Almost every day I post a short tip about an aspect of Vectorworks. These are small tips that you can read in ten seconds. There is a small paragraph about the tip, and an image that encapsulates the concept of the tip. These are a great way to improve your productivity each day.
When you create walls and slabs, you can connect the wall components to slab components. The first step is to set up a wall style with components. One of those components should be a core (I usually use the structural part of the wall for this).
When you create the slab, you can bind slab components to wall parts. You can’t bind to all of the wall components, but you can bind to the inner component, outer component, and core.
Walls can be textured by object or by component. What does this mean? When you texture the wall by object, the textures are applied to the top, bottom, left, right, and center of the entire wall, regardless of the component textures. If you texture the wall by component, the texture of each component is applied to the entire component (top, bottom, and sides). Texturing walls by component can make the walls look more realistic.
Slabs can be textured by object or by component. What does this mean? When you texture the slab by object, the textures are applied to the top, bottom, and sides of the entire slab, regardless of the component textures. If you texture the slab by component, the texture of each component is applied to the entire component (top, bottom, and sides).
Vectorworks has a Roof Framing command that is designed to create framing members for a roof (which I covered some time ago). You can also use this to create framing for roof faces. When I create roof faces I tend to be sloppy about the pitch line of the roof face (provided that it looks OK), but this has an affect on the creation of the framing. Watch the movie to find out more.
Nudge is where you move objects a small amount using the shift+arrow keys. It can be useful, but watch out if you need to measure the objects. There are also Vectorworks Preferences that control the nudging. In this extended podcast I explain all the options.
you should be using viewports to create your drawings. But when you do you might find that it is slow to go in and out of the viewports to edit the annotations. If you change the edit dialogue box for viewports, you can make it very quick to enter a viewport to edit the annotations. If you right click on a viewport you can choose whether you want to edit the annotations, edit the design layer, edit the crop, or edit the camera. This is also a technique to speed up making changes.
When you create a Dimension Standard you will find that it is only in the file you created it. Unlike other resources, Dimension Standards cannot be exported to your library. They also do not appear in the Resource Manager. However, you can import Dimension Standards from another file. When you create a dimension standard there is an Import button on the dialog box. If you click on this button, you can navigate to the file that has the correct Dimension Standard. When you choose your Dimension Standards, they will be imported into your current file. Continue reading →
When you are creating your projects, you often want to create more objects like to ones you already have. You could copy an paste an object, but then you have to move it and edit it. The Create Similar Object command sets the same tool, class, and tool settings as the original. This allows you to move a new location and start using the correct tool instantly.
Vectorworks 2017 introduced Slab Drainage. There is a specific tool to use to create the drainage. This tool has several modes that allow you to add a drain, edit the location and direction, connect drains together, and edit the valleys. The slab drainage can change the entire slab, or it can taper a component of the slab, but it only works with slabs.
I use this tool a lot to select a group of things that are similar. You can define how similar they are. They could be the same class, the came object type, or a combination of these. You can save your favorite settings so that you can recall them easily.
If you are using Windoor, you can use the vertical divisions to create a full height door with ½ height sidelight next it. With the standard Vectorworks doors and windows you can’t create this object using the same technique, but there is a way to do it. create the door and sidelight that you require and make sure that the jam of the door in the sidelight overlap. Select the door and window. Make a symbol from them.
When you create a door, choose the option to use Symbol Geometry and use your door symbol. This allows you to use the door object and add it to your schedule.
When you open a file, you sometimes find that all the viewports need updating. This can be frustrating and time consuming. There are a few things you can try. You can enable the Viewport Cache or you can convert the viewports to bitmaps.
You can’t change the scale of the viewport by interactively scaling it (using the selection tool to drag the corner). But you are allowed to do this to a group. If you make the viewport into a group, then you can and interactively scale it.
Vectorworks 2017 introduced a change to the plant spacing. in the past your plant spacing was a specific number and that was it. Now, plant spacing can be a specific number or it can be “Best Fit.” The idea of best fit is that Vectorworks will try to put as many plants as it can using the spacing that you have specified, but it will always place plant start click and at the end click. As well as that, Vectorworks added the option to have the row spacing different from the plant spacing.
Vectorworks has the ability to create custom leaves for a door. You can use this to create any door shape that you want. The only thing to look out for is that the door leaf has to be a 3D Symbol. The 3D objects have to be simple (extrusions, add solids, subtract solids, or generic solids). You can also use this technique to create partial height doors (bar doors).
This is a new technique in Vectorworks 2017. You can use a level to control the insertion point of a symbol. In this example I have a symbol for a power outlet with a 3D component. If you create a level for this symbol, you can set the height of the symbol using the level. When you need to change the elevation of all the power outlet in that story, change the level elevation. All the power sockets on that story will update.