Getting Started Special Interest Group September 2019

In this session, we explained the differences between the Layer plane, Screen plane, and Working plane, before discussing the benefits of Auto Hybrids, working with Massing Models, creating Section viewports from a Clip Cube view, where to find the Custom Stair tool, and how to set default settings for a tool.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:12    We started the session by explaining the Layer plane, Screen plane, and Working plane—covering when and how to use each one. An object drawn on the Layer plane looks like it’s on the ground. As you turn the Design Layer in a 3D view, you’ll see that an object drawn on the Screen plane looks like it’s stuck to the back of the monitor. By making a few extrusions—because objects extrude perpendicular to the plane they’re drawn on—we demonstrated the characteristics of the different planes. One time that the Screen plane is particularly useful is when you’re drawing a rectangle as a crop for a viewport. When you’re working with an object in a 3D view, you can use the Automatic Working plane.
  • 17:58    After extruding and pulling shapes into a model of a house, we looked at the benefits of turning them into an Auto Hybrid. Using the Shell tool, we could hollow out the base of our model so that it looked like a floor plan in a Top/plan view. You can also set the cut plane elevation of the Auto Hybrid. Another option for creating quick concept or landscape buildings is to work with Massing Models.
  • 24:01    We quickly went through the steps for creating a Section viewport from a Clip Cube view. After showing how to edit the section cut, we went over how to duplicate the view and create other Section viewports that you might need.
  • 38:25    Someone was having trouble locating the Custom Stair tool. It can be found in the Legacy tool folder.
  • 39:21    We finished the session by going over Hardscape objects. They come with a lot of options, but one benefit to using them is that they have a site modifier component. We showed how, if you go into Tool Preferences before using a tool—and this is true of all tools, not just the Hardscape tool—you can set up your first instance how you want it and, then, Vectorworks will default to that until you go in again and change the preferences. We showed how this works on the Scale Bar tool, because I didn’t like any of its default settings. Selecting the Pick Up Sets Defaults option in the Eyedropper tool will also set the options you picked as the default settings for that tool!

Getting Started September 2019

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