I rarely use the attic settings on the roof object. Mainly because I cannot think of a good use for them. However, one of my subscribers is just pointed out that the attic settings are extremely useful for creating the walls of the right height inside the roof.
When you start a new file, you can choose to use a Blank Document or a Document Template file, but which should you use, and is there a difference?
There is a huge difference, so you need to be careful and choose wisely.
Vectorworks does not allow you to have objects the have the same name. Names in Vectorworks have to be unique. if you have been to one of my courses or watched a movie about viewports, you will have heard me say that the Viewport Name has to be unique. You cant have a viewport with the same name as a symbol or class.
If you have to edit wall locations, this technique is fast and accurate. It uses the Move by Points tool. This tool seems to be forgotten by many users, maybe because they don’t know it is there, they don’t know when to use it, or how to use it.
There is a command called invert selection. This allows you to easily the opposite of the object you currently have selected. It is fantastic for selecting things that you want to delete.
When you are drawing your walls, it is important that you create the walls to the correct dimensions. There is a method in Vectorworks to allow you to create the walls based on the structural component of the wall rather than the overall wall size.
For a long time we wanted to have the ability to automatically hatch our elevations. There are several workarounds, but no one had yet figured out away to make the hatching on our are elevations automatic.
Vectorworks 2013 introduced this concept called the Clip Cube. The clip cube is a 3-D modeling technique that allows you to hide all the 3-D objects outside of the clip cube.
In Vectorworks 2011 you could snap to objects that were not on the working plane. In Vectorworks 2013 there is now a preference that controls whether you can snap to points that are not on the working plane.
I saw a discussion recently on the Vectorworks community board where a Vectorworks user was trying to get an outline of the property onto the site model.
Sometimes you forget your password, or you have trouble logging in, so what should you do? The answer is that there is an option on the login page you to reset your password.
I had a client call today, he was having trouble tidying up the elevations of a house. He knows how to use most of the tools, but he was not just the tools in the right order to get a fast result. Continue reading
You can use the Text Along a Path command to add curved text to a curved wall. You can also use this to Extrude Text.
Symbols are generally thought of as relatively small repeating objects. So first of all you should use symbols whenever you need to repeat something, like sanitary fixtures, light fixtures, furniture, and so on.
When you install a new computer program, the program uses something called the file extension (the three letters after the dot on the filename). Often, when users install a new version of Vectorworks, they do not want the new version of Vectorworks to open the old files, so they choose to keep the Association with the old version of Vectorworks.
But what can you do when you want all your Vectorworks files to open with the new version of Vectorworks?
In previous versions of Vectorworks, you were unable to tell Vectorworks where in the wall you should put the wall framing.