Getting Started Special Interest Group July 2019

In this session, we covered how to set the Horizontal and Vertical settings to 1:1 under Page Setup, discussed the benefits of setting up Vectorworks with one drawing per sheet, talked about putting notes on the Design Layer versus the viewport’s Annotation window, demonstrated how to sort objects by location for reports, and went over how to use the Callout tool, Keynotes and the Notes Manager.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:15    Someone was having a challenge getting the Horizontal and Vertical settings under Page Setup to stay at 1:1. Don’t select your paper size by checking the Choose Size Unavailable in Printer Setup option. Instead, click the Printer Setup button and choose your paper size there. After you’ve chosen it, change the Horizontal and Vertical settings to 1:1. If Vectorworks changes the Width and Height of your page slightly, don’t worry about it—Vectorworks is making sure that you don’t get blank pages when you do your printouts.
  • 05:45    I prefer only having one drawing per Vectorworks sheet—that way, I can take advantage of the functions that Vectorworks performs automatically, like picking up the sheet number and drawing name. I can also publish the whole set of pages without moving drawings around. People often wonder whether it’s best to put dimensions, notes and labels on the Design Layer or in the viewport’s Annotation window—the new Data Tag tool gives you greater flexibility to put things in either location. If you use the Data Tag tool for your plants and windows, for example, you can still connect those objects to a worksheet or report and have Vectorworks find them. One way of doing this that people don’t often think about is using location—you can draw a polygon around a group of plants and tell a report to only look at the plants within that location. We went through a quick demonstration of how to do this kind of sorting.
  • 15:40    I like to orient my design work—survey, site plan, drawings, etc.—according to the compass, but this can make things awkward when I go to place notes and labels on the drawings. I feel like I am forever rotating the design spaces. However, the drawings in your viewports are square to the page, making it easier to apply the notes and labels in the Annotation window. We reviewed how to use the Callout tool and demonstrated how to line up leader lines. Through the Callout tool, you can use notes from a database or create a new database. Once you get a certain number of notes, it helps to organize them according to some system—I use Masterspec numbers for mine. I make a copy of my notes database for each new client file, so I can modify the notes to match the specifications for that particular project.
  • 38:04    We continued demonstrating various settings in the Notes Manager, including how to revise Keynotes. You can use a number or letter for a Keynote—or even use a short description. Contractors often prefer having short descriptions to having a number or letter. Other benefits of doing your notes in the Annotation window are that you don’t have to worry about their scale and you don’t have to worry about whether they fall within the drawing crop. We finished the session reiterating how powerful the Data Tag tool is—maybe its most amazing skill is pulling the data out of whatever object you attach it to!

Getting Started July 2019

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