Architect Special Interest Group January 2017 (am)

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In this session, we made a pivoted door, demonstrated how to make changes to a worksheet, discussed the Downspout and Baseboard plug-ins from A|F Design, looked at the advantage of using Window’s Character Map, and designated the angles of lines to make boundary lines without using the Property Line tool.

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Interactive Workshops January 2018 – Title Blocks and Document Issues

Title blocks have undergone a major overhaul in Vectorworks 2018. The old Sheet Border tool has been completely replaced with a new Title Block Border tool and Drawing Issue command. The title blocks have been changed to use object styles, their layout is easier to change and customize, adding revisions and creating issues have been updated, and a new document transmittal facility has been added.

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SST_1801 – Title Block Borders and Drawing Management

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1801 Title Blocks and Document Issues

Title blocks have undergone a major overhaul in Vectorworks 2018. The old Sheet Border tool has been completely replaced with a new Title Block Border tool and Drawing Issue command. The title blocks have been changed to use object styles, their layout is easier to change and customize, adding revisions and creating issues have been updated, and a new document transmittal facility has been added.

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Topics for 2018

Following our online meetings in December 2017, we now have an idea of the topics we will be covering next year. The users suggested that we cover some new topics and focus on creating efficient workflows for things like setting up projects and detailing. They asked to go back over some fundamental things such as the resource manager, worksheets, and walls. Finally, they asked if we can update some of the older topic such as site modelling, Renderworks, and complex roofs.

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Interactive Workshops December 2017 – Wrap Up for 2017

This is an important session where we will look at the main parts of of the workshop sessions that we covered this year. But even more important, we will be discussing the topics that we want to cover next year. If you want to help choose topics for next year, you need to attend this session.

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Vectorworks Building Information Modeling (Architect) 2018 Course On Line!

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I’m pleased to announce that my Vectorworks BIM Course for Vectorworks Architect is now available.

Many people talk about BIM these days, it is an important way to create drawings. This course is an introduction to using Building Information Modeling with Vectorworks Architect and it has been designed to teach you the concepts of BIM and how to use the Vectorworks Architect in the most productive way. It has all been brought together in a concise course.

You can find out more about this course on my store….

 

SST_1712 – Wrap-Up For 2017

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At this time of the year it is always interesting to look back at the topics that we have covered. Some of these topics are brand-new, while others are updates of previous years. Vectorworks 2017 introduced some new tools and techniques, topics that we covered earlier in the year. In October, we of course began looking at what was new in Vectorworks 2018.

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3D Modeling Special Interest Group – November 2017

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In this session, we covered importing a SketchUp chair into a Vectorworks file, discussed some of the changes to the Subdivision Modeling modes in Vectorworks 2018, and highlighted some stair tricks and tips, such as making a simple stair into a site modifier and quickly creating a custom stair.

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Architect Special Interest Group November 2017 (am)

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In this session, we covered how to quickly add drainage to a parking area, combine two roofs together, add dormer windows or skylights, and use the various stair tools in Vectorworks, as well as discussing the advantages of using Vectorworks Cloud Services.

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Interactive Workshops November 2017 – Door and Window Object Styles

Object styles are a powerful technique for controlling objects. On one end of the object style spectrum, you have plug-in objects, which are individual and flexible; on the other end, you have symbols, which are fixed—when you edit one, they all update. Object styles can be anything in between a plug-in object and a symbol. You can choose which parts of the object style are controlled like a symbol and which are flexible like a plug-in. This manual will be focusing on doors and windows, but the techniques covered can be used on all object styles.

First, we will be looking at the concept of object styles. Then, we will look in detail at how to  control our object styles, before finishing off with how we can use object styles to create a window and door schedule.

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SST_1711 – Door and Window Styles

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Object styles are a powerful technique for controlling objects. On one end of the object style spectrum, you have plug-in objects, which are individual and flexible; on the other end, you have symbols, which are fixed—when you edit one, they all update. Object styles can be anything in between a plug-in object and a symbol. You can choose which parts of the object style are controlled like a symbol and which are flexible like a plug-in. This manual will be focusing on doors and windows, but the techniques covered can be used on all object styles.

First, we will be looking at the concept of object styles. Then, we will look in detail at how to  control our object styles, before finishing off with how we can use object styles to create a window and door schedule.

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Vectorworks Tips 454 – Workflows – Create Objects From Shapes

Your workflow is the way that you work, the way that you use a tool/technique and then move onto the next tool/technique. As Vectorworks changes and updates every year you need to keep an eye on your workflows to ensure that you are using the latest and most efficient methods. This workflow is one that I use all the time to speed up modelling and drawing. Tools like the massing model, hardscape, property line, etc., are polyline-based objects that have their own modes for drawing. I often find that these modes are not the most efficient way to draw.

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