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Saturday, December 22, 2012

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest 10 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)

This week i posted the following blogs:

Landmark_SIG_017 Special Interest Group December 2012
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10679/landmark_sig_017-special-interest-group-december-2012/

This is the last  landmark special interest group session for 2012. It gives us
the opportunity to wrap up anything that's outstanding for the subscribers this
year.  A consistent theme for the Landmark special interest groups this month
has been planting. Vectorworks 2013 has a new dialog box for creating your
plants and the new concept for the definition and the settings for each plant.

Build Your Gingerbread House Today using Vectorworks
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10667/build-your-gingerbread-house-today-using-vectorworks/

At this time of year my family makes a gingerbread house. When we started to do
this, we decided that a store bought ginger bread house wasn't acceptable, we
could design our own house. I didn't take me long to realise that I could use
Vectorworks with BIM principles to create the model and drawings for the
gingerbread house.

Landmark_SIG_016 Special Interest Group December 2012
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10659/landmark_sig_016-special-interest-group-december-2012/

In this session we looked at two major topics; creating a landscape budget using
landscape areas, and creating plants and adding them to your library.
Vectorworks makes it very easy to find areas and calculate the percentages of
areas in relation to each other. If you create your plants and store them in
your library, it becomes very quick to use them.

epodcast168 - Changing the Computer File Extensions
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10656/epodcast168-changing-the-computer-file-extensions/

When you install a new computer program, the program uses something called the
file extension (the three letters after the dot on the filename). Often, when
users install a new version of Vectorworks, they do not want the new version of
Vectorworks to open the old files, so they choose to keep the Association with
the old version of Vectorworks.

But what can you do when you want all your Vectorworks files to open with the
new version of Vectorworks?

Online Workshops For January Now Available for Bookings
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10641/online-workshops-for-january-now-available-for-bookings/

At this time of the year everybody is rushing to finish projects that need to
finished before the holidays. But this is also a good time of the year to think
about making next year very productive.

BIM_SIG_015 Special Interest Group December 2012
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10644/bim_sig_015-special-interest-group-december-2012/

The session was intended to be an open question-and-answer session. My aim was
to cover several topics. However, there were two main topics that came up in the
session. The first topic was space subjects and how to edit the labels, and the
second topic was default content.

Build Your Gingerbread House Today using Vectorworks

At this time of year my family makes a gingerbread house. When we started to do this, we decided that a store bought ginger bread house wasn't acceptable, we could design our own house. I didn't take me long to realise that I could use Vectorworks with BIM principles to create the model and drawings for the gingerbread house.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Online Workshops For January Now Available for Bookings

At this time of the year everybody is rushing to finish the projects that need to finished before the holidays. But this is also a good time of the year to think about making next year very productive.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BIM_SIG_015 Special Interest Group December 2012

The session was intended to be an open question-and-answer session. My aim was to cover several topics. However, there were two main topics that came up in the session. The first topic was space subjects and how to edit the labels, and the second topic was default content.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Comments on Dealing with Walls - Part 1

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest 9 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)

Interactive Workshops December 2012

http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10614/interactive-workshops-december-2012/

Each month we have a series of online webinars based around the short sharp training manuals that I write each month. Several clients have asked if I'm recording the session so they can watch it later. This month I decided to try recording each session and posting it here so that all the subscribers can see it.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Interactive Workshops December 2012

Each month we have a series of online webinars based around the short sharp training manuals that I write each month. Several clients have asked if I'm recording the session so they can watch it later. This month I decided to try recording each session and posting it here so that all the subscribers can see it.

Interactive Workshops December 2012 | Archoncad


Sunday, December 09, 2012

[The iPad Tutor] Weekly Digest 04

This week, the following posts were added to theipadtutor web site:

Android vs iOS
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/12/03/android-vs-ios/

 Last Christmas I had an argument with my brother about android vs iOS. He
believes that the closed system of iOS is bad, and the open system of Android is
better. I don't believe it's as simple as saying one is an open system therefore
it's good, the other is a closed system therefore it's [...]

