Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #158 - Vectorworks Document Preferences – Cropped Perspective

2014-10-04_11-46-44The option for showing a cropped perspective used to be in the view menu, and Vectorworks 2015 this is now been moved to a document preference. The assumption is that you will always want to use a cropped perspective all that you will always want to use and an cropped perspective. Therefore you can set this up as your preference and you won't have to go back and change it again.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #157 - 3D Modeling – Deform Tool - Taper Mode

2014-10-04_11-19-32The Taper mode with the Deform tool allows you to taper the entire object with a few clicks. This is not a replacement for the Taper face tool, use that tool when you only want to taper one face. This mode is designed to taper your entire object. Depending on where you put your control point, you can control which faces taper.


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #156 - Text – Format Text

2014-10-04_11-39-01The quickest way to control your text is to use the Format Text… command from the text menu. This command is so much faster because it opens a dialog box allowing you to change the font, size, style, justification, etc, all in one dialogue box. If you try to use the commands from the menu bar to control the size, style, etc you'll find it takes a lot longer to control your text.


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #155 - Printing – Set the Page Size

2014-10-04_11-36-14Printing is so fundamental it is easy to overlook this basic concept. Before you print your document you really must set the page size, otherwise your information may not fit onto the page. There are two areas to edit your page size – design layers and sheet layers. Your sheet layers will be created in a consistent way if you set the page size first. Use the command from the file menu Page Set up…


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

SST_1410 - What's New in Vectorworks 2015

Every year Vectorworks updates and there are always lots of new features. But we need to have more the new features what we really need to have are benefits. Features are nice, but benefits have a reward, they make it easier to use, faster to use, more powerful.
As I did last year I have included a table with Needs/Features/Benefits. This table should assist you in finding your need, the feature associated with that need, and what the benefit to you should be. Following on from that table is a detailed explanation of all the main features that are included in Vectorworks 2015.

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podcast 196 Story Changes in Vectorworks 2015

Vectorworks 2015 has made some powerful yet subtle changes to the stories. These changes are going to have a huge impact on the way you create and manage your stories. They going to make stories much more powerful than they have been. This is a short movie just showing a little bit about how this change can be used to automatically control wall heights.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #154 - Document Preferences - Save Viewport Cache

2014-09-27_11-22-11When you open a file that has viewports in it, you will have to update those viewports if you do not turn on Save Viewport Cache. This can save you a lot of time waiting for viewports to regenerate, especially if you have a lot of rendered or section viewports. However, the downside for this is that your file sizes will be huge compared to the files that do not save viewport cache.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Vectorworks Tip #153 - 3D Modeling – Deform Tool

image052The Twist tool that was introduced with Vectorworks 2014 has been replaced by a new Deform tool. This tool has a lot more ability than the tool it is replacing, allowing you to bend, bulge, taper, and twist objects.