Landscape Special Interest Group June (am) 2016


Topics Covered:
  • 00:22   Import DXF/DWG files using Import Single DXF/DWG, looking at the Import Location options to centre the file on the drawing area
  • 07:58   Referencing the DXF/DWG file rather than importing directly – what the advantages and disadvantages are
  • 15:22   Moving the page area to line up with the imported file.
  • 16:25   Rather than moving the page – move the referenced DXF/DWG file, so when you update the reference, it will stay in the same location, and you can crop the reference file to suit
  • 22:00   How to convert to the next reference DXF/DWG when it has a different name
  • 23:49   Importing the planting layer from another file and moving out to line up with the reference file
  • 29:00   The manual on Project Sharing covers (SST_1605) covers referencing.
  • 29:33   Sending your file to a consultant using DXF/DWG
  • 34:40   Sending your file to another Vectorworks user and binding in the reference files
  • 38:22   Locating the Project Sharing manual on the archoncad website
  • 40:25   Creating a fence symbol to place along a boundary and how to make this follow the site model using Send to Surface
  • 51:45   In NZ and Australia you can use the Draw Handrail tool to create a fence that follows the site model.

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Vectorworks Tip 408 – DXF/DWG – Line Weights.

Vectorworks, dxg/dwg, line weights

Older versions of AutoCAD did not carry line weight information and they used to use colours to represent line weights for printing. Some users of AutoCAD still use colours to represent line weights. When you imported DXF/DWG file you can specify which colours are equal to its line weights. Vectorworks uses line weights directly without reference to colours to this technique can convert the objects to the correct line weights.

Vectorworks Tip 404 – DXF/DWG – Drag And Drop Importing.

Vectorworks, dxf/dwg, importing

If you can locate your imported DXF/DWG file in a Finder window (file explorer) and you can see your Vectorworks drawing window, then you can drag your DXF/DWG file from your finder window onto your Vectorworks drawing window, and Vectorworks will then import that DXF file. This is known as drag and drop importing and it works not just with DXF/DWD files but it works with all file importing formats.

Vectorworks Tip 400 – DXF/DWG – What Is It?


When you’re dealing with Vectorworks there really is very little difference between DXF and DWG, so I will treat these as the same type of file. DXF stands for Digital eXchange Format, while DWG is the native file format for AutoCAD. In simple terms, DXF/DWG is a simple way of interchanging information between different CAD programs. This information tends to be plans and sections, and it can be either two-dimensional or three-dimensional. DXF/DWG does not carry information attached to the objects, so you might think of this information is being “dumb”. There are several options for importing and exporting DXF/DWG, so look out for further posts about this.

Internal Origin and User Origin in Vectorworks 2015

One of the problems in dealing with DXF/DWG files and Vectorworks is it they can often be imported with the information a long way from the internal origin of the Vectorworks file. This may not seem to be an issue, but it can affect things like Automatic Working Planes, the Attribute Mapping tool, etc. This can cause the file to be difficult to work with.

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Interactive Workshops August 2014 (1408) – DXF/DWG

We often have to work with consultants and clients that do not use Vectorworks. DXF or DWG (AutoCAD) is usually the best way to do this. It will allow the you to use their information in Vectorworks, or it will allow them to import your work. I know there are other ways to work with consultants using other file formats like IFC, but DXF/DWG is still the most common.

There are also several options with importing and exporting these files, so it’s important that you understand the implications of these.

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Landmark_SIG_034 Special Interest Group September 2013

The session looked at the challenges of importing DXF files from consultants, adding your planting or landscape, and then sending the files back. When you are dealing with consultants is very important that agree with them what drawings you will be providing. This is easy if you just pick up the phone and have a conversation with them.

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cadmovie803 – Rotated Plan View

if you are working with consultants drawings, you might find that the orientation of the drawings does not suit the way that you want to create your information. The rotated Plan View  allows you to change your view to suit the orientation that you want to draw. This rotated view can be saved using the saved views menu,  so that you can restore the view later. Continue reading