Friday, October 02, 2015

Interactive Workshops September 2015 (1509) – Getting Ready for Vectorworks 2016

Every year Vectorworks updates, which means that every year you have to prepare for it. The purpose of this workshop is to go through the various things that you have to do to prepare for an update. Vectorworks 2016 has … Continue reading visit

SST_1507 – Site Modifiers in Vectorworks

In the previous month we looked at creating a site model, which is great but we will need to modify the site. That is what this manual is all about, Site Modifiers. A Site Modifier is a  specific object for changing … Continue reading visit

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 313 – Textures on the Overall Wall or on the Wall Component

If you assign the textures to the wall components, you have a better way to make sure that you get the correct texture on the wall. The other way to assign textures is to assign textures to the overall part … Continue reading visit

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 312 – Sketch Rendering by Object

You can apply sketch rendering to the entire view, but you can also apply sketch rendering object by object. If you select an object, then go to the Render pane of the Object Info pallete, you can choose what sketch … Continue reading visit

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 311 – Getting Started Part 3

Attend the online workshops for the manuals each month. These sessions assume you don’t know much about the topic, so we work though the topic carefully. The sessions are interactive which means that you can stop me and ask questions. … Continue reading visit

Podcast 216 – Full Screen Window Macintosh Yosemite

I recently upgraded my computer to Yosemite. I have a habit of wanting to see my drawing window full-screen. However, when I click on the green button to make my drawing wonderful screen I have been losing my menubar. In … Continue reading visit

Friday, September 25, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 310 – Setting the Maximum/Minimum Values on a Site Model

The settings for the Maximum and Minimum elevations allow you to choose how much of the site model you see. Think of these settings as a filter, choosing how much of the site model you want to see. For example, … Continue reading visit

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 309 – Classes on Wall Components

Each wall component can have its own class, which you can use to control the graphic style, and when you turn them off, you can use the overall class of the walls to control the graphic style. This could be … Continue reading visit

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 308 – Sketch Rendering

When you’re creating concept drawings, you can use the concept called sketch rendering. You not trying to trick your clients into thinking you drew the project by hand, you are trying to help them understand where the project is in … Continue reading visit

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Architect_078 Architect Special Interest Group September 2015 (pm)

In this session we looked at site modelling again. In particular, we looked at a special case where we wanted to create site modifiers above the site model (it’s actually a construction pad above the level of the site model … Continue reading visit

Vectorworks Tip 307 – Getting Started Part 2

Following on from tip 303, the next step to getting started with Vectorworks ( if you are using Vectorworks Architect) is to work your way through the Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual. This manual has designed to show you the workflow when using … Continue reading visit

Monday, September 21, 2015

Architect_077 Architect Special Interest Group September 2015 (am)

In this session we started by looking at wall styles. The question was about using wall styles to draw an existing project. One of the problems with using wall styles is the challenge when you come to draw an existing plan and the … Continue reading visit

Friday, September 18, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 306 – Maximum/Minimum Values Dialog

I had a client ask about this dialog box the other day. They thought that it was a bit confusing and wondered if it would affect the site model. The answer is that it only affects the visual presentation of … Continue reading visit

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 305 – Drag and Drop Hatches

You can apply a hatch to an object by dragging and dropping the hatch from the Resource Browser onto the object. In fact you can apply most resources from the results browser by dragging and dropping. visit

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 304 – Drawing a Line to a Bearing

Normally Vectorworks measures the angle of an object from the horizontal. But there are times where you need to draw a line using survey angles. You can set a line to a bearing by using N and E with the … Continue reading visit

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 303 – Getting Started Part 1

If you’re transitioning from another CAD program to Vectorworks you want to know how to get started quickly, Tip 300 tells you to work through my Essentials Tutorial Manual. This really is the best way to get started. But where … Continue reading visit

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Vectorworks Tip 302 – Pad with Retaining Edge

Intermediate – Normally, you have to use a grade limits with a site modifier, but not when use a pad with retaining edge. In this image you can see a pad with a vertical retaining each. At the bottom you … Continue reading visit