Landmark_SIG_011 Special Interest Group September 2012

This is the movie from the evening session Landmark Special Interest Group, September 2012. This meeting took a different approach to creating a set of drawings. We looked at using scanned images of freehand drawings, importing these as PDF files and using these to create a set of documents.

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podcast137.mov – New Line Types in Vectorworks 2013

In Vectorworks 2013 line styles have been replaced by line types. Line types can be simple lines as an earlier versions of Vectorworks, all they can be complex line types that allow a huge range of graphic styles. You can easily create lines files that show fences, services, rocks, or even footprints.

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Taking CAD beyond the Drawing Board

My friend Bill and I have been involved with several Vectorworks clients helping them to integrate Vectorworks into other aspects of their business.

In this case the client sells solar hot water systems and solar PV systems. The client would like to know the orientation of the house relative to the sun, how big the roof area is, and how many panels could reasonably be placed on the sloping roof. We can in fact do far more!

The answer is to get an image from the Internet showing the house and orientation to North. You then use the Vectorworks tools to create a 3-D model of the roof and walls. Using the 3-D model of the roof you place the solar water and PV panels. When you place the panels on the roof they align to the slope of the roof, so you know exactly how many panels you can place.

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SST_1110 – What’s New in Vectorworks 2012

You may not want to upgrade, you may not be able to afford to upgrade, but I still think you should read about what is new in Vectorworks 2012. There are several important changes to 3D modeling that will change the way you think about 3D modeling. Amongst them are automatic working plane and new modes in planar objects.

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SST_1107 – Planar Graphics in Vectorworks 2011

It is easy enough to create a drawing with lines, but that does not make the drawing easy to read. Using colors and graphics will help others to read your drawings. In many cases, making your drawings easier to read will help your clients to understand the drawings, it will help the builders to understand your drawings and details, and it will help local authorities to understand and approve your drawings.

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cadmovie704 – Planar Graphics in Vectorworks 2011 Part 21

When you have all the hardscape areas, it would be nice to fill in the grassed areas. You could use the hardscape tool and click on every corner of the site, house and paving, but there is a much quicker way. If you draw a polygon, we can convert it to a hardscape.

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cadmovie698 – Planar Graphics in Vectorworks 2011 Part 15

Tiles, Applying Tiles. Tiles are a great way of making a more detailed and graphic hatch. Unlike hatches, tiles can be drawn from any planar graphic, meaning that instead of just lines, you can use rectangles, circles, ovals, and so on.

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