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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. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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. ...
  14. questionLogging Time in Vectorworks
    We will cover how to log time spent in VectorWorks, which is often necessary for firms or single users when billing for hours of work. This at times can be difficult to keep track of manually while working to meet those short deadlines! In this video tech tip, we will be demonstrating how to ma ...
  15. questionCompressing, Zipping and Archiving Files
    Zipping Vectorworks file on Macs and Windows is a good way of both reducing file size before transfer or storage, and protecting the file during transit. On average a user can expect a Vectorworks file to reduce in size 20% to 40%, however in some cases Vectorworks files can be reduced by up to ...
  16. questionCreating a Template
    Would you like to save a drawing file as a template to use it as a foundation for creating other files? A template file is especially useful when you have common drawing elements, including resources, layers, and classes that will be used repeatedly in future projects. To create a template file ...
  17. questionHow to display two types of units in a Dimension object
    Dimension objects can be set to display one or two sets of units. For instance, you may wish to show both Imperial and Metric units for all dimension objects. To show more than one unit, you will need to crrate a custom Dimension Standard that includes two different sets of units. To do this: 1) ...
  18. questionTransitioning from an older version of Vectorworks to a newer one
    There are a number of different types of files and libraries that you may want to bring from one version of Vectorworks to the next. Each of the items below list the type of content as well as a link that will explain how to transfer it to your latest version. These can include: Vectorworks Dr ...
  19. questionMigrating content libraries to a newer version of Vectorworks
    If you have modified the default libraries in a previous version of Vectorworks, or have default libraries from a previous version that are not provided with the current version, you may want to then bring these files along during your upgrade. You may find that when you attempt to add these old ...
  20. questionMigrating template files to a newer version of Vectorworks
    The best way to migrate a template file from a previous version of Vectorworks to a later version is as follows: 1) In the previous version, open a new document using that template. 2) Save the file to your desktop. 3) Open that newlay saved file in your latest version of Vectorworks, so that it ...
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