Steve Shelley Released SoftSymbols for Vectorworks 2017

I’m not a Vectorworks user, but I have used it in the past.  But Steve Shelley is awesome, he makes Soft Symbols, and he’s the guy you need to stop and talk to at trade shows, he’s the guy in the f**king bright yellow jacket walking lighting trade show floors.  It’s Steve Shelley, y’all.  If you’re in lighting and you’ve never either talked to Steve and enjoyed a good gut laugh, you need to up your life enjoyment quotient and say hi to his self at a show.

Hi folks;

No joke! Field Template finslly released Enhanced SoftSymbols in the Vectorworks 2017 format. If you’ve been waiting to update your symbol packages, the wait is over!

[You’re receiving this note if you sent me email asking about updated symbols, inquired about vectorworks methodology, or i just tripped over your email address….]
In addition to updated 3.x packages, the Vw2017 Enhanced Packs include Sam Jones’ latest Data Conversion macros [from imperial to metric and back again], along with SoftMaps© and SoftData© pdf’s representing each Object Library.

There’s also the updated “Read Me First REALLY-Vw2017.pdf”, showing illustrated explanations of the new Vw2017 environment, including the new Resource Manager. Additional topics include best-practice tactics for installing custom symbol libraries, updating earlier symbol libraries [using the Batch Convert command], and creating User Folders.

To that end, we’ve added the “Read Me First REALLY-2017.pdf and the “Read Me First REALLY-2016.pdf” to the Downloads Dropdown Menu.

In the meantime, we’ve got to take a bit time off to work on a show or two. But once we get back to the mouse, we hope to update and add to these libraries. Sorry for the delay getting these packages out the door, but it’s just been one of those seasons of too many plates, not enough sticks.

Thanks as always for your support. Please let us know if you spot any anomalies. And best wishes for a safe, profitable spring.

Happy Drafting,

Steve

This guy!!

Seriously though, why would you not have a Field Template in your laptop bag?  Have you never had to crank out a plot after your Macbook took a crap at a gig, or your Windows machine won’t boot up because you screwed up the registry trying to uninstall that pirated copy of AutoCAD you had installed?  Be prepared.  Nobody is coming, it’s up to you.  I still have a space for an RJ-11 cable and a female RCA to mini-stereo plug in my travel toolkit and it has been worth having them in there every single time I have needed them in a pinch.

3D Printed DIY Night Vision Wins the Internet Today

I’m a huge fan of the DIY laser ablation scene, I have been wanting to put together my own X-Y laser CNC cutter for a long time.  Something else that has really come a long way in the last 2-3 years is 3d printing — like a CNC in reverse!  Instead of ablating material from something, you are “printing” shapes from a CAD program, which is pretty bad ass if you ask me!

This isn’t particularly about 3D printing, per se, but it is about a 3D printed object — a quite outstanding Instructable by user Mattygyver92 called OpenScope.  MattyGyver92 walks us through his process in a particularly awesome Instructable that I had to share.

Side note:  Holy sh*t have 3d printers come a long, long way already:

That particular one above is about $500 bucks. This one is $1299. Quite a difference in features and quality, but more than anything, printing size and software:

Below here is the famous Makerbot Replicator.  This is a Rolls-Royce quality printer that I have seen in action, and I approve.  But, it’s $2500 bucks:

Now, back down in my price range — $449:

About double what I can afford — $889:

Now, in the CRAZY affordable 3d printing game, XYZprinting’s da Vinci Mini, at $274.99:

The Einstart-S at $374.99:

And cheapest in the class of 3d printers I thought were worth a damn, Alunar’s M505 kit at around $267:

Please, if you decide to check out one of these 3d printers, make sure to do your research.  What I find is that they don’t differ with respect to price of media, just like the old adage of paper printer toner being as expensive as the freaking printer itself, some of the print media for the 3d printers is some expensive stuff.  Do your research!  Caveat emptor!

JOL Sunday Flickr #34

Volume 34 of the Sunday JimOnLight Flickr Group photo pool.  This group has been around a long damned time.

I really enjoy looking at the digital photos of other photographers; I think watching other people’s eye helps improve your own.

Make sure to click through and support these photographers, Flickr still rocks!

Carnival Court House

Daybreak at Torres

lens rot.

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A little #digico demo at the office!

Wow. #florida #skies

Sortidor d'aigüa

Сold march evening

IMG_9586 copia

Light painting with Christmas lights as a Christmas tree in Homerville, Georgia, on Christmas Eve (2).

Melissi Beach after sundown

Strand

Have a great Sunday, road warriors and brothers and sisters of light!