In this session, we looked at creating a plant, connecting the plant to the plants database, creating a new plant in the database, creating a plant report, controlling how the plant report finds the plants, and controlling the slope of a hardscape object.
In this session, we looked at retaining walls again. We used a site modifier in contour mode to create a straight retaining wall. We then adjusted the grade limits to change the retaining wall into a battered slope between the two levels of the garden, adding rocks, steps, and a landscape area with plants to go around the rocks.
The previous section was all about beginner topics, which everyone should know. This section is all about the intermediate topics that you will need to know in order to create your drawings from the 3D model.
This section will be about how the 3D parts of the design work.
In this session we looked at landscape areas, pricing landscape areas, creating our plants, and how to create existing plants (particular focusing on the textures).
Vectorworks 2017 introduced a change to the plant spacing. in the past your plant spacing was a specific number and that was it. Now, plant spacing can be a specific number or it can be “Best Fit.” The idea of best fit is that Vectorworks will try to put as many plants as it can using the spacing that you have specified, but it will always place plant start click and at the end click. As well as that, Vectorworks added the option to have the row spacing different from the plant spacing.
In this session we looked at how to add an image prop to a plant, how to create a plant, how to create and edit a custom workspace, how the plants connect to the Vectorworks plants database, how to use the Plants Database, and a quick introduction to using record formats in viewports.
In this session we mainly looked at creating 3D data for plants. We looked at photoshop for tidying up a plant image for use as an image prop and we looked at some resources available on the Internet and how you could use those for your plant 3D data.
In the session we looked at what’s new in Vectorworks 2017, concentrating on the plant definition and spacing. We also looked at using subdivision modelling to create a shade sail.
Plant Tool Changes – There are a few powerful changes to plants. Spacing is a lot more flexible.
In this session we looked at what is new in Vectorworks 2017 in relation to plants and fences.
This session covered:
Concept of saved views/viewports 0:00
- settings for layers & classes
- the navigation palette
- how to save views and adjust the settings 1:52
- layer & class visibilities
- rotate plan
- access a saved view
- Note: a saved view is NOT connected to a viewport 4:49
- switching from a viewport to a layer 6:20
- how to change the ‘edit viewport’ settings 8:40
- ‘sheet layers’ have replaced ‘saved views’ 11:15
- use the eyedropper tool to copy settings between viewports 11:55
- or copy a viewport and change some settings (e.g. use the Clip Tool)
- create a new class (watch the options in regard of saved views/viewports) 15:00
The main part of this session was around image props. The attendees want to look at the height of the image props, how they were created, and how they can incorporate these into plants. After that they want to look at some 3-D modelling.
This session looked at the challenges (bugs) encountered when counting plants in a worksheet, especially in regard of their height, spread and quantity. It also covered in detail how to create your own report (worksheet, schedule), how to edit an existing report (with its many record formats), showed the quickest way to update plant definitions and plant data and how to add additional information. It also discussed the difference between the height of a plant entered in Insertion Options vs. Plant Data. Furthermore it looked at the options of representing plants (2D and 3D) at various stages of their growth (e.g. when planted, 5 yrs, 10 yrs). To finish, Jonathan demonstrated how you can use a smartphone or tablet and Vectorworks Cloud Services to show off your projects. In the process topics also covered were: Invert Selection, Importing symbols from another file, On Plant List.