In this session, we looked at using doors and door styles, as well as how to use the Custom Selection and Custom Tool/Attribute commands.
- 00:14 We started by setting up a door from scratch. First, we had to be careful what class we were on when making our door—we started off working on a Wall-Exterior class, so we changed that to the None class so that our door style wouldn’t be affected by the other class’ graphic attributes. This is something to watch out for! We walked through many of the options in the Door Preferences dialogue box. Door jams in Vectorworks are rectangles—you can’t add any detail to them. Using an Opening or a Cased Opening is a great way to simply put a hole in a wall. If you need to, you can put each part of the door on a different class, enabling you to turn them on and off. I have quite a few classes that I like to use for doors. If you’ve been frustrated by door 2D loci showing up on your drawings, make sure to go to 2D Visualization and change their class to something like a NonPlot class. Don’t forget that you can make many changes to the door style and then save it to your library to use on job after job.
- 08:02 There was a question about door ID tags. After you choose a rectangle, hexagon, or circle for your tags, you can change their size, which changes the circle into more of an oval. We discussed the pros and cons of specifying the Shim Gap or simply adding the gap to the overall Jamb Width. Adding it to the overall width can help when doing door elevations and dimensions. You can create a symbol of a custom door, and Vectorworks will stretch the custom leaf to fit the hole that you specify. We covered putting in panels and sidelights. I tend not to use the Threshold options because it doesn’t present the kind of detailing that I like to use. When I first saw it, I thought that the Lintel would be a structural object. But, it isn’t—it’s more like a piece of exterior trim. It might be useful if you’re making a brick or stone building.
- 24:53 There was a question about whether there were other door hardware options. The challenge was finding options for a sliding door—all the options in the hardware list had levers or knobs. However, under Manage Hardware, we hit the Add button, which allowed us to find a recessed push/pull option.
- 32:05 Even though we had gone through and changed many of the door settings, we still had an unstyled door. So, we right-clicked and selected the Create Plug-In Style from Unstyled Object command. This is where we actually set up a door style that we could keep. Changing any option from the curvy arrow icon to the sliding bars icon will give you a choice that you can make when you create individual doors. For example, we wanted to allow flexibility on the ID Tag options, allowing us to change the number of individual doors. You might want to allow flexibility on other options, like whether you can select the Use the Wall Depth option or whether you can select different hardware. On the Object Info palette, you can replace an unstyled door with your new door and door style.
- 41:36 We finished the session by discussing how to find specific objects out of a bunch of things. The Select Similar tool can help with that. However, sometimes you might need something more powerful, such as the Custom Selection command. It allows you to set up multiple criteria, similar to the criteria you can set up on a Vectorworks worksheet. We went through an exercise where we found a specific type of door. We also created a script for our search, which allowed us to reuse the search with just a click of a button—very powerful! Next, we covered how to use the Custom Tool/Attribute command. We created a script that would allow us to draw electrical lines without having to redo all of the settings. Once you have the script, you can duplicate it to make a tool that’s similar, such as a tool that draws drainage lines. These are great ways to customize your Vectorworks without even knowing any programming.
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