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  1. Scholarships awarded to 30 students for 20 winning projects in 2019 Vectorworks Design Scholarship Columbia, MD (October 16, 2019)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. continues to support the next generation of designers, naming Kristopher Clemson winner of the 2019 Richard Diehl Award, the grand prize for the Vectorworks Design Scholarship. With over 1,600 submissions, scholarships were awarded to 20 student projects from the architecture, entertainment, landscape and interior design industries. Winners included both individual and group submissions. The winning project, “The Octagon,” submitted by Clemson, a recent graduate of Full Sail University and founder of Bifröst Lighting LLC, focuses on lighting design, Vision and MA 3D renderings. Clemson used Vision alongside Vectorworks Spotlight to help with previsualization and implementing MA lighting on a PC. “It is an incredible honor to receive this scholarship and to be the first entertainment winner of the Richard Diehl Award,” said Clemson. “As my first time applying to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I struggled with the design process, but the usability, flexibility and overall presentation was achievable with Vectorworks software. I advise anyone looking to apply next year to suffer for your art and to ensure you have a well-balanced life of creativity surrounding yourself with creative mentors and friends.” In addition to the Richard Diehl Award winner, we congratulate the regional scholarship winners selected by an international panel of design, academic and media professionals. Submissions were evaluated based on design integrity, originality, the effective use of computer technology and communication of design vision. Here are the winning projects: ARCHITECTURE WINNERS: · “Caretaker’s House” by Tom Hudson-Davies, Aarhus School of Architecture (Arkitektskolen Aarhus) · “Collage City” by Alex Wong and Ningxin Huang, Columbia University · “Cultura Gastronomy Centre” by Jeremy Shigemitsu, British Columbia Institute of Technology · “Haus der Begegnung Halberstadt” by Julia Fehling, Technical University of Braunschweig (Technische Universität Braunschweig) · “Listotektura” by Marina Georgieva, Birmingham City University · “Microcosmes: Sublimation Des Paysages Inconscients” by Pauline Soulenq, Charlotte Batifoulier, Matthieu Faria and Elisabeth Sala, National School of Architecture of Clermont-Ferrand (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Clermont-Ferrand) · “PROTOCELL_00” by Monika Kalinowska and Denys Karandiuk, University of Applied Arts Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien) · “Wasserschloss” by Geraldine Recker and Saida Brückner, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich) · “Wooden Crown” by Mickael Minghetti and Karol Wojtas, Delft University of Technology (Technische Universiteit Delft) INTERIOR DESIGN WINNERS: · “Indoor Community Park: De Potterij” by Robin van Vemde, Thomas More Mechelen · “Pawilon Plansza” by Weronika Kempińska and Marta Kluba, Academy of Fine Arts Władysław Strzemiński in Łódź (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Władysława Strzemińskiego w Łodzi) · “Raum für Abschied” by Claudia Hynek, Darmstadt College (Hochschule Darmstadt) LANDSCAPE WINNERS: · “Amphibian Orinoquia” by Ekaterina Trosman and Christian Cueva, University of Pennsylvania · “Dreiklang Landschaft” by Jonathan Sironi and Marie-Luise Tschirner, Technical University Dresden (Technische Universität Dresden) · “IMBROS: Marine Experience and Gastro Tourism” by Zeynep Gulsah Aygun, Istanbul Technical University (İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi) · “Kalmthout Centraal: Trap de Heide in Gang!” by Brent van den Bossche, University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen) · “Les Toits d’Ardoines” by Zacharie Malan, University of Lorraine (Université de Lorraine) · “Rewitalizacja Obszaru Przed Dworcem Nadoddrze We Wrocławiu” by Kinga Sadowska, University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw (Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wrocławiu) ENTERTAINMENT WINNERS: · “Pyura: The 333 Tour” by Mauro Pujia, Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) “We congratulate all winners of this year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship, and we hope these scholarships play a fundamental role in their education,” said Vectorworks Marketing Programs Director Alice Lowy. “Each year, we receive more submissions and are always impressed with the quality of work the next generation of designers come up with.” In addition to the monetary awards, winners received free Vectorworks educational software licenses for their schools and complimentary training for faculty and students. Visit the Vectorworks Design Scholarship web gallery to view the winning designs and runner-up projects. Interested students may sign up for notifications regarding future scholarship awards. About Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning design and BIM software provider serving the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Creating intuitive software since 1985, we’ve become the preeminent software built to manage the entire design process. Globally more than 685,000 users are creating, connecting and influencing the next generation of design with Vectorworks on Mac and Windows. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Newbury and London, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net or follow @Vectorworks. ###
