Saturday, March 30, 2013

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest Email 18 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)

This week I posted the following blogs:

Education_m_001 - Introduction to 3D Modeling

Introduction to 3D Modeling

In this exercise you will create a simple 3D model using simple tools and
commands. You can then use this model to create drawings using a new concept
called Viewports. We will be using a quick command to create the viewports from
the 3-D model. This command is only available if you using Vectorworks
Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, or Designer. The command we will be using is not
available if you have Vectorworks Fundamentals.

Education_008 - Viewing


There are several viewing tools. Some of the tools are located in the Tool
palette, and some are on the View bar at the top of the drawing window. We will
look at the most useful tools and techniques later in this manual.

epodcast174 - 3D Snapping for 3D Modeling

In Vectorworks 2011 you could snap to objects that were not on the working
plane. In Vectorworks 2013 there is now a preference that controls whether you
can snap to points that are not on the working plane.

Education_007 - Dimensions


A drawing without dimensions is pretty useless. It is important that when you
place dimensions you place them accurately. Learning to dimension your drawings
accurately will allow you to draw more quickly in Vectorworks.

Education_006 - Applying Graphic Attributes

Applying Graphic Attributes

Vectorworks is a very graphic program. We have control over the stacking order
of objects ( the way things appear at the front or the back), we can assign
colors to objects, we can change line weights and line styles, and so on. It is
important that you understand how to control the graphic style of objects so
that you can make your drawings more readable.

Education_005 - Snapping


Snapping in Vectorworks means that you use other objects on the screen to draw

Education_004 - Basic Concepts

Basic Concepts

To be able run the software efficiently you need to learn the basic concepts of
Vectorworks first. This section of the manual is designed to show you the
concepts that form the basis of Vectorworks. We will learn to make a few simple
objects, how to select objects, who to delete objects, and how to delete

Apple Increases Account Security With Optional Two-Step Verification System for
Apple IDs

Apple has implemented a new two-step verification system for Apple IDs (via
9to5Mac), adding an additional layer of protection for Apple accounts with an
extra security code and a "trusted" device.


Landmark_SIG_023 Special Interest Group March 2013

This is the second session for the Landmark Special Interest Group for March
2013. The session started out with a discussion on what was included in my
latest Vectorworks Landmark Tutorial Manual for Vectorworks 2013.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest Email 17 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)

This week I posted the following:

Vectorworks Landmark Tutorial Manual for Vectorworks 2013 Announced

I'm pleased to see that Nemetschek Vectorworks have announced my new Landmark
Tutorial Manual for Vectorworks 2013. All the movies in this manual have been
updated for the new version of Vectorworks. The feedback from this manual has
been very positive. Users are getting up to speed in a week with this

Landmark_SIG_022 Special Interest Group March 2013

The consensus for today's special-interest group was to look at Renderworks
styles and lighting. Renderworks styles were introduced in Vectorworks 2012 and
they allow you to create a rendering style with lighting options, quality
options, and background options, and then save those settings. If you store the
Renderworks style in your library, you will be able to access the style in every

New 'Yontoo' Adware Trojan Targets Major Browsers on OS X

Russian security firm Doctor Web this week highlighted a new trojan (via The
Next Web) affecting OS X systems and which installs an adware plug-in capable of
injecting ads into users' browsing experience.

As with other trojans, this new Yontoo malware relies on tricking users into
installing the package, which in this case masquerades as a movie trailer video

Book Review - Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual 2013

The fifth edition of my popular Essentials Tutorial manual has been out for a
little while now, but i found this review of the manual posted on my friend's
web site yesterday.
This morning, I thought I would review Jon Pickups's excellent book
“Vectorworks 2013 Essentials”, it's the first in the series and probably the
one [...]

BIM_SIG_019 Special Interest Group March 2013

In this session we looked at two main areas of Vectorworks. The first area we
looked at was Constraints. Vectorworks has several constants that you can use to
set up relationships between objects. The other areas we looked at were the
Reshape tool and the Move by Points tool.

epodcast173 - Property Line on Site Model

I saw a discussion recently on the Vectorworks community board where a
Vectorworks user was trying to get an outline of the property onto the site

Monday, March 11, 2013

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest Email 16 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)

This week I added new posts to my web site:

PDF Quality on Export PDF

Some clients want to make sure that the PDF files they export are to a high standard. There are some settings you can use to control the output of PDF drawings, but it depends on how you are trying to create the PDF's


New Vectorworks Architect tutorial available

I'm really happy that Nemetschek Vectorworks have just announced my new Architect Tutorial Manual for Vectorworks 2013. Each year when I update my manuals, I try to ensure that I have including the most up to date workflows.

I visited a client the other day for training, and I really wished that he had this manual. There were so many questions that he asked about roofing, setting up wall styes, creating areas, and so on, that were answered by this manual. It would have been easier for me to teach him and it would have made our training time more productive.


SST_1303 Vectorworks Service Select

Vectorworks introduced this service a few years ago. The aim of this service is to provide an upgrade each year, a video library, library objects and so on. The manual of now available for online reading and downloading.

[Archoncad] Weekly Digest Email 15 (blogs and movies for Vectorworks)

I have added some posts to my main web site this week. Click on the links to read more...