In this session we looked at the changes to the Planting Tool in the last few new versions of Vectorworks, we compared the benefits of the Landscape Area Tool to using the Plant tool, we looked at creating a planting area around an existing tree, uses for the Existing Tree Tool and Site Modelling / Site Modifiers / Reshape Tool / Labels.
In this session we looked at the Landscape Area tool. The Landscape Area tool is extremely useful when you are trying to plant large areas, if you try and create a budget plan, or if you trying to create a landscape concept plan. The tool has several options we looked at these options in this section.
This movie shows you how you can take a curve, convert it into a NURBS and use this to create a concrete structure. Using the rotate and mirror tools you can quickly duplicate the first curve, then mirror the resulting concrete structure to create a series of them. When you render the view, you can see the form more accurately.
This was the first session of the Education Special Interest Group for May 2013, and it looked at the roadmap on the website and how this could be used to help plan the course for landscape design.
This recording was from the morning session for the Landmark special interest group. Most of the session focused on textures, image props, and finding or importing better models. In particular the attendees wanted to know how I had created the ivy on the back wall of this movie.
This is the second session for the Landmark Special Interest Group for March 2013. The session started out with a discussion on what was included in my latest Vectorworks Landmark Tutorial Manual for Vectorworks 2013.
The consensus for today’s special-interest group was to look at Renderworks styles and lighting. Renderworks styles were introduced in Vectorworks 2012 and they allow you to create a rendering style with lighting options, quality options, and background options, and then save those settings. If you store the Renderworks style in your library, you will be able to access the style in every file.
This session looked again at storing and organizing the plant library. One suggestion was to use separate files to store the plants in so that the plants would be grouped together by the type of use.
In this session we looked at importing a survey file and using the survey data to prepare for creating a Site model.
One of my clients was asking about drawing a stone capping on a wall. There are two ways to deal with this, drawing a 2D plan view, or correctly modeling the stone capping in 3D. This applies to more than just a stone capping, it applies to any wall that has a capping on it.
Like the other session this month, this session focused on creating and storing plants. this session also had time to look at storing plants in the default content and in the Resource Browser.
The main topic for this session was how to create a plant from scratch, rather than duplicating an existing plant.
This is the last landmark special interest group session for 2012. It gives us the opportunity to wrap up anything that’s outstanding for the subscribers this year. A consistent theme for the Landmark special interest groups this month has been planting. Vectorworks 2013 has a new dialog box for creating your plants and the new concept for the definition and the settings for each plant.
In this session we looked at two major topics; creating a landscape budget using landscape areas, and creating plants and adding them to your library. Vectorworks makes it very easy to find areas and calculate the percentages of areas in relation to each other. If you create your plants and store them in your library, it becomes very quick to use them.
In this session we looked at getting started with the project, based on information that had been measured on-site. In the situation the information was not imported from a survey, it was actually measured by the people in the office when they visited the site. The methods of measuring were a theodolite and a tape measure. This is enough information to give the heights in the setting out from known points on the site.
In this meeting we continued our series on getting started with Vectorworks Landmark. An important part of creating a landscape plan is creating plants. In Vectorworks 2013, the plant preferences have been changed. There are now two dialogue boxes that control plant settings. The new settings with the two dialogue boxes allows for more flexible plant placement.
This is the movie from the afternoon session of the landmark special-interest group. This session was slightly different from the morning session because we looked at starting a project from a hand drawing. We then created layers on top of the scanned hand drawings so that we could start our Vectorworks plants.
This is the movie from the morning session of the landmark special interest group. We looked at starting a project from the beginning by importing a DXF/DWG file. We looked at the options for importing this type of file and then we created the other layers that we needed, and then we created plants.
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.
This is the movie from the morning session Landmark Special Interest Group, September 2012. We are looking at starting a project by importing DXF/DWG information. An important concept that needed to be cover was when to use layers and when to use classes. Continue reading