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Problems with Lightwright Data Exchange

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Hi,

 

It's been a while since I've drafted anything - since there are no shows.  This is my first time working with 2021.  I'm trying to create a new file that can talk to Lightwright.  But I can't get VW2021 to make the .xml file that Lightwright is looking for.  In the past, I would create the .xml file using the Spotlight Preferences.  But the file has not appeared.  I tried giving it a custom location - nothing.  So what's going on?

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Make sure you have saved your Vectorworks file. Till the file has been saved the file does not have a name that Lightwright and Vectorworks can use.

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Start with the basics.

Make sure the file is saved to your local machine that is not a shared folder like Dropbox. (Use a simple name for the Vectorworks file.)

Make sure there are lighting devices placed in the document with data.

In the Spotlight Preferences make sure "Use automatic Lightwright data exchange" is turned on.

File Path is "Same location as the file"

Check, "Perform a complete export on exit"

Make sure there are field shown in the "Export Fields" list.

Click OK.

Select a light and change one of the fields that you are exporting. (Should not be necessary but it's another way to make sure it exports.)

 

You should see an xml next to the Vectorworks file.

If you still don't see it it would be useful to know the full path and file name of the Vectorworks file.

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Nope.  Didn't work.  I'm starting from a new file.  I created a light just to get it started (I usually start in Lightwright and import the info into VW).  The file is stored on my hard drive.  

 

The File name is Megs Demo.  The file path?  Desktop>Megs Demo>File

 

thoughts?

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At this point I would contact tech support directly. There are some other things to try but too involved to describe in this forum.

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Any idea how to contact tech support?  I sent them an email when I posted this question and have not gotten a response.

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Never mind - I think I found the problem.  I forgot that Vectorworks freaks out when the file is located in a folder with a name that includes non alphanumeric characters - the file was originally in a folder with a / in the name.

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