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Lightwright is Compatible With Vectorworks 2016, Almost...
Lightwright 5 and 6 work great with Vectorworks 2016, except for Vectorworks’ new Project Sharing feature. It is unlikely that Data Exchange will ever work with Project Sharing.
CRITICAL BUG in Lightwright 6.0.3 and older
A bug was found in Lightwright 6 when it saves files in .lw5 format. If the sort exists in Lightwright 5 and the categories compared when sorting (set in Setup/Sorting) includes any Lightwright 6 categories, then the file will be saved with incorrect sorts and all versions of Lightwright (5 and 6) will raise ann error when the file is saved.
Sorting by Position is a valid sort in Lightwright 5.
In Lightwright 6, the sort categories are Position, Unit#, Inst. Type, Address, and Purpose.
However, Address is NOT a valid category in Lightwright 5, so the file will be corrupted.
To fix the problem, remove Address from the Position sort in Lightwright 6.
This bug has been fixed and will be in Lightwright 6.0.4, which should be released the week of August 1st.
Lightwright 6.0.3 is Available Now
Version 6.0.3 is ready to download, it adds a new Data Exchange option to choose what address fields Lightwright monitors and fixes problems with student license info being saved and a wide variety of internal bugs.
Student licenses require version 6.0.1 or later.
Lightwright Touch vs. Lightwright 6
Unfortunately, Lightwright Touch isn't compatible with Lightwright 6 at this time, but West Side Systems has a new release in beta testing that will, hopefully in about a month. For more information, contact West Side Systems directly.
Lightwright 6's minimum system requirements are the bare minimum you need to run Lightwright 6. Lightwright 6 may creak along with a slow processor or hard drive, and the larger your monitor, the more pixels it has to push. A fast SSD will help opening and closing files, but a fast processor, plenty of RAM, and a fast graphics chip are really needed for a good experience.
I've also found that for some reason the Mac version draws the screen faster than the Windows version. My personal experience has also been that Windows 10 is significantly faster than Windows 7 or 8.
Maybe it's time to consider a new laptop?...;)
Lightwright 6 Needs Serious Horsepower
Lightwright 6.0.4 Beta build 106 is ready for testing!
A new beta test version of Lightwright 6.0.4 is now available. It fixes a LOT of important bugs (especially for Windows users) and should be much more stable than previous releases. If you would like to install it or learn more about it, click here.