  2. Entertainment Industry Specialist Vectorworks Inc. is a global software product company targeting entertainment, architecture and landscape industries with enterprising and intuitive solutions that allow users to create unique designs and 3D visualizations. We are looking for an Entertainment Product Specialist that will be responsible for establishing rapport with potential and actual customers as well as other industry influencers. The goal of this position is to provide consultation, industry expertise, and training services for customers, prospects, and our internal teams. What’s in it for you? The Entertainment Product Specialist will liaise regularly with members of our sales and marketing teams, the R&D department, as well as senior company managers. You will interact daily with entertainment industry professionals and impact the future of 3D modeling CAD software. Work with the Vectorworks product suite on a range of projects in a collaborative team environment. Our company encourages work life balance and idea generation as we continue to leverage technology to advance our products for our users’ needs. In this role, you should expect to: Maintain an advanced understanding of the Vectorworks products and competitors in the Lighting, Scenic, AV, and Event industries. Discover and act upon speaking, sponsorship, and networking opportunities with industry organizations, trade shows, and academic institutions. Create and deliver marketing presentations and product demonstrations for users and prospects at various user group meetings, trade shows, and other events. Cultivate and provide customized online and one-on-one training and detailed product demonstrations for prospects. Work closely with the sales and customer success teams to understand the customer’s needs, desires, and complaints. Identify and supporting business development opportunities. Contribute to internal staff and channel education about the entertainment industry. Other duties as assigned. Why do you want this job? Because you are: A designer looking for the opportunity to do something more with your subject matter expertise A technologist with a passion for how software can impact the entertainment industry. Naturally training or teaching others how to leverage tools and workflows to improve their design goals. Why do we want you? Because you have: A Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree or equivalent work experience. 4+ years related work experience. Experience working in a company environment on live events and performances. (strongly desired) High proficiency in CAD and Pre-viz software. Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision preferred. Strong organizational skills for thorough planning and project execution. Comfort with speaking to large audiences. Ability to show initiative, multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines. A positive attitude and willingness to work with the team to achieve departmental goals. Vectorworks Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Please email recruiting@vectorworks.net if you have any questions about this position!
  3. I've used DMX transform for quite some time, only to move thing up and down, besides dealing with inches to figure out heights works great.. Today I wanted to rake a truss con "variable speed hoist" and found out the now (I believe this was not the case of old and beloved Vision 2.3) everything rotates around the local origin, this is also stated in the manual. Is there any workaround to get thing to rotate on the object axis? If not, I cannot figure out one good reason to rotate anything around the local origin in the entertainment world... Please someone explain what the benefit would be.... EDIT: I did find a workaround, if you place the whole object you want to move centered to the local origin in VW, it will rotate on its center. The only problem with that is that you have to move everything again in Vision in inches.... I really do hope I'm missing something here...
  4. Beforehand I think this is great and something we've asked for some time, so Thanks! On the other hand, I haven't found any information that specially shows how it works so here are some questions: - I am guessing that the "Channel" field has to be the Unit number, can this be changed? - I've tried to use the numbering tool to get the DMX address populated but haven't found it, is the patch window the only way to get it done? If so, this is something to reconsider... - I've seen the Vision data mapping has vanished and for what I've tried it uses the same fields as the patch window, is this correct? Is this editable?
  5. I'm involved with a project right now previz'ing with Vision 2019 (Windows 10) and GrandMA2 onPC. They are talking to each other via MAnet protocol. I have not yet had an opportunity to test Vision 2019 with a real desk. Will Vision 2019 listen to MAnet from MA Hardware (Full-Size, Light, etc.), or should I be prepared to output Art-Net or sACN? Thanks!
  6. Hello I am a newbie to Vision only a few days into it. I already have a large show that requires me to have a media inputs to the pre-vis. I don't see to much info on this but i was told Vision can support it. So question 1, how do you config the screens / led walls 2, how to get input to Vision via my media server. Can it be via CITP. Also after reading some of the posts regarding the video inputs to vision i hope it gets fixed really quick or i also have just spent a lot of $$ for not able to Pre-Vis a major part of programming shows.
