podcast 195 – 3D Viewing Changes in Vectorworks 2015

Vectorworks 2015 has combined some of the 3D viewing settings to make them easier to locate. It also introduced an ability to choose your default 3D rendering and projection. When I’m using Vectorworks 2015, I like to set my 3D rendering to OpenGL and my projection to Perspective. I find this makes it really easy to see your model. In this movie I show you how to change your settings as well as showing you where to locate the new location for the Cropped Perspective preference.
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Vectorworks Tip #140 – Visualization – Visualization palette

2014-09-06_10-10-39The Visualization palette shows the lights that are in the current scene, and if a viewport is selected, the Visualization palette shows the lights that are in the viewport. This allows you to edit light, shadows, the intensity of the light, etc. in this viewport, without affecting the lighting in other viewports.

Vectorworks Tip #132 – Visualization- Animationworks – Create Moving Object

2014-08-23_12-15-35Unlike the standard Vectorworks animation, Animationworks allows you to create moving objects inside your Vectorworks files. This means that you can create a walk-through movie where objects move as you walk through. There are several options for this. The first option is when you get an object to move along a path. For example in this scene there is a truck that moves across the front of the building just before the walk-through starts.

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Vectorworks Tip #128 – Visualization – Animationworks – Use Multiple Cameras

One of the things that I really like about Animationworks is the ability to use multiple cameras along the path. This allows you to set some cameras that look along the path and some cameras the focus on a particular point. For example, you could create a walk through of a project where you followed the path for some distance then changed to a camera that focused on a particular part of the design as you flew around this part, then changed back to a camera that followed the path again.

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Vectorworks Tip #124 – Visualization – Animationworks

Create animation – Animationworks. For really top quality animations in Vectorworks, try the Animationworks suite of plug-ins. The best feature is the ability to create a 3D path and have the camera follow the path. This makes it much easier to create smooth walkthroughs where you want to turn corners, change levels and change the focus of the movie. Check out this web site.


Vectorworks Tip #116 – Visualization – Create Animation – Orbit point

Create Animation – Orbit point. The easiest way to create an animation is to create an Orbit Point animation. First, set the view, then choose the animation options for the duration and angle. If you have never made an animation in Vectorworks before, try this one, it’s almost impossible to fail.

Vectorworks Tip #107 – Visualization – Area Light

Area Lights are very powerful in creating a lighting scene. When photographers want to fill an area of light, they use a large reflector, or a flash with a large disperser on it. An area light can do the same thing for your scene. Have a look at the two viewports, notice how the area light in the window lights the scene. Actually, in the area light viewport there are several area lights.

Vectorworks Tip #094 – Visualization – Directional Light

Directional Light – The directional light is like the sun, it gives an even intensity of light over the scene from a specific direction. You can use the OIP to change the Azimuth (direction) and Elevation (height). This light does not have to be located near the model because, like the sun, it is an even light. Also see the post about the Heliodon tool.

Vectorworks Tip #071 – Visualization Palette to Edit Lights

The Visualization palette allows you to edit the lights directly from the palette. Right click on the light in the Visualization palette, then choose Edit… This will open the settings where you can edit the light. This means that you do not need to changes layers or classes to look for the light. Editing the light directly from the Visualization palette is the quickest way to edit the lights.

Vectorworks Tip #063 – Visualization Tools – Heliodon Tool

The heliodon is designed to create a sun. With the heliodon you set the latitude and longitude (or you select the city) then set the day and time. Vectorworks will then calculate the correct angle of the sun. You can edit the time of day by typing in the time, or you can type in names like “dawn”, “sunset”, etc. But you can do more than just setting the sun position; the heliodon is also used to create solar animations, which can show the way the sun changes during the day and the way the sun changes over the seasons.