Getting Started Special Interest Group February 2017


In this session we looked at creating text, dimensions, and annotations. Should you put all of your text and annotations on the design layer or should they will go in the annotation part of the viewport. It’s a good idea to be consistent and it also depends on how you like to work. But for a basic rule of thumb it is often easier to create most of your dimensions, text, and annotations on the design layers for all of your plan drawings. Section and elevation drawings that use the 3D model on the other hand have to have their text and annotations in the annotation part of the viewport.

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Landscape Special Interest Group May (am) 2016


Topics covered:

  • 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

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Vectorworks Tip #188 – Text – Check Spelling of Callouts

image033Check the spelling of your Callouts. When you select text, you can use the right-click to choose Check Spelling, but this does not work if you select a callout. You might think that that will stop you from checking the spelling in a callout note. If you select a callout object (or even several of them) then you can go to Text on the Menu bar and choose Check spelling. This will then check the spelling of all of the selected callout notes.

Vectorworks Tip #180 – Text – Find/Replace Text

image116Find/Replace Text is a fantastic command for finding and replacing text in your drawings. I once had a client who had to change all of the notes that related to the roof strap bracing. Using this command meant that it will be done at once without having to look for every reference in document.

Vectorworks Tip #166 – Text – Use Text Styles with Dimension Standards

2014-10-28_20-29-15If you create text styles you can connect them to your custom dimension standards. This means that every time you place a dimension it will automatically set the text to the right style, ensuring that all of your dimension text is the way you want it.

Vectorworks Tip #164 – Text – Use Text Styles with Classes

2014-10-20_18-38-21One of the new features with Vectorworks 2015 is the ability to link a class to a Text Style. This gives you a similar control to controlling the graphic style of objects with a class. When you assign your text to a class it will automatically use the text style assigned. This is such an improvement when you have areas of text that have to be on different classes and at different sizes.

podcast198 Annotation Changes in Vectorworks 2015

Vectorworks 2015 have made some subtle changes to the annotation tools like callouts, drawing labels, elevation benchmarks and dimensions. Taken individually, each of these changes is minor, but they will remove many of your frustrations when dealing with these objects. The elevation benchmark for example now has an offset mode which is going to be a huge bonus where you have elevation benchmarks that are close together.

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Vectorworks Tip #160 – Text – Use Text Styles

2014-10-13_12-26-39If you use the Format Text dialog box, you will find there is a Save button on the dialog box. Saving your text style allows you to reuse the same style anywhere in your document. Also, your text style is a resource which you can then share to other files through the Resource Browser.

podcast197 Text Changes in Vectorworks 2015

Vectorworks has worked hard on implementing text improvements for Vectorworks 2015. These improvements include control over text tracking, variable tab settings and using classes to control text size. These changes may seem small, but they will improve your productivity.

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Vectorworks Tip #156 – Text – Format Text

2014-10-04_11-39-01The quickest way to control your text is to use the Format Text… command from the text menu. This command is so much faster because it opens a dialog box allowing you to change the font, size, style, justification, etc. all in one dialogue box. If you try to use the commands from the menu bar to control the size, style, etc you’ll find it takes a lot longer to control your text.

Annotation – Part 4

Find/Replace Text – This command can be used to look for a word or a phrase in your file and replace it with another word or phrase. It’s really useful if the client has changed a finish that you have put all over the drawings, of it the engineer makes a change to the engineering requirements. You can get VectorWorks to change all occurrence of the word or phrase.

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