Interactive Workshops February 2020

Once you start to issue drawings and you start making changes to those drawings to will have to track the changes to them. This is known as revisions. Vectorworks has tools and techniques typically designed to track and report your revisions. In this session, we looked at these tools and the techniques for highlighting and recording revisions.

These sessions follow on from the January sessions on creating and managing your drawings…

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Interactive Workshops January 2020

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.

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Interactive Workshops October – What’s New in Vectorworks 2020

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.

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Interactive Workshops September 2019 Vertical Transport

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.

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Interactive Workshops June 2019 – Floors, Slabs, Columns, and Pilasters

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.

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Interactive Workshops May 2019 – Title Blocks and Drawing Issues

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. 

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Sections

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.

See the knowledgebase article for sections here…

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Interactive Workshops February 2019 – Importing and Exporting

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…   

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Interactive Workshops September 2018 – CameraMatch

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.

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Interactive Workshops July 2018 – Creating and Managing Details

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.

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Interactive Workshops May 2018 – Complex Roofs

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?

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