  7. Hi ! Today I loose 12 Hours to connect Grand Ma3 ( run grandMA2 Os) to vision , without results . My question is : Is there a guide to make this ? My configuration : MA3 (grand MA 2 OS ) conected al my workstation trought a Zyxtel Switch (1Gb/s) . Ip adress of my NetworkCard : 192.168.0.220 . ip on Ma > 192.168.0.25 I changed more times all ip's. I installed 3 Time Vision 2019 Sp1 . Note: grandMA on PC connect succesfull to grandMA3 , withowt problems . Any solution
  8. What are the MINIMUM system requirements for Vision? On Windows: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1(64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit), a 2.5 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 2GB video card, and a mouse with a middle button or scroll wheel. On Mac: OSX 10.11 or later, a 2.5 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 2GB video card, and a mouse with a middle button or scroll wheel. For both PC and MAC, it requires a dedicated graphics card supporting GL_ARB_draw_buffers extension with 8GB of VRAM or more, preferably released in the past three years (e.g., NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 TI series, AMD Radeon RX 5000 series). We do not recommend any integrated Intel video chipset. While Vision may run, we do not support them due to their lack of performance and speed. For the full list of system requirements and system recommendations see Vectorworks System Requirements. Does Vision run on macOS? Yes, Vision is cross-platform and runs on the MAC and Windows operating systems. MAC OSX 10.11 or greater is the only requirement. The MAC version currently supports Artnet and sACN as DMX providers. All Vision licenses are cross-platform, allowing you to run on either PC or MAC. There is a known compatibility issue with macOS Nvidia Drivers. Please see the Tech Bulletin for complete details. How many lights can I run in Vision? The speed of your video card and rendering settings directly impacts the number of lights that you can run. Vision currently recommends the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or the AMD Radeon RX 5000 series both with 8+ GB of RAM. You can improve the performance of Vision by adjusting your Vision Preferences and Document Preferences to match the capabilities of your graphics card better. Turning off Render Shadows; Reducing the Texture, Shadow, Surface Light Quality; Rendering fixtures as black or turning off fixture rendering, and many other settings can significantly increase the performance of Vision. If you are running a slower video card and are still experiencing sub-optimal framerates, you should consider upgrading to a faster video card. What is a dongle? Do I need one to run Vision? A dongle is a USB key that contains your license information, including the number of universes that you own and subscription data. Vision 2018 Users: You need a dongle to run a 2018 Vision license. This device allows you to install Vision on as many machines as you choose, but it will only enable Vision to launch on the computer with the dongle attached. Vision 2019 or higher Users: You do not need a dongle to run a Vision License. However, if you need to use MA-Net as your DMX provider, MA Lighting requires the use of a dongle for Vision. The Vision dongle can be purchased directly from Vectorworks. MA Lighting does not currently support visualizer connectivity via MA-Net on the grandMA3. How many universes can I buy? Beginning with the launch of 2020, Vision Unlimited is the only professional purchasing option. What if I already own Vision or Vision Plus prior to 2020? Your Vision or Vision plus license will automatically be converted to an Unlimited license free of charge. Customers whose Vision license is active on a Service Select contract will automatically be transitioned to Vision 2020 as part of the benefits of the program. Customers will experience a slight increase to continue renewing their Service Select membership with Unlimited licenses. Customers who are not actively on a contract will be required to purchase the upgrade to 2020, but the transition from Vision or Vision Plus to Vision Unlimited is at no additional charge. Why is Vision Unlimited the only available option for 2020? The Lighting industry has grown in size so that anything less than Unlimited Universes is not sufficient anymore to visualize most professional shows. We want to ensure our customers are receiving the most practical and relevant product for this growing market. With the release of version 2020, we will be offering a free 2 Universe Vision license for those that are part of the Vectorworks (Spotlight, Designer) Service Select program and want to try Vision, or who only require a few Universes. How do I control Vision? Vision is listening for DMX-512. Any console or onPC/off-line editor that outputs Artnet, Hog- net, MA-net, or sACN can be used to control Vision. MAC product integration is limited to Artnet and sACN at this time. Will I ever have to buy the new version of Vision? You are not required to buy the latest version of Vision. However, Vision can be purchased with Vision Service Select, our annual Software Service program. Vision Service Select provides updates to new product releases, priority technical support, and access to newest library files while your agreement is active. Membership to Vision Service Select is renewed annually. How many lights are in the Vision fixture library? While the numbers are continually changing, you can be assured that the fixtures from the major manufacturers are included. These include High End, Martin, Coemar, Vari*lite, ETC, and many others. What if I need a fixture that isn't included in the library? Active Vision Unlimited customers are entitled to request a maximum of 4 lighting fixtures per 30 days, using the “FIXTURE REQUEST” form on the Vision product page. We will make every effort to provide that to you within 72 business hours, often sooner. Any other customer request would be put in the queue as fill in. What exactly is Update Dongle, Update Library and Update Vision? The Update Dongle contacts the Vectorworks server to update your dongle. Is should only be necessary to run the Update Dongle command when you renew your Vision Service Select agreement or when you want to view your contract expiration date. If you do not have a dongle, there is no need to run this command. The Update Library contacts a cloud-based internet server that all of our customers can access. When you access the Update Library server, it compares the latest library files against what you have on your computer and updates any files that have