Thursday, February 16, 2017

epodcast197 - Select Similar Tool

I use this tool a lot to select a group of things that are similar. You can define how similar they are. They could be the same class, the came object type, or a combination of these. You can save your favorite settings so that you can recall them easily.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

epodcast196 - Door With Custom Height Sidelight

If you are using Windoor, you can use the vertical divisions to create a full height door with ½ height sidelight next it. With the standard Vectorworks doors and windows you can’t create this object using the same technique, but there is a way to do it. create the door and sidelight that you require and make sure that the jam of the door in the sidelight overlap.  Select the door and window. Make a symbol from them.
When you create a door, choose the option to use Symbol Geometry and use your door symbol. This allows you to use the door object and add it to your schedule.

Friday, February 10, 2017

epodcast195 - Keeping Viewports Rendered


When you open a file, you sometimes find that all the viewports need updating. This can be frustrating and time consuming. There are a few things you can try. You can enable the Viewport Cache or you can convert the viewports to bitmaps. 


Thursday, February 09, 2017

podcast 224 Align & Distribute

You can use the contextual menu to activate Align/Distribute.

podcast 223 - Roadway (Custom Kerb)

Of all the roads available in Vectorworks, this is the most flexible.

podcast 222 - Adding and Using WebBroswer Favorites/Bookmarks

Saving Favorites/Bookmarks makes it easy to return to a page on a web site. This movie tries to show you in a simple way how to save these.

Podcast 221 - Exporting web view using Vectorworks 2017

In November 2016 my subscription workshop will be looking at creating an interior design project. As part of the project I wanted to show people how they can export the design so that other people can look at it, and Vectorworks 2017 has a facility for exporting your design as a virtual reality project (called web view). This movie is an introduction to using web view with Vectorworks 2017. You will see how you can view the project, export the project and then view this this a web browser..

2D Timed Exercise Version 2017

I was asked to draw this simple house as a timed exercise to compare drawing techniques with other prorgams.  You can see the Autocad version here:

Bamboo Spark

I often use the Bamboo Spark to take notes in meeting and when I am training others. the great thing about it is that you write on regular paper and the Spark then sends the electric version of your notes to your device. The Bamboo Spark software works on your iPad or android device.
It is a great utility for recording your notes and you can use it with Bamboo Paper to colour your notes and sketches.

Podcast 220 - Creating Downspouts With Vectorworks 2017

A few months ago I covered Roof Accessories with my subscription group. I covered using Extrude Along Path… to create the downpipes (downspouts), but I did not cover this plug-in. This plug-in is a very quick way of creating your downpipes (downspouts) few models, and it is also free from this website ( you Andrea this is a great utility!

Podcast 219 - Sketching on an iPad using Procreate

Using an app like Procreate does allow you to trace over a photo, but I prefer to sketch over the photo so that it is not a direct copy. I used to have great drawing tutor (Pat Hanley) that kept telling use to focus on the “Big Issues” when drawing.

You can read more about this here:

podcast 218 - Apple iOS 9 - WiFi Assist

One of the new features of iOS9 is WiFi Assist. this tells your phone to use cellular data when the phone is connected to a low quality WiFi signal. This will mean that your phone looks for the best signal whether it is WiFi or cellular.

Podcast 217 - Microsoft Word Tips - Styles

When I create documents using Microsoft Word, I always make sure that I set up my paragraphs using styles. Styles allow you to control the font, size, justification, et cetera. They are very powerful and they are easy to apply.

podcast 216 - Full Screen Window Macintosh Yosemite

I recently upgraded my computer to Yosemite. I have a habit of wanting to see my drawing window full-screen. However, when I click on the green button to make my drawing wonderful screen I have been losing my menubar. In this movie I will show you how to change this. I am sure that many people know this trick already but when I found that I was very happy.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

epodcast194 - Interactively Scaling a Viewport By Dragging


You can't change the scale of the viewport by interactively scaling it (using the selection tool  to drag the corner).  But you are allowed to do this to a group. If you make the viewport into a group, then you can  and interactively scale it.


Friday, February 03, 2017

epodcast193 - Plants and Row Spacing


Vectorworks 2017 introduced a change to the plant spacing. in the past your plant spacing was a specific number and that was it. Now, plant spacing can be a specific number or it can be "Best Fit." The idea of best fit is that Vectorworks will try to put as many plants as it can using the spacing that you have specified,  but it will always place plant start click and at the end click. As well as that, Vectorworks added the option to have the row spacing different from the plant spacing.


Thursday, February 02, 2017

Archoncad Vectorworkout Subscription 10 Years Old!

10 Years Old!
Who would have thought. When I started this 10 years ago the internet was still new, the idea of online training was still in its infancy. Now, it is everywhere. I started this subscription service with a few members and now we have hundreds of subscribers.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

epodcast192 - Custom Door Leaves


Vectorworks has the ability to create custom leaves for a door. You can use this to create any door shape that you want. The only thing to look out for is that the door leaf has to be a 3D Symbol. The 3D objects have to be simple (extrusions, add solids, subtract solids, or generic solids). You can also use this technique to create partial height doors (bar doors).


Friday, January 27, 2017

epodcast191 - Story Levels With Symbols


This is a new technique in Vectorworks 2017. You can use a level to control the insertion point of a symbol. In this example I have a symbol for a power outlet with a 3D component. If you create a level for this symbol, you can set the height of the symbol using the level. When you need to change the elevation of all the power outlet in that story, change the level elevation. All the power sockets on that story will update.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Landscape Special Interest Group January (am) 2017


This session looked at the problem of creating several curving driveways and paths. The texture should follow the curve and the path. We focused on using the Hardscape tool. This gives us the shape that we needed and there is also the ability to have the hatching follow the shape of the curve. We also looked at ways to create the paving pattern where the hardscape tool would not give us the shape we needed.


3D Modeling Special Interest Group – January 2017


This session is not a beginner session on 3D modelling, it is an intermediate/advanced session. We covered the concept of meshes, modelling history, generic solids, and a small amount of basic 3D modelling. The users wanted to look at how we could use the history of the 3D modelling to change objects.


Architect Special Interest Group January 2017 (pm)


In this session the users wanted to look at the Resource Manager. In the past we have discussed Default Content. In this session we looked at default content from the point of view of only having one single library file.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Entertainment Design Special Interest Group January 2017

In this session we looked at the commands that are available in the Event Design menu. There are several commands here that make it very easy to create a 3D visualisation of an event. You can start by creating walls, creating stages, adding seating, and creating drawings. After creating the event, we created a coffered ceiling. Then set up views using cameras, and created perspective viewports.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Getting Started Special Interest Group January 2017

In this session we looked at the Resource Manager. This was introduced with Vectorworks 2017 and it does mean reorganizing your default content. In the past default content was in one folder (Defaults) but with Vectorworks 2017 the default content is now into folders (Defaults and Object Styles). So we looked at this concept of the default content and then we also looked at the concept of object styles.


Architect Special Interest Group January 2017 (am)

In this session we looked at creating an exploded view of a project, we looked at strategies for creating roofing options, and a discussion about textures (where you want to the same style of texture but with different colours).


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Entertainment Design Special Interest Group December 2016


This is the first session for this Special Interest Group. In this session we looked at creating symbols, creating Record Formats, and reporting. In particular we looked at the problem of creating stage platforms, placing them in the design and reporting the number of stages needed.


Getting Started Special Interest Group December 2016

In this session we looked at quick and simple ways to create 3D objects, how you can use these to create more complex objects, how to find more complex 3D objects online, how to import them, and how to use the imported models.

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Landscape Special Interest Group December (am) 2016


In this session we looked at how to add an image prop to a plant, how to create a plant, how to create and edit a custom workspace, how the plants connect to the Vectorworks plants database, how to use the Plants Database, and a quick introduction to using record formats in viewports.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Architect Special Interest Group December 2016 (pm)

In this session we looked at detailing and classes. When you import a detail from a manufacturer (which is often important) you often end up with several classes that you do not want, and they often don’t suit your naming convention anyway. So we looked at how we can import these details how we could manage the layers and classes and how we could change the details to suit our graphic style.