Scalable Worksheets – It has often been a challenge getting your worksheets to fit onto a sheet layer. There was a way to scale your worksheets, which was the use of viewport. This is no longer required.
Drop Shadows – You will find the Drop Shadow controls on the Attributes palette.
Pen And Fill Opacity – Vectorworks have separated the opacity so you can control the fill without affecting the pen opacity.
Plug-in Styles (Doors And Windows) – The new Plug-in Styles is an interesting concept that is a cross between a symbol and a plug in object. The purpose is to allow you to control parts of these plug-in objects while maintaining overall control for other parts.
Story Support (Symbols) – When you place a symbol in a design, you can choose the elevation of that symbol. But you might have a situation where you want most of the symbols to be at the same elevation. If this was the case you could set the elevation of the objects as you create the symbol. But on another project you might want to use the same symbol but vary the height. Story support the symbols allows you to connect the elevation of the symbols to a level of your story. This would allow you to control the symbols by a level, but you might have a different elevation on each story of the building.
Structural Member – This is a brand-new tool. The structural member tool is designed to be an intelligent object that will know when it joins another structural object. One way of thinking about this is that it’s like walls for structural members, so that when you move a column, the connected beams will move as well. You can join beams to columns and beams to beams.
Project Sharing 2.0 – Project sharing was introduced with Vectorworks 2016. It worked really well, but it did require that all the users be on the same network. this can work fine when you’re in the same office, but it didn’t work well if you weren’t in the same office, you would require a Virtual Personal Network in order to do this. Many people they work with others that are not in the same office, but still wanted use project sharing. Now, project sharing can be carried out using a range of cloud-based systems. There are several other cloud based storage systems, but not every one of the systems is supported. In basic terms Vectorworks needs to be able to look at the file that stored in the cloud, and detect whether that file has been updated or not. It also needs to be able to write to that file.
Resource Manager – When you look at the new Resource Manager, it may look like an updated Resource Browser, but it is much more than that. The Resource Manager has been embedded throughout Vectorworks. this means that whenever you look for a resource, the resource manager will appear showing you the best results. The resource manager can look for files on your computer, and your favourites, in your user folder, and your workgroup folder, in the Vectorworks libraries (some are on your computer and some are online), and in the Vectorworks subscription libraries (VSS).
Creating A Solar Study – The solar study is extremely useful, allowing you to see the effects of the adjoining buildings, adjoining vegetation, the changing time of day, and the changing season of the year. This information can be extremely useful in helping you to design your project.
Creating A Sun – Later on we going to create a solar study, but before we do that we need to place the sun in the drawing. We have a tool for placing a sun, called the heliodon. This tool allows you to place a sun, set the location, set the day of the year, set the time of the day, and export a movie of a solar study.
Creating A Camera View – We need to create a perspective view, and the Renderworks camera is one of the quickest ways to achieve this. The camera view can control the perspective, the depth of field, and the rendering type.
Creating Adjoining Buildings – Later on, we going to be creating a solar study so that we can see how our project is affected by the adjoining buildings. The easiest way to create the adjoining buildings is to use the Massing Model. We have used the Massing Model previously to create existing and proposed buildings.
Creating A Budget Report – We have created a lot of valuable information, and while it might not seem like it, we have nearly enough to calculate the cost of our project.worksheets and Vectorworks are extremely powerful, allowing us to carry out investigations of areas, but also allowing us to use mathematical functions that would multiplying the area of our proposed house against an expected cost per square metre.
Creating Proposed Areas Report – Now that we have the report started for the existing areas, we can start to look at creating a report for our proposed site and proposed building.
Creating Existing Areas Report – When you have the accurate areas for the existing house and site, we can use Vectorworks to calculate the percentage cover, the percentage of the site covered by buildings.
Creating The Site Plan – When the site information is imported and checked for accuracy, we can draw the existing site outline and existing house outline. To draw the existing site, you can use the Property Line tool. There are two main modes for using this tool, and since we have an image with the site boundary on it, we can use the second mode, the Polyline Mode.
Importing the Site Plan – It is important for you to get a site plan. You can get a site plan from a consultant if they are working on the project, or a survey, if you have one employed. If this is a quick concept project, you may not have access to a consultant or a surveyor, so you will have to find the information from another source.
Creating A New File – For most projects, it’s a good idea to start from a template file that you have created. If you start from a template, the template can have many of the settings that you’re likely to use such as title blocks, drawing labels, layers, classes, and resources. Having these resources and settings in your template file will save you a lot of time.
Downspouts (Downpipes) – The downpipes can be created in exactly the same way that we have created lots of the other parts, Extrude Along Path.
Gutter – The can be created using a technique we have used already, Extrude Along Path.