Vectorworks Tip #114 – Basic Tools – Edit the Contextual Menu

Once you start using the Contextual Menu, you will find that some of your favourite commands are not there. You can use the Workspace Editor to edit the menus to add the commands that you prefer using. This can dramatically speed up your drawing. An easy way to customise your workspace is to use the Customise… button at the bottom of a tool palette or set.

 

Interactive Workshops July 2013 – Customising Vectorworks

Vectorworks performs really well, but if you edit the workspace and customise the arrangement of the tools and menus it will perform even better. Making these changes can save you several minutes a day and it can also make it more pleasant to use Vectorworks. Say you could save five minutes a day with these simple changes. This does not sound like much, but five minutes a day equate to 20 hours a year. Multiply this by your or your staff’s salaries and think again.

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cadmovie928 – Customising Vectorworks – Part 3

Editing the Workspace – By default not all tools can be made visible. You may use them or not. The same applies for menu commands. If you regularly require to access hidden tools or commands you can change their visibility / accessibility by editing the workspace.

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cadmovie927 – Customising Vectorworks – Part 2

Workspaces – Workspace is Vectorworks’ way of describing the combination of menus and tool palettes. When you start Vectorworks you get two workspaces, the Fundamentals and the Workspace for your profession. These tools and menus may not suit your way of working.

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cadmovie926 – Customising Vectorworks – Part 1

Introduction – Vectorworks provides hundreds of tools and commands, set out in the interface, or Workspace as it’s called, and they have been set out to suit most situations. But it has been designed by someone else, not by yourself to suit your needs. The designers have made assumptions in regard of how customers most likely work. Customising Vectorworks is an easy way to adjust the software to suit your requirements and work flow.

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SST_1307 – Customising Vectorworks

Vectorworks works really well, but if you edit the workspace, and customise the arrangement of the tools and menus you can work faster. Making these changes can save you several minutes a day and it can also make it more pleasant to use. Maybe you could save yourself 5 mins a day with some simple workspace changes. This doesn’t sound like a lot. But 5 mins a day is equivalent  to 20 hours a year. 20 hours is a lot of time and money, so it is worth learning how to make a few changes.

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