Architect_079 Architect Special Interest Group October 2015 (am)


The main topics covered:

  • importing and upgrading an old project
  • default attributes
  • unified view and unified view options
  • creating a corner stair and stair tools
  • adding tools to your workspace
  • locating old (legacy) tools and adding these to your workspace
  • editing and managing workspaces

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Architect_070 Architect Special Interest Group May 2015 (pm)

IMG_0005In this session we looked at the Attributes Defaults, as there still seems to be some confusion on the 2 types of defaults that you can have. After this we looked at creating symbols and the relevance of creating classes to use inside the symbol, and classes that should be applied to the overall symbol. This sometimes causes some confusion, and there is a blog that might explain this concept. The rest of the session looked at this in detail.

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Landmark_SIG_064 Special Interest Group January (am) 2015

image124This session looked at Line Types and the Landscape Area tool. We looked at how to create, edit and apply various line types and the difference between ‘Page Based Units’ and ‘World Based Units’. Line Types are a Resource that can be saved into your User Folder for future use and are best suited to any type of graphic line (irrigation, dotted, phone, electrical, data, foot prints, paths, etc.). The Landscape Area tool (Create objects from shapes) is better suited for landscape objects. The Plant Line and Plant Cloud (Landscape Area tool) are quickly created, are easily edited, show no dreadful corners and can be used for pricing, scheduling and assigning plants.

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Vectorworks Tip #253 – Attribute Palette – Line Types – Local Mapping

image099Beginner Tip – Use the Attribute palette to adjust the line type settings of complex line types to suit the current situation. Click on the Line Type Settings button on the Attribute palette to edit the settings and change the local mapping of the line type.

Vectorworks Tip #241 – Attribute Palette – What are Line Types

image085There are many times when you drawing linear objects in Vectorworks where you do not want to have solid line. In this case you would want to use a Line Type. There are two sorts of line types, simple (dashed) and complex (lines with graphic editions). Earlier versions of Vectorworks called them Line Styles, but they lacked the ability to create complex line types.
This image shows several different line types. You will notice that the line types can be simple dashed lines or they can be more complex like batt insulation or footprints.

Vectorworks Tip #237- Attribute palette – Creating a Tile

image081Tiles are substantially easier to create than hatches. Where a hatch uses repeatable lines, a tile uses a repeatable set of lines, polygons, circles, rectangles, etc. This means that instead of trying to figure out how the lines repeat you can just draw what you want. Because tiles contain objects like rectangles, circles etc., you can also add colors to your tiles, making them extremely graphic.

You create a new tile by using the Resource Browser. Right-click in the Resource Browser, choose New Resource…, name the tile and then draw the repeating tile passion that you require.

Vectorworks Tip #233 – Attribute Palette – Modifying the Local Mapping of a Tile

image073There are times where you want to change the rotation or the scale of your tile, but just for one object. In this situation you can use the attributes palette to change the local mapping of the tile assigned to the object. You can also use the attribute mapping tool to change the local mapping of a tile on an object.

Vectorworks Tip #217 – Attributes – Changing the Colours on Patterns

image043Patterns have a foreground and a background colour and each can be edited separately. Click on the appropriate button to edit the foreground or background colour. This allows you to create other colours by combining the two colours.

Vectorworks Tip #213 – Attributes – Editing Hatches

image040If you want to change the scale of your hatches, use the technique to change the local mapping, then save the locally mapped hatch as a new hatch. If you want to change change the background fill, line colors or line weights, use the Resource Browser to edit the hatch. 

Vectorworks Tip #201 – Attribute Palette – Create Hatch from Local Mapping

image025Once you change the mapping on a hatch, you might want to re-use the settings of the hatch again. An easy way to do this is to Create a New Hatch from a Locally Mapped hatch. This command is avaiable from the Contextual Menu (right-click on the hatch).