In this session we looked at creating text, dimensions, and annotations. Should you put all of your text and annotations on the design layer or should they will go in the annotation part of the viewport. It’s a good idea to be consistent and it also depends on how you like to work. But for a basic rule of thumb it is often easier to create most of your dimensions, text, and annotations on the design layers for all of your plan drawings. Section and elevation drawings that use the 3D model on the other hand have to have their text and annotations in the annotation part of the viewport.
I try to make sure that I use a consistent system for annotations. My preference is to keep as much work as possible on the design layers but this is not possible for some viewports. Elevations, sections, and detail viewports do not allow you to put this information on the design layers easily, so I put their notes and dimensions inside the annotation part of the viewport. Where you you put your notes and dimensions?
I am the author of the Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. I was recently talking to a university tutor that uses this manual with the students. They wanted an exercise that would extend the students’ knowledge of basic tools and commands. At the end of the fourth chapter of this manual the students should be able to draw a simple detail using basic tools and commands, including dimensions and annotation.
Vectorworks 2015 have made some subtle changes to the annotation tools like callouts, drawing labels, elevation benchmarks and dimensions. Taken individually, each of these changes is minor, but they will remove many of your frustrations when dealing with these objects. The elevation benchmark for example now has an offset mode which is going to be a huge bonus where you have elevation benchmarks that are close together.
Adding Dimensions and Notes to the Plan – Add Notes and Dimensions to the Annotation part of the viewport.
Adding Drawing Labels – There is a quick way to add drawing labels to the viewports, if you have named them correctly.
Editing a Viewport Crop – If you make a mistake with your viewport crop, you can edit it easily.
Editing the Drawing Border – You can add your own logo and text to the standard Vectorworks title block.
Adding A Title Block – Use the Drawing Border tool to add a standard title block.
Callout Tool, Place as Keynote, With More than One Legend – Using more than one keynote legend allows you to group all the roof notes together, all the wall notes together, or set up ConDoc notes.
Elevation Benchmark – The elevation benchmark can be used to place elevation heights on drawings.