Symbols are generally thought of as relatively small repeating objects. So first of all you should use symbols whenever you need to repeat something, like sanitary fixtures, light fixtures, furniture, and so on.
Building a Symbol Library – Collect all your symbols together in a library, but don’t forget to give is a structure to make it easy to use.
Creating Special IFC Objects. When you import your IFC project into your model viewer, you will only see the IFC objects.
Beyond Beginner meeting May 2011 – symbols
there are several tips and tricks for making symbol symbols, this session shows you how to make symbols with 2D and 3D parts. You can also use guides to improve the speed and productivity of using symbols.
You may not want to upgrade, you may not be able to afford to upgrade, but I still think you should read about what is new in Vectorworks 2011. There are some new ways what will change the way you think about creating your models.
What is a symbol?
Page Unit Symbols. Previously, I had several drawing label symbols that I would use on different projects. Because we would different layer scales, I needed to have a different symbol for each layer scale that I used. What a pain, having all those symbols, symbol folders, and maintaining them.
n the past we have never had symbols that you can scale. If you wanted a symbol of a different size, you would have to have used a different symbol. With Vectorworks 2011, there are two new options.
Symbols are very useful for repeating objects. When you make a useful symbol, it can save you hours. Learn how to make a symbol here.
Hybrid Symbols. Hybrid symbol is the name given to a symbol that has a part for showing in plan view and a model part. This is a great technique, because you can design the plan part to look the way you want, while the model part can be the form you want.
I have been helping a friend with setting up the User Folder. I noticed as I helped him, that several of his old library files had not been converted to Vectorworks 2010. This happens to me every time I update my version of Vectorworks. There is a solutions though, Vectorworks has a batch convert command.
I’ve been spending the last couple of months updating my Vectorworks manuals for 2010. I have several clients asking if they should upgrade to the new version of Vectorworks. If you are working on Vectorworks 12.5, then yes, upgrade right now. There are so many advances in Vectorworks since you last bought Vectorworks.
This is a preference for symbols. I’m really glad to see this, it allows you to choose, symbol by symbol, whether or not the symbol will insert into a wall. I know you can change this on the Tool Bar, but this is way quicker, and much better for a large office.
This is something I have long wanted, the ability for the symbol to know if it should be inserted in the wall or not. In Vectorworks 2010, on of the Insertion Options is to turn off the wall insertion mode. This will stop the symbol from accidentally jumping into the wall. If you set up your symbol library correctly, this will be a huge bonus.
If you have Vectorworks 2008 and above, you do not have to open the library file. When you have created a symbol, you can add it to your library file by using the Export command in the Resource Browser. All you need to do is to find the symbol in your current project, right mouse click on it and use Export…
The structure for your Library should follow a structure that you can understand and use. For example, when I am drawing details I like to have a symbol folder with all my steel sections, another symbol folder with all my timber sections and a symbol folder with all the standard window sections. When I put a detail together it usually consists of typical construction elements, the timber, steel and window for example. Then there a many components that you draw that do not fit a regular shape. The concrete slab is one that will not always be the same.
Editing a symbol.
A group is not a symbol and should not be used for repeatable things. Groups are useful for collecting a bunch of stuff together, like a section or an elevation, but they have no use in your library files as you can’t access groups with the Resource Browser (the main tool for accessing your library).
Creating a symbol.
Vectorworks comes with a lot of nice furniture, in the Libraries > Objects-Imperial or Objects-Metric. But, what if you want something special, like a Ray and Charles Eames chair?
I recommend the sketchup warehouse (http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/).
Later versions of Vectorworks can import sketchup models, so you can download a chair from the warehouse and import these into a new file. Always import into a new file, that way you can edit the model and make it in to a symbol to add to your library.
The sketchup library is searchable, so you can search for the things you want. It is always being expanded, and the models are usually good.
Watch out for very large models, it will make your Vectorworks files large.