Getting Started Special Interest Group October 2017

In this session, we looked at an easy way to import classes, the ease of controlling a title block symbol through the Sheet Border Tool, and the power of the Fit Walls to Object command.

Topics covered:

  • 00:18    We started the session by looking at the Import Classes option in the New Class dialog box. While many people are comfortable with using the Create New Class option, not many seem to use the import feature. However, if you have created a file where you store all of your classes, this is a really powerful way to bring in specific classes as you need them. There is a similar import feature on the New Sheet and New Design Layer dialog boxes. This is a great way of importing, for example, your site details without keeping them in your template file.
  • 15:34    Looking in our Resource Manager, we reviewed symbols with black lettering and those with blue lettering. When you bring in a symbol that stays a symbol into your drawing and make changes to it, the symbol in your Resource Manager is changed. When you bring a symbol that converts to a group into your drawing and make changes to it, the group is changed while the symbol in your Resource Manager remains unchanged. This is really handy if you have a symbol that you know you’re going to have to change, such as a foundation detail. When creating the symbol, it is easier simply to check the Convert to Group option in the Create Symbol dialog box—or it is possible to edit this option later on symbols that you already have. Another key point is to look at what class the group is being brought in on—if it’s always set to come in on the active class and you’re using a class other than the None class, your symbol might “disappear” when you turn that active class off.
  • 22:45    Symbols are a really great tool. If you’re using a symbol for your title block, the challenge is not having it update to every instance of that symbol when you make a title block change on one of your sheets. We experimented with this. The way around this is to work on your title blocks through the Sheet Border Tool (VW 2017) or the Title Block Border Tool (VW 2018).
  • 27:25    We finished the session by looking at how to fit the height of a wall to an object. First, we quickly constructed some walls and added a roof. If you select your walls before using the Create Roof command—an easy way to let Vectorworks know the outline of the roof—don’t forget to click the Retain Original Objects option. Otherwise, you’ll delete all of your walls! We wanted to make our walls fit the roof above, so we used the Fit Walls to Object command. So easy! This not only works with roofs created using the Create Roof command but also with any object that you create. We made a stepped object and fit the walls to that object—very fast and easy! If you mess up, don’t worry. The Delete Wall Peaks command will put your walls back to their original shape and height. Next, we made a curved object to act as our roof—the command still worked … the top of our walls were curved!

Getting Started October 2017 
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