There are several techniques that I use to control and manage my drawings. In this article we will be covering saved views (including a brief look at layers and classes), controlling classes and layers in viewports, controlling visibilities on drawings, and multiple view panes.
Every year we look at the new features of Vectorworks. There are always some really positive features And also some features that have marginal benefits. In these sessions we like to look at the most productive or the most beneficial features.
There is a range of tools for creating Vertical Transport (stairs, ramps, escalators, and elevators). Not all of these tools are available for every version of Vectorworks. For example, no tools are available on the Fundamentals workspace, the Landmark workspace has some tools, and the Architect workspace has other stairs. Some tools are available, but hidden away.
The Resource Manager is an extremely important part of your Vectorworks interface. It allows you to look for resources (hatches, line styles, wall styles, plants, etc.), so it’s important that we understand how to use it. It will make you more efficient and improve your productivity.Continue reading
This workshop is about Floors, Slabs, Columns, and Pilasters. You might be wondering when to use a Floor and when to use a Slab. You might be like other users who use a Floor because they can’t understand how a Slab connects to a Wall. Watch these sessions. They will help you use Floor and Slab objects more efficiently.
Columns and Pilasters are underused. In this session, we look at these objects and learn to use them to create foundations and a retaining wall.Continue reading
Drawings need title blocks. In this session, we looked at the Title Block tool in Vectorworks. We covered step by step how to work with both a title border and a title block. Title blocks in Vectorworks now use object styles, similar to doors and windows. We modified a standard Vectorworks title block into our own customized title block that we could reuse. It’s easier to modify a title block than to create one, and it’s easier to start off with more than you need, rather than with less. We used the Reshape tool to stretch the title block to fit our page size, dragged and dropped a logo into the title block layout, and changed the look of the project name. We covered how to use the Title Block Manager. We filled in the project, sheet, revision, and issue data; deleted unneeded fields; and added a drawing stamp that read: “Not for construction” across the drawing sheet. Maybe your project is spread out over a few files—we showed how to select only the active file or to include other open files in an issue or revision set of our drawings. We demonstrated how to link text in your title block layout to data values in your project, as well as how to make revision and issue listings go down—not up—the drawing sheet.Continue reading
Sections are a vital part of creating drawings. Vectorworks has tools and commands to create, control, and edit section viewports. In this workshop, we looked at what a section is, how to create sections (using a few different methods), and finally how to control the visibility of objects in front of the cut plane.Continue reading
These objects are great for creating graphic plans and 3D visualisations. It’s a shame that you need Landmark or Designer for these.Continue reading
We often have to work with other consultants and with other file formats. In these cases, we have to import this information, or we have to export it for others. There are many choices. In these sessions, we looked at the most useful formats for the users.
There is more information on the knowledgebase here…Continue reading
Wrap up For 2018/ Preview of 2019
Worksheets are extremely powerful, but to get the most out of them, we need to understand some of the more complicated techniques. That’s what this workshop is all about.Continue reading
as we do every year, we look at the important features of the new Vectorworks. We do not look at everything, we look at the most important features only.Continue reading
CameraMatch is a huge timesaver. First, CameraMatch saves the time that it would take you to model the existing surroundings. Second, CameraMatch saves you the time it would take to match your current view to a photograph.
Many people think that they should only use CameraMatch for large projects. I believe this is wrong. CameraMatch is ideal for large projects, but it is also very helpful on small projects. It really does not take very long to set up a CameraMatch project, but showing your client the design and its context is so much better than just showing the model. CameraMatch can be used for exterior projects, architectural projects, urban design projects, landscape projects, and interior design projects.Continue reading
For some time, Vectorworks has offered cloud services as part of the Vectorworks Service Select (VSS) subscription. Most users know that VSS gives them a free upgrade each year, but what about the other things that are included?
This manual will be looking at the cloud services part of VSS.
For any construction project, details are an important part of the drawing set. It can take a long time to fully detail a project, so let’s look at how to draw a detail and some strategies for speeding up the drawings. We will look at importing details, applying the principles of detailing, creating details, creating multi-use details, and using details from your library.
Modifying sites is a fundamental part of landscape and architectural design. It is one of the most common questions that I get asked about site modeling. We will look at the details of site modifying, starting with the basic concept of site modifying.
I often find that the standard Vectorworks roof will not make the roof that I want. If you work on renovation projects, you will find that the standard Vectorworks roof will not be able to draw the final roof that you need, and sometimes you will find that the standard roof will not draw the existing roof because people have added and extended the building over the years.
How can we make Vectorworks do what we want, or is there a way that we can help the standard roof give us the roof that we need?
In the past, we have looked at Design Layers, Classes, Viewports, Sheet Layers, and other organizing concepts. The purpose of this manual is to look at how to bring all of these together to work on a large project. We will be looking in detail at some of these concepts to see how they come together on a larger project.