Saturday, January 30, 2016

SST_1602 - Building Takeoffs

Cover ImageIn this manual are going to cover the concept of creating a building takeoff report. In order to do that we are going to cover the basics of creating worksheets (which is the technique we need to use to create a report). We will also look at designing a building takeoff, because while Vectorworks has the ability to report all the information you require, it doesn’t know yet what information that might be.
It is most important that you understand the concept of using worksheets. We have covered worksheets and other manuals, and I will not be repeating some of that information, but I will be covering enough for you to understand how a worksheet is designed to be used.

Vectorworks Tip 370 - Project Sharing - Viewports

Vectorworks Project sharing
Because the design layer is the basic currency of project sharing, if you want to update a viewport on a sheet layer, you may need to check out that sheet layer and the design layers that have been used to create that viewport. If you do not you will be limited to only editing the viewport annotations.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 369 - Creating the Fall to a Hardscape

Now that you can create a fall to your hardscape objects, you have different ways of setting the fall. You can set the fall by percentage, by ratio, or by elevation at the start and the finish.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 368 - Extrude Along Path (Rrelationship Between Path and Profile)

When you create an Extrude Along Path, the centre of the profile is always located on the path. This might be the reason why some of your extrude along path objects do not match the 3-D model you wanted to create. But you can edit the location of the profile relative to the path

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 367 - Print to PDF

Print to PDF there is a huge difference between printing to a PDF on a Macintosh or on a Windows machine. Printing the PDF is built into a Macintosh before a Windows machine you will need something additional like PDF995 (software that will allow you to print to a PDF file). If you have a fundamentals version of Vectorworks printing to a PDF as a way of creating a single PDF file from each page. You will need to have additional software to combine these individual PDFs into a single document.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 366 - Use Worksheets to Count Things

One of the most important uses for worksheets is the ability to automatically count objects in your drawing. For example, you might want to count all of your trees separate from all of your groundcovers. You can set up a worksheet to do just that. As you add trees or groundcovers to your plan, you only need to update your worksheet to have these new objects automatically appear. We will be covering worksheets in our workshops in February 2016. Book now!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 365 - Project Sharing (Check out a Layer)

The basic currency of project sharing is the Design Layer. When you want to work on a project, you have to check out a design layer before you can edit anything.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 364 - Hardscape Objects Have a Fall

From 2016 onwards hardscape objects can be designed to have a fall. Previous versions of Vectorworks only allowed the hardscape object to be flat, now you can choose to slope the hardscape.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 363 - Extrude Along Path (Direction Matters)

When you create an extrude along path the direction of your path is extremely important. Your profile object is always lined up with the start of your path and is then extruded along it. If your path is going in the reverse direction, you will find that your profile is mirrored.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 362 - Publishing to PDF

This facility is only available if you have a Designer Series version of Vectorworks. It allows you to select which sheet layers or save views you want to print, and then it prints them to a single PDF file.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 361 - Light Falloff

As you move away from a light source the intensity of the light falls off. The actual amount that falls off is another physics concept known as the inverse square law. In simple terms as you double the distance from the light, the intensity of the light goes down by the square of the distance. For more information check out the manual 1601 Outdoor Lighting.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Vectorworks Tip 360 - Extrude Along Path

This is one of the most useful 3D commands. In basic terms it takes a profile object and pulls it along the path, allowing you to make really complex shapes, really easily. The commanders in the model menu (Menu bar > Model > Extrude Along Path...)