Interactive Workshops September 2018 – CameraMatch

CameraMatch is a huge timesaver. First, CameraMatch saves the time that it would take you to model the existing surroundings. Second, CameraMatch saves you the time it would take to match your current view to a photograph.

Many people think that they should only use CameraMatch for large projects. I believe this is wrong. CameraMatch is ideal for large projects, but it is also very helpful on small projects. It really does not take very long to set up a CameraMatch project, but showing your client the design and its context is so much better than just showing the model. CameraMatch can be used for exterior projects, architectural projects, urban design projects, landscape projects, and interior design projects.

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Interactive Workshops August 2018 – Cloud Services

For some time, Vectorworks has offered cloud services as part of the Vectorworks Service Select (VSS) subscription. Most users know that VSS gives them a free upgrade each year, but what about the other things that are included?

This manual will be looking at the cloud services part of VSS.

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Interactive Workshops July 2018 – Creating and Managing Details

For any construction project, details are an important part of the drawing set. It can take a long time to fully detail a project, so let’s look at how to draw a detail and some strategies for speeding up the drawings. We will look at importing details, applying the principles of detailing, creating details, creating multi-use details, and using details from your library.

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Interactive Workshops June 2018 – Site Modifiers

Modifying sites is a fundamental part of landscape and architectural design. It is one of the most common questions that I get asked about site modeling. We will look at the details of site modifying, starting with the basic concept of site modifying.

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Interactive Workshops May 2018 – Complex Roofs

I often find that the standard Vectorworks roof will not make the roof that I want. If you work on renovation projects, you will find that the standard Vectorworks roof will not be able to draw the final roof that you need, and sometimes you will find that the standard roof will not draw the existing roof because people have added and extended the building over the years.

How can we make Vectorworks do what we want, or is there a way that we can help the standard roof give us the roof that we need?

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Interactive Workshops April 2018 – Putting a Project Together

In the past, we have looked at Design Layers, Classes, Viewports, Sheet Layers, and other organizing concepts. The purpose of this manual is to look at how to bring all of these together to work on a large project. We will be looking in detail at some of these concepts to see how they come together on a larger project.

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Interactive Workshops March 2018 – Back to Basics – Worksheets

Worksheets are like simple spreadsheets. They allow you to calculate and report information in your Vectorworks files. This is a powerful technique. It has been available in Vectorworks for many years.

You can use worksheets to find objects, report them, and do calculations on them. Worksheets are a very helpful part of Vectorworks.

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Interactive Workshops February 2018 – Creating Site Models

A site model is a 2D and 3D representation of a mathematical model that is based on 3D data. In simple terms, a site model is a 3D digital version of your site. You can use it for visualization, solar studies, cut and fill calculations, and much more. These sessions look at importing information and using that information to create the site models.

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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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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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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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Interactive Workshops July 2017 – Importing

business-1845350_960_720Vectorworks has several options for importing objects and files into your Vectorworks projects. These options allow you to import drawings from other computer systems, 3D models, images, PDFs, and other proprietary file types.

This means that you can use the Internet to locate useful parts or useful models for your projects and import them into Vectorworks. When you import these objects, they become native Vectorworks objects.

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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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Interactive Workshops June 2017 – Introduction to Irrigation

Cover ImageVectorworks has had irrigation tools for some time. In the past, the problem was that the irrigation tools were not suitable for real-world irrigation design.

The new irrigation tools are designed to address these challenges. There are several parts to the suite of irrigation tools. You have to choose the appropriate tool for the job that you want complete.

You can create hydrozones, irrigation outlets, water main lines, drip zones, etc. Each of these has a different tool to control the specifics. You can create an irrigation network that knows the the total water flow of the network, the water flow down each branch of the network, and the required pressure for each outlet.

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Interactive Workshops May 2017 – Introduction to InteriorCAD XS

Cover ImageInteriorCAD XS is a plug-in for Vectorworks. In fact, it is a suite of plug-in tools. It does not come as a standard installation; it is something that you have to purchase in addition to Vectorworks.

Vectorworks 2017 has a new Custom Cabinet tool that is a derivative of InteriorCAD. Interior CAD comes in two suites: InteriorCAD XS, which we will be looking at, and the fuller, more complex version for kitchen manufacturing, which is called InteriorCAD. In this manual, we will only be looking at InteriorCAD XS.

Vectorworks comes with basic cabinets and the Custom Cabinet tool mentioned above. These are often enough for some designers. Some designers want to have more flexibility in their ability to design cabinetry. In this case, InteriorCAD XS is a good solution.

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Interactive Workshops April 2017 – Creating Drawings For Building Projects

Cover ImageThere are some powerful techniques for setting up drawings for a landscape project. Although, these techniques are not unique to landscape projects. Almost all the techniques covered in this manual can be used for creating drawings for any project. Regardless of your profession, you can apply the techniques that you learned in this manual.

You might also have noticed that some of these techniques are too large to cover in this manual and you have been referred to other manuals. Please have a look at these and other manuals to learn more about these techniques.

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