Getting Started Special Interest Group June 2019

In this session, we covered how to customize markers (such as the arrowhead) and set the customized markers as the defaults in the Callout tool. We also demonstrated how to change the 2D graphics and notes in the Stair tool, how to use the Redline tool, and how to download and use the Library file from my website.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:12    We started off reviewing what to click on to add an arrowhead to a line before discussing how to customize arrowhead markers. I like to make mine with a thick, bold arrow—before using a computer for drawings, I used a felt tip pen to make my arrowheads really stand out. Vectorworks comes with several arrowhead styles, but if you don’t use them, you can delete them. Why keep them around, cluttering your workspace, if you don’t like them? We demonstrated how to change the fill, base, angle, length, width and ticks for arrowheads and other Vectorworks markers. Next, we clicked on the Callout tool and opened up the Notes Manager so that we could select our newly customized markers as the default options for our notes. We quickly went over how to change the 2D graphics and notes for the Stair tool. The Custom Stair tool (hidden under Legacy Tools) is more flexible for making stairs where, for example, one flight curves in one direction and the other flight curves in the opposite direction, and the Simple Stair tool is great for landscaping, because it can be cut and added to in ways that the other stairs can’t.
  • 24:50    Under Library Files on my website (, I’ve included my template file, library file, standards file, as well as my favorite textures, plugins, line types, hatches, and quick preferences. I’ve also included directions for downloading and installing them. They are an easy way to get up and running if you don’t have your own versions of these things.
  • 29:25    If you have a meeting with a client and they want changes made to the plans, you can use the Redline tool to make notes about those changes in Vectorworks. By default, Vectorworks assigns them to a Notes-Redline class—that way they can be shown or hidden. Vectorworks makes a Redline database that tracks the changes, the date, who authorized them, who is responsible, and when they were completed. If you’re consistent, it can be a record of the changes throughout a project. It’s an internal tool, not like the Revision Cloud, which is an external tool to show the contractor what has been changed on a drawing.
  • 41:53    We finished the session by downloading the Library file that I have on my website and adding it to the Favorites folder in the Resource Manager. You can add your own favorite resources to the same folder so that everything is organized and easy to find!

Getting Started June 2019

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