Interactive Workshops November 2017 – Door and Window Object Styles

Object styles are a powerful technique for controlling objects. On one end of the object style spectrum, you have plug-in objects, which are individual and flexible; on the other end, you have symbols, which are fixed—when you edit one, they all update. Object styles can be anything in between a plug-in object and a symbol. You can choose which parts of the object style are controlled like a symbol and which are flexible like a plug-in. This manual will be focusing on doors and windows, but the techniques covered can be used on all object styles.

First, we will be looking at the concept of object styles. Then, we will look in detail at how to  control our object styles, before finishing off with how we can use object styles to create a window and door schedule.

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Architect Special Interest Group July 2017 (am)


In this session, we covered how to transfer Vectorworks resources from one computer to another, clarified several points from last month regarding the Callout Tool, discussed how settings work together to create complicated objects in WinDoor, and answered numerous questions regarding windows.

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Vectorworks Tip #122 – Doors/Windows – Windoor

Windoor is a Vectorworks plug-in from Australia that allows you to create custom windows and doors. Unlike the standard window or door object, Windoor allows you to put doors and windows in the same frame, much like you would do in reality. Unfortunately, this plug-in is only available to users in Australia and New Zealand, but if you do have a copy that you have previously bought and you live outside these areas, you are able to upgrade it. I find Windoor to be very powerful when creating doors and windows.

BIM_SIG_029 Special Interest Group September 2013

In the session the users want to lock at the options to create muntins (glazing bars) on Windows. Vectorworks has several options for creating these sorts of glazing bars, but these options might not suit your design style. We also looked at what you can do to create the glazing bars manually.

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Reset Your Windoor Settings

I have been having a small issue with Windoor (, the magic window and door plug-in from Australia. I had played with the class settings on the doors and windows, and the opening indicators were not being assigned to the class I wanted.

The author of windoor, Julian Carr, told me to use the reset buttton. I have never used this before, but it worked brilliantly, and not all my windoor functionality is restored!

On the dialog box to edit the Pens and Classes, there is a Reset button. This is the button I was instructed to use.

So, if you are having trouble with your windoor classes, try the Reset button.

How Can I Build a Window in Vectorworks With A Sloping Bottom?

A sloping (raking) top is easy, but a sloping (raking) bottom requires more work. A sloped top can be made with a window object or a WinDoor object. But that does not answer our problem.

The answer is that we need to make a symbol for the window. We will not be able to use a standard object to make our window.

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Windoor for Vectorworks 2009

I’m a big fan of the Windoor Manager from I have been using it for several years now, in preference to the standard Vectorworks window or door. it is able to create corner windows with butted glass, glass bay windows, but it’s most amazing trick is that windows and doors can be in the same frame.

I was telling Steve Scaysbrook about windoor and he said he had never seen it, so we did a screen share thing and he recorded a short movie of me giving him an introduction to windoor manager.

To see this movie, go to Steve’s blog: