Getting Started Special Interest Group September 2018

Getting Started Sept18

In this session, we talked about some things that are new in Vectorworks 2019, including how to filter the class list, how to control every 2D view of a symbol (not only the top view), and how to turn a Clip Cube view into a viewport.

Topics covered:

  • 00:12    We started with a review of layers and classes: Layers are where things are and classes are what things are. This can be seen in the names for my layers and classes: My design layers tend to be “Floor-1” and “Floor-2,” while my classes tend to be “Doors-Main” and “Walls-Exterior.” I tend to have an extraordinary number of classes, but the new edition of Vectorworks gives us the possibility of filtering them. For example, if I’m working on my site model, I can filter my class list so that it only gives me the classes that have to do with the project site. You could do the same for landscaping or walls or structural elements. Unfortunately, there isn’t a delimiter for “does not start with” when filtering classes. Another new feature is that we can now assign tags to classes so that they are easier to filter. You can go down your list, selecting all of the classes that you want, and assign them all the same tag at the same time. We demonstrated how much shorter the class list could be by using a tag to filter it—much more manageable! The same class can have more than one tag assigned to it. Similarly, you can filter by design layer—for example, if you’re working on a very complicated project with many floors.
  • 23:47    We covered Saved Views and how, in conjunction with the new filters, these tools can improve work flow. Sometimes when using a Saved View, you don’t want it to save the layer visibility—for example, when you use a Saved View just to rotate the model in plan. A Saved View doesn’t save the objects—if you delete something and go back to your Saved View, the object will still be gone. We checked Visibilities in the Organization dialogue box to show how quick it is to universally turn a class on or off. With Vectorworks 2019, it is easy to right click on a viewport and go to the design layer, but I still think that the Saved Views function is a really powerful tool.
  • 36:57    There’s a new concept with symbols. When we cut a section through a symbol, we can choose how it appears. We demonstrated this by taking a vanity and making a section of it. Previously, we could always add a 2D top view for a symbol. Now, we have the ability to control how the symbol’s other views—front, back, right, left, bottom—look in a viewport. You can also assign the 2D view that you’ve added to a detail level: Have it only appear when you need a low level of detail, an overview, for instance. There are low, medium, and high detail levels. These are now all part of the Component Edit command for symbols. You can tie in the level of detail to the scale of the drawing, adding layers of information to detail drawings and subtracting layers of information for more general or concept views. This works on any symbol. Another new feature is that you can change the section fill from the traditional red fill to another color.
  • 59:27    To finish the session, we briefly went over how Vectorworks 2019 allows you to turn a Clip Cube view into a viewport—much easier than our old workaround!

Getting Started September 2018 

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