Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Font Mapping in Vectorworks

When you open a file that uses fonts that are not on your computer, Vectorworks will use font mapping to map the missing font to a font that you have on your computer.

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My Vectorworks PDF Files are too Large to Email

I've just had an e-mail from a client who wants to know what to do about the PDF files in Vectorworks. My client is now finding that when they export PDF files from Vectorworks the files are over 22 MB.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Vectorworks Web Site for Training Resources

I have been working hard over the last couple of months updating my subscriber web site, and now it is online. This is a completely new website, with a brand-new structure. Everything will communicated through this site, mainly using the home page.

The blog now contains everything that I have written from all the different blog sites that I have created in the past. You will find blogs all the way back to 2005.

I have added all the manuals, cadmovies, extended podcasts, and beginner movies that have been created, so please do not be disappointed if you do not find everything at first. There are over 1000 movies to add to the site, over 60manuals, and hundreds of blogs.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Looking for the Vectorworks Eyedropper

I was running one of my monthly online webinar sessions today, and the question of the eye dropper tool came up. I thought perhaps I had spoken to the uses previously about using the eyedropper to copy the attributes from one object and apply them to another.

The eyedropper tool is on the basic toolset. It is one of the tools that I cover in my Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial course early on. I even have exercises for the students to complete, so that they learn how to use this tool.

The eyedropper tool also has settings that allow you to control exactly what parts of an object you pick up. If you save your settings, then you can access them from the pop-up menu on the toolbar.  One of the settings but very useful is the ability to set the information you pick up with the eyedropper tool as the default setting for that object.

I was showing my online users how to use the eyedropper tool to save all the settings for the sheet border. In fact, I thought I had already made a movie that showed my users exactly how to do this.  when I went to my website to check, I found that I had made more than one movie on the eye dropper tool.

When I did my search, I found three movies and one blog with information about the eyedropper tool.  I found this movie showing exactly how to use the eyedropper tool to set the defaults for tools.

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