been added or changed. This ensures that you always have the most recent data available. We recommend that you access the Update Library server before you begin any major project. You must have an active Vision Service Select agreement to access the Update Library server. The Update Vision contacts the Vectorworks server to update your Vision software to the latest available service pack. Do you have a trial version? Yes. Vision has a free downloadable 30-day trial which will allow you to run Vision. This will allow you to test Vision's capabilities and see the superior quality of Vision. You will find sample files, DMX recordings, and detailed information regarding patch, etc. in the "Demo Documents" folder within your Vision Trial installation. INSTALLATION Do I need any other programs to install Vision? All necessary support files are included in the Vision installer package. Should I plug my Vision dongle in before I start the install? We recommend it. If your dongle is not handy at the time of installation, you can later run the updater by inserting your dongle and running the updater from your desktop or from the Vision folder to ensure you have the latest version of the library. Can I change the installation directory? Yes, you can. However, once installed, Vision will always look in the installation directory for the files it needs. If you need to relocate Vision, you will need to reinstall and connect to the patch server to update the new installation. Always backup any important files before attempting this, though. VISION How do I navigate in Vision? All navigation within Vision is accomplished using the middle mouse button. To pan up, down, or around, hold down the middle mouse button and move the mouse. To zoom in or out, hold Ctl+Alt and the middle mouse button and move the mouse in and out. To rotate the scene, press Alt and the middle mouse button and move the mouse. You can also use the tools that are provided in the tool window to zoom, rotate, pan, and tilt. Find a complete list in Vision Help. How do I focus conventional fixtures in my rig? Select the lights that you wish to adjust in the scene. All the lights are turned on. Another way to select the fixtures you want is to use the mouse and arrow in the scene. Once the lights are selected, you can move them all in sync by using the four arrow keys. These keys correspond to the pan and tilt of each fixture. If you wish to focus all selected lights to the same position, move your mouse to that position, right-click and select "Focus selected lights here." If you wish to focus each light individually, be sure to have the main window picked and hit the page down button which will highlight a single fixture. Focus that fixture using the arrow keys. When you complete, hit page down again and the next light is highlighted. Continue the process until all fixtures are focused. How do I adjust the haze in the scene? Haze can be adjusted in the Document Settings window or by select the ROOT from the Scene Graph window. The movement of the haze is controlled by Haze Vertical Speed and Haze Horizontal Speed. By setting these to 0, the atmosphere will be constant without any movement. To set the density adjust the Haze Amount up or down, to suit your needs. A setting of 0 will assume no atmosphere (such as in a theater setting). If I am running a complex scene, how can I increase speed? There are a few things that you can do that may assist you when running a complex scene. You can lower the graphics settings under Vision Preferences and modify your Document settings. You can also eliminate the geometry associated with the lighting fixtures by setting Render Fixtures to Off in the Vision Preferences. You will notice that the fixture will disappear from the Vision, but the light is still emitting from where the fixture used to be. Significant speed increases can also be achieved by turning off Render Shadows on the Document Preference settings. If your file contains multipart fixtures, checking the Force Emissive option for these fixtures will also improve performance. Lowering the Volumetric Quality or disabling Enhanced Volumetric may also improve performance. For files with a very large number of fixtures, disabling the High Precision option may increase performance with minimal impact on rendering quality. How do I connect my console to Vision? To begin, check out the forums on DMX Connectivity, which contains detailed instructions on connecting Vision to a number of the most popular consoles. In Vision, you only need to select the DMX Provider under the DMX menu. What is the optimal resolution for running Vision? Once again, this is somewhat determined by your video card. Generally, you should run Vision at 1280×720. This will give you the optimum performance and quality for your real-time visualization. Vision is capable of running at much higher resolutions, but lower resolutions allow for better performance and higher quality rendering. Resolution is configurable from within the Vision Preferences and should be adjusted to best fit your needs based on the hardware being used. VISION UPDATES I have an expired maintenance program; how do I get the latest build? Contact the sales team at sales@vectorworks.net and renew your maintenance program. Vision Support will be able to reactivate your dongle remotely so that you can access the Update Server once again. My maintenance program has expired. Can I still run Vision? Yes. Your version of Vision will still be active. However, you will no longer have access to the latest versions of Vision. Make sure that you keep your subscription active to ensure that you have the latest and greatest versions of Vision at your fingertips. Please be aware that any fixtures released following your subscription date will not be visible in your Vision model. Free Vision for Vectorworks Service Select Customers Why are we offering free Vision licenses for Vectorworks Service Select customers? Vectorworks is introducing a new benefit exclusively for Vectorworks Service Select customers. This will allow you to try Vision or have access to Vision if you only require a few Universes. What are the conditions for the free license on Vectorworks Service Select? Vectorworks Service Select customers can download and install one license of Vision, free of charge for each Spotlight or Designer license owned. Each Vision license includes 2 Universes and will not increase the cost of your Service Select renewal. It will stay active on the contract perpetually as long as the Spotlight or Designer licenses are active. If I am not a member of Vectorworks Service Select, can I still receive a free Vision license? No, the free license is a benefit of being an active Service Select member. How do Vectorworks Service Select Customers receive a free license of Vision? At the launch of 2020, the Service Select portal will feature a function that will be available only to customers with either a Spotlight or Designer license. For each Spotlight or Designer license, customers will have the ability to receive a free license of Vision (with 2 Universes) simply by selecting the option in the portal. The Vision license(s) will be visible and usable perpetually. If I require a dongle, can I still receive a free Vision license? No, only series E is available for the free 2 Universe license. Will my price increase if I download the free Vision license? No changes will be made to your renewal cost if you download the free Vision license. Can I transition to vision unlimited? Free Vision licenses cannot be transitioned to Unlimited, however you can purchase an Unlimited VIsion license that will be added to your contract in addition to your free Universe license. Do I get a new free license every year? Yes, as long as you are an active Vectorworks Service Select member with at least one Spotlight or Designer license, the free Vision license will be available upon release. Can a customer add a free Vision to more than one license in the portal? Yes. Customers can receive a free license of Vision for each Spotlight or Designer license that is active on contract, regardless of how many licenses of either product they own. G-series licenses with multiple Spotlight or Designer licenses will qualify for a free Vision license for each seat on the G-series license. Is the Vision license connected to the Spotlight or Designer license it was provided for? No. Vision continues to operate independently of Vectorworks and is not connected in any way to the Vectorworks license. Does a customer have to add Vision to all eligible licenses with the offer, or can they choose one license to add it to? The customer is eligible to receive a free Vision license for each Spotlight or Designer license on contract. However, they are not required or limited by the number of Vision licenses they request. They may select to use a Vision license for as many as they are eligible for, or as few as they would like. Can the customer take advantage of the offer for different licenses at different times throughout the year? Yes. If the customer has more than one Spotlight or Designer license, they may opt to take advantage of the offer for each license at different times throughout the year. As long as the Spotlight or Designer license remains active on the contract, the customer will be able to take advantage of the feature at any time. Why is Vectorworks offering one free license for each Spotlight or Designer license on contract, rather than just one per contract? Companies with multiple licenses have multiple designers. We want to offer the opportunity for all designers to try Vision who may ultimately be interested in using a professional Vision Unlimited license in the future. If I add a new license to my Service Select contract after the launch of 2020, will I be able to receive a free Vision license? Yes. Any Spotlight or Designer licenses added to an active Service Select contract will automatically become eligible to receive a Vision license, which will be available in the Service Select portal. I no longer wish to renew my Vision license on contract. What are my options? If you no longer wish to renew your Vision license on contract, you may choose to park the license. Parking a license means it freezes it at its current version. You won’t have to pay for that license on your renewal each year; however, parked licenses and their assigned users are not entitled to the benefits of Vectorworks Service Select. You can park or unpark a license 90 days prior to your renewal date. Vectorworks Service Select customers who continue to have an active Spotlight or Designer license on contract may choose to receive the free license of Vision offered as part of the service, regardless of the status of a parked Vision license.
  9. GDTF importer for Vision Symbols... maybe the physical form can be based on the 3D info from the Vectorworks file and the attributes can be defined by GDTF?
  10. Hello All So once again struggling to find any useful information in the tiny manual. Very simply need to display video content from a video file on my computer on a screen inside vision. Had a more complex file but started from a black vectorworks document to test. I have made a surface inside Vectorworks, selected the vision video source and then save and sent to vision. Inside vision the screen flashes once and then is blank. What size can the video file be resolution wise. What format should the video file be. How do you crop the video to fit the screen. I know you can crop if there is a capture source but no option seems to exist for saved videos. Please any help much appreciated. Richard
  11. Option for Vision to take dmx info from Vectorworks’ Address field in “universe/address” format. Currently, Vision only takes Universe and U Address information, and there is no option to move data from the Address field into the Universe and U Address fields without the use of Lightwright.
  12. Vision Undo funtion doesn't work to undo the last action(s).
  13. Adjustment of brightness for certain fixture types. Maybe a Pointe beam will render too solid and a user wants to knock it down to match a live rig. Maybe an Spiider will not render bright enough as the live rig.
  14. Keep last used settings in Vision or a user preset for the "Root" to keep its settings.
  15. Vision Emissive Drop Down menus. For example, Emissive > Fixture type has no drop-down menu, so users have to know what to type in that field.
  16. The ability to alter the visibility of objects in Vision would be nifty. Maybe on/gray/off just like in VWX? Sometimes I might want a top plan of the model but don't want to see the venue's ceiling which is blocking the truss, lights, scenic, and chairs under it.
  17. Vision soft edge refinement for a smoother stage wash. Maybe this can be factor based for each fixture type.
  18. Vision Update Software via drop-down menu. Help menu has "Update Dongle" and "Update Library", but we have to go to the forum to get Service Packs.
  19. Easy way to get a Vision Render onto a sheet layer in Vectorworks.
  20. Channel Qty column and/or dmx attribute breakdown chart or pane in Lighting Object Fixture Mode window. For example, if a Lighting Object is 3ch... is it HSI? Or RGB? Or neither?
  21. VWX Lighting Object Fixture Mode Search for a quicker way to find fixtures than the currently used tree structure.
  22. How many Vision users out there think Vision needs to include a Virtual Software Console that gives you the ability to control fixtures inside of Vision without a lighting console??? Click Like if you agree! Shown Below: WYSIWYG Realizzer Light Converse
  23. So I'm noticing that when I click in a value field in the Root Properties menu that backspace will delete the values as long as the entire value field is highlighted in Blue, but if I click into the field and then try to use backspace to backspace out a single number in the field that neither backspace nor delete will delete the number preceeding it.. this doesn't seem like expected behavior to me and is inconsistent with the backspace functionality in Vectorworks, so I'm curious if this bothers anyone else? I would expect the backspace or delete key to back up a space while removing the number, enabling me to type in a new number without an extra step of having to highlight the individual number first...
  24. What are the MINIMUM system requirements for Vision? On a PC, Vision Pro requires a 2.5 GHz processor; 4 GB of RAM; a mouse with a middle button or scroll wheel; Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1(64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit); a discrete fully DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 3.0-compatible video card with at least 1GB of VRAM. Ideal specifications would be 3.0 GHz processor, 8 GB RAM, and a video card with 2+ GB of VRAM. For a Macintosh, Vision Pro requires OSX 10.10 or 10.11, a 2.5 GHz processor, and a gaming-level video card (NVIDIA GeForce 580 series or better or ATI RadeonTM 5770 series or better). For both PC and MAC, we do not recommend any integrated Intel video chipset. While Vision may run under these environments, we do not support them due to their lack of performance and speed. What are the IDEAL system requirements? On Windows: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1(64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit) with at least 8GB RAM. This allows Windows to operate more efficiently. A 3.0Ghz processor is ideal, but Vision doesn't really benefit from anything faster than that, so take the cost of a faster card into effect, as well as other products you may be running on the Vision computer. Finally, the video card is the all-important component. Video cards change dramatically from day to day, but we recommend a GAMING video card for its higher clock speed than it’s workstation counterparts. For the Mac environment, get the best video card that they offer. Usually, this is several generations behind the Windows counterpart. We do NOT recommend workstation graphics cards, as they are made for pre-rendering frames, and Vision renders frames on the fly, requiring a gaming card. Does Vision run on macOS? Yes, Vision is cross-platform and runs on the MAC and Windows operating systems. MAC OSX 10.6 or greater is the only requirement. The MAC version currently supports Artnet as DMX providers. All Vision licenses are cross-platform, allowing you to run on either PC or MAC. How many lights can I run in Vision? The number of lights that you can run is directly impacted by the speed of your video card. Vision currently recommends the ATI Radeon HD 7970 or the nVidia geForce 780 GTX, both with 1GB of RAM. This provides you with the fastest performance and the most lights available. If you are running a slower video card and are experiencing sub-optimal framerates, you should consider upgrading to a faster video card. Do I need to own some other CAD program to use Vision? Instead of creating our own CAD program for exclusive use with Vision, we decided to let you choose the programs that you are already comfortable with and already own. Currently, our plugins work with the latest 2 releases of Vectorworks SPOTLIGHT & 3D Studio Max. Of course, for simple scenes, you can create your model directly in Vision using our library of scenic, trussing and set pieces. We also support merging of 3ds files from any of a number of programs, such as Sketchup. What is a dongle? Do I need one to run Vision? A dongle is a USB key that contains your license information, including number of universes that you own and subscription data. Yes, you need one to run your Vision license. This device allows you to install Vision on as many machines as you choose, but will only allow Vision to launch on the machine currently with the dongle attached. How many universes can I buy? You can purchase anywhere between one and ten universes. Once you purchase 10 universes, the system is deemed unlimited, allowing you to use as many universes as your hardware will support (to a maximum of 256). Your dongle will determine how many universes you have purchased and may use. How do I upgrade my dongle for more universes? Contact Vision Support and we can update you dongle over the web. It will NOT be necessary for you to return the dongle for a new one. How do I control Vision? Vision is listening for DMX-512. If you do not have a console, you can use a number of protocols, including Artnet, Hog-net, MA-net, and others. MAC product integration is limited to Artnet, at this time. How does the subscription work? Vision provides a subscription service for all Vision users. The first 12 month's subscription is included in the purchase price. The subscription provides you with unlimited access to the update server. The update server allows you to get the latest version of the library files, gobo files, and the latest builds of Vision software, while your subscription is active. Your subscription also gives you access to support via our online chat, email, and telephone support. After the first 12 months you can renew your subscription for the next 12 months per universe. If I let my subscription expire, what then? Once your subscription expires, you have 30 days to reinstate your subscription without penalty. Beyond that, you may reinstate, with a penalty. All back subscriptions will be due in order to reinstate. Check with support if you have any questions. Will I ever have to buy the new version of Vision? If you maintain your subscription, you will always have access to the latest and greatest version of Vision. You will never be asked to purchase new functionality as we improve the Vision software. Should your subscription expire, there are certain rules and fees associated with reinstating your subscription. Please contact support for details. How many lights are in the Vision fixture library? While the numbers are constantly changing, you can be assured that the fixtures from the major manufacturers are included. These include High End, Martin, Coemar, Vari*lite, ETC, and many others. If you need a fixture that isn't listed, submit it using the fixture request link on the home page, and we will respond within 72 hours. What if I need a fixture that isn't included in the library? If you need a fixture that is not included, simply submit a request to Vision Support via the fixture request link on the homepage, and we will make every effort to provide that to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Additionally, we will make that fixture available to all our users via the update server. What exactly is the "Update server"? The Update server is a cloud-based internet server that all of our customers can access. When you access the Update server, it compares the latest library files and Vision files against what you have on your computer and updates any files that have been added or changed. This ensures that you always have the latest files available. We recommend that you access the Update server before you begin any major project. You must have an active subscription in order to access the Update server. Do you have a demo version? Yes. Vision has a downloadable demo which will allow you to run Vision on a demo file that we will provide. This will allow you to play with Vision's capabilities and see the superior quality of Vision. Find detailed information regarding demo patch, etc in the "Demo Documents" folder within your Vision Demo installation. What if I don't own Vision software, can I create a Vision file? Vision makes its library files and plugins available to anyone at no charge. This will allow anyone to create an Vision model file. Of course, you wont be able to run Vision without the dongle. Installation Do I need any other programs to install Vision? All necessary support files are included in the Vision installer package. Should I plug my dongle in before I start the install? We recommend it, as the installer will run the updater automatically after completion which requires an active subscription to access. If your dongle is not handy at the time of installation, you can later run the updater by inserting your dongle and running the updater from your desktop or from the Vision folder to ensure you have the latest version of the software and library. Already installed plugins, anything special for full install? No. The installation will complete without incident, even if you have already installed theplugins. Can I change the installation directory? Yes, you can. However, once installed, Vision will always look in the installation directory for the files it needs. If you need to relocate Vision, you will need to reinstall and connect to the patch server to update the new installation. Always backup any important files before attempting this, though. Vision How do I navigate in Vision? All navigation within Vision is accomplished using the middle mouse button. To pan up, down, or around, hold down the middle mouse button and move the mouse. To zoom in or out, hold Ctl+Alt and the middle mouse button and move the mouse in and out. To rotate the scene, hold Alt and the middle mouse button and move the mouse. You can also use the tools that are provided in the tool window to zoom, rotate, pan, and tilt. Find a complete list in manual. How do I focus conventional fixtures in my rig? Select the lights that you wish to adjust in the scene and click OK. All the lights are turned on in blue. Another way to select the fixtures you want is to use the mouse and arrow in the scene. You can select individual lights , or draw a box around the lights that you want to select. You can add to your selection by holding down the Ctl key while you are selecting lights. Once the lights are selected, you can move them all in sync by using the 4 arrow keys. These keys correspond to the pan and tilt of each fixture. If you wish to focus all selected lights to the same position, move your mouse to that position, right-click and select "Focus selected lights here". If you wish to focus each light individually, be sure to have the main window selected and hit the page down button which will hightlight a single fixture. Focus that fixture using the arrow keys. When you complete, hit page down again and the next light is highlighted. Continue the process until all fixtures are focused. How do I adjust the atmospheric level in the scene? There are fields in the Properties Window which can adjust the density of the atmosphere. The variability and movement of the atmosphere is referred to as HAZE. By setting this to 0, the atmosphere will be constant without any movement. To set the density, find "Volumetric Amount", and adjust up or down, to suite your needs. A setting of 0 will assume no atmosphere (such as in a theater setting). Can I invert pan or tilt in Vision? While usually done on the console, you can do this directly in Vision. Select the lights in question, and in the properties window, check the Invert Pan or Invert Tilt boxes as required. If I am running a complex scene, how can I increase speed? Yes. There are two things that you can do that may assist you when running an extremely complex scene. The first is to eliminate the geometry associated with the fixtures themselves. You can do this by turning Light Geometry off in the Properties window. You will notice that the fixture will disappear from the Vision, even though the light is still emitting from where the fixture used to be. This can add some speed by eliminating a certain number of polygons from the scene. Secondly, you can turn particle density all the way down to zero in the Properties window. Atmospheric painting on certain video cards is very hardware intensive and eliminating the beams in the air can speed the render engine significantly. We recommend that if you are doing this on a regular basis, you should consider upgrading your video hardware to the Vision recommended video card. How do I connect my console to Vision? To begin, check out the forums on DMX Connectivity, which contains detailed instructions on connecting Vision to a number of the most popular consoles. In Vision, you only need to select the DMX Provider under the DMX menu. On