Wednesday, December 30, 2009

If you have this situation where the walls cross over, you can use the wall join tool to join them.

Go to the Walls, or Building tool set.

Choose the wall join tool.

Go to the tool bar.

Click on the third mode, X-Join mode.

Click on the first wall.

Click on the second wall.

Walls are joined.

This shows the wall join with Vectorworks 2010, where Vectorworks is told which part of the wall is the structural core, so the cores automatically join.

If you are using Vectorworks 2009, or earlier, you will have to use the Component Join tool to join the wall components together.

After writing this I realized that I have covered this topic in the Vector-workout Guide to Productivity

Monday, December 28, 2009

Vectorworks Manuals Available at Bookstore

It was pointed out to me the other day that nearly all the Vectorworks manuals are available at the Amazon online bookstore.

I normally recommend supporting you local distributor or reseller, and I still do. If they have the Vectorworks manuals, then pay a little extra and support the local guy, so that they are there when you need them for support.

If you are trying to find good Vectorworks manuals and the local distributor is not keeping the manuals in stock, that can create a long delay for you, while they order the manuals and get them shipped to you. The local distributor in each country should be keeping the manuals in stock. So, if they are making it hard for you to buy the Vectorworks manuals, you have another solution, get them from

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Jonathan Pickup’s December Newsletter

As we head to the end of the year, many people look at the past year and try improve for next year. The beginning of a new year is always a good time to look at your business, to set goals, and to look at things you can do better. I'm a big fan of goal setting, it really helps to focus your efforts on the important parts of your life and your business.

In his amazing book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", Steven R. Covey says that habit number two is to start with the end in mind. So if you set goals for the year, you are starting with the end in mind and then it becomes easier to get where you want.

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to finish of the work due by the end of the year. Then, it's time to plan next year. Plan to spend some time on your business, getting it ready for a productive year. This doesn't mean you have to spend money on your business, just spend some time on it. Look at marketing your business with facebook, myspace and twitter. Look at your Vectorworks and update, sort out and manage your resources. This can save you an hour a day if you sort them out correctly. What would you do with an extra five hours a week? What could you do with 20 extra hours a month?


Get ready for a better, faster way of learning some areas of Vectorworks. If you don't like reading much, then Vector-workout is for you. If just want to get straight into the movies, with out all the words, then Vector-workout is for you. If you are looking for a training resource that makes it easy to dip into, then Vector-workout is for you.

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Short sharp training

This month the short sharp training will be looking at Best Practice for Importing and Exporting DXG/DWG files. There are times where you can't avoid working with consultants and other CAD users that do not use Vectorworks. In these cases, you need to share information with DXF/DWG. What is the best practice to make it run smoothly?

If you have ever had trouble importing DXF/DWG files, if you have had trouble scaling, or if you are scared of working with DXF or DWG files, this session is for you.

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