0056 Google Currents
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/28/0056-google-currents/

Google currents is a news reader for your tablet or smartphone. It allows you to
choose online news providers that you want to follow. Google currents will then
reformat the information for your device. This allows you to choose several
sources of information and have that available to read quickly and easily on
your tablet or phone.

Guide to Residential Concept Design for Vectorworks


Many of my clients want to use Vectorworks just for conceptual design.This means that the users often want a cut-down Vectorworks interface that just shows the tools they want, to make it faster to draw.
Often these users do not want to draw the walls of the building, they want a quick way of modeling the building, a way to see the building on the site, and they want to be able to check the building with a solar study.

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest 8 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)

This week, the following posts were added to the learn.archoncad.com web site.

Guide to Residential Concept Design
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10442/guide-to-residential-concept-design/

Many of my clients want to use Vectorworks just for conceptual design.This means
that the users often want a cut-down Vectorworks interface that just shows the
tools they want, to make it faster to draw.

Often these users do not want to draw the walls of the building, they want a
quick way of modeling the building, a way to see the building on the site, and
they want to be able to check the building with a solar study.

Building with Walls, Roof and Windows - Part 3
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10596/building-with-walls-roof-and-windows-part-3/

Simple Roof
- You can create a roof from the walls. the roof may need some editing to get what you want.

Building with Walls, Roof and Windows - Part 2
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10595/building-with-walls-roof-and-windows-part-2/

Quick Doors and Windows
- You can easily make the spaces into walls with a command. It needs some editing after, but it is still quick.

Building with Walls, Roof and Windows - Part 1
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10591/building-with-walls-roof-and-windows-part-1/

Creating Walls from Your Model
- You can easily make the spaces into walls by tracing around them.

Visualization - Part 7
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10588/visualization-part-7/

Solar Animation
- You can see the sun on your model, from sunrise to sunset, in a movie,
which you can share with others.

Visualization - Part 6
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10584/visualization-part-6/

Solar Study - Creating a solar study lets you see the way the project will work
with the sun.

Visualization - Part 5
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10581/visualization-part-5/

Set Sun Position - You can add a sunlight to your model.

Visualization - Part 4
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10577/visualization-part-4/

Walkthrough Tool
- The Walkthough tool is great for walking into your model.

Visualization - Part 3
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10573/visualization-part-3/

Flyover Tool
- The Flyover tool is great for changing your view interactively.

Visualization - Part 2
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10570/visualization-part-2/

Renderworks Camera
- The Renderworks Camera is like the set 3D view command, but it’s more flexible and easier to edit.

Visualization - Part 1
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10567/visualization-part-1/

Set 3D View
- To see your model in perspecive, use the Set 3D view command.

Creating A Complete Model - Part 4
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10564/creating-a-complete-model-part-4/

Massing Model
- The Massing Model tool allows you to quickly create adjoining properties.

Creating A Complete Model - Part 3
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10561/creating-a-complete-model-part-3/

Using Unified View 2
- The unified  can be used to view the concept on the site, but you have to have all the layers the same scale.

Creating A Complete Model - Part 2
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10556/creating-a-complete-model-part-2/

Using Unified View
- The unified  can be used to view walls and roof together.

Creating A Complete Model - Part 1
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10551/creating-a-complete-model-part-1/

Creating a DLVP
- A Design layer can be used to link your spaces to the site model, this works well when your site has large elevations.

Site Modeling - Part 9
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10549/site-modeling-part-9-2/

Texture for Recessions Planes
- The recession planes are easier to see and use if you give them a translucent texture.

Site Modeling - Part 8
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10544/site-modeling-part-8-2/

Recessions Planes
- You can make a symbol for your recession planes, and use this to create a 3D representation.

Site Modeling - Part 7
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10540/site-modeling-part-7-2/

Pads and Boundaries (Grade Limits) - Pads and boundaries (grade
limits) are the main tools for site modifying. The pad creates the 3D site modifier and the boundary (grade
limit) tells Vectorworks how much of the site will be affected.

Site Modeling - Part 6
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10537/site-modeling-part-6-2/

Edit the Extent of the Site Model
- You can edit the site model to show just the parts you want.

Site Modeling - Part 5
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10532/site-modeling-part-5-2/

Edit the Site Model Data
- If the Site model data is not as close to the original data as you wanted, you can add additional points to correct the site model.

Site Modeling - Part 4
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10528/site-modeling-part-4-2/

Site Model From a Survey and 3D Points
- You can use a combination of tracing over the contours and placing spot levels.

Site Modeling - Part 3
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10525/site-modeling-part-3-2/

Creating a Site Plan From a Polygon
- If you can draw a polygon of the site, you can make it into a Property Line.

Site Modeling - Part 2
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10522/site-modeling-part-2-2/

Drawing Simple Site Plans
- The Property Line tool makes quick work of simple site plans. If the Sites do not have curves use this method.

Site Modeling - Part 1
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10520/site-modeling-part-1-2/

What is a Site Model? -
A site model is a way of looking at 3D data (spot levels or contours) in a way that allows you to see complex 3D models and 2D representations. VectorWorks uses the 3D information to create the models based on the data to help you understand the 2D and 3D nature of your site.

3D Modeling - Part 5
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10513/3d-modeling-part-5/

Editing The Concept to Match the Site Model - Using the Move by Points
tool to get the model to sit on the site.

3D Modeling - Part 4
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10509/3d-modeling-part-4/

Split Tool
-This is not just a 2D tool, you can use it for 3D modeling.

3D Modeling - Part 3
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10505/3d-modeling-part-3/

Push/Pull Tool
- This tool allows you to push and pull your shapes around.

3D Modeling - Part 2
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10502/3d-modeling-part-2/

Creating a Tapered Extrusion
- Another way to create simple shapes, where the shape changes from top to bottom.

3D Modeling - Part 1
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10500/3d-modeling-part-1/

Creating an Extrusion
- You can create simple shapes with this technique.

Creating Spaces (Rooms) - Part 4
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10494/creating-spaces-rooms-part-4/

Creating a Space Object Report
- A space object carries additional data, and this can be reported.

Creating Spaces (Rooms) - Part 3
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10490/creating-spaces-rooms-part-3/

Editing a Space Object
- After a space object is created, it is easy to edit it.

Creating Spaces (Rooms) - Part 2
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10475/creating-spaces-rooms-part-2/

Creating a Space Object from Polygons
- This is the easy way to create spaces, drawing polygons first, then creating spaces.

Creating Spaces (Rooms) - Part 1
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10483/creating-spaces-rooms-part-1/

Creating a Space Object
- A space object in Vectorworks is useful  for creating a quick 3D object like a room.

Document Set up - Part 7
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10478/document-set-up-part-7/

Save As Template
- A template is a great way to start a file. It can contain all your layers and classes you need, and it can save all your tool settings.

Document Set up - Part 6
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10473/document-set-up-part-6/

Setting Up Layers for the Building
- You can set up the layers at any time. But, you will find it easier to set up the layer heights as soon as you can. The layer settings affect the walls and roof.

Document Set up - Part 5
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10470/document-set-up-part-5/

Creating Custom Dimension Standards
- Custom dimension styles can be used instead of the standard dimensions. This allows you to create a dimension style that you like.

Document Set up - Part 4
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10466/document-set-up-part-4/

Setting Up Units For Primary And Secondary Units
- Vectorworks has two settings for dimensioning, primary units and secondary units.

Document Set up - Part 3
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10462/document-set-up-part-3/

Setting The Smart Cursor Settings For Faster Drawing
- There are several Smart Cursor settings. If you adjust them to suit your drawing style, you will find Vectorworks works very fast.

Document Set up - Part 2
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10459/document-set-up-part-2/

Setting Up The Page Size
- You will find drawing quicker with Vectorworks if you set up the page size. The page settings will depend on your computer and printer.

Document Set up - Part 1
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10457/document-set-up-part-1/

Creating A New File
- Creating a new file is easy, you can create a new blank file, or you can create a file from a template.

