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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #115 - Basic Tools - Ortho drawing in Vectorworks

Some users want to be able to draw orthographically (constrained to 0, 90). I usually get this request from AutoCAD users. Hold down the Shift key to constrain linear objects (walls, lines, polygons) to orthographic and other objects (rectangles, ovals) to symmetric.

 


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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #114 - Basic Tools - Edit the Contextual Menu

Once you start using the contextual menu, you will find that some of your favourite commands are not there. You can use the Workspace Editor to edit the menus to add the commands that you prefer using. This can dramatically speed up your drawing. An easy way to customise your workspace is to use the Customise... button at the bottom of a tool palette or set.

 


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Friday, July 04, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #113 - Slabs - Slabs

Slabs are like walls. You can create slab styles that can be stored in your library so that you can use them on all your projects. If you set up your slab styles to work with your wall styles and stories, they will be easier to use, and when you move the walls, the slabs will update to match the walls.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #112 - 3D Modelling - Save Working Plane

Save Working Planes. You can use the Working Planes palette to save working planes, but you can also use the right-mouse click. Set your working plane, then right-click away from everything and choose Working Plane > Save Working Plane.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #111 - Visualization - Classes for Area Light

Classes with area lights. Be very careful about the classes that you use when you make Area lights. The easiest way to do this is to make sure that the first object you create for the area light is on the None class. After you have made the Area light, then assign it to the correct class.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #110 - Basic Tools - Visibility Tool - Turn Off Classes

If you use a lot of classes, like I do, then it can be had to remember the names of the all the classes, so when you want to turn some of the classes off, you find it hard to locate the classes on the Navigation palette. I don't bother to find them on the Navigation palette, I use the Visibility tool. Set the options on the Tool bar, then just click on the objects that you want to hide. The Visibility tool will turn off the class for you.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

podcast 184 - How walls and Slabs Interact


When you set up your wall styles, Make sure that you use your wall components to connect and control the slabs. This movie shows you how they connect if you set up the wall and slab styles, it does not show you how to set up the walls and slab styles.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #109 - Walls - Wall Recess

This is the opposite of the wall projection, it allows you to make a recess in a wall.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #108 - 3D Modelling - Working Plane Palette

Vectorworks has a working planes palette that you can access from the Window > Palettes menu. This palette can be used to save, delete and activate working planes. But you dont have to use this palette. You can access and recall all the working planes from the Active Plane menu.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #107 - Visualization - Area Light

Area Lights are very powerful in creating a lighting scene. When photographers what 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.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #106 - Basic Tools - Link Text To Record

This allows you to connect the Record Format to a text object in a symbol. I use this to create symbols that have heights, steel sizes, and code numbers.

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

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...

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #104 - Walls - Wall Projection

Sometimes you need to add a 3D part to your walls. An Example of this might be a fireplace or chimney. This is when you should use the Wall Projection from the AEC menu. This command allows you to add 3D models to the wall, but it still acts like a wall. If you insert a door or window, it can be inserted into the wall projection.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #103 - 3D Modelling - Plane Mode Preferences

You can choose to use Screen Plane only, Layer Plane (Working Plane) only, or both. This is a Document Preference which means that you can have different settings for each document depending what you are trying to achieve.

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