Vectorworks Baseboard Plug-in

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I was sent information about this new plug-in for Vectorworks. It creates baseboards (or skirtings) for Vectorworks. This is the same guy that created the Foliage tool, which is now part of Vectorworks. It looks like its highly editable, and you can use a symbol for the profile. This means that you can leave the baseboard off the wall style.

Check it out:

Baseboard

Vectorworks Tips 450 – Useful Keyboard Keys

I have used these so much that I often use them without thinking.  It is easy to forget that other people might not know them:

G: Creates a temporary datum
U: Changes the modes on the Tool Bar
X: Selection tool
J + Click: Select coincident objects (select objects whose edges are touching)
B: X-ray mode (makes everything see-through)
Z: Snap Loupe (temporary zoom)
CTRL + ALT (control + option on Mac): Create Similar Object

Interactive Workshops October 2017 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2018

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It is common at this time of the year to look at the added features and benefits of the new Vectorworks release, so that’s what we’re doing in this manual. Following along from other years, there is a table that shows the new features and benefits of the new Vectorworks. As I have done in previous years, I will not be detailing every improvement, just the ones that are fundamental.

Vectorworks typically introduces a multitude of small updates that will really speed your workflow. These small updates may not be one of these major features listed below, but they can still dramatically improve your workflow.

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Interactive Workshops August 2017 – Walls, Slabs, And Roofs

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Introduction

Walls, slabs, and roofs are designed to interact. This means that when you connect a slab to walls, it will update when you move the walls. Roofs can be connected to walls so that parts of the roof are inside the building and some parts of the roof extend out to the eaves.

In order to make these connections, we need to understand how walls, slabs, and roofs connect. We need to understand how the walls have been designed, how the slabs have been designed, and how the roofs have been designed.

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Interactive Workshops September 2017 – Using Cloud Services for Collaboration

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Some people do not like the idea of online storage. They do not like to have their important data stored on someone else’s server. If you haven’t heard about the cloud storage system called Megaupload, then you should read about it – it’s a sobering story. The files and documents on the Megaupload servers were seized by the FBI as part of a piracy case against Megaupload; 100 million Megaupload users lost access to the data in 2012.

On the other hand, there are some services where the data is stored on your local hard drive and a copy is stored online. In this case, you should still have access to all of your files in the event of a server failure. These systems allow you to have an up-to-date copy of your document stored securely online. Many of these systems also enable connecting to your online files from other machines (laptops, desktops, tablets, mobile phones).

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SST_1710 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2018

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Introduction

It is common at this time of the year to look at the added features and benefits of the new Vectorworks release, so that’s what we’re doing in this manual. Following along from other years, there is a table that shows the new features and benefits of the new Vectorworks. As I have done in previous years, I will not be detailing every improvement, just the ones that are fundamental.

Vectorworks typically introduces a multitude of small updates that will really speed your workflow. These small updates may not be one of these major features listed below, but they can still dramatically improve your workflow.

Continue reading

SST_1709 Using Cloud Services for Collaboration

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Some people do not like the idea of online storage. They do not like to have their important data stored on someone else’s server. If you haven’t heard about the cloud storage system called Megaupload, then you should read about it – it’s a sobering story. The files and documents on the Megaupload servers were seized by the FBI as part of a piracy case against Megaupload; 100 million Megaupload users lost access to the data in 2012.

On the other hand, there are some services where the data is stored on your local hard drive and a copy is stored online. In this case, you should still have access to all of your files in the event of a server failure. These systems allow you to have an up-to-date copy of your document stored securely online. Many of these systems also enable connecting to your online files from other machines (laptops, desktops, tablets, mobile phones).

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Architect Special Interest Group September 2017 (am)

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In this session, we discussed the new upgrade to Vectorworks 2018—should you upgrade right away or shouldn’t you?—and opened up an old project file in VW 2018 to see how it behaved. We also covered some tricks for working with dimensions, the new feature in VW2018 that allows you to work in multiple drawing views, and the updated Detail Callout Marker Tool.

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Getting Started Special Interest Group September 2017

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In this session, we looked at how to use a Heliodon and the Renderworks Camera, how to get the most out of your SmartCursor and Snapping features, how to change your default colors in the Attributes palette, as well as discussing some advanced Snapping techniques and the benefits of using Master Snaps.

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Drawing Checklist

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I recently worked on a project that needed a building consent. I thought that I had checked through everything that was needed. What I really needed was a checklist for each drawing, but I didn’t have one. Don’t worry! We are in the process of developing a checklist now, and I came across this document:

Guide to applying for a building consent (residential buildings)

It has a checklist for each drawing. For example, on page 20 is a checklist for a Site Plan. This is a great start for creating your own office checklists.

 

SST_1708 – Walls, Slabs, And Roofs

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Introduction

Walls, slabs, and roofs are designed to interact. This means that when you connect a slab to walls, it will update when you move the walls. Roofs can be connected to walls so that parts of the roof are inside the building and some parts of the roof extend out to the eaves.

In order to make these connections, we need to understand how walls, slabs, and roofs connect. We need to understand how the walls have been designed, how the slabs have been designed, and how the roofs have been designed.
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Architect Special Interest Group August 2017 (am)

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In this session, we covered how to set the graphic style of various labels—such as Drawing Labels, Scale Bars, and Detail Callout Markers—and how to use the Curtain Wall tool to powerfully control curtain walls, which can be used for objects such as shop fronts, bay windows, and bookshelves.

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