Workspace Editing - Part 4
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10454/workspace-editing-part-4/

Editing the Workspace - Changing Tools
- You can edit the tool, adding or deleting toolsets and making it easier to use Vectorworks.

Workspace Editing - Part 3
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10443/workspace-editing-part-3/

Editing the Workspace - Changing Menus
- You can edit the menus, adding or deleting menus and making it easier to use Vectorworks.

Workspace Editing - Part 2
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10447/workspace-editing-part-2/

Editing the Workspace - Creating a New Workspace
- It is not a good idea to edit an existing workspace, it is a good idea to copy an existing workspace for editing.

Workspace Editing - Part 1
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/12/10440/workspace-editing-part-1/

What is the Workspace
- The workspace is the arrangement of the tools and menus.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest 7 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)


This week, the following posts were added to the learn.archoncad.com web site.

Online Workshops For December Available for Bookings
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/11/9714/online-workshops-for-december-available-for-bookings/

The December online workshops will be looking at all the topics we covered this
year. What a year it has been for the subscriber site. The website changes have
been dramatic, the site is searchable, and many more movies have been added.

epodcast167 - Wall Framing Core of Wall
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/11/10423/epodcast167-wall-framing-core-of-wall/

In previous versions of Vectorworks, you were unable to tell Vectorworks where
in the wall you should put the wall framing.

Landmark_SIG_015 Special Interest Group November 2012
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/11/10414/landmark_sig_015-special-interest-group-november-2012/

In this session we looked at getting started with the project, based on
information that had been measured on-site. In the situation the information was
not imported from a survey, it was actually measured by the people in the office
when they visited the site. The methods of measuring were a theodolite and a
tape measure. This is enough information to give the heights in the setting out
from known points on the site.

Landmark_SIG_014 Special Interest Group November 2012
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/11/10396/landmark_sig_01-special-interest-group-november-2012/

In this meeting we continued our series on getting started with Vectorworks
Landmark. An important part of creating a landscape plan is creating plants. In
Vectorworks 2013, the plant preferences have been changed. There are now two
dialogue boxes that control plant settings. The new settings with the two
dialogue boxes allows for more flexible plant placement.

Guide to Productivity
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/11/10398/guide-to-productivity/

Vectorworks is extremely powerful when you use it correctly. There are many,
many productivity techniques you can use to make Vectorworks faster. But it's
not just about customizing Vectorworks, there are many  basic techniques that
will make you faster. In this post there are over 180 links to movies. I believe
that these are the tools and techniques that you need to learn. If you learn
these tools and techniques you will find that it's not just more productive to
use Vectorworks, you will also find it's more fun.

Monday, November 26, 2012

epodcast167 - Wall Framing Core of Wall

In previous versions of Vectorworks, you were unable to tell Vectorworks where in the wall you should put the wall framing.


epodcast167 – Wall Framing Core of Wall | Archoncad


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Guide to Productivity

Vectorworks is extremely powerful when you use it correctly. There are many, many productivity techniques you can use to make Vectorworks faster. But it's not just about customizing Vectorworks, there are many basic techniques that will make you faster. In this post there are over 180 links to movies...

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[Archoncad] Weekly Digest 6 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)


This week, the following posts were added to the learn.archoncad.com web site.


BIM_SIG_014 Special Interest Group November 2012
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/11/10355/bim_sig_014-special-interest-group-november-2012/

The Vectorworks stair tool was introduced for Vectorworks 2011, but this still
seems to be some confusion about how to use the stair effectively. At first
look, the stair looks powerful but complicated. It's important to understand the
concept behind the stair so that you can use the stair quickly and easily. If
you work with the concept of the stair, it works really well, but if you try to
work against the concept of the stair you will have trouble.

BIM_SIG_013 Special Interest Group November 2012
http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/11/10350/bim_sig_013-special-interest-group-november-2012/

When stories were introduced with Vectorworks 2012 there was a lot of discussion
about how to use stories and whether you could use stories in a flexible way to
create the type of buildings you wanted. There was also a lot of discussion
about how to create split-level houses using stories. The common answer is that
you can't use stories to create a split level house, but this is wrong. You can
use stories to create a split level house and in this special interest group we
looked at that particular issue.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

[The iPad Tutor] Weekly Digest 03

This week, the following posts were added to theipadtutor web site:

0055 Answer a Phone Call with a Message

With iOS 6, Apple introduced a new technique when you're answering your phone.
Instead of just answering or turning your phone off is now a new option.

