Getting Started

These movies are for you to learn the basic concepts of Vectorworks. If you are new to Vectorworks, these movies will help enormously. Watch the movie all the way through and take notes. Then move the course video to another monitor if you have one. Play the movie and carry out the steps to complete the exercise, stopping and starting the movie as necessary. When you have finished the exercise, watch the movie again.

Getting Started Special Interest Group July 2017

In this session, we looked at how the Basic Tool set can help you to enhance your elevations and discussed how to use the Clip Cube to focus on a particular part of your project.

epodcast202 – Nudge Tips

Nudge is where you move objects a small amount using the shift+arrow keys. It can be useful, but watch out if you need to measure the objects. There are also Vectorworks Preferences that control the nudging. In this extended podcast I explain all the options.

epodcast199 – Create Similar Object

When you are creating your projects, you often want to create more objects like to ones you already have. You could copy an paste an object, but then you have to move it and edit it. The Create Similar Object command sets the same tool, class, and tool settings as the original. This allows you to move a new location and start using the correct tool instantly.

epodcast197 – Select Similar Tool

I use this tool a lot to select a group of things that are similar. You can define how similar they are. They could be the same class, the came object type, or a combination of these. You can save your favorite settings so that you can recall them easily.

Getting Started Special Interest Group October 2016

In this session we looked at using basic tools to create a drawing showing a plan, front elevation, and side elevation of an object. The purpose was to show that different options  that you have for simple problems.

Why You Should Draw In 3D, Using BIM

Why draw in 3D (BIM)? I often hear people say that I will learn the 2D first and then I’ll think about the 3D. The reality is that if you start by learning to use Buildling Information Modeling, as you build your models, you will also be creating your drawings. If the model changes, you can update the drawings with a click. You could call this an introduction to BIM.

I recently saw several customers that are using 2D only for their contract documentation. Some were not using viewports and none of them were using worksheets. Vectorworks has a fantastic ability to attach information to objects and report this information.

I truely believe that building the model seems harder, but the drawings are much quicker to create, and if you have to make any changes, the drawings are much, much quicker to update.

My workshop manual and webinar topic for July is how to make this transition from 2D to 3D. If you are a subscriber, book now…

Vectorworks Tip 357 – Moving Associative Dimensions

A couple of my clients have complained about the Associative Dimensioning in Vectorworks. I never seem to have trouble with associative dimensions or with moving them. But then again, I have been using Vectorworks so long that I can sometimes forget what it is like for others that are new to Vectorworks. If you want to move an associative dimension you have to click on the right part of the dimension to move it, otherwise you run the risk of moving the associated object.

Vectorworks Tip 355 – Copy Viewport Attibutes

If you choose the appropriate settings with the eyedropper tool, you can copy the viewport attributes from one viewport to another. This includes copying layer and class visibility is, render settings, et cetera.

Vectorworks Tip 351 – Eye Dropper – Copy Graphic styles

The eye dropper tool is used to pick up the attributes of one object and put those attributes down on one or more other objects. You can pick up the graphic attributes by setting the options to pick up the graphics.

Vectorworks Tip 347 – Align and Distribute From the Contextual Menu

This commnad allows you to select objects and line them up based on thier location, but this command uses the selected objects as the controlling obejct, the other object will line with the object that you right-click on.

Vectorworks Tip 341 – Align and Distribute Command

This command in on the Modify menu. It is designed to allow you to align or distribute selected objects. This means that you have to select the objects before you use the command.

Vectorworks 289 – X-Ray Mode with Selection Marquee

Beginner – When you drag the selection marquee around objects, you can accidentally drag (and move) larger objects. Use the B Key to activate the X-Ray mode, it will stop you accidentally dragging objects.

Vectorworks 285 – X-Ray Mode

Beginner – Holding down the B Key will make the fills on all objects transparent, allowing you to see through objects. This will allow you to select hidden objects.

Vectorworks Tip – 283 Placing a Chain Dimension

If you want to place a series of dimensions, its easier to use the second mode for the Dimension tool. This mode places a chain of dimensions (a series of dimensions joined together).

Vectorworks Tip – 281 Reshape Tool – Removing Vertices

Beginner – Using the Reshape tool with this mode allows you to change the shape of a polygon/polyline by deleting a vertex.

Vectorworks Tip 273 –  Reshape Tool – Adding Vertices

Beginner Tip – This mode allows you to change the shape of a polygon/polyline by adding additional vertices. You can choose the type of vertex (corner/bezier/cubic spline/arc) that you are adding.

Architect_069 Architect Special Interest Group May 2015 (am)

+In this session we looked at the problem of scanning a large drawing and getting it into Vectorworks. The answer is to use Photoshop to photomerge the smaller scans into a large scan, then import that into Vectoworks. There is an extended podcast that covers this.  Then we looked at snapping in Vectorworks. It might sound like a basic thing to cover, but the reality is a lot of people don’t know about these basic things and there are a lot of choices to make with the snapping. We looked at the choices that we can make with object snaps, when to turn most of the object snaps off and how it might help with dimensioning. While we were dimensioning we also looked at adding notes to dimensions. We looked at most of the snap options in Vectorworks, when to use them and when to turn them off. We also looked at a technique using Custom tool/attribute that would allow you to save your snap settings and create a small script. We also looked at how the scripts can be copied from one file to another.