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  1. @line-weight and @Boh I so appreciate you sharing your workflows, it's very helpful to know how others use the program. The small firm I recently joined has only ever used Vectorworks in 2D and I am trying to learn the software and develop our 3d workflow so I'm in a bit over my head. @PeterYip thank you so much for the tutorial!
  2. @line-weight my main issue with detailing entirely in annotation mode is that it disappears in editing mode and I am unable to edit 3D objects at the same time (for example when drawing the wall and floor assembly of a dormer in annotation mode I realized I had to shift the wall a bit but was unable to see my 2D annotation lines while also having the ability to edit the wall). Ideally I'd like to draw things like TJIs, soffits, and interior trim on a design layer and save annotation mode for notes, dimensions, and tags. To @Boh 's point, I'm still trying to figure out if the way vectorworks was designed was to either work entirely in 2D or model every aspect of the building so it is represented accurately in 3D.
  3. Hi All, I'm about 2 month into learning VW (2020 on a iMac details below) after a decade of using Revit and I'm trying to wrap my head around the best workflow for Section drawings. What I would like to do is cut a section viewport from my model and then draw 2D lines on a separate design layer to show detail (studs, TJIs etc). My issue is figuring out how to set the work plane so the 2D line work is in front, currently all of my line work in hidden/obstructed by the model. I realize I could create all the line work in annotations but I'd really like to save that for my tags and notes. In Revit I could just draw 2D annotation lines over any view and it would automatically draw overtop of the model and stay associated with that view, is there a way to do this Vectorworks? I have tried using the screen plane but then the line work shows up on all my views. Below is a screenshot of the section I am trying to detail, thank you!
  4. Hi All, I'm having an issue where the round/arched walls in my building are not displaying a solid fill correctly. In the screen shot below I have three bay windows on the south side (N is up); you'll see the two round walls on the left show an entire circle filled in even though the wall is only narrow arch, and the bay window to the right is showing a white filled ring. Currently the walls are set to "unstyled" but I have had them set to "10" generic" with a simple fill and had the same issue. I have tried re-modeling them as unstyled, styled, and replacing the style. When I first draw the wall it appears correct, it is not until I switch views and come back to my floor plan that the filed circles/rings reappear (which makes me think this is a bug). I did create saved views for my plans but I have navigated to them without using the "saved view' drop down to ensure it is not a weird visibility setting. In the plan it is not a big deal to just give the walls no fill but this causes my 3D views and elevations to not render correctly, any advice is welcomed! I'm running Vectorworks 2020 on a iMac 🙂
  5. Thank you so much @Matt Overton and @Matt Panzer !
  6. Hi All, I am attempting to create a camera match for a residential renovation project. The intention is to superimpose the model onto an existing photograph to show how the addition/renovation affects the street view. The issue is that the site is very steep and the building is bit complicated. In the model, Level 1 is set at 0'-0" and the photo was taken from a road below (about 35' below Level 1). I figured out how to set a head height and target eye height when setting up a camera view but could not find that option in camera match. In the screen shots below you can see the camera match image it taken from too high (I'm seeing too much roof and the windows appear way to low). I've also tried fine tuning the view but it just gets too distorted. If anyone has any tips or could point me to a tutorial that would be so appreciated!
  7. @CipesDesign I'm attempting to create countertops with the slab tool (I assume this is the same as the floor tool) but am struggling to make them appear correctly in plan. I created a slab style that is 1.5" thick and have been classifying them in the same class as my base cabinets and on my "level 1" design level and setting the Z-off to 36". Do you have any suggestions for visibility settings or do you typically go over everything with 2-D lines and fills to make it read correctly? Below is a screenshot of my kitchen plan (L-shaped counter and island with bar seats). The purple filled boxes are my base and wall cabinets with my counters (slabs) showing in black. Ideally I'd like the counter to read as filled with dashed and dotted lines denoting the cabinets. Thank you!
  8. Thank you @ColinW and @Wes Gardner !!! This is very helpful!
  9. Hi All, I recently switched from Revit to Vectorworks and am trying to learn best practices and workflow. My biggest issue is deciding when to use 3D modeling tools versus BIM tools and downloadable objects (aka Families in Revit). I'm working on a small residential project and would like to add basic casework. In Revit, I would typically use a combination of parametric cabinet families and resize them to fit or model something from scratch as a "model in place component" using extrusions similar to Vectorworks. I've attempted to bring in some 3D objects from the Resources Library but they do not seem very editable. If anyone could explain their workflow or point me in the direction of some tutorials that would be wonderful. I've been scouring this site as well as youtube and am having trouble finding anything that answers this specific question. Below is a screenshot of my current kitchen model where you can see I'm attempting to use appliance and plumbing components and model and cabinets and it's a bit of a mess. Thank you!
  10. Hi All, Is there anyway in import or place a DWG onto an elevation view (front, back etc.)? I'm working in the Architecture plugin but I believe this is a more general issue. My main objective is too overlay an AutoCAD elevation drawing onto my front, back, left and right views so I can double check the window sizes and roof pitches. Every time I bring in the CAD drawing it defaults to the X-plane/my slab work plane. Thank you!
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