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AutoPlotVW is a set of macro commands for doing theatrical light plots with VectorWorks from Nemetschek, formerly Diehl Graphsoft. It comes with a set of lighting symbols, but if the rules in documentation are followed, custom symbols may be created and used with the macros. The macros include import and export routines to exchange information with databases such as Filemaker Pro, Excel, Panorama, and LightWright, outside of the VectorWorks program to do lighting design paperwork. These macros and symbols were developed by Sam Jones in consultation with Stan Pressner and Craig Miller. John Mckernon is also consulted about maintaining interaction and compatability with LightWright.

AutoPlotVW is independent of VectorWorks Spotlight and will not work with SpotLight fixtures and tools. See AutoPlot Tools for SpotLight


AutoPlotVW is a shareware product and the shareware fee is $35. If you find the product useful, please register and pay your shareware fee. Information on registering is contained in the "Registration" macro.

For information about, and technical assistance with, AutoPlotVW, contact Sam Jones at, phone (310) 825-5823(w), (310) 207-0392(h) or
Contact Stan Pressner at

The files for the Macintosh platform have been Stuffed and Binhexed,

The files for the Windows platform have been Zipped and UUencoded.

It is possible to decode and expand the files with Stuffit Expander or Stuffit Expander for Windows which is a free download from the site mentioned below.


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Link to Aladdin Systems and Stuffit Expander for Macs and Stuffit Expander for Windows (They're Free!!)

Display Example of two 20ft pipes with instruments

Link to John McKernon's web site and Lightwright.

Link to Julian Carr's web site handy macros for MiniCAD both commercial and freeware.


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