Architect_069 Architect Special Interest Group May 2015 (am)

image058+In this session we looked at the problem of scanning a large drawing and getting it into Vectorworks. The answer is to use Photoshop to photomerge the smaller scans into a large scan, then import that into Vectoworks. There is an extended podcast that covers this.  Then we looked at snapping in Vectorworks. It might sound like a basic thing to cover, but the reality is a lot of people don’t know about these basic things and there are a lot of choices to make with the snapping. We looked at the choices that we can make with object snaps, when to turn most of the object snaps off and how it might help with dimensioning. While we were dimensioning we also looked at adding notes to dimensions. We looked at most of the snap options in Vectorworks, when to use them and when to turn them off. We also looked at a technique using Custom tool/attribute that would allow you to save your snap settings and create a small script. We also looked at how the scripts can be copied from one file to another.

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Vectorworks Tip #127 – Basic Tools – Smart Cursor

Learning to use the Smart Cursor is fundamental to learning to use Vectorworks effectively. The Smart Cursor allows you to find adjacent points to line up with, it allows you to find the point between two other points on screen and it has several other options which can really speed up your drawing. This is one of the snaps that you should leave on almost all the time.

Vectorworks Tip #126 – Basic Tools – Snap to Object

Snap to Object is one of the snaps that you absolutely must turn on if you want to draw accurately in Vectorworks. If you do not activate this snap, you cannot draw accurately relative to other objects and you will not be able to dimension accurately. If you double-click on the Snap to Object it has several options for you to choose from. If you reduce the number of choices, you can speed up your dimensioning. Reinstate all the choices for accurate designing.

If you want more information about Snaps, have a look at my Guide to Productivity…