Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 296 – How To Remove a Story

Beginner – Stories in Vectorworks are an essential organising system for architectural design, and if you wanted to remove a story from a Vectorworks model, you can. But remember to adjust the remaining stories. visit

Friday, July 24, 2015

3D Modelling Special Interest Group – July 2015

In this session the users wanted to look at a stair that had non-standard treads on the lowest two steps. They wanted the steps to fair out at the bottom and they wanted a newel post at the end of … Continue reading visit

Vectorworks Tip 295- Creating Massing Models for Adjoining Buildings

Intermediate – If you can import a PDF, DXF/DWG, Shapefile, or image from Google Earth, you can use that information to create the outlines of adjoining buildings for your projects, then use the right click to quickly make these into … Continue reading visit

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Landmark_SIG_076 Special Interest Group July (am) 2015

In this session we looked at the report from the earlier landscape session, but the users pointed out that the previous report only look for flat objects which is not much use on a sloping site. So the session took … Continue reading visit

Vectorworks Tip 294 – Adjusting Dimension Whitness Lines

Beginner - If the dimension witness lines (the lines that go down to the object) are not the way you want, use the Selection tool to adjust them.  visit

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Architect_074 Architect Special Interest Group July 2015 (pm)

There was only one person at this session, so he was able to ask all the questions. The main issues related to a specific project that with a parapet boundary wall and he wanted to know how to create the … Continue reading visit

Vectorworks Tip 293 – Cropping a PDF

Beginner – When you import a PDF file, you sometimes find that the PDF has too much information on it. The solution is to crop out the areas that are not required. visit

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Landmark_SIG_075 Special Interest Group July (pm) 2015

In this session we wanted to look at the ability to create reports. In particular, the user wanted to look at how to create a report with areas of hardscapes along with volumes of hardscapes. The first part of this … Continue reading visit

Friday, July 17, 2015

Architect_073 Architect Special Interest Group July 2015 (am)

We looked at the Visibility tool, it is perfect for turning off the classes of unwanted information and it even works on classes of objects inside viewports (without entering the viewport). Holding down the V key will temporarily turn all … Continue reading visit

Vectorworks Tip 292 – Create Massing Models Quickly

Intermediate – A quick way to create a massing model is to use the Create Objects from Shapes… command from the contextual menu. You can find this by right clicking on an object. visit

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 291 – Moving Dimension Text

  Beginner – Even if you get the dimension line in the correct location, you might want to move the dimension text. Use the Selection tool to relocate the dimension text to the required location. visit

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 290 – Snapping to a PDF

  Beginner – Some PDF files also carry vector information, which means that you can snap to the information. However, when you import a PDF file the Snap to Geometry is not active by default. Use the Object Info palette … Continue reading visit

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vectorworks 289 – X-Ray Mode with Selection Marquee

  Beginner – When you drag the selection marquee around objects, you can accidentally drag (and move) larger objects. Use the B Key to activate the X-Ray mode, it will stop you accidentally dragging objects. visit

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 288 – Set The Massing Model Preferences

Beginner – Before you start to make Massing Models, set the preferences. If you set the Preferences first, every Massing Model you make in this file will have the same settings, which will save you a lot of time correcting … Continue reading visit

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Interactive Workshops July 2015 (1507) – Site Modifying

There are several options for site modifying. You can add extra source data into the site model to modify it,  and you can use site modifiers like roads (good for roads and paths), pads (good for flat or uniformly sloping … Continue reading visit

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 287 – Moving a Dimension Line

Beginner – You can’t always get your dimensions in the correct location the first time you place them, you need to be able to move the dimension line to suit the drawing later. Use the Selection tool to relocate the … Continue reading visit

Friday, July 03, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 286 Importing a PDF

Beginner – An easy way to import a PDF file is drag it and drop it onto Vectorworks from a Finder Window (or File Explorer window). Choose the pages that you want to import and click on the OK button. visit

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Vectorworks 285 – X-Ray Mode

Beginner – Holding down the B Key will make the fills on all objects transparent, allowing you to see through objects. This will allow you to select hidden objects. visit