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This also applies to cable, chain, and webbing.

Gear that is anchored includes anchors, rocks, trees, tripods, trucks, etc.

A "bight" is a simple loop in a rope that does not cross itself.

A "bend" is a knot that joins two ropes together. Bends can only be attached to the end of a rope.

A "hitch" is a type of knot that must be tied around another object.

"Descending devices" (e.g., ATCs, Brake Bar Racks, Figure 8s, Rescue 8s, etc) create friction as their primary purpose. The friction in descending devices is always considered when calculating forces.

The "Safety Factor" is the ratio between the gear's breaking strength and the maximum load applied to the gear (e.g., 5:1).

vRigger Files

This page explains the three types of vRigger files and how you can share them. You can also save your rigging system as an image file.

Rigging files

When you save a rigging system in vRigger, the files are saved with the "rig" file extension (e.g., "MySystem.rig"). These files are typically saved in the "Documents" or "Documents\vRigger" folders.

Several sample rigging files are supplied with vRigger. These files are copied to the "Documents\vRigger" folder when you install vRigger. This learning center also contains dozens of sample files that you can download.

vRigger uses the standard Windows commands to open, close, and save files.

  • Click the File tab.
  • Choose one of the file commands (i.e., New, Open, Save, etc).

You can share your rigging files with other people who own vRigger. The person who you give the "rig" file to must own the same, or a more recent, version of vRigger. For example, files created with vRigger version 12.0 cannot be read by previous versions, but vRigger version 12.0 can read files that were created by almost all previous versions (contact us if you have a file that can't be read by 12.0).

Gear files

Gear that you create using the Gear Builder is stored in files with the "rra" file extension. Each "rra" file contains one piece of gear (e.g., a pulley). You can locate these files by clicking the Folder button the Gear Builder.

You can share the gear that you create with other people who own the same, or a more recent, version of vRigger. They should copy the "rra" file into the folder that contains their gear files (i.e., the folder that is opened when they click the Folder button in the Gear Builder). They should then restart vRigger. They will probably want to open the Gear Manager to ensure that the gear is in the "gear I might use" list.

Sharing your gear with everyone

If you create gear that you want to submit for inclusion in a future version of vRigger, please:

  • Send an email to info@vRigger.com.
  • Attach the gear file (which will have the "rra" file extension).
  • Preferably, attach the two png files that you used to create the gear.
  • Include the following information in your email:
    • Your name.
    • A brief description of the gear, preferably with the manufacture's name and description.

Iterum decides which gear to distribute with vRigger and may edit the gear that you submit. We need high-quality gear that has been well tested. Even small blemishes on the gear image or invalid strength information will prevent the gear from being accepted, but often gear that is submitted to us inspires us to add a variation of the gear to vRigger. Thanks!

Snippet files

Snippets contain one or more pieces of gear that can be quickly added to the workspace. Snippets are stored in files with the "rrs" file extension.

You can share snippets that you create with other people who own the same, or a more recent, version of vRigger. They should copy the "rrs" file into the folder that contains their gear files (i.e., the folder that is opened when they click the Folder button the Gear Builder). They should then restart vRigger.