Vectorworks Tip #257 – Creating a Line Type

image102Beginner Tip – Use the Resource Browser to create a new Line Type. Use World Units for line types that should be based on real world sizes. Keep the graphics short and simple. If you make the main part of the line type too long, it will not be able to follow curves, or go around corners.

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 #245 – Attribute Palette – Assigning Line Types

image091There is more than one way to assign a line type to an object. The first way is to use the Attributes palette. This method requires you to choose line type first, then choose the actual line type required. Some users suggest that this takes too many clicks.

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.

Podcast 212 – Duplicate Along Path

This is a great technique for duplicating objects so that they follow a path. You can choose to have a number of objects evenly spaced along the path, or you can choose the spacing between the objects. The objects can be planar or 3D; they will still duplicate along the path.

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Podcast 211 – Test Yourself Exercise – 4

image023I 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.

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Podcast 209 – Test Yourself Exercise – 3

image002I 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 third chapter of this manual the students should be able to draw simple objects using basic tools and commands.

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Podcast 208 – Test Yourself Exercise – 2

image001 copyI am the author of the Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. I was recently talking to a university tutor that uses this manual with the students. At the end of the second chapter of this manual the students should be able to draw simple objects and extrude them to create an object. The students sometimes forget just how much they have learned from the simple exercise, so I have created a Test Yourself exercise to allow the students to taste their knowledge from the second chapter. Continue reading

Vectorworks Tip #195 – Basic Tools – Attributes Palette

image016The Attributes Palette is used to control the graphic style of your objects. So if you want to assign a thicker line weight, a different color line, a fill pattern, gradient, etc. then use this palette. If you are using wall styles, the Attributes Palette cannot be used to change the attributes of the wall, you have to edit the wall style to do that.

Podcast 207 – Test Yourself Exercise – 1

image001I am the author of the Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. I was recently talking to a university tutor that uses this manual with the students. At the end of the first chapter of this manual the students should be able to draw simple objects and dimension them. The students sometimes forget just how much they have learned from the simple exercise, so I have created a Test Yourself exercise to allow the students to test their knowledge from the first chapter. This movie shows you how to complete this exercise. If you have bought my manual and you would like to test the knowledge from the first chapter, try this exercise.

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Vectorworks Tip #191 – Basic Tools – Clip Surface

image011Like the Add Surface command, you can access this from the Modify menu or from the contextual menu. As with the Add Surface command, I prefer to access this from the contextual menu (right-click). Use this command to subtract a shape from the base shape. With this command, the stacking order is important. If you get the stacking order wrong you will be clipping the wrong object.

Vectorworks Tip #187 – Basic Tools – Add Surface

image004You can access this command from the Modify menu or from the contextual menu. I prefer to access this from the contextual menu because that makes it quick. Use this command to add two or more shapes together to create a complex shape. In my experience, this is the fastest way to create complex shapes.