SpotlightInserting hanging positions


Tool set

Hanging Position



The Hanging Position tool inserts a hanging position symbol from the Resource Manager. To import symbols from the libraries included with Spotlight, select Vectorworks Libraries from the file browser pane in the Resource Manager, and open the appropriate symbol library. You can also import custom symbols from a Favorites file or use a symbol from the current file. See Concept: Resource libraries.

To insert a hanging position symbol:

Click the tool.

Click Position symbol on the Tool bar to select a symbol from the Resource Selector.

Click in the drawing to insert the symbol, and then click again to set the rotation.

The Enter Hanging Position Name dialog box opens, to name the hanging position.

If a hanging position is accidentally inserted with the Symbol Insertion tool, the position functionality will not be present. When correctly inserted, the Object Info palette displays “Hanging Position.”

A different type of hanging position can be placed by changing the Position symbol and continuing to use the Hanging Position tool.

The hanging position parameters can be edited from the Object Info palette.

Click to show/hide the parameters.Click to show/hide the parameters.



Roll Angle

Rotates the hanging position on its X axis; the pipe rotates around its insertion point

Hanging Angle

Rotates the hanging position on its Y axis; the object rotates around its insertion point.

When this angle is adjusted, attached load objects may appear to overlap in Top/Plan view.


Specifies the rotation angle of the hanging position

Text Style

Select a text style from a library or the current file. To use the style defined for the object’s class, select <Class Text Style>. To format the text using options on the Text menu, select <Un-Styled>. See Using text styles and Formatting text.

Position Name

Enter a name for identification and reporting purposes. This name automatically populates the Position field of any attached load objects. 


Optionally, specifies the location for use in reports

Show Name

Displays the Position Name on the drawing

Insert Position Summary

Inserts an instrument summary, filtered for the current hanging position; see Creating an instrument summary for a hanging position

Starting Number

Specifies the starting number for lighting device auto-numbering


Specifies the increment for auto-numbering lighting devices

Numbering Direction

Specifies the page-relative numbering direction

Multi-Cell Numbering

Specifies the multi-cell numbering format for multi-cell lighting devices:

AlphaNum: Numbers the multi-cell lighting devices with A1, A2, A3...

Num.Alpha: Numbers the multi-cell lighting devices with 1.A, 1.B, 1.C...

Num.Num: Numbers the multi-cell lighting devices with 1.1, 1.2, 1.3...

Auto Number

Automatically numbers lighting devices and multi-cell lighting devices on the hanging position

Symbol Name

If the hanging position object is symbol-based, displays the name of the symbol used to create the hanging position. If the hanging position object is not symbol-based, you can enter the name of an existing symbol to replace the current geometry with the symbol.


Opens the Classes dialog box, to specify class naming for the hanging position label. This allows the label to be set to visible, grayed, or invisible.

Use the standard class, select a class from the list of classes present in the drawing, or create a new class. Select <Hanging Position Class> to place the label in the same class as the hanging position.

Class Prefix: Specifies an optional default root class naming standard for the hanging position label; click Assign Default Classes With Prefix to begin all label class names with the prefix, so that they are sorted together.

Assign Default Classes With Prefix: Sets the class name for the label to the standard, using the Class Prefix if there is one.

Label: Specifies the class name standard to use for the hanging position label.

Edit Position Geometry

When the hanging position is not symbol-based, edits the geometry of the hanging position object; see Editing hanging position geometry

Label Location X/Y

Adjusts the relative location of the position label control point

Total Hung Weight

Displays the total weight of all loads associated with the hanging position, plus all of the structural objects that make up the hanging position

Select System Objects

Selects all the objects connected within the same system and contained within the hanging position object, along with all associated hoists and dead hang objects

Change Trim Height of System

Opens the Change Trim Height dialog box, for Changing the trim height of a system

The Z value can only be specified for hanging positions with 3D geometry. However, the Z value can be specified for the lighting devices or loads attached to any type of hanging position (2D, 3D, or hybrid). A hanging position created from a symbol or plug-in object automatically assumes the Z value of the original object.

Concept: Hanging positions

Concept: Attaching loads to rigging objects

Repositioning loads

Removing loads

Spotlight preferences setup


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