Friday, March 27, 2015

Architect_066 Architect Special Interest Group March 2015(pm)

In this session we looked at how to create a window with a sloping (raking) head and a sloping (raked) sill. It is possible to make a window or windoor object that has a sloping or raking head, but not a sloping or raking sill. If you create a symbol for the 3D component of the window you want, it can be used with the Vectorworks Window (Use Symbol Geometry). 


Vectorworks Tip #234 - Levels and Stairs

When you create your stairs, you can choose to connect the start (bottom step) and the end (top step) of your stair to levels. This will allow you to create several levels to control the starting and stopping of stairs so that they matched the various levels in your project.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Architect_065 Architect Special Interest Group March 2015 (am)

In this session we looked at note databases and how they work with the Callout tool. This includes how to place a callout, how the callout can get the text form a database, how to place the callout as a keynote and how to connect the callout to a legend. 


Vectorworks Tip #233 - Attribute Palette - Modifying the Local Mapping of a Tile

There are times where you want to change the rotation or the scale of your tile, but just for one object. In this situation you can use the attributes palette to change the local mapping of the tile assigned to the object. You can also use the attribute mapping tool to change the local mapping of a tile on an object.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3D Modelling Special Interst Group - March 2015

In this session we looked at as many of the standard tools on the 3D Modelling toolset. Many users do not know what the tools can be used for, so this is the first session (of several) that will look at the tools in detail.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #232 - Site Modelling - Site Modifiers - Pads.

These are your first type of site modifier. They are usually flat, but you can add a slope to the pad if you want. Use pads to create flat or sloping areas on a site model. Pads can be square, rectangular, round, polygonal, any shape you want...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #231 - Plant Tool - Place Multiple Plants in Rectangular Array

Use this mode when you want to place multiple plants in a rectangular array. Vectorworks will use the plant size and spacing from the plant definition, and the plants will be placed orthogonally on the screen. Rotate the plan to suit the site boundary if you need to.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #230 - Stories and Levels - Slab Levels

Levels can be used to control the setting out of your slabs (the Z reference level). If you set this up carefully, this can be a very powerful setting to automatically control the height of your ceiling relative to the structural objects.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What is the Archoncad Website all About?

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Vectorworks Tip #229 - Attribute Palette - Assigning a Tile

Like the other attributes, you can use the Attribute palette or the Resource Browser to assign tiles to your objects

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #228 - Site Modeling - Site Modifiers  Concept

Site Modifiers are used to modify the site model. they are a few tools that can create a site modifier. you generally need two parts to the site modifier, the modifier itself and an object to limit the extent of the modification.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Kensington Plug-in Keyboard

I ordered this new keyboard because I am planning on travelling again. I could use the nice little Apple bluetooth keyboard, but some planes do not allow you to use any wireless technology. This keyboard is not wireless, it plugs straight into the lightning connector, and it uses the power from the iOS device. It is marketed as suitable for the iPad, but I am using it on an iPhone 6+.


On unboxing the keyboard, i realised that it is substantially bigger that the keyboard that I am used to, the Apple bluetooth keyboard. I also thought that the design wasn't as nice either. 

The keyboard is sold as a full-sized keyboard, so that will control the actual size and placement of the keys, but there is a bezel around the keys that adds to the size of it. I'm not sure I will be able to carry the keyboard with me everywhere I want to. 

Using the Keyboard

When I connected the keyboard to my phone, it started working straight away. There is no software to install, no bluetooth connection to make, you just plug it in and start typing. 

This keyboard will make it substantially easier to write long notes, reports, and blogs. 

When you use a keyboard connected to an iOS device, you can use many of your familiar keyboard shortcuts, like copy (command+C) and paste (command+V). There are other shortcut keys that are inculded on this keyboard, like the Home key (that will take you back to the home screen), the Alt/Option key that changes the delete key to delete right. 


This is a great keyboard if you need to have a plug-in keyboard that is not wireless. After using it for about 30 min I got very comfortable with it. It is cheaper than the Apple Bluetooth keyboard. 

Vectorworks Tip #227 – Plant Tool – Placing Multiple Plants by Spacing

Use this mode to place multiple plants. This mode uses the plant spacing from the plant definition, rather than the click, and it places the plants along the path between the clicks. You can draw a line or a polygon and Vectorworks will place the plants along it for you.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #226 – Stories and Levels – Levels and Columns

Levels can be used to control the bottom bound and the top bound of columns. The levels can be in the current story, in the story above (the top of a column), or the story below (for the bottom of the column). This gives you a lot of flexibility to control the height of your columns automatically.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #225 – Attributes – Tiles

Tiles are a great way to create graphic fills for your drawings. Tiles allow you to draw lines, polygons, circles, rectangles, etc. to make repeatable patterns.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #224 – Site Modeling – Simplify Polys

When you import polygons for site modelling they often have too many vertices. This command will simplify the polygons and make your site models faster. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #223 – Plant Tool – Place Multiple Plants by Clicking

Use this mode to place several plants. Each click places one plant (one of the group). Double-click to finish. This mode allows you to adjust the spacing between the plants but still have all the plants in one group.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vectorworks Tip #222 – Stories and Levels – Creating New Levels

If you want to create new levels, click on the New Level… button. You can create as many levels as you need to complete your design. Keep the level names short and concise.