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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Podcast 206 - Creating a Butterfly Roof in Vectorworks

A client was asking how to make a roof that has a low point in the middle. Some people call this a butterfly roof. The answer is to use a standard Vectorworks roof and edit it to make just half the roof. Then mirror the roof to create the other half. This works for most versions of Vectorworks.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #190 - Site Modelling

image007To create a Site Model you require 3-D data for the spot levels of the site. There are several ways to do this. One way of creating your site model is to import an image file showing contours, then trace along the contours of the polygon tool. There is a command that will convert your 2-D polys to 3-D contours.


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #189 - 3D Modelling - Subtract Soilds

image005When you select text, you can use the right-click to choose Check Spelling…. This does not work if you select a call out. You might think that that will stop you from checking the spelling in a callout note. If you select a call out object (or even several of them) then you can go to Text on the Menu bar and choose Check spelling… This will then check the spelling of all of the selected called out notes.

 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #188 - Text - Check Spelling of Callouts

image033Check the spelling of your callouts. When you select text, you can use the right-click to choose Check Spelling…. This does not work if you select a call out. You might think that that will stop you from checking the spelling in a callout note. If you select a call out object (or even several of them) then you can go to Text on the Menu bar and choose Check spelling… This will then check the spelling of all of the selected called out notes.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #187 - Basic Tools - Add Surface

image004You can access this command from the modify menu or from the contextual menu. I prefer to access this from the contextual menu because that makes a quick. Use this command to add two or more shapes together to create a complex shape. In my experience this is the fastest way to create complex shapes.


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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Podcast 205 - Create Polygon - Clip Surface with Vectorworks

I have recently been working on a lot of 2D detailing with Vectorworks. One of the issues that I came up against was the look of plaster. The person who drew this plasterwork originally had a very nice style for drawing a wiggly line. I am editing these areas of plaster and I want my areas to look identical to the originals, but my way of drawing the wiggly line makes it appear different. I found the technique that allows me to quickly draw the plaster and completely replicate what has already been drawn, using create poly from inner boundary and clip surface. What is the movie to see how I do it.


Saturday, December 06, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #186 - Preferences – Document Preferences – Plan Shadows.

image023Massing Models can show shadows in the shadows based on a document preference called Plane Shadows. You can also set the option on your plants to use the same shadows so that massing models and plants all show the same shadow direction, graphic style, and size.


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Friday, December 05, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #185 - 3D Modelling - Add Solids

image027This is where you take two or more three-dimensional objects and you join them together. The strategy with 3-D modeling is to break your object up in the simple manageable chunks, then use Add Solids to join them together. In this image you can see that I created several different colored objects. When when added together you get a single object.


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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #184 - Text - Text along a Path

image021If you ever need to create text that follows a curving path, use this command from the Text menu. as well as creating 2-D text that follows a curving path, this command will also create 3-D text that follows the path.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #183 - Basic Tools - Custom Tool/Attribute


image017This is a great way of creating utility scripts in your files. This command will create a custom script that can control the text, symbols, layers, classes, snaps, etc. to set up the utility script for your snaps, set the snaps you want first, then go to the menu bar and choose Tools > Custom Tool/Attribute. Fill in the settings on the dialog box and choose the option to create a script. Give you a script in your file that you can use to reset the snapping whenever you need it.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

archoncad Newsletter - December 2014

image029Time to wrap up the year

At the start of this year I started posting regular tips and tricks on my website. I call these my 10 second tips because they only take 10 seconds to read. I try to make them so that you will be able to read these tips each day without spending a lot of time...

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Archoncad books in the Kindle Store

IIMG_0128.PNG have been working to catch up with my manuals on the Amazon Kindle store. I have been creating new covers for the kindle books.

If you are a subscriber then you do not need to buy the kindle version, you already have access to these manuals on this website. Your manuals have the movie links in them (which the kindle books do not).

 

Podcast 204 - Add Soild, Subtract Solid, Intersect Solid

image026I have been working on a project that requires quite a 3-D modeling. To make this quicker I is a combination of Add Solid, Subtract Solid, and Intersect Solid. Using these tools made it extremely quick to model this complex situation. somebody asked me why do i use these particular techniques when I could use other techniques like Taper Face or Section Solid. The Intersect Solid is an interesting technique. It is fast, but more importantly it allows you to go back and adjust your work quickly.



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #182 - Preferences - Clip Cube with Saved View

image118 If you set up a saved view while you have the clip cube activated, when you restore that saved view, the clip cube will be reactivated. This is a very handy way to save your clip cubes.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #181 - 3D Modelling - 3D Polygon

image117Vectorworks has some really cool 3D tools, and it's tempting to always look at these instead of some of the basic 3D tools that Vectorworks has. The 3D polygon tool can be used to draw a polygon between 3D objects. You don't need to use automatic working planes, you don't need to set working planes, you just need to draw the 3D object and snap to the 3D geometry you already have.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #180 - Text - Find/Replace Text

image116Find/Replace Text is a fantastic command for finding and replacing text in your drawings. I once had a client that had to change all of the notes that related to the roof strap bracing. Using this command meant that it will be done at once without having to look for every reference in document.