More tips from the Vectorworks KnowledgeBase

More tips from the Vectorworks KnowledgeBase

If you’re after tips on getting the most from Vectorworks, here’s the latest from the Vectorworks Knowledgebase. This week: backing up preferences, disabling the Mac OS X firewall, exporting files, and more…

Backing Up Vectorworks Preferences

Backing up your User Preferences is as easy as following these four steps:

WINDOWS XP

1) Once you have your desired preferences and workspace changes, quit  Vectorworks.
2) Navigate to the Settings’ folder in ‘My Computer > C: > Documents and Settings > (YourUsername) > Application Data > Nemetschek > Vectorworks’
3) Copy the folder named after the version of Vectorworks you are using. For example in Vectorworks 2011, the folder is simply named 2011
4) Save this folder somewhere safe, for your future use.
WINDOWS VISTA AND WINDOWS 7

Follow the same instructions but with a different navigational path:

‘My Computer > C: > Users > (YourUsername) > AppData > Roaming > Nemetschek > Vectorworks’

MAC OSX 10.5 & OSX 10.6

Follow the same instructions but with a different navigational path:

‘Mac OSX > Users > (YourUsername) > Library >Application Support > Vectorworks’

Content taken from Vectorworks KnowledgeBase.
Disabling the Mac OS X Firewall in OS X 10.5 and 10.6:

Another quick but handy tip:

“To disable the built-in firewall on OS X, go to Apple > System Preferences:
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Click Security on the System Preferences dialogue box and under Firewall, click Stop to disable the firewall. Normally this will only need to be disabled during the installation or updating of Vectorworks, not for using it on a regular basis after installation.”

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Content taken from Vectorworks KnowledgeBase.
Exporting Files

The ‘File > Export’ command exports Vectorworks files into several different file formats (including previous versions of Vectorworks) making it possible to import them into other software programs.

nb. Vectorworks exports to a new file, leaving the original file intact.

Vectorworks KnowledgeBase offer this guide to the different file formats:

DXF / DWG
DWG and DXF files can be read by other CAD programs (such as AutoCAD). In addition, they can be printed by service bureaus and opened in rendering programs. The Vectorworks translator exports DWG/DXF files for AutoCAD versions 2010,2007/2008/2009, 2004/2005/2006, 2000/2000i/2002, 14/LT98/LT97, 13/ LT95, and 12. Use the latest version possible for best results.

Database
Saves all records of a particular format as a file that can be used in a database program, such as FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Access. The Vectorworks program provides a variety of formats to select from when exporting records as a database, including comma-delimited, tab-delimited, merge, DIF, and SYLK.

EPSF
EPSF (Encapsulated PostScript Format) files can be read by many graphics and desktop-publishing programs. The Vectorworks translator exports EPSF files in Illustrator 88 format. EPSFs contain all drawing elements except colour bitmaps. The Vectorworks program exports these files with high resolution and full accuracy. ‘Image>Files>Exports’ the file as an image file in formats like JPEG, Photoshop, BMP, and others. The image can then be imported into other applications or used in web pages.

Export PDF – (Requires Design Series)
This command is only available on the Macintosh when Quartz Imaging is enabled. It exports the current file to a PDF document in the specified location. There are additional PDF options available for users of the Vectorworks Design Series products on both Macintosh and Windows.

Export PICT
This command is available on the Macintosh when Quartz Imaging is disabled. It exports a vector image of the current file in the specified location .Metafile. Export graphics files in Metafile format for inclusion in virtually any Windows program, including AutoCAD and word processing programs. There are two versions of Metafiles: standard (pre-Windows 95) and enhanced. The Vectorworks program supports the enhanced version.

QuickTime VR Object – (Requires Renderworks)
Creates a QuickTime Virtual Reality object file.

QuickTime VR Panorama – (Requires Renderworks)
Creates a QuickTime Virtual Reality panorama file.

VectorScript
Writes out the current file as a series of VectorScript commands. These commands can then be used as part of a VectorScript script or as a guide for learning .Worksheet. Worksheet files can be read by spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Excel, as well as by some word processing programs. Export all rows or only selected rows of a worksheet. Because many of these programs have different format requirements, there are a variety of formats to select from when exporting files as a worksheet, including comma-delimited, tab-delimited, merge, DIF, and SYLK.

Cinema 4D – 3D Only (Requires Renderworks)
Exports 3D objects in the unified view (Vectorworks Design Series required) or active layer to the .c4d format, for use in CINEMA 4D. Vectorworks layers are exported as container objects in the CINEMA 4D scene hierarchy. Vectorworks classes become CINEMA 4D layers, allowing visibility to be controlled across the scene. Layer names, object names, and object types are preserved. An additional command, Send to CINEMA 4D (3D only) is available from the File menu. When CINEMA 4D is already installed, exports the file (3D objects only) to .c4d format, launches the CINEMA 4D application, and opens the file. During export, the Send to CINEMA 4D dialog box opens. Select whether to create a new scene or merge into the current scene.

