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.
I’ve just seen some specifications for the graphics card for computers specifically Vectorworks 2013. I’m thinking about buying a new computer, and I’m concerned that I’m going to buy computer with the correct graphics card.
In Vectorworks 2013 line styles have been replaced by line types.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.
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.
Vectorworks has several ways to work in 3D, but there are some basic principles that you have to understand. 3D modeling in Vectorworks is fun and it allows you to create objects that have never existed before.
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.
When you draw thin lines in Vectorworks, is very difficult to see the difference between the subtle line weights. Using colors on your line weights can help, and is also a Vectorworks preference called Zoom line thickness.
The new stair in Vectorworks has a lot of control over the stair graphics. Continue reading
Hardscapes. You can only use hardscapes if you have Vectorworks Landmark or Designer. The hardscape object is a special object designed to make it easy to complete a paving plan.
Attributes Palette, Colors, Managing Color Palettes. When you choose a color on the Attributes Palette, there is a button called the Color Palette Manager at the top right-hand corner. This is used to manage the palettes.
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.
Creating a worksheet that will provide a budget price of all the Hardscape areas.
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.
Creating areas of hardscape.
When you have a shape that is awkward to draw with the Hardscape tool, use the Objects From Polyline… command.
Where the hardscape is not square on the screen, use the Rotate Plan tool to rotate the view. This will make it easier to draw hardscape.
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.
Gradients are a great way of applying a graphic style to your drawings. Gradients are colors (not images) but they can change from one color to another. You can make a gradient with several colors if you want.