frame and installation plate in your script. The "fill" you can make with the method of this example script.
  18. Hi all, When two identical symbols with the same record format are inserted in a wall, this record format can´t be edited, but if the symbols are not in a wall then the record format can be edited. I´m on Win10 and VW 2017SP3 Cheers, Juan
  19. Bas Vellekoop

    Creating a bill of materials

    I`m trying to create a bill of materials for a table design. The idea was to create a worksheet to count all the symbols in the design (every part of the table is a symbol) and add a column to type a description for every symbol. But this doesnt seem to be possible. Is this correct? I want to add text in the blue part. If this is not possible: Probably attaching record is the way to go. Only me is told that i have to 'reload/replace' all the symbols on al the design layers to give it the record/info I attached to the symbol. Is there a way to attach the record to symbol and 'send' the information in it to all exciting symbols without replacing them? Thanks!
  20. Ryanlawrence94

    LED Tape Lighting Symbol

    I had a quick search but I couldn't find anything. Is there a function in Vectorworks Spotlight 2017 that allows me to insert a lighting symbol at different lengths? So the length of the symbol is variable? For instance, when I draw LED tape the length is never a set amount. It is normally set to the size of scenery or buildings. Which means there are sometimes over 10 different lengths the symbol can be. Which makes reports and instrument summaries a nightmare. I think it will be really useful if there was a tool in which you could choose the type of LED Tape (For example RGBW @ 8w per meter). And be able to draw the tape live on the plan. Sort of like how the truss tool works but more of a click and drop like system (So you can create curved tape). It would then be useful for this to automatically be a singular lighting symbol and add information to the `Light Info" records. For example standard lantern information such as Unit Numbers, Circuit Numbers, Purposes, Positions. And additionally new information such as automatic Tape lengths, splits, and final wattages calculated from the watts per meter given and the variable length. I think when it comes to the instrument summary it would be useful if there was just one symbol that showed a section of the length. Named for example RGBW LED Tape. At the moment this is possible but the build list is flooded with 10 different lighting symbols for LED Tape. I know you can choose to hide/show symbols in the build list but symbol management would be so much organised. Let me know if this does or does not exist. Hopefully, I haven't been too oblivious. Many Thanks, Ryan Lawrence
  21. Is there a way to place a symbol multiple times in a drawing but edit only one of them? For instance, I have a toilet symbol on one design layer that I want in a solid line and the same toilet symbol in another design layer that I want to show in a dotted line. Is that possible?
  22. jc4d

    Replacing symbols

    Hi all, Since the last two SP if I replace a symbol with some Record ofrmat attached this records doesn´t update to the new symbol, it "remembers" the record format from the old symbol. I´m on Win10, VW 2017 SP3 Cheers, Juan
  23. Is it possible to resize symbols (Stretch them using grips) and not have the symbol "smear?" For example, if I draw two "concentric" rectangles centered over eachother with equal offsets between each edge, turn that into a symbol, and stretch the edges using the grips, the offset distances change and become unequal. How can i maintain the equal offset within symbols? Are there constraints that can be applied to the linework within the symbol to prevent the 'smear?' I want to prevent the asymetric stretching of edges. Thanks.
  24. The issues with Vectorworks 2017 is stacking up. The latest issue is that some symbols are simply disappearing. It disappears when opening the documents in the morning, I don't think they disappear while in session. Funny is that it leaves a locus point with the symbol's record format attached... Anyone having similar problems? Any solutions?
  25. Greetings, I'm creating a few versions of the Tomcat TC1212-AHB symbol at different angles. I duplicated the symbol and edited to make a 45° version. There is a simplified shape that I cannot seem to select. In Edit 3D mode, the outline of the box is in blue. The second screen shot is what I have at the moment. How do I select the blue line shape to edit? Thanks, Scott


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