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ETC Source 4 19 deg Not Hanging Correctly

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Hello all,

 

I have been struggling with hanging ETC fixtures on a light pipe for awhile now. My problem only happens when I try to hang ETC Source 4 19deg fixtures from the pipe. I do not have the same problem with my 17deg fixtures or my Robe movers. I have tried replacing the lights with their 26deg sister and the 26degs hang great as they are supposed to! I only have the problem with ETC Source 4 19deg.

 

The problem is illustrated by the below images.

 

In this first image, you can see that the ETC Source 4 26deg fixtures hang great just as they are supposed to. They also will turn and focus as they should when assigned a focus point.

ETC_source_4_26deg_correct.thumb.png.6d4644138114135870563b5811addc6b.png

 

I took the same fixtures in the file above and did "Replace Instruments" with the 19deg instrument. In the below two images, you can see the ETC Source 4 19deg fixtures aligning themselves incorrectly along the light pipe. In the third image, the device is thoroughly messed up when I try to assign it a focus point center stage (but it points to the wall and breaks the fixture composition).

ETC_source_4_19deg_incorrect.thumb.png.efba7c4f3e623742c443d2b03214415e.pngETC_source_4_19deg_incorrectfocus.thumb.png.e4a74a9c403cd51224dc36dfff298dfd.png

 

Things I have tried/double checked:

- the light pipes have been converted to hanging positions

- I have attached the lights before I try to change the height of the hanging position to "fly" them

- I am using the Lighting Instrument tool (not the symbol insertion tool)

- I am making sure the hanging position highlights red in order to connect the fixture to the hanging position.

- Since I first had this issue, I have done a fresh install of VectorWorks. This did not repair the problem.

- I have started numerous fresh files and the problem has occurred each time (no background data somewhere messing it up in the file itself)

 

Please let me know if I am missing something because I have watched so many YouTube videos on hanging lights and going through this process and nothing seems to fix the problem.

 

Thank you!

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Your 19deg symbol is probably drawn incorrectly. If you edit the symbol is the light pointed down? You can open one of the other symbols that works for comparison.

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This did repair the problem. My symbol was oriented incorrectly. I am not sure if I perfectly fixed it, but it is pretty close. Do you think a fresh install would fix the symbol? Or do you think it comes in the package messed up? I don't remember if I deleted the user data last time I did a fresh install so that could be it?

 

I have a fix at this point. Just want to understand as much as I can. Thank you!

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@carterdesigner I suspect the symbol came from someone else and you have it in your file or a favorite. If you use the symbol provided in the Vectorworks file it should be fine.

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