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...


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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

0043 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

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

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 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

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

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.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest 3 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)

This week, the following posts were added to the web site.
What’s New with Vectorworks 2013 - Novedge Webinar

There are a lot of new things in Vectorworks 2013. Some of these are fixes or
enhancements to the current Vectorworks, and some of them are brand new. The new
features are going to make working in Vectorworks 2013 substantially faster by
improving your workflow.

Online Workshops For November Available for Bookings

The November online workshops will be looking at the different stair tools.
Which one should you use, when do they work best, and what do you do when none
of them work for you?

SST_1210 - What's New in Vectorworks 2013

There are a lot of new things in Vectorworks 2013. Some of these are fixes or
enhancements to the current Vectorworks, and some of them are brand new. The new
features are going to make working in Vectorworks 2013 substantially faster by
improving your workflow.

Quick Preferences

In later versions of Vectorworks you can access quick preferences from the
toolbar. In Vectorworks 2013 they have increased the number of preferences that
you can access from this area. But that is not the only way that you can create
quick preferences. Prior to this, you would create quick preferences by writing
a small script which would sit in a floating palette.

Kitchen Symbols

Vectorworks comes with several libraries full of furniture and electrical
appliances. But sometimes you want to have something which is more specific to
the country you are from. I have created some symbols that match the F&P objects
like dishwashers, stoves, ovens, and range hoods.

epodcast165 - Creating a Non-Standard Door

If you use the standard door object in Vectorworks, it allows you to create a
non-standard door. However, there are a few steps you need to go through in
order to make this happen. In this example I show 3D model of a door with a
chamfer cut off the corner. But you could also use the same technique to create
doors that Vectorworks does not support, for example bi-folding doors with five

Dealing with Roofs - Part 20

2 Storey Roof - Fixing Roof issues - If you make a roof that has design issues,
this can be the solution.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 19

2 Storey Roof - Roof for Upper Floor - This is how to make the upper part of a
two storey roof, and how you see them together.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 18

2 Storey Roof - Roof for Lower Floor - There are times when you want to make a
2 storey roof. This Is how you start the lower roof.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 17

Creating a Complex Roof Using a Standard Roof - I often find the standard
Vectorworks roof will not make the roof I want. If you work on renovation
projects you will find the standard Vectorworks roof will not be able to draw
the final roof you want, and sometimes find the standard roof will not draw the
existing roof because people have added and extended the building over the

Dealing with Roofs - Part 16

Flat Roofs - First, is the roof really flat. Even membrane roofs have a low
pitch on them and as you want to use this 3D model to create accurate sections
you may as well build the roof correctly, with a low pitch.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 15

Curved Roofs - VectorWorks doesn’t really have a tool that will make a curved
roof, but we can draw a form that looks like a curved roof.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 14

Cut Out in a Roof Face - The other way to create the cut out in the roof face
is when you have already created the roof and then you want to punch a hole in
it. This technique is exactly the same as creating the cut out in a standard
VectorWorks roof.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 13

Creating a Roof Face - Peak Height Above Axis - This option is under used but
very useful when you know the height to the ridge (peak) above the axis (pitch
line), but you do not know the angle of the roof.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 12

Creating a Roof Face by Rise Over Run - Creating a roof by rise over run is
similar to the create roof by angle, but you use a horizontal length for the run
and a rise for the run.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 11

Creating Roof Face by Angle - A roof face is one part of the roof, what you
might call a roof plane. A roof face is a hybrid object. Vectorworks takes a 2D
roof plane and projects it to 3D. This method creates a roof face by the roof

Dealing with Roofs - Part 10

When You Can’t Edit The Roof Enough - There are times when the editing that
you can do to the roof is not enough.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 9

Roof Accessories - You can add soffits and fascias to a roof.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 8

Cut Out in a Standard Roof - If you don’t want to go to the trouble of
creating a 3D symbol for the skylight, you can punch a simple hole in the roof
face. VectorWorks calls these holes a cut out.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 7

Inserting a Skylight - Putting in a skylight is similar to putting in a dormer
window. To place a skylight you need to create a skylight symbol. Then you will
notice that you get selection handles on each roof face and at the bottom centre
of each skylight.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 6

Inserting a Dormer Window - To insert a dormer window you need to create the
roof first and you need a window or door symbol to insert. You cannot use a
plug-in object like a simple window to create a dormer.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 5

Mono Pitch Roof - A mono pitch roof is popular at the moment. Surprisingly, you
can keep the roof as a standard VectorWorks roof.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 4

One Gable - You can edit a roof, even a complex roof so it has one gable.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 3

Split Gable - You can create a split gable roof using the standard roof
command, and some simple editing.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 2

Gable Roof - Once a roof is created you can edit parameters of the roof, roof
plane by roof plane if you want, or the entire roof.

