Northern California

Creative use of Viewports for Drawing Content Management

March 11, 2014 | 7:00pm
AIA East Bay Offices, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA

Our presentations and discussions covered many of the ways to create and to use viewports, and to uses the associated drawing content management features in Vectorworks:

  • how the built-in Document Setup Create Standard Viewports command may be used to prepare a set of viewports on sheet layers  for site plans, floor and reflected ceiling plans, elevations, sections and the like, along with associated design layers and classes -- useful for both 2D and 3D workflows. Since using this command requires stories to be set up in a file, we also discussed their creation, as well as standard naming for Classes, Sheet Names and Design Layers (Vectorworks, AIA/NCS and User defined standards)
  • using the Create Multiple Viewports Command to automatically create a plan, desired elevations and an isometric sheet layer viewport from a 3D model, adjusting settings for layer and class visibilities to show what is desired and to speed rendering times, and for rendering viewports.
  • using the Create Section command to create sections through a 3D model, useful for building sections and for exterior and interior elevations, and setting the parameters for what is displayed in viewports, editing crops, annotating them, and their automatic drawing coordination features -- auto updating of drawing and sheet numbering their reference tags' and drawing labels .
  • creating detail viewports with their features similar to those of section viewports, illustrated by creating a wall section from a building section, automatically tagged.
  • using Design Layer Viewport Referencing to include design layers from external files into master drawing file, illustrated with a multi-family building "assembled" with referenced unit plans and alternates, discussing absolute and locally referenced path alternatives
  • using referenced design layer viewports to reference common drawing elements from, for example, office standards or project specific files --  using a specially created title block as an example.

Attendee comments and questions, answered as best we could, were about:

  • locating and querying Vectorworks' User manuals using Preview and Adobe Reader as an alternative to using Adobe Air
  • searching the Community "techboard" for answers, and useful tips and tricks
  • window and door tags in elevation views
  • using referencing in a team
  • editing worksheet database criteria

... and more.