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  1. questionLayer Import
    When you copy objects from one Vectorworks document to another, you maintain the object and class information, but not the layers as they were in the original document. Pasting into a new document will place all copied objects on the current active layer, stripping all layer names and attribute ...
  2. questionUpgrading to Professional from an Evaluation License
    If you are looking to download and install the 30-day trial of Vectorworks, see this link: http://www.vectorworks.net/trial/form If you are using Vectorworks 2014 or prior, see THIS ARTICLE. If you are using Vectorworks 2015 or later and your trial has not yet expired, see option A. If your ...
  3. questionPage Setup
    Windows: On Windows operating systems, depending on what printer you have installed, you will have a different set of print settings as opposed to your Vectorworks Page Setup settings. These settings are usually detailed in the documentation for the specific printer. Under File > Page Set ...
  4. questionCalculating Area of Spaces in Worksheets
    When you are normally looking to calculate the area of an object, you can use the Area function (=area()). This will give you the area (Length x width) in the basic drawing unit of your document. So if the document in is inches, and you have a 10’ x10’ square, the worksheet will ...
  5. questionExporting to 3DS
    3DS has grown to become a de facto industry standard for transferring models between 3D programs, or for storing models for 3D resource catalogs. To export to 3DS, go to File > Export > Export 3DS. Quality: The number of polygons exported determines the overall quality the 3d model wil ...
  6. questionBacking Up Vectorworks Preferences
    Folder locations for Vectorworks User Preferences, choose your operating system: Windows XP Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Mac OS X Windows XP 1) Once you have your desired preferences and workspace changes, quit Vectorworks. 2) Navigate to the 'settings' folder in 'My Computer ...
  7. questionCreating Sculpted Walls
    In this tech tip, we will cover how to use the new Create Wall Recess and Create Wall Projection commands to create a fully customized sculpted wall.
  8. questionUpgrading to Professional from an Evaluation license (Vectorworks 2014 and prior)
    If your license of Vectorworks is Designer with Renderworks, then you can simply replace the serial number. If you only purchased Fundamentals or Landmark for example, you will need to uninstall Vectorworks and reinstall with your new serial number. To enter this new serial number in your ...
  9. questionReducing PDF File Size in Vectorworks 2015
    As of Vectorworks 2015, there are a number of changes that allow you to create faster and smaller PDFs. A large number of improvements were implemented in the background that will make PDFs exported from Vectorworks 2015 smaller and lighter than those exported from previous versions, however the ...
  10. questionImporting STL files into Vectorworks
    Currently, .STL (Stereo Lithography) is not on the list of supported import formats in Vectorworks. However, there is a freely available, open source application that will work on almost any operating system, known as MeshLab that can convert STL files to 3DS, which can then be imported directly ...
  11. questionWhere is Batch Print / Export PDF Batch in Vectorworks 2014?
    In Design series of Vectorworks, the File > Batch Print and File > Export > Export PDF Batch commands have been combined into the Publish command as of Vectorworks 2014. Publish Anything that was possible with these two older commands is of course still possible, in addition to the ne ...
  12. questionHow to take a Screen Shot
    Screenshots are images captured directly from your screen and saved as a file that can be given to others. This will allow them to see exactly what you are seeing on your screen, even if they cannot replicate it on their own computer. Technical Support will sometimes ask for this in the course ...
  13. questionApply an Image to a 3D Object
    A more recent version of this article can be found HERE. Have you ever needed to place a picture on a wall while designing? Using images and RenderWorks textures, you can! All you need is an image of the “picture” and a 3D object, such as a thin extrude, representing the pictu ...
  14. questionRenderworks Noise Shaders - Visual Guide
    This list covers the various Noise shaders available in Renderworks, along with images depicted the effect of each at varying scales and heights. Click the name of the shader below to jump to that image: Box Noise Blistered Turbulence Buya Cell Noise Cell Voronoi Cranal Dents Displaced Turbulenc ...
  15. questionPurge
    Information on the Purge command is also available in THIS VIDEO. The Purge command, (Tools > Purge) allows you to remove objects, classes, layers and resources within a specific document that are not being actively used. When working with a Vectorworks document, any symbols, textures etc ...
  16. questionSummarize the Total Number of Uniqure Objects in a Schedule Without Redundancy
    This tip would be handy for use with the VectorWorks Architect Door Hardware Schedule or Wall Type Schedule. This example uses the Door Hardware Schedule. After creating a Door Hardware Schedule, select Window > Worksheets > Door Hdw Schedule. Click on the header row cell (the one contai ...
  17. questionWorkspace Editor
    This video explains the usage of the Workspace Editor, a commonly overlooked capability of Vectorworks that allows nearly complete user customization of palettes and toolsets. In addition to modifying keyboard shortcuts, it also allows completely new menus and toolsets to be created from scrat ...
  18. questionODBC Support Information
    Vectorworks 2011 introduced the ability to use an ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) interface to communicate with external databases. To use this functionality; ODBC drivers and an ODBC manager are required. For information on supported database formats and drivers, see THIS ARTICLE. Attached ...
  19. questionBatch Conversion of older Vectorworks files
    During a batch conversion, Vectorworks scans all files in the source folder (and in sub-folders, optionally), and converts previous version files to the current format. Non-Vectorworks files and Vectorworks files that are too old to convert are skipped and recorded in the log file.There are two ...
  20. questionScripting with Python
    Introduced in Vectorworks 2014, the Python (3) language can now be used to create scripts and plugins within Vectorworks directly. For long time users of Vectorscript who want to transition to Python, the process can be made much simpler by referring to the tutorial and sample material below. ...
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