in this session we looked at default content, where it’s stored and how you can save your favourite content to the correct location.
In this session we looked at what information should be stored in a tempalte file and what should be stored in Default Content.
- 00:40 Ozbreed Plants website
- 01:43 download the plants from the website
- 02:14 two sorts of image file to open, higher resolution and low-resolution
- 03:29 find the image props in the resource browser
- 04:20 import the image prop into a current file
- 04:56 create a hardscape
- 05:48 edit the elevation of a hardscape
- 06:12 edit the elevation of an image prop
- 08:42 image props rotate to viewer
- 09:45 VBVisual plants
- 12:37 foliage tool from the website of Andrea Faccinello
- 13:35 epodcast on making image props for plants
- 14:52 creating a 3D form for the groundcover plant
- 19:53 creating a plant
- 29:19 exporting a plant to the user library
- 34:37 creating a hanging basket symbol
- Default content
- updating default content from 2015 to 2016
- exporting resources to your default content
Vectorworks has annual upgrade cycle. This means that every year you’ll have to get used to Vectorworks being updated. But what does this mean? In simple terms, You will be working on an older version of Vectorworks and then you will have to update your project and start working in a new version of Vectorworks. Vectorworks 2016 includes a new Migration Manager that will help you to migrate your default content, workspaces, and libraries from your old versions of Vectorworks to the new version. However, if you have not arranged your libraries, workspaces, and default content correctly, the migration manager will be of little use to you. Continue reading
We looked at the Visibility tool, it is perfect for turning off the classes of unwanted information and it even works on classes of objects inside viewports (without entering the viewport). Holding down the V key will temporarily turn all the classes back on so you can see information that has been turned off.
There are several parts to your graphic library. We have already covered using classes for your line weights, colors and line styles. But there are other graphic things you can store in your library. Hatches, gradients and images each have their own folders for quick access from the Attributes Palette.
Layer and class standards are part of developing your library. When you create symbols you will use specific classes. When you create other information on the drawings you will use layers and classes. It would be easier to have a set of layers and classes that you use in a place that makes them easy to get to.
The structure for your Library should follow a structure that you can understand and use.
For example, when I am drawing details I like to have a symbol folder with all my steel sections, another symbol folder with all my timber sections and a symbol folder with all the standard window sections. When I put a detail together it usually consists of typical construction elements, the timber, steel and window for example. Then there a many components that you draw that do not fit a regular shape. The concrete slab is one that will not always be the same.
In order for your library to work, you have to turn on the option to Display default content. You access this in the Vectorworks Preferences. Default Content is where Vectorworks looks into specific folders for content that will work with the tool or command that you are using.
In this session we discussed what types of things you should put in your template file, what types of things should you put your default content, title blocks (particularly the Vectorworks Architect Australia/New Zealand title block) and line types. Continue reading
Libraries seems to be the one area of Vectorworks the cause the most confusion. It seems that users are confused about their own Vectorworks library, where they should store parts of it, and where the best place to store all their information is. It is tempting to think that you only need to have one library file that you can put all your resources in there. However this is not how Vectorworks is set up.