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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #146 - Document Preferences - Mesh Smoothing

2014-09-13_10-08-10Some of you 3D models will look like a series of triangles making a mesh. This occurs with imported objects like cars and it will also occur on site models. the answer is to use Mesh Smoothing, one of the Document Preferences. It will dramatically smooth out the 3D model.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #145 - 3D Modelling – Fillet Edge

2014-09-13_10-14-07The Fillet Edge tool from the 3D Modeling toolset is used around the corners of 3-D objects. It also allows you to change the radius of the edge as it goes along, creating a variable raduis edge.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #144 - Visualisation - Lit Fog

2014-09-13_10-46-45Vectorworks Has the ability to show the strings of light coming into the building. This ability is a preference called Lit Fog You'll find Lit Fog in the preferences for the environmental lighting and it adds a beautiful quality of light. Use this to improve the quality of your renderings.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #143 - Basic Tools - Enter Key to Mimic Mouse Click

Enter Key to mimic mouse Click and double enter to mimic double mouse click. I often use this technique with the enter key to mimic the mouse click. For example, if I'm drawing a wall of a specific length, I will use the numeric keypad to type on the length of the wall and then use the enter key to mimic the mouse click so that I can then draw the next wall. This is a really quick way to draw. If you double hit the enter key it mimics the double mouse click finishing your wall, polygon, et cetera

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #142 – Interactive settings – Background Color

2014-09-06_16-29-16Interactive Settings – Background Colour. The standard settings for the background colour are to have a white background colour for Top/Plan view, and a slight minty colour for 3-D views. The reasoning for this is that it helps you to see when you change from a Top/plan view to another view. But you may not like this idea, so you can change it using Interactive Settings.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #141 - 3D Modelling – Project Tool 3

2014-09-06_16-22-49The third mode of the Project tool is quite different to the first two. In this mode the project tool will project a shape onto another NURBS surface. You could think of this as being like an extrude to the NURBS surface

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #140 - Visualisation - Visualization palette

2014-09-06_10-10-39The Visualization palette show the lights that are in the current scene, and if a viewport is selected, the Visualization palette shows the lights that are in the viewport. This allows you to edit light, shadows, the intensity of the light, etc. in this viewport, without affecting the lighting in other viewports.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #139 - Snaps - Tangent Snap

2014-09-06_10-45-06The Tangent Snap is really useful when you need an object that starts or stops at a tangent to circle or arc. This snap is the only way to ensure that your object is tangential.

You can find more information about this and other snaps on the Guide to Productivity.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

podcast 193 Changing the Interactive Appearance Settings

The interactive settings are designed to give you control over the way Vectorworks looks, not the way that it behaves. There are numerous settings here allowing you to change such things as the screen colour, the background colour for perspective views, and preselection colour, to name just a few. Changing these interactive settings can speed up the way you work by making it easier to see the things you want

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Vectorworks Tip # 138 - Interactive settings - Ground and Sky Colour

2014-08-30_15-59-01You can change the sky and ground colours using the interactive settings.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #137 - 3D Modelling - Project Tool 2

2014-08-30_15-20-43The second mode of the Project tool is similar to the first mode except that it cleans up the area where you have split the original NURBS surface. In other words the NURBS surface is trimmed to the shape of the planar object. This makes a very quick to create a NURBS surface and then trim it to the shape that you want.

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #136 - Visualisation - Animationworks - Creating Rotating Objects

2014-08-30_15-39-01Animationworks - Create Rotating object. Animationworks has a tool that will create a rotating object, so that as the movie plays, the object rotates.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #135 - Snaps - Snap to Distance

Sn2014-08-30_14-50-22aps - Snap to Distance. Use this snap when you want to snap to a percentage along an object.

You can find more information about this and other snaps on the Guide to Productivity.

 

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

podcast 192 - Using the Project Tool for 3-D Modelling

I'm a big fan of using the Project tool, because it so powerful for 3-D modelling. You can use it to trim a NURBS surface to suit a planar shape, you can also use it to project planar objects onto a 3-D object. In my recent 3-D Modelling Special Interest Group, the topic of the project or came up. Many of the users were surprised at how powerful this tool can be.