In this exercise you will create a simple 3D model using simple tools and commands. You can then use this model to create drawings using a new concept called Viewports. We will be using a quick command to create the viewports from the 3-D model. This command is only available if you using Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, or Designer. The command we will be using is not available if you have Vectorworks Fundamentals.
In Vectorworks 2011 you could snap to objects that were not on the working plane. In Vectorworks 2013 there is now a preference that controls whether you can snap to points that are not on the working plane.
When you present your design you cannot be sure that others are thinking of the same thing that you are. One of the ways around this is to create images of your design, so they can see it from several views. These can be rendered views so your client can see the light, shadows, and textures. These images work well with printed media, but if you want them to fully understand design, a movie is best.
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.
Vectorworks comes with several libraries full of furniture and electrical appliances. But sometimes you want to have something which is more specific to the country you are from. I have created some symbols that match the F&P objects like dishwashers, stoves, ovens, and range hoods.
Auto-Hybrid – I think this is going to be a huge benefit when you are creating your library. I often use imported objects from manufacturers to create my 3-D parts of symbols. But it has always been a lot of work to trace over the 3-D objects creation the 2-D portion of the symbol.
Physical Sky – Heliodon Changes – The physical sky is a new background in Vectorworks 2013 and it is tied to the heliodon tool. The difference between previous skies and the new physical sky is that the physical sky changes its appearance according to the time of day shown in the Heliodon.
Clip Cube – The Clip Cube is a new navigation feature in Vectorworks 2013. If you have a large project, for example an urban design project, when you create an isometric or perspective view, you sometimes have too much information.
New Perspective View and Walkthrough – When you change to a perspective view you have a crop object around the perspective view. In Vectorworks 2013 there is now an ability to turn this crop on or off.
The walk-through tool has also changed. It used to be very difficult for people to use the walk-through tool, because the controls of the walk- through tool were based on the center of the view.