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Vectorworks 2012 Feature Demos

Automatic Working Plane
Significantly improve your modeling efficiency by using modes in modeling tools to automatically infer working planes as you move your cursor around the model. Simply select a tool and click to create objects on any 3D surface.

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Instant Push/Pull Mode
We added this user-friendly feature to our planar tool set so you can instantly push or pull profile geometry without additional steps. It's a great time saver.

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Optimized 3D Dimensions
It's easy to dimension 3D features by sensing the 3D working planes with the mouse. Simply click on 3D features with your constrained, angular, or radial dimension tools and dimension away.

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Heliodon
With this easy-to-use tool, you no longer need to know coordinates or a time zone to place a Heliodon object with a directional light when it contains attached data like the region and city. You can create QuickTime solar animations and create "view from sun" animations too.

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Unified Reshape Tool
The 2D and 3D reshape tools have been consolidated into a single powerful tool that reshapes both 2D and 3D objects.

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Stories
Now it's even easier to make changes that move with your design. You can express the elevation of design layers relative to a story elevation. As you edit the story elevation, all design layers with that story adjust their elevation by the same amount.

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Window Sash Offsets
You can exert greater control over the geometry and insertion of windows. Specifically, you can now offset glass in sashes and offset sashes within jambs of a window object.

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Window Transom Options
Now you can also choose configurations for transom muntins.

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New Opening Types for Doors and Windows
Further define and display your doors and windows with options for delineating the opening using leaf size, unit size, sash opening, and rough opening measurements.

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Better Door Capabilities
Use new options to create unequal bi-part leaves and several bi-part and double acting door configurations. Define a doors threshold to extend into and even beyond the doorjamb. Even define door muntin depths for glass leaves, transoms, and sidelights.

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Clearer Management of Space Label Symbols
We've greatly simplified the creation, editing, and storage of space label symbols. You can now directly create space labels using the space label settings dialog- no need for creating specific space label symbols. Also, you can edit existing space labels to quickly adjust the definitions and attributes of text tags in your label.

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Notes Manager Improvements
Enjoy increased flexibility when creating and placing notes. You can make multiple selections, rotate the callouts, and specify absolute or relative path connections to the active database.

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Renderworks Styles
Make a statement with your own signature rendering style. You can create custom configurations of lighting, backgrounds, and render settings as re-usable and sharable resources. When you're ready to render, just drag and drop your custom resource and all your settings will be applied.

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Artistic Renderworks Styles
Try your hand at these intuitive editing style controls; you can even save Artistic settings as style resources to use with a simple drag and drop action.

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Modify by Record Value
You've received a very powerful set of options for making modifications to selected objects or an entire drawing based on record values. With this command you can automatically modify the attributes of objects, resize objects, and even create extrudes for objects sharing a specific record value.

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2D X-Ray Mode
No more hide and seek! Just press the "B" key while you're using the selection tool and you can easily see and select objects that are hidden behind filled objects.

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Faster Viewport Visibility Navigation
Another huge time saver- we've significantly improved the speed of navigation between sheets and from sheet layers to design layers for larger files.

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New Hatch from Customized Hatch
Save your newly customized tiles and hatches as standard tiles and hatches so you can easily reuse them.

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Workspace Changes for 2012
As 2D and 3D become even more integrated, we've consolidated tools so the reshape, symbol insertion, NURBS circle and arc tools, extruded rectangle tool, extruded polygon tool, and cylinder tool all do double duty as both 2D and 3D.

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GIS
With our new GIS capabilities, you can store georeferenced information on each Vectorworks design layer, transform geometry to a different map projection or georeferenced coordinate system, and enjoy improved Shapefile import and export functions.

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Site Model Enhancements
New visual feedback notifies you when the site model is out of date. We've also added alert dialogs to let you know if you're losing contours when elevation ranges are not updated.

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Better Stake Objects
Among other smart enhancements, you'll see the following new parameters and new values for existing parameters in the Stake mark offset and marker rotation fields: "None" and "Filled Triangle marker styles, and XY and XYZ Coordinate Point options.

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Retaining Wall Site Modifier Improvement
Customize the shape and elevation of the underlying pad of the site modifier. Additionally, the site modifier sides can be reshaped around retaining walls.

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LED Video Screen
A new LED Video Screen Object, originally from Landru Design, gives you the added ability to model and represent low-resolution LED screens in a series of configurations and formats. Specify the height and width of module shape, format for the array, and the base structure for creating the object.

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Focus Instruments at Next Click
Focusing instruments is now even more intuitive. Simply right click on an instrument or selected instruments and choose the new command to focus them with your very next click.

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