Users in this session wanted to look at how to control the attributes of the objects the drawing. The short answer is that you have to use the Attributes palette. But there are several options on the Attributes palette, which you have to understand in order to use it effectively. If you learn how to take control of the attributes palette and the class settings, you can speed up your drawing enormously.
For a long time we wanted to have the ability to automatically hatch our elevations. There are several workarounds, but no one had yet figured out away to make the hatching on our are elevations automatic.
Custom Line Types – Some people have complained that Vectorworks does not have enough choice over line styles. The new custom line styles in Vectorworks 2013 will allow you to create your own line styles with graphics or text as part of the line.
Creating Tiles – When you create a tile, you draw the object that you want to repeat, and you can see how it relates to the rest of the tile.
Applying Tiles – Use the Resource Browser or the Attributes Palette to apply tiles.
Tiles – A Tile is a repeatable graphic, like a hatch. But, it is much more graphic than a hatch, and easier to edit.
Object Opacity – Object opacity is the ability to make an object transparent. For an elevation like this we could draw shadows for the building and make them transparent.
Attribute/Mapping tool. – This is the tool you use to change the position and scaling of images and gradients.
Creating Gradients – If you do not like the gradients that come with Vectorworks, make your own, they are easy enough to make.
Applying Gradients – Use the Resource Browser or the Attributes Palette to apply gradients.
Gradients – Gradients are a great way of adding colour fill where you want the colour to change from one colour to another (or several colours).
Creating Images – You can use any image on your computer to create Vectorworks images.
Applying Images – The Resource Browser can be used to apply images, and you can use the Attributes Palette to apply images.
Images – Images are a great way of applying a graphic image to your drawings.
Creating Hatches – When you want a hatch that is not in the library, you need to learn to create your own hatches.
Applying Hatches – You can use the Resource Browser to find a hatch and then either double click on the hatch in the Resource Browser or drag the hatch to the object.
Hatches – Hatches are a series of lines that represent a material. This could be a series of lines that looks like brick, or tiles.
Graphic Attributes – How to apply graphic attributes, such as line weight, hatching, image fills and graphic symbols to a drawing.