the MAC, this currently defaults to Artnet, so no need to worry about the selection. What is the optimal resolution for running Vision? Once again, this is somewhat determined by your video card. However, as a general rule, you should run Vision at 1280x720x32. This will give you the optimum speed for your real time visualization. If you wish to view this in more of a full screen view, simply change the resolution on your monitor to match that of Vision output. Are there any special requirements for configuring my display? Yes. You must always select 32 bit color. Choosing any other color quality will result in Vision failing to launch. Plugins What are the plugins and how do they work? This discussion relates to the 3d Studio Max plugins. (See Vectorworks below for additional information on Vectorworks). There are several plugins and we will discuss each individually. The primary plugin is the Light Primitive plugin. You can access this by selecting ESP Primitives in 3D Studio Max. ESP Light button will be displayed. The Light Plugin allows you to select the type of fixture that you want to place in the scene. You can choose the light based upon its type, manufacturer, or by looking at a complete list of all fixtures. Any selection that has a + next to it indicates that there are sublevels to the selection. These sublevels may reveal different modes or different types of the main fixture type that are available. Select the light that you wish to include in the scene and click in the scene to add it. Depending upon the light, you may be able to modify the defaults, such as color wheels, gobos, lamps, lenses, scrollers/animation wheels, etc. Each fixture also has informational notes that may be of interest that you can view by clicking on the "View Notes" button. Finally, you can set the DMX universe and channel individually now or you can use the Patch plugin, as described later. NOTE: Once you make any changes to a fixture, you must click on the "Apply" button to save your changes in the fixtures. The Patch plugin is available under the Utilities tab. Once you activate the Patch plugin, each time you click on an ESP Light, it will assign the value in the Patch Plugin window to that fixture and automatically increment the patch plugin based upon the number of channels used. If there aren't enough channels to increment within the same universe, it will automatically move to the next universe. You can assign the same DMX value to multiple fixtures by selecting all the fixtures you want by name. Additionally, we provide the "Replace" and "Mass Modify" plugins. These are somewhat self-explanatory, and are found under the Utilities tab, as well. Do the plugins have to be in a certain place? Yes, the plugins will be placed in the appropriate directory by the installation program or by AddPlugins program. This is usually the underlying plugins directory of the modeling software that you are using. These should not be moved. If I copy/paste a fixture, will it remember my custom settings? Yes Can I add custom gobos to my selection list? Yes, simply add the image to the gobos directory. If I upgrade Max or Vectorworks, can I get new plugins? Yes. In fact all you need to do is rerun the Vision installation or Add Plugins and select only the plugins that you need. Once they are properly installed, make sure that you run the Update server to ensure that you have the latest version of the plugins. Can I copy plugins over when I upgrade Max or Vectorworks? No. Each version of the plugins requires certain configuration and may take advantage of new features of the latest upgrade. It is important that you run the AddPlugins application to properly configure your new plugins after installing new releases of Max or Vectorworks. Updater What is the Update Server? The Update Server is a cloud-based repository of the latest versions of Visionand the necessary libraries. It is available 24/7 and can be accessed to update your copy of Vision or your libraries at any time. Can anyone access the Update Server? Yes. However, based upon your current status, you may not have full access to all the files on the Patch Server. If you don't have a dongle, you can access the Patch Server to access the latest versions of the plugins and library files so that you may create Vision models. However, unless you have the dongle and an active subscription, you will not be able to get the latest version of Vision. If your subscription is active, you can download the latest version of Vision as well. How does the Update Server work? The Update Server looks at the files on your machine and compares those to the ones on the Server. Any files on the Server that have not been updated are downloaded to your machine. This allows you to maintain the latest version of Vision at all times. I have an expired subscription, how do I get the latest build? Contact Vision Support and renew your subscription. Vision Support will be able to reactivate your dongle remotely so that you can access the Update Server once again. My subscription has expired. Can I still run Vision? Yes. Your dongle will still be active. However, you will no longer have access to the latest versions of Vision. Make sure that you keep your subscription active to ensure that you have the latest and greatest versions of Vision at your fingertips. Please be aware that any fixtures released following your subscription date will not be visible in your Vision model. Vectorworks What version of Vectorworks Spotlight do you support? We support the 2 most recent releases of Vectorworks Spotlight. Are the Vectorworks plugins free? Absolutely. In fact you can download the plugins by downloading and installing the Vision demo. Can I use the Apple Version of Vectorworks to model? Yes. Vision offers a Mac version of the plugin for supported versions of Vectorworks for Mac. You can access this in our downloads section. I own Vectorworks but I don't have Spotlight.. Do I need it? Yes, you need to have the SPOTLIGHT component of Vectorworks for the Vision plugins to work properly. We also highly recommend Renderworks.
  25. vision team, is there a trick to getting zoom to work in Quad view? in the attached image, I have not been able to get zoom to go far enough in towards the stage and vehicle before it completely disappears off the screen and i get weird 'artefacts' instead of a close view of the stage... any tricks?

 

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