Vectorworks Tip 388 – What can you use Contours For?

In the previous tip about contours , I said that you could use them to rearrange the model. But that’s only one useful contours. If you are using marionette you can use contours to generate slices through an object and then use those slices to create further objects in marionette.

Vectorworks Tip 387 – How to Create a Linked Viewport With a Detail Callout


This is almost the same as the detail reference, but you start with the Detail Callout object. With this object you have to draw the shape of the outline before you can link the viewport. If you set your preferences (by using the preference button on the Tool bar) before you start to draw your detail callout object, you will find it a lot quicker to draw. You will also find that you can choose the viewport you want to link to before you draw your detail callout.

Vectorworks Tip 386 – Classes for Existing/Demo Walls

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Some people copy the walls from one layer to the other to create an existing plan and a demolition plan. This technique is not recommended. If you change the plan for any reason, you have edit the walls on two plans. If you use classes, you only have to edit the walls once. As well as that, you can use class overrides in viewports to change the graphics on the walls. You can’t do that with layers.

We will be covering this topic in March 2016, book now!

Vectorworks Tip 385 – Project Sharing – Saving

project sharing, vectorworks, tipsBecause your working file is separate from your project file, when you save your working file, the information is not automatically transferred to the project file. This allows you to save your work without updating the project file. This might seem strange, but it would be a good idea if you wanted to try out a new design without changing the project file for everybody else on the team.

Interactive Workshops February 2016 (1602) – Building Takeoff

Cover ImageIn these sessions we looked at creating a building takeoff report. In order to do that we covered the basics of creating worksheets (which is the technique we need to use to create a report). We also looked at designing a building takeoff, because while Vectorworks has the ability to report all the information you require, it doesn’t know yet what information that might be.

It is most important that you understand the concept of using worksheets. We have covered worksheets and other manuals, and I will not be repeating some of that information, but I will be covering enough for you to understand how a worksheet is designed to be used.

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Vectorworks Tip 376 – Schedule Areas of Components

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Use worksheets to shedule areas of components. If you’re using a wall for example, you might want to schedule the area of the external finish, the internal finish, and the baseboard (skirting). Using components allows you to pack the various wall components and report them individually in your worksheets.

Vectorworks Tip 375 – Project Sharing – Setting Up Privileges For Users

vectorworks, project sharingProject sharing has an administration dialog box that allows you to set up preferences (or privileges) for different users. This allows you to set up a system that allows some users to have full access to the file,while other uses can only see the contents of the file and cannot make any changes (and the range of options between).


Vectorworks Tip 370 – Project Sharing – Viewports

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Because the design layer is the basic currency of project sharing, if you want to update a viewport on a sheet layer, you may need to check out that sheet layer and the design layers that have been used to create that viewport. If you do not you will be limited to only editing the viewport annotations.

Interactive Workshops January 2016 (1601) – Outdoor Lighting

1602, Outdoor LIghting, archoncadRendering is a fun art of using Vectorworks and in the past we have covered lighting (1502), but we covered it from the point of view of interior and architectural lighting. This manual is about exterior lighting, which suggests that we should be looking at nighttime lighting for architectural and landscape projects.

This means that we have to think about our rendering from a completely different point of view. Instead of trying to make sure that everything is visible, we’re trying to create a mood. We have to consider things like the moon, the night sky, the lights on the building, the lights inside the building, street lights, garden lights, et cetera.

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Vectorworks Tip 358 – Color Temperature for Lights

image151, lighting, vectorworks, archoncadWhen you create a light in Vectorworks you have the ability to change the colour. One of the settings is to use colour temperature. The colour temperature is physics concept that relates the colour of the light to the temperature of the surface radiating the light (in degrees Kelvin). In simple terms sunlight has a colour temperature of 5500. This is also known as daylight or cool light. For more information check out the manual 1601 Outdoor Lighting.

Vectorworks Tip 353 – Camera Effects – Depth of Field

vectorworks camera effectsThe term depth of field describes how much of your photo will be in focus. The camera tool now allows you to control how much is in focus using Depth of Field. But the way that controls how much is in focus is to do with the aperture of your camera. If you're an old school photographer you'll understand how aperture relates to depth of field, but if you're a modern digital camera photographer you may not understand this. In simple terms the larger the number for the aperture (f-22) the more will be in focus, the smaller the number for the aperture (f-2.8) the less will be in focus.


Vectorworks Tip 352- Marionette and BIM


When you create objects in Marionette, you add IFC information for the object into the Marionette network. But you can also add IFC information to the object without editing the Marionette network. After you create your Marionette network into an object, you can use the Object Info palette to add IFC information. When you and IFC information to your marionette object becomes an object that will be exported when you export your IFC project. All when you had the IFC information in this way, the information stays on the object even if you enter the Marionette network and edit it. As with other plug-in objects, the IFC information stays on the object when you change the parameters on the Object Info palette.

Vectorworks Tip 350 – Setting Up a Perspective Section Viewport


Notes - Page 27If you create a section viewport and place it on a sheet layer, you are limited to using a 1-point perspective. If you want to show a 2-point perspective, you should place the section viewport on a design layer, use a camera to view the section, then use the camera to create a viewport.

Vectorworks Tip 349 – Site model – Site Modifiers (Pads and Grade Limits)

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Sometimes there is confusion over the what a pad object is and what a grade limits object is in site modeling. The pad changes the site model (it is the 3D object) and the grade limit controls how much of the site is affected by the pad.

Vectorworks Tip 348 – BIM and IFC


BIM is the activity of modelling; IFC is the format to exchange information. When you are creating objects and locating them in the project, that’s BIM. But when you want to pass that information to another person, you can use IFC to export your project and the information attached to objects.

Vectorworks Tip 344 – Vectorworks Angles vs Survey Angles

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Vectorworks, like all CAD programs, uses 0° for the angle of a line that is horizontal (X direction) and uses 90° for a vertical line (Y direction) surveys on the other hand start measuring the angles from North (which is 0°), through East. So a survey angle that is 200° would be shown in Vectorworks as an angle of -110°.