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.
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.
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.
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 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…
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.
+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.
Beginner Tip – The first mode on the Tool bar allows you to move a vertex. You would use
this if you wanted to change just one part of a polygon or polyline. This can be used on more than just polygons and polylines, it can be used on all polyline based objects (like roofs, spaces, hardscapes, landscape areas, parking areas, floors, slabs, etc.).