Jump to content

Label Legends for Booms

Recommended Posts

Hi @ all,

I think this problem is not knew, but I cant find any good solution for it.

I have several booms on sidestage with 4-5 fixtures on top of each other. Booms and fixtures  are drawn in 3D. Now I want to find the best position for their corresponding label legends in Top/Plan view. Of course drawing them in 3D and switching to Top/Plan wil have all legends overlapping and you can't read anything. So my idea is to make  legends for low-, low mid-, top mid- top- and highside position, and distribute each label more to the side. But how do I deal with the fixture symbol ? If I'll leave it at its positon everything is fine unless there are different fixture types. If I make separate labels for each fixture types this will result in a lot of labels and any hand-drawn 2D plan would be quicker.

How do you generally deal with this ?

Share this post

Link to post

You should investigate the Create plot/model view in the spotlight menu under visualisation. This will give you everything you need. It's tricky, but once you get the hang of it you'll find it's the only way to accurately show sidelight positions.

Share this post

Link to post

Hi Mark,

thank you,  diddn't know this comand at all.... :$ Seems that I have another night of experimenting before me. Meanwhile, for finishing this plot I'm just working with, I made some legends for positions and fixture types that fit for this work.

Share this post

Link to post

If you've updated to 2017 it does 3D legends. Then similar to Plot & Model you can just make a viewport of an elevation and lay that out near the plan view. Plot and Model has proven to be complex and problematic.


Another solution I've used is to hand draw the vertical view with simple 2D symbols, then moved the legend components one at a time. It's a tad tedious if you have more than a dozen fixtures but it's very simple to set up and keeps all the data links.

Share this post

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


7150 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA   |   Contact Us:   410-290-5114


© 2018 Vectorworks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Vectorworks, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

  • Create New...