In this session we looked at referencing a DXF/DWG file into a project. Referencing means that if the file is updated, it will automatically be imported when you open the file again. Then we looked at the callout tool and in particular, how to use it with the notes database, creating door and window elevations, and a discussion about using symbols with story levels to control elevation.
In this session we looked at callouts, the notes database, and customizing the workspace.
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.
Callout tool. You can assign test styles to annotation objects by dragging and dropping the text style from the Resource Browser to the annotation objects. You should be able to assign text styles to callouts in the callout preferences.
Change the Keynote Order in the Legend. After all the notes are placed, you may not be satisfied about the order of the keynotes. The default order is the order that the keynotes are placed,but this can be changed.
Adding More Notes to The Note Database. Normally, you will have some notes that you have used before. These might be notes in a word processor, or they might be notes form other Vectorworks drawings. You can use these notes to fill in your note database. This can be a really quick way to get the notes into your database.
Adding Sections and Notes. If you use the note database, you could easily have hundreds of notes in the database. This makes it hard to find the notes you want. The answer is to divide your note database into sections. you could then have all the notes that relate to a section of work, or a building element together, making it easier to find the notes you want.
Editing a Callout.
Creating a Note Database.You can use the callout tool without using a database if you want, but you are losing a lot of power. The callout works really well if you get the text from a database. This allows you to set up database of standard notes that you can use on job after job. You can even set up an office database so that several people can look at the same database and share notes.
The callout tool can be used to place a note with an arrow. In its simplest way, you can type in the note you want and have the arrow line go from the text to the object.
creating a duplicate keynote legend.
There is another powerful way to use the callout with text from a database. You can tell Vectorworks to place a keynote. A keynote is where you repeat the same key (W1) and have a block of notes on the draw that have the detailed expansion of the W1 note. This allows you to have several notes in a block and then have many instances of the keynotes on the drawing.
You can use the callout tool like this if you want, but you are losing a lot of power. The callout works really well if you get the text from a database. This allows you to set up database of standard notes that you can use on job after job. You can even set up an office database so that several people can look at the same database and share notes.