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Friday, October 31, 2014

Macintosh Restart Tricks

I've recently been having trouble with my Macintosh and I spent a couple of hours today online with Apple support. During the phone call they asked me to do several things when restarting my computer, things like chicken diagnostics, safe booting, Internet recovery, and reinstalling the operating system. A lot of these are covered by keyboard shortcuts you restart your computer.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #166 - Text – Use Text Styles with Dimension Standards

2014-10-28_20-29-15If you create text styles you can connect them to your custom standards. This means that every time you place a dimension it will automatically set the text to the right style, ensuring that all of your dimension text is the way you want it.

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #165 - Publish Command – Export to Image

2014-10-28_20-26-34The Publish… command is from the File menu. The Publish dialog box allows you to choose any of the sheet layers or saved views from your file and print to a PDF file in the order you require. You select the required sheet and saved views, click on the top arrow where you can reorder the views. Click on the Publish button to create the PDF file.

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BIM_SIG_055 Architect Special Interest Group October 2014 (am)

2014-10-23_11-40-13In the session the users wanted to look at the clip cube, how to use the clip cube to create section viewports, how to create section viewports with a step in the section line, how to control the graphics on a section viewport, and how to deal with the gable wall in a split gable roof.

podcast 199 Viewing Changes in Vectorworks 2015

Vectorworks 2015 has some nice changes to 3-D viewing. First of all, they have improved the transitions when changing views using the keyboard shortcuts. There is now a user preference that can control the time of the view transition. For example, you can speed up the view transition to a 10th of a second, or that's too fast slow it down to a whole second. The way you do this is with a small script. The other change Vectorworks has made is to wireframe view transitions. In the past, when you would use the flyover tool in wireframe, complex objects would often revert to simple boxes to speed up the transition. This is no longer the case.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Guide to Productivity Upgraded to Vectorworks 2015

The Vector-workout Guide to Productivity has been updated to Vectorworks 2015. This manual now contains 213 movies with the total running time of over six hours and 27 minutes. For Vectorworks 2015 I added or upgraded 25 movies. This guide is the ultimate guide to productivity with Vectorworks. It covers a huge range of topics from productivity techniques right through to referencing. The cost of this guide is $99.50 US. Considering the get 213 movies, this is great value for money.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

BIM_SIG_054 Architect Special Interest Group September 2014 (pm)

In this session we look at some of the new tools in Vectorworks 2015 and how they relate to site modelling. The project looks simple enough, because it's a gently sloping site that needs a car park, and entry road, and an exit road. There are also several hills that have to be negotiated around. Vectorworks has site modifier objects which will often do what you want, but are commonly requested enhancement to the site modifier is is the ability to make them fall to an outlet.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #164 - Text – Use Text Styles with Classes

2014-10-20_18-38-21One of the new features with Vectorworks 2015 is the ability to link a class to a text style. This gives you a similar control to controlling the graphic style of objects with a class, when you assign your text to a class it will automatically use the text style assigned. This is such an improvement when you have areas of text that have to be on different classes and different sizes.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Landmark_SIG_056 Special Interest Group September (am) 2014

In this session we looked at some of the new techniques in Vectorworks 2015, the changes to site modeling, changes to the existing tree tool, but we started out by looking at an important concept in Vectorworks, The concept of classes inside container objects. This is really important, because if you don't understand how the class hierarchy works inside container objects you can easily turn off your objects without realizing it.

Vectorworks Tip #163 - Publish Command – Print to PDF

2014-10-20_18-36-57The Publish… command is from the File menu. The Publish dialog box allows you to choose any of the sheet layers or saved views from your file and print to a PDF file in the order you require. You select the required sheet and saved views, click on the top arrow where you can reorder the views. Click on the Publish button to create the PDF file.

The leader in Vectorworks training and manuals: http://learn.archoncad.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

podcast198 Annotation Changes in Vectorworks 2015

Vectorworks 2015 have made some subtle changes to the annotation tools like callouts, drawing labels, elevation benchmarks, and dimensions. Taken individually, each of these changes is minor, but they will remove many of your frustrations when dealing with these objects. The elevation benchmark for example now has an offset mode which is going to be a huge bonus where you have elevation benchmarks that are close together.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #162 - Vectorworks Preferences - Center on Object After View Change

2014-10-13_12-37-55This Vectorworks preference is extremely useful for making sure that when you change your views the selected object is brought to the centre. When you do not choose this option, you will find that when you change from a plan view to an isometric view your objects don't remain in the centre of the drawing window, sometimes they disappear altogether. When you activate this option, your selected object is always brought to the centre of your drawing window when you change views, which means that you don't have to go looking for your objects.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #161 - Deform Tool - Bulge Mode

2014-10-13_14-36-05The Bulge mode with the Deform tool allows you to bulge your entire 3-D model with just a few clicks. You can also choose whether you going to taper it symmetrically or not (the 2nd to last button on the toolbar). This new mode is a very easy way to create bulging objects.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #160 - Text – Use Text Styles

2014-10-13_12-26-39If you use the Format Text dialog box, you will find there is a Save button on the dialog box. Saving your text style allows you to reuse the same style anywhere in your document. Also, your text style is a resource which you can then share to other files through the Resource Browser.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Conversations About Vectorworks 001

This movie is the first in a series of conversations about Vectorworks. These are not training movies these are really just two people coming together to talk about something they found in Vectorworks.

Vectorworks Tip #159 - Printing – Printer Set up…

2014-10-13_12-22-00Setting up your page size is best if you use your Printer Setup a use paper that your printer is designed to use. This dialog box ensures that your paper is the right size for your printer, but you can cheat with this dialog box by changing the scaling setting. In this image I have set the page size to A3 with the scaling set to 50%. Vectorworks will treat this page as an A1 page.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

podcast197 Text Changes in Vectorworks 2015

Vectorworks have worked hard on implementing text improvements for Vectorworks 2015. These improvements include control over text tracking, variable Tab settings, and using classes to control text size. These changes may seem small, but they will improve your productivity.