Parasolid X_T
Exports 3D objects to the Parasolid X_T format.

IGES
Exports 3D curves, surfaces, and solids to IGES format.

SAT
Creates a SAT file for exporting ACIS 3D solids. The Export Solids as Trimmed Surfaces option exports a solid as several different ACIS ‘bodies’ (for example, a cube exports as six ACIS bodies). If this option is deselected, a solid is exported as a single body.

Simple Vectorscript
Creates an exported Vectorscript designed to be easy to import into programs like Strata Software products.

Export Stereo Lithography
Exports all visible 3D surfaces and solids in the current layer into an STL-formatted file. Export 2008, 2009, 2010 saves a copy of the file in a format that can be opened and manipulated in an older version of the Vectorworks program.”

Content taken from Vectorworks KnowledgeBase.
Render Bitmap

Scroll to the bottom for a short video by Vectorworks that demonstrates how to use the Render Bitmap tool so that you can enjoy render previews (that are printable and exportable) without leaving the Viewport.

Content taken from Vectorworks KnowledgeBase.

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Importing 3rd-party file formats into Vectorworks – Google SketchUp

Importing 3rd-party file formats into Vectorworks – Google SketchUp

Vectorworks KnowledgeBase offers the following great tip that allows you to import architectural drawings from Google SketchUp to Vectorworks:

“The Import SketchUp command allows architectural drawings created in Google SketchUp (versions 4 through 7) to be imported into Vectorworks. SketchUp component instances are imported as 3D symbols, and geometry can be designated as walls, roof faces, and floors. After importing, refine the design using Vectorworks editing tools, or replace imported 3D symbols with Vectorworks 3D symbols. Flexible import options allow either automatic conversion of architectural elements based on their orientation, or allow geometry conversion to be mapped to specific SketchUp materials or layers.

Vectorworks 2011 and 2010 can import files from SketchUp 7 and earlier. Vectorworks 2009 can import files from SketchUp version 6 and earlier.

All versions of Vectorworks (except Fundamentals) can import Sketchup files directly from the File > Import > Import Sketchup menu.

When importing asketchup document, by default it will attempt to import the file as if it were an architectural design document, it will try to determine which objects are floors, roofs and walls. You can assign their default settings in the Default Styles tab. Most of the time you should leave the Geometry Mapping to the Automatic setting for architectural documents.

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If the file you are trying to import is actually just 3D geometry and not related to architecture, choose the None option under Geometry Mapping. However, SketchUp import is intended for architectural geometry. Using the Import DXF/DWG command rather than the Import SketchUp command to import polygonal geometry is recommended.

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After importing a Sketchup file into a new blank document, you may see nothing but a blank page. Go to Edit > Select All, then View > Zoom > Fit to Objects. This will focus on the imported Sketchup objects.

If after doing these steps you end up with a blank file containing no objects, make sure you were not attempting to import a Sketchup 8 document. To import such a file, you would have to open it in Sketchup 8 and File > Save As, then choose to save it as a Sketchup 7 or earlier file before importing it into Vectorworks.”

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Creating machines using section viewports in Vectorworks

Creating machines using section viewports in Vectorworks

Here’s another one from the Vectorworks KnowledgeBase. This time, the topic in hand is creating a front section of machine parts using Section Viewports.

“Section Viewports are often used by architects to see an elevation of a building, but they can also be useful for machine part designers. They are especially useful for machine part designers when a section is needed of the part, representing something other than the surface. Let’s use this as our example:

Section VP1

To do this, first set the view in VectorWorks so that you see the Design Layer(s) with the machine part to be sectioned. Go to View>Create Viewport. In the Viewport Preferences, set the View to Front. Set the other Viewport preferences and click OK when done.

Section VP2
With the Viewport selected, go to View>Create Section Viewport. VectorWorks is now waiting for you to draw the section line.r

Section VP3

Draw the section line along the machine part by clicking to start the section line, and double clicking at the end of the section line.

You now have a section viewport of the machine part based on the section line.”

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Stopping Wall End Cap errors in Vectorworks

Stopping Wall End Cap errors in Vectorworks

Another expert tip from the Vectorworks KnowledgeBase. To prevent getting a ‘WallEndCap’ error when using the Wall End Cap tool in Vectorworks, follow their advice below:

“If you receive this error message when trying to use the Wall End Cap tool:

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“Download and run the attached .txt VectorScript.

“To do this, first save the attachment to your desktop or downloads folder, then go to Tools > Scripts > Run VectorScript and select the “Wall End Cap Error Fix.txt” file and click Open.”

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