# vectorworks

1. ### Plot Question: Side Lighting Instrument Spacing & Labeling

I'm having an OCD situation and need advice on how to solve or overcome it. I'm using a rep plot that was designed by a well-known local designer and it has some pretty dense side lighting on the onstage electrics. It's not Broadway-level dense, but 90 instruments (five separate systems across...
2. ### Understanding: Vectorworks

Good afternoon/evening, y'all!It's time for Newbie Nate's Question of the Day! I know, you all must be quivering with excitement considering it's been a few months since my last one. (At least I hope it's excitement... O.o )So, I've just started learning Vectorworks, and I'm currently...
3. ### Relatively new Master Electrician at a road house

Hey! As the title says, I am a relatively new(about a year in) Master Electrician at a road house where we have about 300+ shows a year.Im starting to learn Vectorworks and Lightwright.And slowly but surely we are acquiring more intelligent fixtures(currently just have ETC ColorSource Cycs)...
4. ### Auto Link Label Legend with Lighting Symbol?

Is there a way to assign a label legend to a lighting symbol?i.e.Everytime I plot a Source Four 26°, or a 6" fresnel, the legends will automatically assign themselves to the instrument?Thanks all! ARJS
5. ### Lighting visualisation webinar

There is always a hot debate over which software we should use for lighting (drafting or visualisation) so this webinar by LD Tim Routledge should be of interest.Why Draw Everything Twice? By Tim Routledge | Webinar on December 5th, 2018From initial sketch to the delivery of a world tour...
6. ### Vectorworks Light pipe vs. Lighting Position

I just realized these are two separate objects. My current plot has lighting positions, but I built it in VW-16 and we now have VW-17. Is there a functional Difference between these two objects?
7. ### Beam Draw and VWX'17!

Hello,I tried before to update to Vectorworks 2017, but couldn't install some of my plug-ins, so I stayed in 2016, and waited for a few service packs.I'm now getting into 2017, and I noticed that Source 4 Savvy Section was able to install, but Beam Draw 4 wasn't.I was wondering if anyone...
8. ### Design Issues and Solutions Focus in Vision

Hey all,Is there a way to get Vision to use focus points from Vectorworks 2017?Clay
9. ### Quick VW2016 Question

I've just created a Lighting Position from a lighting Pipe in Vectorworks 2016. I cannot seem to be able to edit the Labels font for this position. I can move the label around, but the font is too small, and the only options in the text style dropdown on the object info pallette are ft. size 10...
10. ### Vectorworks Lighting Fixtures crashing OpenGL and Renderworks

So recently I started learning Vectorworks 2016 (Student Edition) primarily for a school project. I have been designing a lighting plot of my school's auditorium with it and I am very pleased with how it is turning out currently. However vector works has decided to not want to render the lights...
11. ### VW 15' Deleting Ganging (twofering)

Hello all,I am having much trouble with the ganging tool. I have instrument twofer together that no longer should be. I can not seem to find a way to delete the twofer (gang). I am not able to select it or anything. I can change the dimmer and channel number via the OIP but thats it. Any...
12. ### Design Issues and Solutions Making my plots look more professional and just better in general.

I am always looking at professional plots and they all seem cleaner, with better symbols and such. They look a whole lot better than the default Vectorworks stuff. For examples, the plots in A practical Guide to Stage Lighting are wonderful.What should I be considering in my process of...
13. ### Design Issues and Solutions Is there a way to prevent templates from showing up as "Instruments" in Lightwright 5?

Sorry if this is a repeat question, but I couldn't find any answers when I searched anywhere.After setting up Automatic Data Exchange in Lightwright and importing the new data I noticed that all of the Template symbols get put into Lightwright as an Instrument Type. Obviously if I delete them...
14. ### CAD Design and Drafting Software Options

Okay since I've seen this come up time and time again I figured a thread would be a good idea. I've heard people asking about CAD software availability, pricing, uses, etc. Especially a lot of people essentially saying "I can't afford AutoCAD or Vectorworks". Lets talk about CAD, there is a...
15. ### Are there set standards for Vectorworks?

Hello!I just started grad school and the way they use Vectorworks seems to be a little different than how I did it at undergrad. Is there a "cheat sheet" or set of standards that USITT or the like have put together for design packages? Line weights, etc.