Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
To create a Site Model you require 3D data for the spot levels of the site. There are several ways to do this. One way of creating your site model is to import an image file showing contours, then trace along the contours of the polygon tool. There is a command that will convert your 2D polys to 3D contours.
Friday, December 19, 2014
I often use Intersect Solids to create a complex shape. The basic strategy with this concept is that you create two shapes. This command will find where the shapes overlap each other (intersect each other), giving me the object that I require.
This is a simple design that you could probably generate after going through chapter 2 of my Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. All it uses is simple extrusions, but it does not convey the feeling of the outdoor space.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Check the spelling of your worksheets. When you select a worksheet you cannot use the right-click (contextual) menu to check the spelling. But you can go to Text on the menu bar and choose check spelling from there. This command checks for your worksheet looking for spelling mistakes. If it finds words that you know are spelled correctly but not in the dictionary, Vectorworks will show these words as misspelled. If you add these words to your dictionary, Vectorworks will use them from now on.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
When you select text, you can use the right-click to choose Check Spelling…. This does not work if you select a call out. You might think that that will stop you from checking the spelling in a callout note. If you select a call out object (or even several of them) then you can go to Text on the Menu bar and choose Check spelling… This will then check the spelling of all of the selected called out notes.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Friday, December 05, 2014
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
This is a great way of creating utility scripts in your files. This command will create a custom script that can control the text, symbols, layers, classes, snaps, etc. to set up the utility script for your snaps, set the snaps you want first, then go to the menu bar and choose Tools > Custom Tool/Attribute. Fill in the settings on the dialog box and choose the option to create a script. Give you a script in your file that you can use to reset the snapping whenever you need it.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
At the start of this year I started posting regular tips and tricks on my website. I call these my 10 second tips because they only take 10 seconds to read. I try to make them so that you will be able to read these tips each day without spending a lot of time...
I have been working to catch up with my manuals on the Amazon Kindle store. I have been creating new covers for the kindle books.
If you are a subscriber then you do not need to buy the kindle version, you already have access to these manuals on this website. Your manuals have the movie links in them (which the kindle books do not).
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
Vectorworks has some really cool 3D tools, and it's tempting to always look at these instead of some of the basic 3D tools that Vectorworks has. The 3D polygon tool can be used to draw a polygon between 3D objects. You don't need to use automatic working planes, you don't need to set working planes, you just need to draw the 3D object and snap to the 3D geometry you already have.
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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Find/Replace Text is a fantastic command for finding and replacing text in your drawings. I once had a client that had to change all of the notes that related to the roof strap bracing. Using this command meant that it will be done at once without having to look for every reference in document.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
This command allows you to select multiple objects and modify them. It uses the same concept as the custom selection command, will you have a dialog box to set the criteria for selecting the objects. After making your choices and clicking OK on the selection criteria, you then get the Properties dialog box with all of the objects selected. This dialog box allows you to edit all of the selected objects at the same time.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The clip cube is a fantastic technique for filtering your model in 3D. The clip cube will allow you to filter out the parts of your model that you do not want to see. The easiest way to create your clip cube is to select an object before activating it. You can see from the image how it takes away all the information that you don't require. The clip cube can be adjusted after you activate it using the selection tool.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Loft Surface – Bi-Rail Sweep mode. In this mode you use a cross-section through your object and two rails to control it. This allows you to create very complex shapes very simply. As the rails move closer together to further apart, the profile stretches to match.