0054 Google Earth

Google Earth is a great way of viewing maps online. Really there more than just
maps, many of the American cities now have 3-D buildings and terrain. This
allows you to really feel what it's like to be in a place.

0053 Google Drive

Google Drive is an online storage facility giving you free 5 GB of online
storage. Along with the storage there is also an application for your web
browser and for your mobile devices.

0052 Safari - Find on Page

In my movie about Google Chrome I showed how to search for information on a
particular page, without searching the entire Internet. This facility is also
available on Safari.

0051 Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a direct competitor to Safari, the web browser on your iPhone
and iPad. Once you have downloaded the Google Chrome application you can access
Google Chrome from the main Google app (the Google search app).

0050 Google Search

Google has made several applications for the iPad or iPhone. The applications
can be downloaded from the App Store. All you need to do is to search for Google
and you will see all the applications. All these Google applications are free.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest 5 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)



This week, the following posts were added to the learn.archoncad.com web site.

Referencing (Workgroup Reference) - Part 3

Referencing a Design Layer From a Separate File - Using a layer import for
Workgroup Referencing keeps your work in line with the referenced file. This
method is better when you have to send your work to a consultant.

Referencing (Workgroup Reference) - Part 2

Referencing for Design Layer Viewports - You can reference a file using a
Design Layer Viewport. This allows you to move or rotate the reference.

Referencing (Workgroup Reference) - Part 1

Referencing Images - When you import an image file you can reference the image.
If the original image gets updated, you can easily update the image in your
drawing.

Viewports - Part 8

Viewport Class Overrides - You can edit the graphic style of a classes in a
veiwport to change the graphic quality of the drawing.

Viewports - Part 7

Change Viewport Scale - You can easily can easily change the scale of a sheet
layer viewport.

Viewports - Part 6

Copy and Rename Viewports - An easy way to make a viewport is often to copy an
existing veiwport and rename and edit it.

Viewports - Part 5

Viewport Cache - For adding information to elevations, make sure you turn on
the viewport cache.

Viewports - Part 4

Edit Viewport Crop - If you get the crop wrong in a viewport, edit it.

Viewports - Part 3

Right Mouse Click to Edit Viewport - This is such a quick way to edit the
viewports, you have to use it.

Viewports - Part 2

Design Layer Viewports - Design layer viewports replace layer links, they allow
you to link information from one or more layers (even from another file) to the
destination layer.

Viewports - Part 1

Creating Sheet Layer Viewports - You should be using sheet layer viewports to
create drawings, they are the fastest, most powerful way.

Customising Vectorworks - Part 2

Workspaces - Tool Palettes - You can change the tools you have on the palettes.
Get rid of the tools you do not use, make the tools you do use easier to get to.
Add hot keys for fast access to tools.

Customising Vectorworks - Part 1

Workspaces - Menus - You can change the way Vectorworks appears. Get rid of the
commands you do not use, make the commands you do use easier to get to. Add
keyboard shortcuts.

Building a Symbol Library - Part 3

Building a Symbol Library - Collect all your symbols together in a library, but
don’t forget to give is a structure to make it easy to use.

Building a Symbol Library - Part 2

Editing a Symbol - Once symbols are created, they can be edited.

