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Vectorworks 2011 Feature Demos

Improved 3D Environment
The 3D environment is much more intuitive in the Vectorworks 2011 software. Working in 3D is similar to the ease of 2D, for a truly unified and simplified experience. You can draft any shape, on any plane, in any view, using the tools you already know how to use.

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Push/Pull & Face Selection
The tool's name tells you how it works-just push and pull. The Push/Pull tool can edit solids faces and planar objects just like it would in the real world, so you get dynamically interactive feedback and instant results as you work.

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Extract Planar Objects
Now the Extract tool can create instant planar objects from a 3D surface in the Extract Surface mode, so you can simulate the appearance of a hatched 3D object.

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Improved Space Object
Get the power and flexibility to model spaces that are truly intelligent. Add a large array of BIM/IFC-compatible and GSA-specific details. Create the spaces with a single click according to the wall boundaries, or use familiar drawing tools. And more.

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New Slab Tool
Create BIM-compliant slabs that interact with bounding walls to make architecturally correct wall-floor intersections in both 3D and cross-section. And more.

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New 3D Wall Components
Enjoy better wall modeling with more realistic section views and textured wall components. Wall components can be offset from the wall itself, and of varying heights for detailed wall views

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Improved Stairs
You asked for more stair option...so we've streamlined the stair interface to create a simpler yet robust Stair tool. New options and improvements include: - General and Geometry settings dialog box enhancements - Graphical attributes centralization - Auto-classing and standard naming features - Creation of straight stairs with two landings - Support for flights and landings with different widths - Stair text improvements - New fixed angle winder configurations - Stair railing enhancements

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Connect Roof Faces
Building complicated irregular roof faces just got a whole lot easier. With version 2011, you can use the Connect/Combine tool to trim or extend a roof face to another roof face

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Perfect Preview Text Editing
We're taking the guesswork out of your work. With perfect text preview, text appears the same when editing as it does on the drawing, saving you time and effort. Rotated text can be edited in place, or un-rotated if needed.

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Text Styles
Use text styles to quickly and easily apply and maintain a consistent look to all text throughout a file, including text in sheet borders, dimensions, and callouts. Text styles are resources that can be shared among files to facilitate compliance with office standards.

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Improved Text
Check out these additional options: - Use a tight fill for optimal text background fill effects - Check spelling from the context menu during text editing - Rotate text with the Selection tool - Left and right justify your text at the same time - Make units look more accurate with sub- and superscript options

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New Tile Fills for 2D Objects
This creative new fill type will amaze you! Enjoy creating beautiful tiled patterns on planar objects.

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New Select Connected Objects Command
Here's a handy command that will save you a bunch of time. Select one or more objects and all other objects that are connected end-to-end are also automatically selected. I This is especially useful for imported DWG survey drawings.

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Line from Center Mode
This new Line tool mode adds the option to draw a line starting from its center.

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New Even Divide Command
This convenient command divides lines, arcs, circles, and rectangles into even subdivisions.

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New Create Dividing Lines
Quickly create lines or loci that evenly divide the space between two existing lines.

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Scaled Line Creation
This new option for the Line tool scales a line by a specific value as it's being drawn.

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New Triangle Tool
Add the new Triangle tool to your tool set to quickly create triangles by a variety of methods.

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Rename Referenced Resources
We've made it easy to rename most types of referenced resources, without having to find and open the associated files.

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New Retaining Wall Site Modifier
This new parametric object not only allows you the flexibility to sculpt the terrain around the wall, but also to easily produce materials take-offs.

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New Existing Tree Tool
Document existing site trees for evaluation before construction work or landscaping, or use it for management and reporting purposes.

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New Stake Object from 3D Locus Command
Convert 3D locus points to stake objects, which can store Landmark-specific information and are recognized by the site model as modifiers. This is a great way to quickly begin creating a site models.

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Site Model Improvements
Site models are more robust than ever with these enhanced options: easily map aerial images onto site models; use color to illustrate grade changes between contour lines; display cut and fill with a new display option. And more.

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Hardscape Component Classing
Now you can assign classes to both the main area joint pattern and the border joint pattern of a hardscape to control the visibility of these components separately from the hardscape object.

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Improved Hardscape Settings
With several informational fields such as footprint area, main perimeter, and border perimeter, it's easier than ever to create accurate materials and costing worksheets.

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New Apply Saved Hardscape Settings to Existing Hardscapes
Once a hardscape is set to the desired appearance, save it as a resource. You can then drag the resource onto a different hardscape to automatically apply your saved settings in just seconds!

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Better Focus Point Support for Lighting Instruments
Now you can focus light exactly where you need it most. Lighting instruments and everything associated with them-their light source, accessories, associated 3D geometry, and beam-now always point toward your desired focus point, both when there are actual focus point objects or virtual representations that are displayed in design layer viewports.

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Lightwright Data Exchange Improvements
The automatic data exchange with Lightwright can now: - Place new lights created in Lightwright between existing lights on a lighting position - Allow Lightwright to set the selection state of lighting devices when updating

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Renderworks with CINEMA 4D Engine
Introducing the award-winning CINEMA 4D, the exciting and powerful new rendering engine in the Renderworks 2011 version. Together, they provide dramatic speed and quality gains, with a robust integrated rendering option that's right inside your Vectorworks application. You'll be blown away by simpler, more intelligent controls, and render speeds that are five to seven times faster for indirect lighting rendering!

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Linking Camera and Viewports
We've given you what you asked for! Now, when you link a camera to a viewport, the viewport's view derives from the camera's view .And, the camera view can be edited from the viewport.

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Attribute Mapping Tool Improvements
Now you can edit texture mapping directly in the drawing window, and if the selected part or object has an unsupported mapping type, you're automatically assisted with switching to a supported type.

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