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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.

How to Fold A Drawing Plate or Light Plot for Easy Shipping and Storage!

Whoa! It’s pre-tattoos JimOnLight!

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When I first started up the JimOnLight YouTube Channel, I posted a video on how to fold a drawing — when I was in grad school, my mentor Mary Tarantino taught me perhaps one of the coolest skills in all of the world when dealing with paper plots and scenic or lighting drawings.  Check it out for yourself, you’ll never go back to shipping shit in a mailer tube again!

(unless of course you would rather spend the extra money, or you have a plate set that is more than 20 pages and you don’t want to fold them all…)

This method works on any type and any size of plate up to ARCH E, ANSI E, and A0, and will get your drawing small enough to fit in a manilla envelope or folder for transport and shipping!

FREE STUFF! Templates and Templates and Drafting Supplies, OH MY!

Well, today is going to be a light posting day, because I’m driving a truck with our belongings from Denver to Dallas.  Dallas, here we come!  However, as I’m doing my 14 hour drive in a bobtail truck governed at 65 MPH, I’m giving away some stuff that I don’t use anymore to someone who needs it!

When I arrive in Dallas today, I’ll pick two people at random from the people who contact me through the contact form to get this stuff.  It could be 8pm CST, it could be 11pm CST.  Send me an email via the contact form – I’ll pick someone for each of the two.  If you have a preference of which you’d like, please let me know in the email.

The first of the two of these is this pile of lighting templates, and lighting templates!  All you have to do is email me through the contact form.  That’s it!

I’ll send you, in a brown envelope:

templates

One (1) Field Template @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting plan templates @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting section templates @ 1/2″ scale
Two (2) Phil Monat lighting section templates @ 1/4″ scale
One (1) Phil Monat lighting plan template @ 1/4″ scale
One (1) Steve Shelley special Stagelight template @ 1/4″ scale

and eight random steel gobos!

I’m also giving away the stuff you see below to one person.  I’ve had it sitting in boxes – it’s doing me no good anymore, and I’d rather just give it away to a reader who needs it!

If you’re reading via RSS feed, please go hit the website and contact me via the contact link if you’re interested!

I’m sending someone the following, stuffed into a USPS Priority Flat Rate box:

drafting supplies

1 – full set of Cray-Pas “Expressionist” oil pastels
1 – balsa sander
1 – X-Acto 45 degree triangle
1 – pencil sharpening paddle
2 – X-Acto mitre boxes (aluminum)
2 – Staedtler lead sharpeners, one mechanical, one battery operated
1 – Ames lettering guide
1 – erasing shield
4 – random fountain pen tips
1 – flexible curve
1 – large 45 degree triangle
1 – large 45 degree triangle with circle template
1 – drafting brush
1 – pounce bag
2 – bottles of SOBO craft glue
1 – Alvin geared compass
1 – electric eraser and refills
a bunch of leads for lead holders, including Repro Blue leads
a whole bunch of different weights and sizes of mechanical pencil leads
a ton of colored pencils, drafting pencils, and watercolor pencils

and other stuff that I probably forgot to mention. It’s worth quite a penny if you were to buy all of this new, so if you’re interested, just email me using the contact form on the site.  I’ll draw someone at random when I arrive in Dallas.

GOOD LUCK!  Please take this stuff off my hands, the shipping is on me!  See you in Dallas!