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Nook Schoenfeld commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post A 2D/3D Hybrid Symbol made from only 2D Objects?
"I was actually quite thrilled to just learn about the clip tool. Keep the hints coming. Thanx"
Jul 22, 2013
Kevin Lee Allen commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Why I love Shelley's Lights
"Nook, All of the Spotlight Lighting Devices are 2D/3D Hybrid symbols. Even the Blender, which Steve told me is a hidden 'Easter Egg'  and that I subsequently found, is a hybrid symbol. There are some specifically 2D…"
Jul 7, 2013
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Why I love Shelley's Lights
"Are all the symbols hybrid?"
Jul 4, 2013
JPalmerLD commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Layers, I do like me some Vectorworks Layers
"For me it depends what is my purpose for the drawing.  If I am doing a light plot, I keep my Theatre, Stage, Set, Lights, Lighting Positions on different layers with "Show, Snap Others".  This way I can select and drag a light…"
Jun 18, 2013
Peter Smith commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Layers, I do like me some Vectorworks Layers
"Since I am always swapping between 2D and 3D, I use classes almost exclusively.  My naming structure would probably drive anyone else nuts, since I start every class I use with "A-" and then categorize them further, like…"
Jun 18, 2013
Kevin Lee Allen commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Layers, I do like me some Vectorworks Layers
"I usually do that with Classes, stay tuned. But, to each his own methodology. I like to keep the Lighting Positions in the same Layer as the units."
May 12, 2013
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Layers, I do like me some Vectorworks Layers
"I like to keep my truss and lights on separate layers as well. Easier to make rigging plots from your drawings by leaving truss visible, but with no fixtures."
May 11, 2013
Kevin Lee Allen commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Oh, How I hate DXF files and how to make them suck less
"DXF files are usually 2D, not always. I trace and extrude, or push/pull as needed. I get rid of ALL of the DXF information. I'll import the DXF into a new file and use the XF information on one layer to create a new drawing on another layer.…"
Apr 2, 2013
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Oh, How I hate DXF files and how to make them suck less
"Tracing is all done and good for 2d objects. Not sure how to trace a 3d object though. How do you copy that? All my drawings tend to be 3d and I import dxf's into them all the time. And I too have noticed corrupted files that I always assumed…"
Apr 2, 2013
Kevin Lee Allen commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Oh, How I hate DXF files and how to make them suck less
"Nook, Thanks for the positive input. I always enjoy your column in each PLSN mag. I have found 'creepy crawlers' in many DXF imports that I don't treat as described in the post. Little bits of data that come back to corrupt a…"
Apr 1, 2013
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Kevin Lee Allen's blog post Oh, How I hate DXF files and how to make them suck less
"   Interesting take on dxf. Not really sure what you are talking about with creepy crawlers. I imagine you are referring to some of the lines that "got away" from the original dxf import.  I personally have never thought of…"
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Scenic Designer
Where did you learn your craft?
Montclair State University
Who have you worked for or where have you worked in the past?
all over
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http://klad.com

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Author of the Getting Started Guide to VectorWorks SpotLight 2010 - http://klad.com/VWSgs2010.pdf
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Kevin Lee Allen's Blog

Wooo Hoooo! Vectorworks 2014 is here!

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 2:27pm 0 Comments

Well, tomorrow if you're a Vectorworks Service Select member, as you should be. Release date for shipping boxes is the 23rd. I think the new student/faculty versions will be available tomorrow on the 17th. Not certain. but the Vectorworks.net website will have all the dets.

Here are some dets about the upgrade:

  1. Displacement Maps-great way to add Bump Shader details
  2. The Taper Face Tool and the Twist Tool offer great new and fast ways to model!
  3. The Publish…
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Vectorworks Light Objects.

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:14am 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that there is a Vectorworks Light Object inside each Spotlight Lighting device, but I really didn't discuss these great tools.

FYI, each Vectorworks Light Object adds to the render time, BUT you can make one object do the work of many Spotlight Lighting Devices when doing a preliminary design render.

In the Visualization Toolset, there is a Light Tool. The tool has a number of modes; Directional, Point, Spot, and Custom. Te Directional mode creates…

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What's Inside a Spotlight Lighting Device-Part 2

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 3:48pm 0 Comments

So, If you open a new, blank document and look at the Resource Browser, there will be nothing there. Import a Spotlight Lighting Device, and look in the Resource Browser and no there are a number of items.

  • The Default Instrument Texture
  • The Spotlight Lighting Device Symbol
  • Probably a Symbol for the Instrument Body

The symbol for the body helps keep the document smaller, instead of repeating geometry, you're referencing geometry already in the…

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Different paths to similar results. The Vectorworks Tapered Extrude Command.

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

Last week we looked at the Multiple Extrude Command, very useful if you know the sizes, in plan, of the top and bottom of a truncated object. What if you know the angle you need and the size of the top OR the bottom?

Tapered Extrude.

Here are two 3" squares. The one on the left is extruded 1" at 5° and the one on the right is 1" at 25° quick and easy.…

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The Vectorworks Multiple Extrude Command

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 1:37pm 0 Comments

Here's a simple and nifty command. I was asked last week about a shape similar to an awning. Really, a truncated pyramid.

Here's a 1" square on top of a 3" square.…

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