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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).

The Toolbars

Learn about the vRigger user interface.

vRigger features a Ribbon-style toolbar that is similar to the toolbars found in Microsoft Office©. This type of toolbar groups common tasks, such as the force calculation tasks shown here, which makes them easier to locate.

New Toolbar
  1. Tabs organize commands by task.
  2. Groups within each tab divide the tasks into subtasks.
  3. Groups can contain buttons, checkboxes, drop-down menus, and more.

Five tabs, File, Home, Gear, Forces, and View are available on the toolbar.

File tab

The File tab is displayed on the left side of the toolbar. This tab contains commands to open, save, close, and print the vRigger workspace. It also provides access to the vRigger Options.

File tab

The Insert command inserts the contents of an existing rigging file onto the currently displayed workspace.

Customize the toolbar

You can customize vRigger to suit your preferences.

  1. The Quick Access Toolbar ("QAT") at the top of the vRigger window provides easy access to the most frequently used commands. You can click your right mouse button on commands in the toolbar to add them to the QAT.
  2. A drop-down menu next to the QAT gives you access to more commands and customization options, including an option to Minimize the Ribbon which will enlarge the workspace. (You can also minimize the toolbar by double-clicking on any of the toolbar's tabs.)
  3. The Style command on the right side of the toolbar lets you change the visual style between several different appearances.

Watch a video that demonstrates how to customize the panes, use the Style command, and customize the Quick Access Toolbar.