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Soooo, we were told that braceworks would have some actual functionality shortly after its release.  Its still pretty useless to this point.  Hardly any cross sections that US designers can use, no bridles, no ground support.... is it just me or are they waiting for 19 to make us all buy it again?


If This has all been corrected and its actual functional then I stand corrected, and possibly be pointed in the right direction?  So far I have been very disappointed with the product.

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if there is a library that is missing cross sectional data, it is because the Manufacturer has not given it to us.  Two of the big truss companies in the US have refused to give us the data.  Christie Lites Truss was just released on Service Select.  We have been working hard to get Tyler into the Libraries, just waiting on some weights and the cross section data from them.  Other Truss Manufacturers are on board, we are awaiting their data.  

That being said, even without the cross section data, you can still use Braceworks to Check any of the truss libraries as they were set up as rigid systems till we get the data for the cross section.  The nice thing is that the cross section data is released in Service packs, so no need to download the libraries again.  

All I can say is that it is not for lack of trying on our side to get this data.  If your preferred truss does not have cross section data available, let your distributor know that you want it for Vectorworks Braceworks.  the squeaky wheel gets traction.

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absolutely, I know its not for lack of trying!  I know everyone is working hard.  But I cant help but feel as though I am paying you to be a beta tester.  As for the rigid structure you cannot accurately do that as the numbers are way off as I found in submitting a file to SS for clarification.  Rigid cross sections just do not provide numbers that can be used.  I DO however love the fact that loads are finding their structures, motors are intelligently attaching themselves and a lot of the other bugs that were so frustrating at the launch.  


However I feel that if you found early on that no manufacturers would give you any data perhaps rethink the launch of the product.  Its a very dangerous tool for novice designers.  Had I not known better and not known something was fishy with the numbers given to me with the rigid cross sections, things could have turned ugly.  And no disclaimer can bring back lives.

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