Getting Started Special Interest Group December 2017


In this session, we covered creating custom line types, using automatic backups in Vectorworks, and adding new line types to our resource library.

Topics covered:

  • 00:26    We started the session with a blank design layer. The challenge was to create our own custom line type. You can do this by opening the New Resource dialog box in the Resource Manager and selecting Line Type. The top slider controls the length of the line and the bottom slider controls the length of the gap. After creating our new line, we used it on our site plan, dragging and dropping it from the Resource Manager right onto the design layer. We also played around with the Create Similar Object command—both by right-clicking and by using the keyboard shortcut—to make additional shapes. On our landscape layer, we used the Create Similar Object command to jump around from creating similar plants to making similar lines. Next, we wanted to create a new complex line type. We had to decide if our line was going to use page-based or world-based units. Page-based units change depending on the scale of the page, whereas world-based units always have the same-sized shapes regardless of the drawing’s scale (a 2m-long fence will be 2m long whether the drawing is at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100). To illustrate this, we created a page-based telephone line with a repeating “T”—it helps if you design a page-based graphic at a 1:1 scale to avoid having it be too big when you go to use it. Cutting up the repeating bit of line in Line Type geometry—maybe cutting it into thirds—will help your line follow a curve or angle more closely on the design layer. The line weight is based on the info in the Attributes palette. You can always set it up so that all of the graphic attributes are controlled through a class.
  • 32:19    Next, we made a world-based line type. We wanted to make one representing a fence—it had a line (2.5m) and a post (150mm) and a repeat (2.5m).
  • 34:29    We crashed Vectorworks during the session—the good thing was that we had backups set up! We had Vectorworks set to auto save every 15 operations, without confirming. I prefer to save the backups to a separate file so that I don’t save them to a networked or shared file—clogging up someone else’s storage—and can easily review and delete them. I also prefer to back up by “operations” rather than “minutes” so that the backups represent actual changes (instead of those 15 minutes when I was on the phone with a client and wasn’t doing any work in Vectorworks).
  • 40:13    We returned to our fencing line type. We edited its geometry—this time, we gave it little circles in between the fence posts. When we were finished editing it, we made sure to drag and drop it into our resource library—that way, it would always be available when we needed it. Today, we saw that line types can be amazingly graphic if you want them to be!

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