SST_1609 – Quick Concept Modeling

cover-imageVectorworks has the tools and commands to quickly create a concept model. But we want mode than just a few elevations, we need to know if the main site can be subdivided, how large the project can be, and how much it might cost to construct.
In this manual we will be looking at ways to create and visualise the concept. We will start by creating the site, then the site model, create the adjoining buildings, create the design, and set up solar studies.

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SST_1510 – What’s New in Vectorworks 2016

Vectorworks 2016, jonathan pickupEvery year we get an upgrade to Vectorworks. Usually we get a few exciting features, some features that don’t look very exciting but a very beneficial, and many small corrections to existing tools. This year is no different.

For Vectorworks 2016 we have five major new technologies:

  • Energos
  • Project sharing
  • Point clouds
  • Marionette
  • Subdivision Modelling

We will be covering these technologies in detail, probably later in the year or early next year, but in this manual there will be a brief overview of these technologies.

As well as these major changes to Vectorworks there are also some subtle changes to the interface. Often, these changes do not seem very dramatic, but history shows us that these changes tend to make it easier to use Vectorworks, making us more productive.

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Vectorworks Tip 353 – Camera Effects – Depth of Field

vectorworks camera effectsThe term depth of field describes how much of your photo will be in focus. The camera tool now allows you to control how much is in focus using Depth of Field. But the way that controls how much is in focus is to do with the aperture of your camera. If you're an old school photographer you'll understand how aperture relates to depth of field, but if you're a modern digital camera photographer you may not understand this. In simple terms the larger the number for the aperture (f-22) the more will be in focus, the smaller the number for the aperture (f-2.8) the less will be in focus.

 

Vectorworks Tip 350 – Setting Up a Perspective Section Viewport

 

Notes - Page 27If you create a section viewport and place it on a sheet layer, you are limited to using a 1-point perspective. If you want to show a 2-point perspective, you should place the section viewport on a design layer, use a camera to view the section, then use the camera to create a viewport.

Vectorworks Tip #082 – Visualization – Fine Tune Camera

Once you have the camera selected, you can use the Object Info palette to Fine Tune the Camera. This opens a dialog box where you can change the height, angle and position of the camera. When you adjust the camera, the view updates so that you can see the changes.

cadmovie664 – Lighting and Rendering in Vectorworks 2011 Part 6

Renderworks Camera. The Renderworks Camera tool is great for setting the view. It is similar to the Set 3D command in that you click to locate the camera position and look toward position, but unlike the Set 3D View, you end up with an object on the screen that you can move and edit.

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Making a Viewport from a Camera

One of the new features in Vectorworks 2011 is the ability to use the camera to create a viewport. If you use this technique, you do not need to create a crop object, and you can edit the camera settings after the viewport is made, if you need to change anything.

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cadmovie508 – Lighting and Rendering Part 6

The Renderworks Camera tool is great for setting the view. It is similar to the Set 3D command in that you click to locate the camera position and look toward position, but unlike the Set 3D View, you end up with an object on the screen that you can move and edit. This make the Renderworks Camera more useful.

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The Camera Match Tool for Vectorworks

Matt Panzer has updated his fabulous Camera Match tool. 
This tool allows Vectorworks users to quickly and accurately align a 3D view to an existing photograph.
Other features in Camera Match 2009 include anti-aliasing for mask objects, which blend the edges of the mask with the rendered model, as well as a more streamlined workflow that automates the creation of render backgrounds as needed.
Camera Match 2009 is free to all Camera Match 2008 users, and it can be downloaded from www.panzercad.com. It will also be released soon in the localized Italian and German versions. The Camera Match plug-in can be purchased from the website for $100.
I have used this tool on projects where you need to match a view to a photo. This tool really works and it will save you heaps of time.