VectorWorks 10 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

VectorWorks 10 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

by Tom Baer



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VectorWorks 10 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide by Tom Baer

The best-selling CAD software on the Mac and an industry-standard on Windows, VectorWorks 10 includes a slew of new enhancements to its robust 2D drafting and 3D modeling tools, including a streamlined interface, new tools to help you draw faster, advanced presentation features, improved VectorScripting, native Mac OS X support, and integrated 3D modeling tools. VectorWorks 10 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide will help you get up-to-speed on all of these new features quickly and easily. Updated to reflect the program's streamlined interface and tools, this step-by-step task-based reference explains the new Resource Browser, touches on the advanced 3D modeling tools, and includes an entirely new chapter on customizing the VectorWorks interface to make tools more accessible, create custom keyboard shortcuts, and create highly detailed and structured templates that allow you to maintain consistency over all of their drawings. Unlike competing books, which mimic the software's manual in their text-heavy formats, VectorWorks 10 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide comes loaded with screenshots that enable you to get up and running fast with this powerful, yet affordable, CAD software.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321159441
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 01/03/2003
Series: Visual QuickStart Guide Series
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Tom Baer is the author of VectorWorks 9 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide. As an industrial designer with over 25 years of experience, Tom has used not only VectorWorks (and its predecessor MiniCad), but also the high-end MicroStation CAD software in the development of projects over the past 10 years. Along the way, he has taught both philosophy and industrial design; he is well aware of the virtues of a clear explanation. Tom currently works in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Iowa.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Getting Started1
Opening a New Drawing File2
The VectorWorks Interface4
The Tools9
Setting Up a New Document14
Saving, Closing, Quitting16
Chapter 2Creating 2D Shapes19
Drawing Strategies38
Drawing Double Lines45
Cavity Lines and Filled Cavities49
Circles and Ellipses58
Drawing Arcs60
Regular Polygons64
Irregular Polygons65
Using Polylines66
Chapter 3Modifying 2D Objects83
Selecting Objects84
Locking Objects88
Moving Objects89
Working with Groups95
Changing Object Attributes98
Copying and Pasting101
Duplicating Objects103
Removing Objects from the Drawing112
Rotating Objects113
Mirroring Objects118
Alignment and Distribution119
Resizing Objects122
Reshaping Objects131
Reshaping Objects on the Object Info Palette139
Joining Lines143
Fillets and Chamfers144
Combining Objects148
Boolean Operations151
Creating Surfaces by Boundary155
The Disintegration of Objects156
The Drafting Tools159
Chapter 4Drawing with Constraints161
SmartCursor Constraints162
Snapping to the Grid164
Snapping to Objects169
Constraining Angles171
The Snap To Intersection Constraint178
Snap To Distance179
The Constrain Tangent Constraint182
Smart Points184
Smart Edge187
Parametric Constraints192
Chapter 5Using Layers and Classes207
Managing Objects in Layers218
Classes and Layers220
Managing Objects in Classes228
Using Saved Sheets230
Chapter 62D Symbols and PIOs233
Organizing Symbols241
Creating 2D Symbols243
Editing 2D Symbols245
Replacing Symbols249
Deleting Symbols250
Records and Symbols251
Plug-In Objects (PIOs)255
Chapter 7Creating 3D Objects259
Rotating the View261
Controlling Layers in 3D266
Creating Objects in 3D267
Two More Snap Constraints268
Extruded Primitives278
Using the Plug-In Objects281
3D and Hybrid Symbols and Other PIOs284
NURBS Objects296
The New Power Pack Tools299
Chapter 8Editing 3D Objects307
Working with Working Planes309
Creating and Saving Working Planes310
The 2D and 3D Selection Tools320
Rotating Objects324
The 3D Mirror Tool328
Reshaping 3D Objects330
Combining Objects344
Converting Objects to Other Types347
Converting to Groups352
Entering and Editing 3D Objects353
Chapter 9Architectural Applications357
Setting Up an Architectural Drawing358
Drawing Walls360
Creating Curved Walls366
Editing Wall Objects369
Joining Walls374
Roof Elements385
Using Symbols and Plug-ins in Walls392
Other Architectural Symbols and PIOs399
Chapter 10Worksheets, Reports, and Presentations401
Layer Links431
Worksheets and Reports448
Chapter 11Customizing the Interface453
Document Preferences454
Working in the Document Preferences Dialog Box455
Modifying the Attribute Defaults464
Customizing the Workspace473
VectorWorks Preferences478
Other Application-Wide Settings487
Creating Custom Features489

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