Every year Vectorworks gets updated and there are always lots of new features. But more than needing new features what we really need to know are the benefits of these new features. Features are nice, but benefits have a reward – they make Vectorworks easier to use, faster to use, more powerful.
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.
Libraries seems to be the one area of Vectorworks the causes the most confusion. It seems that users get confused about their own Vectorworks library, where they should store parts of it and where is the best place to store all their information. It’s tempting to think that you only need to have one library file and you can put all your resources in there, but this is not the way that Vectorworks likes to work.
Worksheets allow you count and schedule items in Vectorworks. For example you can count all the trees in a site, schedule all the doors on a particular floor of a project, count up and schedule even find the weight of a bracket in a 3D model. Worksheets are an underused area of VectorWorks and this workshop should open your eyes about what you are able to do with them.
Space objects in Vectorworks are very powerful and they have a lot of options. This means that you have to be aware of the options and settings in the Space Preferences. Once you have set the preferences the way that suits you, it is easy to create the spaces you want.
IFC Exporting and Importing – There has been a lot of talk recently about Building Information Modeling. In some countries this has become a major topic because some governments are moving towards a situation where all projects will be delivered using BIM principles. A major part of BIM this is to use IFC to export and import information from other parts of the project. Continue reading
Introduction to Planting – Planting in Vectorworks is very important for designers and landscapers. But not every object in Vectorworks is a plant, only specific objects can be thought of as plants. A plant is to the combination of 2D graphics 3D graphics and data. These are combined together to create what Vectorworks calls a plant.
BIM (Building Information Modeling) seems to be a hot topic at the moment and there are many users who do not have a clear understanding of what BIM really is. These sessions are the online sessions for the SST_1401 manual.
At the end of the year we always have a session where we briefly go over all the manuals for the year. This year we covered a range of topics from beginner to advanced. These topics are based on feedback from subscribers, so please remember to tell me what topics you want to cover.
In September 2013 we looked at the basic creating tools because it is important to make sure that you understand how to use the basic tools. learning the basics is not a luxury, it is essential. In these sessions we looked at the basic editing tools for the same reasons, you have to know the basics.
When a new version of Vectorworks comes out, it is important to look at the new features and how they benefit you. Every year we look at what is new in Vectorworks and we try to look at how these new features can be used in your workflow. For Vectorworks 2014 there was some major changes in working in 3D.
It often seems to be a waste if time to learn the basics, but all professional athletes practice the basics. Some of the basic Vectorworks tools have several options. These exercises are designed to get you to use all the options and focus your attention on one tool at a time.
Camera Match is a huge timesaver. Firstly, Camera Match saves the time that it would take to model the existing surroundings. Secondly, Camera Match saves the time it would take to match your current view to a photograph.
Vectorworks performs really well, but if you edit the workspace and customise the arrangement of the tools and menus it will perform even better. Making these changes can save you several minutes a day and it can also make it more pleasant to use Vectorworks. Say you could save five minutes a day with these simple changes. This does not sound like much, but five minutes a day equate to 20 hours a year. Multiply this by your or your staff’s salaries and think again.
In this session we looked at two main topics. The first topic, and the one we spent most of our time discussing, was line types in Vectorworks 2013. The second topic was working drawings and how to stop accident removing information. In this topic we looked at design layer viewports and creating a drawing grid.
Often, when I’m demonstrating Vectorworks, people want to know why I’ve used a particular technique, or how I speed up my workflow. I use a lot of techniques and I have been asked to show these. These sessions are the result.
We often talk about Building Information Modeling and the assumption is that we will be building a 3D version of our building. However, there are several objects that you might want to model independently because the standard Vectorworks tools will not create exactly what you require.
Vectorworks introduced this new service a few years ago. The aim of this service is to provide an upgrade each year, a video library, library objects and so on.
When you present your design you cannot be sure that others are thinking of the same thing that you are. One of the ways around this is to create images of your design, so they can see it from several views.