Dealing with Roofs - Part 1

Creating Roofs - You can create a roof from selected walls, or you can draw a
polygon for your roof setting out.

epodcast164 - Assigning Textures to Texture Beds

I have had some questions about using texture beds on site models. There is a
movie called Site Modelling – Part 13 which shows you how to create a texture
bed on a site model. The question really relates to applying not just a color,
but an actual texture.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Get a weekly email digest for what's new in Vectorworks

When you subscribe to this site, you can get a weekly digest of all the posts that have been added. The feedback from the subscribers is that this is very useful to help remind them of what's new, and to allow them to quickly look through the new posts for ones that are interesting.

Some weeks I've been adding more than 50 posts. Having the Digest allows you to quickly scroll through all the new posts.

He is an example from one of the recent emails. This is not a complete list, it's about half of it:

Graphics - Part 15

Creating Tiles - When you create a tile, you draw the object that you want to
repeat, and you can see how it relates to the rest of the tile.

Graphics - Part 14

Applying Tiles - Use the Resource Browser or the Attributes Palette to apply

Graphics - Part 13

Tiles - A Tile is a repeatable graphic, like a hatch. But, it is much more
graphic than a hatch, and easier to edit.

Graphics - Part 12

Object Opacity - Object opacity is the ability to make an object transparent.
For an elevation like this we could draw shadows for the building and make them

Graphics - Part 11

Attribute/Mapping tool. - This is the tool you use to change the position and
scaling of images and gradients.

Graphics - Part 10

Creating Gradients - If you do not like the gradients that come with
Vectorworks, make your own, they are easy enough to make.

Graphics - Part 9

Applying Gradients - Use the Resource Browser or the Attributes Palette to
apply gradients.

Graphics - Part 8

Gradients - Gradients are a great way of adding  colour fill where you want
the colour to change from one colour to another (or several colours).

Graphics - Part 7

Creating Images - You can use any image on your computer to create Vectorworks

Graphics - Part 6

Applying Images - The Resource Browser can be used to apply images, and you can
use the Attributes Palette to apply images.

Graphics - Part 5

Images - Images are a great way of applying a graphic image to your drawings.

Graphics - Part 4

Creating Hatches - When you want a hatch that is not in the library, you need
to learn to create your own hatches.

Graphics - Part 3

Applying Hatches - You can use the Resource Browser to find a hatch and then
either double click on the hatch in the Resource Browser or drag the hatch to
the object.

Graphics - Part 2

Hatches - Hatches are a series of lines that represent a material. This could
be a series of lines that looks like brick, or tiles.

Graphics - Part 1

Graphic Attributes - How to apply graphic attributes, such as line weight,
hatching, image fills and graphic symbols to a drawing.

Resource Browser - Part 6

Finding Resources - You can look for resources in the current file, or anywhere
on your computer.

Resource Browser - Part 5

Exporting Resources - You can export resources from the current file to a
library, or to another file.

Resource Browser - Part 4

Creating a Symbol Folder - If you have a lot of symbols in the Resource
Browser, they are easier to find if you have folders for them.

Resource Browser - Part 3

Changing the Viewing Options on the Resource Browser - You can change the way
resources are shown on the Resource Browser.

Resource Browser - Part 2

Attaching a Library to the Browser - One of the useful features of the Resource
Browser is the ability to look into other files and use their resources.

Resource Browser - Part 1

What is the Resource Browser? - The Resource Browser is used to browse for the
objects that VectorWorks calls resources so that you can use them in your
drawings. Resources can be hatches, gradients, images, textures, symbols,
Plug-In objects, wall styles, worksheets and so on.

Object Info Palette - Part 2

Data - The Data Pane allows you to attach database information to an object and
edit that information.

Object Info Palette - Part 1

Shape - This part of the Object Info palette shows all the shape information
the shape information.

Snapping Palette - Part 9

Constrain Tangent - The is really useful for making sure that you are drawing
tangent to an arc or circle. When you need it, there is no substitute for this.
There are not options, the constraint is either turned on or off.

Snapping Palette - Part 8

Smart Edge - When you need to be parallel to objects, or offset from a line or
polygon, this is the constraint to use.