Architect Special Interest Group July 2018 (am)


In this session, we demonstrated creating Interior Elevation viewports and how to control them, as well as working with Foreground and Background Rendering settings and other viewport tips.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:53    We opened a file that had Interior Elevation viewports set up for a room. The challenge was that some of the viewports didn’t appear to show as much as they should. Going back to the design layer, we double-clicked on the Interior Elevation section marker to adjust the section lines. Some section lines didn’t go all the way out to the walls—one stopped at a door frame and another stopped at the skirting. One viewport still wasn’t behaving—we ended up changing the Advanced Properties’ Length Range option to infinite and checking the Crop Visible option in the Object Info palette for the Section Viewport. Not quite achieving the effect we wanted, we deleted all of the Interior Elevations and redid them. The new viewports were somewhat better, but the skirting was missing from two Interior Elevations. The section lines were still stopping outside of the interior wall component. We adjusted them so that they went all the way through the walls. We also adjusted the depth of the section lines.
  • 26:28    In Vectorworks, you can have a foreground and a background. Open GL traditionally doesn’t show line weights. So, if you change the Background Render to OpenGL and uncheck the Draw Edges setting in OpenGL Options, you’ll see the colors and textures, but no lines. Then, you can change the Foreground Render setting to Hidden Line—that way, Open GL gives you the colors and textures, while Hidden Line gives you the line weights. This works extremely well for elevations.
  • 28:35    When you copy an Interior Elevation viewport, it becomes just a Section viewport—no longer linked to the Interior Elevation section marker. Back in the design layer, we made a copy of the Interior Elevation section marker so that we could use it on a different floor. You can change the Configuration setting in the Object Info palette of a Section Line from Section to Partial Section to Elevation—we looked at how the section showed up in the design layer, but not in the viewport. This was because the Floor Plan viewport wasn’t checked in the Section Line Instances list of viewports.
  • 36:39    We went over how to put a copy of the floor plan on the sheet with the Interior Elevations. My method for doing a quick crop is to use the Clip tool in Inclusion Mode, which gave us our key plan. Sometimes, instead of using the Create Interior Elevation Viewport command, I just use Section viewports to get the same effect. When finished, you can use an Interior Elevation section marker on your drawing, or it is even possible to change the formatting and style of the Section markers to make them look similar to the section marker for Interior Elevations. We finished by discussing how using Saved Views can be an easy way to jump back and forth between different views of your projects, such as having furniture on or off.

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