Building a Symbol Library - Part 1

Creating a Symbol - Create symbols for objects you use on a regular basis.

podcast142 Editing Property Line Text Size

If you have a property line, you can change the font size, the font type, and so
on by using the text menu. But it's quicker to use a text style. With a properly
constructed text style, you can drag-and-drop the text style onto your property
line to create consistent text with the other parts of your drawing.

cadmovie876 - Stairs - Part 8

Circular Stairs -  The Stair tool also has the ability to make circular
stairs.

cadmovie875 - Stairs - Part 7

Stair Tool - U-Stair (Dog-leg Stair) - the Stair tool can make U-Stairs ( dogleg
stairs) with the landing or with winders, depending on the options you choose in
the configuration.

cadmovie874 - Stairs - Part 6

Stair Tool - Stair with Landing - The previous movie used a simple type of stair
to demonstrate the stair tool. But the stair tool can make more complex  stairs
including stairs with landings.

cadmovie873 - Stairs - Part 5

Stair Tool - Straight Stair - The stair tool has a completely different way of
working from the custom stair tool. This can cause some confusion if people try
to use their working methods from the custom stair on this tool.

cadmovie872 - Stairs - Part 4

Custom Stair - Other Stair Options -The custom stair is a flexible stair, and
you can make very complex stair with it. To use the stair effectively, you need
to understand the basic concept behind the stair.

cadmovie870 - Stairs - Part 2

Circular Stair - There is a very simple circular stair which uses the same
concept as the simple stair above. Unfortunately you will have to add this stair
to your workspace.

cadmovie869 - Stairs - Part 1

Simple Stair - The Simple Stair tool can be used to create your stairs at
concept stage. This tool is only available on the Landmark and Fundamentals
workspaces. But if you want a fast simple stair, then this is the tool to use.

cadmovie871 - Stairs - Part 3

Custom Stair - Straight Stair - The Custom Stair tool is designed to allow you
to create a range of complex stairs.You can create stairs with several landings,
circular stairs, stairs with landings at any angle, and you have more control
over the landings. If you have Vectorworks 2009, the custom stair is called the
Stair Tool. The Custom Stair is not avaialble if you have Vectorworks
Fundamentals.

Floors, Slabs, Columns and Pillars - Part 8

Using Pillars to Join Tricky Walls - Use Pillars to join several walls together
when the wall join won’t work.

Floors, Slabs, Columns and Pillars - Part 7

Pillars - Use Pillars to help draw plans where walls find it hard, where walls
are tapered in plan, where there are old fireplaces and so on.

Floors, Slabs, Columns and Pillars - Part 6

Slab Style Library - The slab styles are stored in the same library as the wall
styles.

Floors, Slabs, Columns and Pillars - Part 5

Slab Styles - The slab works like a horizontal wall, and you can create slab
styles that make it easy to create complex slabs. Slab styles work with wall
styles.

Floors, Slabs, Columns and Pillars - Part 4

Editing Slabs - A Slab can be edited to create holes, set-downs, or voids under
the slab.

Floors, Slabs, Columns and Pillars - Part 3

Slab Tool - The Slab tool is used to create more complex slab objects. Slabs
can auto-bound to walls, which makes it very quick to use.

Floors, Slabs, Columns and Pillars - Part 2

Editing Floors - Use floors for the floor of a building, for flat roofs, or for
any slab type object.

Floors, Slabs, Columns and Pillars - Part 1

Floors - Use floors for the floor of a building, for flat roofs, or for any
slab type object.

Viewing - Part 4

Saved Views - A saved view makes it quick to return to a view. Use saved views
for perspectives, blow-ups of the plan and rotated views.

Viewing - Part 3

Rotated Plan View - This is a really useful technique for rotating your view,
without actually rotating the information on the drawing.

Viewing - Part 2

Snap Loupe - Using the Snap Loupe makes it easy to zoom in temporarily.

Viewing - Part 1

Zooming - You can zoom into a drawing use a few different ways.

SST_1211 - Stairs

I've spoken to several users that seem to struggle with the stair tools. There
there's more than one stair tool that you can use in Vectorworks. On the
Fundamentals and Landmark workspace there is a very useful stair called the
Simple Stair,  then there is the Custom Stair, and finally on the Architect
workspace is the stair tool. The Stair tool is a very powerful but complex tool
for creating extremely accurate stairs.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

[The iPad Tutor] Weekly Digest 02

This week, the following posts were added to theipadtutor web site.

