Over the years I have created several extra tools, or plug-ins, for Vectorworks. These are very useful on older verisions of Vectorworks and some these are still useful on the latest versions.
In the session we talked about creating template files. When you create a template it is tempting to put everything in the template that you think you will need. Unfortunately, this creates a very heavy template file with lots of textures, hatches, line types, and symbols that you might never need. Continue reading
In Vectorworks 2013 there was a change to the line styles. Now they are called Line Types, and they are more more graphic than they have every been.
This allows you to create line types that include the works SS for Sanitary Sewer, or SW for Stormwater. You can even make a line type that looks like footprints.
Over the years I have been collecting hatches that I like to use in my Vectorworks drawings.
You can choose to put the hatches in your template file, or you can choose to put these hatches in the User Folder or Workgroup Folder.
There are over 80 hatches in these files.
Layer and Class Standard – A layer and class standard is the most effective way to add new layers and classes to a file.
Creating a Layer and Class Standard – The layer and class stand is really useful, this movie shows where to store the Layer and Class standard.
Save As Template – A template is a great way to start a file. It can contain all your layers and classes you need, and it can save all your tool settings.
The session was intended to be an open question-and-answer session. My aim was to cover several topics. However, there were two main topics that came up in the session. The first topic was space subjects and how to edit the labels, and the second topic was default content. Continue reading
Vectorworks 2013 introduced several new concepts. Two really important concepts are the detail viewports and the hierarchal classes. My belief is that both of these concepts are going to change the way you structure your classes and the way you structure your sheet layers. In this Special Interest Group will be looking at how these two concepts can be used.
You should use worksheets to count and report objects in your Vectorworks files, but sometimes you forget which file had the worksheets you want. You should store your worksheets in your library so that they are easy to find.
It is very important to build and maintain your Vectorworks Library. your Vectorworks library is much more than just a collection of symbols. You have hatches, symbols, tool libraries, and much more.
I have been helping a friend with setting up the User Folder. I noticed as I helped him, that several of his old library files had not been converted to Vectorworks 2010. This happens to me every time I update my version of Vectorworks. There is a solutions though, Vectorworks has a batch convert command.
The Unified View is a big improvement, now you can use the 2D tools with Unified View, you can use Show/Snap/Modify others for the layer options, and it’s just a lot quicker.
Your office library is not just a few symbols saved in a library.
Layer and class standards are part of developing your library. When you create symbols you will use specific classes. When you create other information on the drawings you will use layers and classes. It would be easier to have a set of layers and classes that you use in a place that make s them easy to get to.
If you have Vectorworks 2008 and above, you do not have to open the library file. When you have created a symbol, you can add it to your library file by using the Export command in the Resource Browser. All you need to do is to find the symbol in your current project, right mouse click on it and use Export…
The structure for your Library should follow a structure that you can understand and use. For example, when I am drawing details I like to have a symbol folder with all my steel sections, another symbol folder with all my timber sections and a symbol folder with all the standard window sections. When I put a detail together it usually consists of typical construction elements, the timber, steel and window for example. Then there a many components that you draw that do not fit a regular shape. The concrete slab is one that will not always be the same.
Editing a symbol.
Setting up a user folder is a nice way to work. Vectorworks 2008 and 2009 create a user folder on your computer to store all your custom settings away from the Vectorworks application folder. If you re-install Vectorworks all your custom data will still be there.
In order for your library to work, you have to turn on the option to Display default content. You access this in the Vectorworks Preferences.