Vectorworks Tip #025 – Preferences – Auto Save settings

I have tried several options over the years, but now I use these settings. I use 30 Operations because that way I only get the AutoSave after I have completed 30 things, rather than a time interval (which always seems to come up at the wrong time). I like to save several versions of the old files so I can go back and find a good version of something that I might have changed.

Vectorworks Tip #023 – Preferences – Use Occluded Selection and Snapping

This is a Vectorworks preference that will speed up the way that you work in 3D by making it easier to snap only to the parts of the model that you see. Instead of snapping being based on the stacking order, the snapping will be based on the way that the objects appear in the view.

Vectorworks Tip #021 – Preferences – Log Time in Program

This is a Vectorworks preference that will create a text file on your computer. The text file will tell you every file that has been opened, saved and closed in Vectorworks and the time that this occurred. This is very useful if you want to know what files have been opened and saved, and what time they were opened and saved.

Vectorworks Tip #019 – Preferences – Offset Duplications

This preference is one of the Vectorworks preferences. To activate this preference, you have to open the Vectorworks Preferences from the Quick Preferences menu on the Tool bar. The preference stores the distance and angle of the offset when you use drag a copy. It then allows you to repeat the offset using the keyboard shortcut (command+D, or control+D).

Vectorworks Tip #018 – Preferences – Allow In-Place Duplication

This preference is one of the Vectorworks preferences. To activate this preference, you have to open the Vectorworks Preferences from the Quick Preferences menu on the Tool bar. It allows you to create duplicates on top of each other, which can be useful in drawings and modeling.

Vectorworks Tip #017 – Preferences – Centre on Objects After View Change

This preference is one of the Vectorworks preferences. To activate this preference, you have to open the Vectorworks Preferences from the Quick Preferences menu on the Tool bar. It it used to center objects in the drawing window when you change views. This makes the preference very useful in 3D modelling when you often change the view.

 

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Vectorworks Tip #016 – Preferences – Use Layer Colors

The Use Layer Colors preference is one of the quick preferences that you can activate on the Tool Bar. It is used to activate or deactivate the layer colors that you can assign to your layers. It is very useful when you have a multistory building, allowing you to see which stacked items in the building are not lined up with the others.

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Vectorworks Tip #014 – Preferences – Black and White Only

The Black and White Only preference is one of the quick preferences that you can activate on the Tool Bar. It is used to turn off all the color in the view, leaving you with just black and white objects. It will remove any greyscale colors.

 

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cadmovie618 – Productivity Part 7

Set the Tool Preferences. Nearly every tool as preferences for the tools. If you select a tool, say a door, then edit the preferences for the door, every door you place in the drawing will be the same. This can save you a lot of aggravation, it will save you a lot of time trying to edit every door.

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podcast 056 – Vectorworks 2009 – Preselection

One of the interface changes with VectorWorks 2009 is pre-selection. This means that object highlight as you move your cursor over them. it is a big improvement and it will help new users to learn Vectorworks. the old uses will quickly get used to this.

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