Landscape Special Interest Group December (pm) 2015


Topics Covered:

  • Utility Menu / Workspace Editor   1:23
  • Customize (context) menus   1:58
  • Create New Plant   3:16
  • Get Plant Data -> Plant Database   3:24
  • Edit Plant (2D Graphics: Classes and Graphic Attributes)   9:07
  • Rotate Tool   12:39
  • Select Similar Tool   14:41
  • Add Surface   14:50
  • 3D Graphics   17:29
  • Export / save the new plant to your library    23:11
  • Create, change and add criteria of reports    29:30
  • Export reports (to be used in any other file)   34:48

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Landmark_SIG_082 Special Interest Group November (am) 2015


Main topics:

  • Plant Tool
    • Plant Definition
    • Plant Preferences
  • Massing Model
    • Using the K key
  • Editing Plant Definitions
  • Plant database
    • Update From Plant Database
  • Copy From Symbol
  • Create a new plant
    • Plant Tool Preferences
  • Reshape Tool
  • Improvements to the Hardscape Tool
    • Hardscape Object Settings
  • Parking tools

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Landmark_SIG_083 Special Interest Group November (pm) 2015


This session covered:

Concept of saved views/viewports          0:00

  • settings for layers & classes
  • the navigation palette
  • how to save views and adjust the settings    1:52
  • layer & class visibilities
  • rotate plan
  • access a saved view
  • Note: a saved view is NOT connected to a viewport   4:49
  • switching from a viewport to a layer  6:20
  • how to change the ‘edit viewport’ settings  8:40
  • ‘sheet layers’ have replaced ‘saved views’                                                    11:15
  • use the eyedropper tool to copy settings between viewports                          11:55
  • or copy a viewport and change some settings (e.g. use the Clip Tool)
  • create a new class (watch the options in regard of saved views/viewports)   15:00

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Landmark_SIG_067 Special Interest Group February (pm) 2015

image127This session looked at the challenges (bugs) encountered when counting plants in a worksheet, especially in regard of their height, spread and quantity. It also covered in detail how to create your own report (worksheet, schedule), how to edit an existing report (with its many record formats), showed the quickest way to update plant definitions and plant data and how to add additional information. It also discussed the difference between the height of a plant entered in Insertion Options vs. Plant Data. Furthermore it looked at the options of representing plants (2D and 3D) at various stages of their growth (e.g. when planted, 5 yrs, 10 yrs). To finish, Jonathan demonstrated how you can use a smartphone or tablet and Vectorworks Cloud Services to show off your projects. In the process topics also covered were: Invert Selection, Importing symbols from another file, On Plant List.

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Vectorworks Tip #251 – Plants – Creating Custom Plant Classes

image094Intermediate Tip – As well as the default classes for your plants, you can also create your own classes to control parts of the plants. In this image, you can see several other classes that deal with plants but are not the default classes. I use these classes to control the visibility of my plants, allowing me to create concept drawings and construction drawings from the same plant by changing the class settings in the viewpoints. This saves me a lot of time redrawing plans.

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.

Vectorworks Tip #243 – Plants – Plant Shadows

image088Plant shadows can be individual to each plant, or can be connected to the document preferences. If you connect the plant shadows to the document preferences, it allows you to control all of the plant shadows on the entire document from one dialog box. If you create your plant shadows with a black color and a 50% opacity, the plant shadows appear to be gray and see-through.

Vectorworks Tip #239 – Plant tool – Mass Planting

image083When you place a group of plants you have a choice to turn on Mass Planting. If you activate the mass planting option, Vectorworks will group your plants together removing all of the lines with the plants overlap. In the image you can see two groups of identical plants. The left group of plants has Mass Planting activated, the group of plants on the right has Mass Planting deactivated. You can see the difference between the two groups of plants – one just shows a large shape, the other shows individual plants and it shows them overlapping.

Landmark_SIG_062 Special Interest Group December (am) 2014

image079In this session we looked at the graphic representation of plants, focusing on the 3D visual aspects. We looked at the strategies for the graphic representation, creating image props, using the Existing Tree too to create the required 3D geometry, the VBVisual Plant, how to find more plants online, creating your own 3D object for a box hedge, and the Foliage Displacement Map Texture form the VSS web site.

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Vectorworks Tip #235 – Plant Tool – Placing Plants in a Triangular Array

image075Use this mode when you want to place multiple plants in a triangular array Vectorworks will use the plant size and spacing from the plant definition, and the plants will be placed orthogonally on the screen. Use the rotate plan tool to rotate the plan to suit the site boundary if you need to.

Landmark_SIG_052 Special Interest Group July (am) 2014

2014-09-22_10-48-29In this session we looked at the changes to the Planting Tool in the last few new versions of Vectorworks, we compared the benefits of the Landscape Area Tool to using the Plant tool, we looked at creating a planting area around an existing tree, uses for the Existing Tree Tool and Site Modelling / Site Modifiers / Reshape Tool / Labels.

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Vectorworks Tip #105 – 3D Modelling – Plant Image Props

There are now several files with Vectorworks image props from my friends at OzBreed. OzBreed specialise in improved varieties that are tougher, more uniform and often need less maintanence and water, striving to provide better plants for landscape professionals and home owners alike.

Check out the Vectorworks plants here…

SST_1402 – Introduction to Plants and The Plant Database

Cover Image_lowIntroduction 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 the combination of 2D graphics 3D graphics and data. These are combined together to create what Vectorworks calls a plant.

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cadmovie1041 – Introduction to Planting – Part 10

Creating a Plant List – A plant list is a list of the plants you want to use. When you create a plant in Vectorworks you have to type in the plant information. Instead of typing in all the plant data, you can use the plant list to store all the plant data. When you make a plant you can easily add the plant information from a plant list.

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