This session looked at working planes, automatic working planes, and how symbols behave with automatic working planes.
Sometimes when you place a dimension, the dimension snaps to objects that you are not intending it to. In this image you can see how the dimension has snapped to the front of one object and to the rear of the other giving me a measurement of the distance between the two objects, but not the one I want. If you set your Active Plane to Screen Plane, you can measure the distance between the two objects on the screen plane, which might be the dimension you are looking for.
Automatic Working Planes. When you understand the concept of working planes, Automatic Working Planes will be easy to use. Automatic Working Planes allows you to instantly find and use working planes on the objects you move near. The Automatic Working Plane will appear as a blue plane on the object.
Here is a youtube movie from one of my old friends, Steve Scaysbrook. He is looking at an overview of Screen plan Vs Layer plane, how to set it up, and perhaps more importantly easily change whole drawings easily with the Vector Depot plugin.
The Working Planes palette Is used to create manage and control working planes. I think the palette dates from the old days of Vectorworks, before the View bar was introduced.
Active Working Plane. The Active Working Plane is shown on the View bar. You will need to keep an eye on this, so that you do not create objects on the wrong plane.
Save Working Plane. Once you have created a working plane, you can save the working plane.
You need to understand working planes in order to unlock the power of 3-D modeling and Vectorworks. You can save working planes for later, and you can also create automatic working planes.
Beyond Beginner Session – Screen plane, layer plane and working plane.
I client has just asked me to explain screen plane, layer plane and 3D plane. To answer them, I created this image. I think it helps.
The working planes palette. If you want to use working planes this will be useful. In Vectorworks 2009 working planes were easier to use, in 2010 they are much easier.
You use working planes in 3D to help you draw objects in 3D. They used to be really complex. This new way will make them more understandable, and more useful.
Working Planes in 3D Modeling