0049 iBooks Highlights into Evernote
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/12/ibooks-highlights-into-evernote/

With all iBooks you can add your notes and highlight text. With some iBooks you
can share the highlights. This allows you to send the highlighted text to your
Evernote database.

0048 Evernote Version 5
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/11/evernote-version-5/

I posted a blog recently telling you that Evernote would soon be updating to
version 5. When I went to check the app store on my iPad today I found that
Evernote had been upgraded.

0047 Notes in iOS 6
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/10/0046-notes-in-ios-6/

Your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch come with an app called Notes. Notes is
designed to be a quick notetaking app, without any frills.

0046 Connecting a Bluetooth Keyboard
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/10/0046-connecting-a-bluetooth-keyboard/

I sometimes find it easier to use a full-size keyboard with my iPad and my
iPhone rather than the screen keyboards that come with the devices.

0045 Reminders in iOS 6
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/09/0045-reminders-in-ios-6/

In previous versions of the iOS, there wasn't an application for reminders. This
created many to do list type applications. With iOS 6, we now have a reminder
application that will sync through the iCloud to your other devices.

0044 Introduction to Skitch
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/08/introduction-to-skitch/

Skitch is a free app from the people that make Evernote. With Skitch you can
snap a page from the internet, take a photo with the camera, import a photo your
have previously taken, or start with a blank page. You can then draw on the
image, add arrows and annotation, or highlight areas.

Evernote is Updating...
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/08/evernote-is-updating/

Evernote announced today that they are updating their software for iOS devices.
The aim of the update is to make Evernote easier and faster to use. For
example, they are saying they want you to be able to access any note with two
clicks.



0043 Creating and Using Safari Reading List
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/07/creating-and-using-safari-reading-list/

Here are some more tips and tricks when using Safari.when I want to read several
articles from a website I like to be to open those articles in different tabs,
or I like to add them to a reading list.

 

[The iPad Tutor] Weekly Digest 01

This week, the following posts were added to theipadtutor web site.

0042 Syncing Safari Bookmarks
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/06/syncing-safari-bookmarks/

You can use your iCloud account to synchronise your bookmarks in Safari. This
allows you to have the same bookmarks on your computer as you have on your
mobile device.

0041 Installing Apps on Your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
http://theipadtutor.com/2012/11/05/installing-apps/

When you first get your iPad or iPhone, it comes with several applications
already on it. But that is not all you can use it for. The app store
has thousands and thousands of apps that you can add to your device. There are
two main ways to add apps, the iTunes store and the App Store on your device.

 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest 4 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)


This week, the following posts were added to the learn.archoncad.com web site.

Annotation - Part 26

Customise The Sheet Border - You can edit the drawing border symbol to add your
own logo and text.

Annotation - Part 25

Sheet Border - The Drawing Border tool is used to add a border or a title block
to a drawing.

Annotation - Part 24

Callout Tool, Editing the Note Database - You can add notes, delete notes and
edit the notes in the note database.

Annotation - Part 23

Callout Tool, Creating a New Note Database - You can create your own note
database for the Callout.

Annotation - Part 22

Callout Tool, Place as Keynote, With More than One Legend - Using more than one
keynote legend allows you to group all the roof notes together, all the wall
notes together, or set up ConDoc notes.

Annotation - Part 21

Edit Keynote Legend - The keynote legend can be edited from the Object Info
palette, you can format the text on the Keynote Legend with the Object Info
palette.

Annotation - Part 20

Callout Tool, Place as Keynote - The Callout tool is faster if you get the text
from a note database.

Annotation - Part 19

Callout Tool With Text From a Database - The Callout tool is faster if you get
the text from a note database.

Annotation - Part 18

Callout Tool - The Callout tool makes it fast and easy to add notes to your
drawings.

Annotation - Part 17

Elevation Benchmark - The elevation benchmark can be used to place elevation
heights on drawings.

Annotation - Part 16

Section-Elevation Marker - The Section-Elevation marker is used to place the
section or elevation line on your plans.

Annotation - Part 15

Reference Marker - The Reference Marker is used to place a detail reference,
section reference or an elevation reference. Like the Drawing label the tool is
scale-aware so regardless what the layer scale is the object always appears the
same size.

