Interactive Workshops April 2018 – Putting a Project Together

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.

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1704_01 – Creating Drawings For A Building Project – Beginner Topics

The basic concepts include understanding design layers and classes and when to use a layer or a class. We will also look at using viewports to create drawings. The basic concepts assume that all the work has been done for us and that all we have to do is to assemble the information into drawings.

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Getting Started Special Interest Group March 2017


In this session we looked at the concept of a template file and how much we should store and it. It’s tempting to include everything that you think you might use in a template file, but with a layer and class standard and a library file you can keep your template file to a minimum. There are some things that really have to be in the template file such as tool preferences and dimension standards.

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Architect Special Interest Group February 2017 (am)


In this session we wanted to look at scheduling and  worksheets and how they could be connected to spaces to create a report. The report might want to list the areas and room names, but it could also be more sophisticated and report other requirements such as occupancy loading, number of power socket, etc.

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Architect Special Interest Group December 2016 (pm)

In this session we looked at detailing and classes. When you import a detail from a manufacturer (which is often important) you often end up with several classes that you do not want, and they often don’t suit your naming convention anyway. So we looked at how we can import these details how we could manage the layers and classes and how we could change the details to suit our graphic style.

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Architect_077 Architect Special Interest Group September 2015 (am)

Architect_Sept_2105_amIn this session we started by looking at wall styles. The question was about using wall styles to draw an existing project. One of the problems with using wall styles is the challenge when you come to draw an existing plan and the wall widths are not consistent. This could involve you having several different wall styles to cover the different widths, which is made worse if you need to show some of the walls is being demolished (which effectively doubles the number of wall styles needed). Continue reading

Vectorworks Tip 299 – Quickly Changing The Active Class

In a similar way that you can with the active layer, you can quickly change the active class. Hold down the control key (Windows) or the command key (Macintosh) and use the left and right arrows to quickly change your active class. one way that you can use this to is to find objects on a particular class. Turn all the classes off except for the None class. Then use this technique to quickly scroll through all the classes looking for the information that you want.

Vectorworks Tip #247 – Plants – Default Plant Classes

image095Many of the plant objects that come standard with Vectorworks have a class structure already. You could call this the default class structure for plants. Generally the outline of the plant is on a specific class (Plants-Component-Outline) the color fill is on a specific class (Plants-Component-Color Fill) and the line work is on a specific class (Plants-Component-Interior Linework). Having parts of the plant on different classes allows you to choose which parts you want to be visible in the various viewports.

cadmovie1072 – Creating and Managing Libraries – Part 4

Layer and class standards are part of developing your library. When you create symbols you will use specific classes. When you create other information on the drawings you will use layers and classes. It would be easier to have a set of layers and classes that you use in a place that makes them easy to get to.

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Vectorworks Tip #164 – Text – Use Text Styles with Classes

2014-10-20_18-38-21One of the new features with Vectorworks 2015 is the ability to link a class to a Text Style. This gives you a similar control to controlling the graphic style of objects with a class. When you assign your text to a class it will automatically use the text style assigned. This is such an improvement when you have areas of text that have to be on different classes and at different sizes.

Landmark_SIG_055 Special Interest Group August (pm) 2014

2014-10-09_15-46-53In the session we looked at three main topics; whether it’s better to use classes or layers to divide up your design for scheduling and presentations, getting plants to locate at the correct elevation on a site model and solar studies. When it comes to a complex landscape plan it’s important that your plan is graphically correct and allows your client and contractors to clearly see the plants that they need to. This might mean using classes with different visibilities to create the viewports you need, it might mean using layers to divide your project up and do areas for scheduling. Whether you use layers or classes will depend on your project and what you’re trying to achieve. Continue reading

Vectorworks Tip #147 – Basic Tools – Class Options

One of the class options I’m not very keen on is Active Only. The reason I don’t like this very much is that always causes trouble with objects that are inside groups or symbols. It goes back to the basic concepts of Vectorworks that groups and symbols are container objects that have classes separate from the objects inside the container.

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Vectorworks Tip #110 – Basic Tools – Visibility Tool – Turn Off Classes

If you use a lot of classes, like I do, then it can be had to remember the names of the all the classes, so when you want to turn some of the classes off, you find it hard to locate the classes on the Navigation palette. I don’t bother to find them on the Navigation palette, I use the Visibility tool. Set the options on the Tool bar, then just click on the objects that you want to hide. The Visibility tool will turn off the class for you.