Friday, December 30, 2011

Special Interest Groups for the Vector-workout Subscription (Vectorworks Training)

Archoncad announces Special Interest Groups for the Vector-workout Subscription

Starting in February 2012, the Vector-workout Subscription will be offering Special Interest Groups as part of the subscription. The purpose of the SIG will be to have online sessions that are suited to a particular part of Vectorworks, and will generally follow on from the topics discussed in the workshop sessions. 

For example the Landscape SIG would focus on Vectorworks from a Landscape perspective, so when we look at building your office library, we would look at a library of plants, or hardscapes, for example. If we were looking at libraries with the BIM Special Interest Group, we might be looking at how wall and slab styles can be saved into your library. There will not be a manual, but the sessions will be recorded and linked to the monthly manual. 

The Special Interest meetings will be the week after the interactive workshops so that issues raises in the workshop can be expanded in the group meetings, and explained with examples to suit that group. 

Initially, I am planning a BIM and Landscape Special Interest Group. If these are successful, there will be more groups for 3D Modeling and others as they are needed.

The Special Interest Groups are only available to Vector-workout Subscribers. If you are a subscriber, log onto Vector-workout Subscriber site. 

Become a subscriber here and enjoy a monthly manual, special online webinars, blogs, and extras. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Using Your iPhone on a Tripod

I have tried to use an iPhone and an iPad to shoot video, but the results are not great. What I really want to  is to mount the iPhone on a tripod. A standard tripod has a bolt to connect a camera, but the phone and tablet do not have the threaded hole for the bolt.

I've made a bracket to connect the phone to the tripod. It is reasonably straight forward to create the bracket.

I have found the hard case I needed for the iPad, so now I can use the ipad on my tripod to shoot video. The iPad cover just needs to be a hard case, so you can stick the velcro to it.

All the instructions are on my subscribers web site.

You can become a subscriber here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Building a Vectorworks Gingerbread House

Every year I create a gingerbread house to share with the extended family over the holiday season. For the past several years I have been using Vectorworks to create a model. This is a great way to make a complex gingerbread house. You can design your own dream gingerbread house. 
Start by, creating your model in Vectorworks. 
Use viewports to get the plans and elevations.

Cut out the parts, and use these to cut the gingerbread.

Assemble the parts.
Decorate, and Enjoy.

The Vectorworks part of the process uses BIM principles to create the model and extract the elevations and plans, so I thought this would be fun way to learn about BIM. The Vector-workout Subscription used this as the basis of the meetings and manual in November (giving users time to create their own gingerbread houses).

Unified View in Vectorworks 2012

This is the normal view of a building when you change the view with out Unified View. 

If you wanted to see a complete view of your project, you can use Unified View, it allows you to see all the visible layers in your file, and when you move the view around, all the layers look like they are joined together. 

There are several options for Unified View. For a detailed description of the Unified View and the options for it, log onto the blog at the Vector-workout Subscriber site. 

Become a subscriber here and enjoy a monthly manual, special online webinars, blogs, and extras.