While you build your Plot layout, Lighting Designer is also creating a list of all the gear you’re using. If you want to be able to order extra gear or are working off a set gear list, you can build a Truck and use that to add objects to the Plot instead of using the Inventory. This can be a huge help on shows with many setups off one package. If you just think of it as a real truck, you understand how it works.
To see your Plot’s Truck, switch to Lighting edit mode and tap the truck button in the top left, next to Objects. The Truck table will show you how many of each type of object you’re using in that Plot, and also how many you have total.
Each Plot can either share a Truck with its whole show, or have its own Truck (for breakaway days, etc). You can change back and forth between the two using the Shared switch at the top of the Truck table. Objects will copy from Shared to Individual, and merge in the opposite direction.
Note: If a Plot uses a Shared Truck, that’s the gear list that will always appear in emails you send.
Add and Remove
In the bottom toolbar of the Truck table, there are three options: Add to Plot, Swap, and Add/Subtract. The first two work the same way as the buttons in the Inventory creation table, while the minus and plus signs allow you to change the number of objects in the Truck. The only restrictions are the same which can prevent you from deleting an object. If some other Plot that’s sharing the truck has more of one type of object, then the minus key will be disabled.