BIM_SIG_016 Special Interest Group January 2013

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

Line Types

Resource Browser showing Line types

Resource Browser showing Line types

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.

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Hatches

Hatches in the Resource Browser

Hatches in the Resource Browser

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.

 

 

 

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BIM_SIG_015 Special Interest Group December 2012

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

BIM_SIG_011 Special Interest Group October 2012

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.

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Batch Convert Your Old Vectorworks Files to 2010

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. 

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cadmovie346 – Creating and Managing your Vectorworks Libraries Part 7

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.

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cadmovie345 – Creating and Managing your Vectorworks Libraries Part 6

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…

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cadmovie344 – Creating and Managing your Vectorworks Libraries Part 5

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.

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cadmovie341 – Creating and Managing your Vectorworks Libraries Part 2

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.

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