Getting Started Special Interest Group February 2017


In this session we looked at creating text, dimensions, and annotations. Should you put all of your text and annotations on the design layer or should they will go in the annotation part of the viewport. It’s a good idea to be consistent and it also depends on how you like to work. But for a basic rule of thumb it is often easier to create most of your dimensions, text, and annotations on the design layers for all of your plan drawings. Section and elevation drawings that use the 3D model on the other hand have to have their text and annotations in the annotation part of the viewport.

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epodcast200 – Create Dimension Standards

When you create a Dimension Standard you will find that it is only in the file you created it. Unlike other resources, Dimension Standards cannot be exported to your library. They also do not appear in the Resource Manager. However, you can import Dimension Standards from  another file.  When you create a dimension standard there is an Import button on the dialog box. If you click on this button, you can navigate to the file that has the correct Dimension Standard. When you choose your Dimension Standards, they will be imported into your current file. Continue reading

Vectorworks Tip 357 – Moving Associative Dimensions


A couple of my clients have complained about the Associative Dimensioning in Vectorworks. I never seem to have trouble with associative dimensions or with moving them. But then again, I have been using Vectorworks so long that I can sometimes forget what it is like for others that are new to Vectorworks. If you want to move an associative dimension you have to click on the right part of the dimension to move it, otherwise you run the risk of moving the associated object.



Architect_069 Architect Special Interest Group May 2015 (am)

image058+In this session we looked at the problem of scanning a large drawing and getting it into Vectorworks. The answer is to use Photoshop to photomerge the smaller scans into a large scan, then import that into Vectoworks. There is an extended podcast that covers this.  Then we looked at snapping in Vectorworks. It might sound like a basic thing to cover, but the reality is a lot of people don’t know about these basic things and there are a lot of choices to make with the snapping. We looked at the choices that we can make with object snaps, when to turn most of the object snaps off and how it might help with dimensioning. While we were dimensioning we also looked at adding notes to dimensions. We looked at most of the snap options in Vectorworks, when to use them and when to turn them off. We also looked at a technique using Custom tool/attribute that would allow you to save your snap settings and create a small script. We also looked at how the scripts can be copied from one file to another.

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Vectorworks Tip #207 – Working Planes with Dimensions

image030Sometimes when you place a dimension, the dimension snaps to objects that you are not intending it to. In this image you can see how the dimension has snapped to the front of one object and to the rear of the other giving me a measurement of the distance between the two objects, but not the one I want. If you set your Active Plane to Screen Plane, you can measure the distance between the two objects on the screen plane, which might be the dimension you are looking for.

Vectorworks Tip #168 – Dimensions – Notes with Dimensions

2014-11-01_15-23-49Dimensions – Notes with Dimensions. In Vectorworks 2015 they have added the ability to attach notes to your dimensions. The dimension note will always appear on the opposite side to the dimension. It will also stay with the dimension, which means when you move the dimension text relative to the dimension line, your will move as well.