Master Snaps – When you have a lot of objects that are close together it is difficult to snap to the one you want. The concept of master snaps is to have an overriding snap that makes it easy to click on.
If you double-click on the Snap to Grid you will see a dialogue box with all the snap to grid options. I do not use Snap to Grid very often, usually because I’m drawing relative to other objects. But when you need to draw a objects, like this wall, and you want control the length of it, use the snap to grid with a large grid setting so that you can draw the wall quickly. In this example I have used a wall, but this equally applies to other situations like set design and landscape. If you want more information about Snaps, have a look at my Guide to Productivity available here.
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.
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.
By default Vectorworks 2010 and 2011 have one snap turned off that I find useful, Nearest Point on Edge.
I find Nearest Point on Edge useful, because this is the option needed to snap along the edge of an object, which I use nearly all the time.
Datum. This technique is a function of the smart points constraint. It allows you to set a temporary datum (floating datum), then measure from this datum.
Snapping (Constraints). The constraints must be used if you want to snap to an object or use the smart points.
I had a question yesterday form a friend about showing thick lines in Vectorworks. When you draw objects in Vectorworks, you use the line weights you want for printing. But the challenge can be that what looks good on paper, does not look good on the screen. Normally, this is due to the lines that look good on paper are too thin to display well on screen.
How to use the Smart Edge snap (constraint).