Annotation - Part 14

Drawing Label - The drawing label tool is used to place labels on the drawing.
They can be used in 2D drawings, and they can use used in Viewports.

Annotation - Part 13

Creating Your Own Dimension Standard - Creating your own dimension standard
allows you set up a dimension standard that suits your company. You might like
longer lines, heavier lines and so on.

Annotation - Part 12

Changing the Dimension Standard - VectorWorks comes with several built in
standards to choose from. To change the dimension standard (the look and feel of
the dimension).

Annotation - Part 11

Moving Dimension Lines - Dimensions can be modified easily, to move the
position of a dimension line, to change its location in relation to the drawing,
and to change the dimension text relative to the dimension lines.

Annotation - Part 10

Angular Dimensions - Dimensions for angles.

Annotation - Part 9

Circular Dimensions - Dimensions for circles and arcs.

Annotation - Part 8

Unconstrained Dimensions - Dimensions at any angle.

Annotation - Part 7

Constrained Dimensions - Dimensions that are orthoginal on the page.

Annotation - Part 6

Interactive Dimensions - Interactive dimensions are associated to the objects
you dimension and if you change the dimension, the object will update or move.

Annotation - Part 2

Editing text - The easiest way to edit text is use the 2D selection tool.

Annotation - Part 5

Associative Dimensions - Associative dimensions are associated to the objects
you dimension. When you move the objects, the dimensions update.

Annotation - Part 4

Find/Replace Text - This command can be used to look for a word or a phrase in
your file and replace it with another word or phrase. It’s really useful if
the client has changed a finish that you have put all over the drawings, of it
the engineer makes a change to the engineering requirements. You can get
VectorWorks to change all occurrence of the word or phrase.

Annotation - Part 3

Checking Spelling - VectorWorks now includes a tool to check the spelling of
words in your drawings.

Annotation - Part 1

Creating Text - How to place text.

epodcast166 - Creating a Demolished Window

When you're using a standard window in Vectorworks you can create  a window
that shows that it has been demolished, and that it has an area of proposed wall
to go with it.

Vertical Transport - Part 13

Escalators - If you need an escalator, this is the tool for you.

Vertical Transport - Part 11

Unusual Stair  - Sometimes you get stairs that don’t fall in to the
configurations that VectorWorks has set up. You have the following choices, you
can make the stairs out of Floors or you can draw the stair as 2D objects only.

Vertical Transport - Part 12

Ramps - The Ramp tool has some limitations, but if you need a ramp this tool
might do what you want.

Vertical Transport - Part 10

Custom Stair Library - The cool part about this is that is you store this file
in a special folder. If you save your file to the correct folder in the
VectorWorks folder, these stairs become available for use on any project. When
you install Vectorworks, you get a library file with standard stairs. If the
stairs do not suit your construction method, you should remove them.

Vertical Transport - Part 9

Custom Stair - Stair with Winders - This is how to make a stair with winders
with the Custom Stair tool.

Vertical Transport - Part 8

Custom Stair - Stair with Landing - L Stair - This is how to make a stair with
a landing a flight to the left.

Vertical Transport - Part 7

Custom Stair - Straight Stair with Landing - This is how to make a straight
stair with a landing (platform).

Vertical Transport - Part 6

Custom Stair - Straight Stair - This is how to make a straight stair.

Vertical Transport - Part 5

Stair Tool Library - The cool part about this is that is you store this file in
a special folder. If you save your file to the correct folder in the VectorWorks
folder, these stairs become available for use on any project.

Vertical Transport - Part 4

Stair Tool - Stair with Winders - This is how to make a stair with a winders.

Vertical Transport - Part 3

Stair Tool - Stair with Landing - L Stair - This is how to make a stair with a
landing at a angle, an L stair.

Vertical Transport - Part 2

Stair Tool - Straight Stair with Landing - This is how to make a straight stair
with a landing (platform).

Vertical Transport - Part 1

Stair Tool - Straight Stair - This is how to make a straight stair.