if you are working with consultants drawings, you might find that the orientation of the drawings does not suit the way that you want to create your information. The rotated Plan View allows you to change your view to suit the orientation that you want to draw. This rotated view can be saved using the saved views menu, so that you can restore the view later. Continue reading
When you import DXF/DWG files they often start on a sheet layer with viewports. In order to get more information you need to right-click on your viewport and choose design layer. This will show you the raw information that was used to create the drawing.
You can import a drawing from a consultant using DXF/DWG files. When you import these files you must check the scale and size to ensure that they are accurate.
Before you can start a landscape budget you will need to import some site information. This can be an image from Google Earth. When you import information you must scale it to ensure that it is accurate.
Import a Survey Drawing as 2D Information. Import your sure drawing into a new file. Never import a DXF or DWG file into an existing drawing.
Import a Survey Drawing a 3D Information. When you import a survey file, you often have the choice whether you want to import the information as 2D or 3D.
Importing .mcd files from the Internet. Some websites offer you the opportunity to download .mcd files. These files are in an older format, but they are still Vectorworks files. When you import them Vectorworks will convert them to your current version.
Creating the Site Plan. We need some site information to get started. This can be an imported file from a surveyor, or it could be an image form Google Earth.
Sometimes, you get files from a consultant in DXF/DWG format that do not import well into Vectorworks. Often the issue is that the files are the wrong format (too recent). You really want the files saved in an older version of AutoCAD so your version of Vectorworks can read them.
I have been following a discussion about importing Revit files into Vectorworks. The user has been complaining that the imported file is 17Mb, and when it is imported in to Vectorworks, the file ends up over 250Mb. This tends to make the files unworkable.
Another use posted a helpful tip, and that was to run the file through the Solibri Optimizer before importing into Vectorworks. This will dramatically reduce the file sizes. You have to register and log in order to use the Optimizer. When you log in, you should have step-by-step instructions.
You can import a PDF File and ungroup it, as long as it has vector information.
We often have to work with consultants and clients that do not use Vectorworks. DXF or DWG (AutoCAD) is usually the best way to do this. It will allow the you to use their information in Vectorworks, or it will allow them to import your work.
Importing For Workgroup Referencing. There are times when you are working with a consultant that keeps wanting to update the drawings. Every time the consultant updates the drawings, you will have to update your files. This can be a real hassle if you import the consultants drawings and work on them, as in the above example.
Importing For Roundtrip (landscaping). There are times when you are working with a consultant that wants you to send your work back to them. This can be a challenge as you might end up sending them their work back again, when you don’t want to.
Class and Layer Mapping. Class and Layer Mapping is a command that allows you to merge layers and classes together. You can use this to merge all the imported classes into the classes of your choosing.
Import from a Consultant, Can’t Get the Scale Right.
Importing Multiple Files From the Internet. In this case, you just download several files from the same manufacturer.
Importing Multiple Files From the Internet, Import as Symbols.
In this situation, you want to import the drawings from the Internet, use the details in your drawings, but there is no need to send the drawings to a 3rd party.