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LIGHTWRIGHT 6 ADDRESSES AND VECTORWORKS

Many users run into problems when sharing addresses between Vectorworks® and Lightwright® 6. Here is some information that should help you make Data Exchange work easily with addresses.


Both Vectorworks and Lightwright have three data fields that contain address information:

Vectorworks

Address

Universe

U Address

Lightwright

These three fields are always linked together, so changing any one automatically changes the others and the data is always valid. You can enter the Address in either absolute or universe format, and Lightwright will display it using whatever format is active in Setup/Address Format (which you can change at any time)

Vectorworks Spotlight Preferences

Spotlight Preferences has settings on its Universe tab that control how Vectorworks address fields behave.


When you choose Manually assign the Dimmer and Universe, all three address fields are available for editing in the Object Info Palette and you can enter anything you want into them. Vectorworks does not validate or sync the content of these fields between each other. As a result, the contents of these fields may not agree with each other.  For instance, you can enter 2284 as the Address, 1 as the universe number, and 789 as the U Address, and Vectorworks will not alert you to the conflicts or try to correct them.


     *     U Address was called U Dimmer in Vectorworks prior to 2016.

When you choose Automatically assign Universe and set the Start# and End# entries for each Universe, Vectorworks disables the Universe and U Address fields in the Object Info Palette. When you enter an absolute-value address into the Address field, Vectorworks calculates the Universe and U Address values and automatically enters them into the Universe and U Address fields. If you enter anything other than a valid absolute address, it puts zeroes into the Universe and U Address fields.

Lightwright Data Exchange Settings

When you do a “perform complete export on exit” from Vectorworks to set up Data Exchange, be sure to include all three address fields in the list of export fields.


In Lightwright’s Data Exchange window, in addition to mapping worksheet columns to Vectorworks data fields, you need to click the Options tab and tell Lightwright which Vectorworks fields you will be editing.


Because the data in the Vectorworks fields may not agree with each other, Lightwright can get data from EITHER the Vectorworks Address field OR the Universe and U Address fields.



If you choose Automatically assign Universe in Vectorworks, then you must choose the Address option here and only edit the Address field in Vectorworks, using Absolute format data.


If you choose Manually assign the Dimmer and Universe, in Vectorworks, then you can use either option here.


If you choose Address, then always edit only the Address field in Vectorworks (using either Absolute or Universe format), as Lightwright will ignore changes made to the Universe and U Address fields (though it will fill them with data once it receives the Address or when you change anything in Lightwright).


If you choose Universe + U Address here, then always edit the Universe and U Address fields in Vectorworks. Lightwright will fill the Vectorworks Address field with data when it receives the universe and U Address data or when you make changes in Lightwright.


Address Format

Lightwright’s Options tab also lets you choose the format for the Vectorworks address field:


“Address as Range” fills the Vectorworks Address field with the starting and ending numbers for lights with a DMX footprint other than one. For example, “2/34-2/48”. When you edit the Vectorworks Address field, only enter the starting address, Lightwright will handle it from there.

Universe Setup

If you choose Automatically assign Universe in Vectorworks, then you must make sure that the Universe entries in Vectorworks match those in Lightwright. Otherwise, you will have chaos.

Note that the Vectorworks Label field should be the Univ# from Lightwright, not Lightwright’s Label.

Other Options

These Lightwright options can help. Both are strongly recommended, as Lightwright’s universe options are more complete than  Vectorworks.

The entire address, in absolute format:

The universe number:          

The DMX address within the universe:

These three fields may or may not agree with each other. (U Address was called U Dimmer prior to 2016)

1771

4

235

Address



Universe

U Address*

The entire address, in either absolute or universe format:



The universe number:          

The DMX address within the universe:

1771

4/235


4

235

absolute

universe