In this session, we covered using a library file, keeping a template file, and the benefits of using the Purge command.
- 00:11 We started the session by adding a library file to Vectorworks’ Favorites. I prefer to have all of my favorite resources—objects, object styles, tools, symbols, etc.—in one folder that I place in Favorites each time a new version of Vectorworks is released. That way, I always have easy access to the resources that I use the most. We demonstrated how to find a resource in your library file and revise it if you need to. We talked about the difference between referencing an object into a project file and importing the object into the project file. You can get rid of a favorites file by right clicking and selecting the Remove command.
- 17:46 Some things in Vectorworks should be added to your library file, not your template. A hatch, for example, doesn’t need to be in your template file because the Resource Manager shows you all of the hatches in the Vectorworks libraries and in the library file that you’ve added to Favorites whenever you go to add a hatch. Other things in Vectorworks, such as your customized dimensions, cannot be kept in a library file, but need to be added to your template file. Use the Save as Template command and add it to Vectorworks’ Template folder using Default.sta as the filename. I try to keep my template as small as possible because I do many kinds of projects, and I don’t want a project file to be full of lots of things that I’m not going to use. However, if you tend to do the same kind of projects, you could add more things to your template. You can even have things such as viewports already set up in your template file.
- 37:18 You can save multiple templates, but only one can have the Default.sta filename. You could take a job that’s finished and pare it down to use as a template for that kind of project. That way, you’ll have the entire drawing set ready to go for your new project. We ended by going over the Purge command—very useful for getting rid of any duplicate stuff in a file!
Getting Started March 2020
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