Interactive Dimensions. In Vectorworks 2010, we have to ability to edit the size of an object by editing the dimension. This only works if you use associative dimensions, so make sure you have read the section on associative dimensions.
Creating Your Own Dimension Standard. Creating your own dimension standard allows you set up a dimension standard that suits your company. You might like longer lines, heavier lines and so on.
Changing your Active Dimension Standard. If you are using Vectorworks 2009 or earlier, you have to use Document Preferences to change the active dimension standard.
Changing the Dimension Standard. VectorWorks comes with several built in standards to choose from. In Vectorworks 2010, you can select the dimension standard from the Tool bar when you have any dimension tool active.
angular dimensions to dimension the angle between lines or polygons.
Center Mark tool for placing a mark at the center of a circle or arc.
Circular dimensions for dimensioning circles and arcs.
Unconstrained linear dimensions for dimensions on an angle.
Constrained Linear Dimensions
Previously, you could only drag dimension text parallel to the dimension line. Now, the text for angular dimensions can be moved along the dimension curve and text for all other dimensions can be dragged in any direction, without affecting the dimension line location.
You can now quickly select the default dimension standard for your document or specify a new custom dimension standard from a new drop-down menu on the Tool bar.
You should be using associative dimensions by now. This means that your dimensions associate to the objects. When you move the objects, the dimensions update.
This is a feature I’m very excited about. Interactive dimensioning will allow you to draw up a quick plan, then after you have dimensioned it, you can adjust all the dimensions that you don’t like. This will move all the objects with associative dimensioning.
The constraints in Vectorworks dont seem to be used very much, but they can be really useful. in this example you can can see what happens with a dimension constraint. When you move the wall, the door moves as well.
If you dimension in Viewports carefully, you can make the dimensions associate to the objects. This means that if you change the drawing in the design layer, the dimensions in the viewport will update automatically.
Creating your own dimension standard allows you to set up a dimension standard that suits your company. You might like longer lines, heavier lines and so on.
VectorWorks comes with several built in standards to choose from. You can change the dimension standard (the look and feel of the dimension).