Setting Up Layers for the Building – You can set up the layers at any time. But, you will find it easier to set up the layer heights as soon as you can. The layer settings affect the walls and roof.
Creating Custom Dimension Standards – Custom dimension styles can be used instead of the standard dimensions. This allows you to create a dimension style that you like.
Setting Up Units For Primary And Secondary Units – Vectorworks has two settings for dimensioning, primary units and secondary units.
Setting The Smart Cursor Settings For Faster Drawing – There are several Smart Cursor settings. If you adjust them to suit your drawing style, you will find Vectorworks works very fast.
Setting Up The Page Size – You will find drawing quicker with Vectorworks if you set up the page size. The page settings will depend on your computer and printer.
Creating A New File – Creating a new file is easy, you can create a new blank file, or you can create a file from a template.
In later versions of Vectorworks you can access quick preferences from the toolbar. In Vectorworks 2013 they have increased the number of preferences that you can access from this area. But that is not the only way that you can create quick preferences. Prior to this, you would create quick preferences by writing a small script which would sit in a floating palette.
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.
Some users have been noting that the can't use the Tab key in the Move dialog box to move from one field to another.
The solution is to change your macintosh System Preferences.
Windows comes with a Backup system that you can use to create daily, Weekly, Monthly backups of you most valuable files. If one of your Vectorworks files becomes corrupt, you can often go back to an earlier version to save the project.
I’ve just had an e-mail from a client who wants to know what to do about the PDF files in Vectorworks. My client is now finding that when they export PDF files from Vectorworks the files are over 22 MB.
Referencing in Vectorworks is the ability to link your current Vectorworks file to an image, PDF, or another Vectorworks file.
When you upgrade Vectorworks you will also need to update all your old library files to the new version of Vectorworks. The slow way to do this is to open each file and then save it again. The quick way to do this is to use batch convert. Batch convert will update all the files from a selected folder to the new version of Vectorworks.
Fonts aren’t really part of the library. The fonts are actually stored in your operating system. So, for example on a Macintosh, the fonts installed on a particular location, while on the Windows machine they are stored quite separately.
I have had a couple of user that have trouble joining the webinars. It seems that the common issue is that they are using a Macintosh with Safari. I have had one user change to Firefox, and that fixed the problem. If you are having trouble joining the webinars, try using Firefox or chrome to join.
In the new macintosh operating system, the Library Folder is now hidden. The Library folder is where the Vectorworks User Folder is stored, unless you change it. But if the folder is hidden, how do you access it?
If you find that you lose the ability to use multiple selection (shift+click), then look to see if Firefox running. Firefox disrupts the shift+click. If you quit Firefox, you should find that you get your multiple selection back.
What if you have a template file set up, but some of the settings, or symbols need to be edited. Actually, it is easy.
Beyond Beginner meeting covering the Resource Browser. The resource browser is an important part of using Vectorworks effectively. You can use the resource browser to access resources and other files, making it quick to import resources from other files into your current work.
The room finishes are also read from the user folder and work group folder. Here the path (on Mac) where you find the text file containing the finishes in the User folder: