When you create objects in Vectorworks they can be 2D, 3D or a combination of both. Many objects also have information attached to them. If you think of a door for example, the door has a plan view, you can view it in 3D, and you can report the information from the door. If you think about the information attached to the door, that’s like the record format we are talking about. The idea of a record format is that it is a way to store information.
In these sessions we looked at why we would want to create Record Formats, what we can use them for, and how to report them once we have used them. We looked at some intermediate topics like linking the record format to a symbol and linking the record format to text inside a symbol. We finished by looking at some advanced topics like using record formats with IFC, modifying objects using the records and Data Visualization on viewports.
This is the first session for this Special Interest Group. In this session we looked at creating symbols, creating Record Formats, and reporting. In particular we looked at the problem of creating stage platforms, placing them in the design and reporting the number of stages needed.
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.
- 00:20 Attaching non-graphic information to objects (record formats)
- 00:56 using text along the path to create takes in 2-D and 3-D, using a polyline then reshaping the polyline with the reshaped tool
- 09:29 modified by record command allows you to edit objects based on record information attached to them
- 16:53 trying to use modified by record on plots to change the color of plants based on a record formant
- 30:00 associated dimensions
- 34:59 creating text styles
- 35:53 select similar tool
- 35:57 assigning a textile to a dimension
- 36:21 creating a custom dimension standard
- 38:05 suggestions on where to create plans and details so that your text, dimensions, and hatching is easier to create and visualize
- 47:10 using the eyedropper tool to copy the attributes from one object to another
There is almost no end the the uses for Record Formats. Many Vectorworks objects have their own Records attached, but if that is not enough, you can create your own Records and attach it to the objects you want.
This allows you to connect the Record Format to a text object in a symbol. I use this to create symbols that have heights, steel sizes and code numbers.
This is the second session for the Landmark Special Interest Group for April 2013. The people who attended the session were extremely interested in creating a report that listed all the garden lights and information about the lights.