Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Lighting Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here.
Kevin blogs at Pro Lighting Space on Vectorworks. I see that look on your face – oh great yet another Vectorworks blog – now, before you click away, let me explain. Kevin’s posts are on things you wouldn’t necessarily find in a standard “How to” post. He digs in and talks about features, short cuts, and ways of doing things a little differently. This is for experienced Vectorworks users. Kevin gears his posts to lighting designers, but we set designers should be paying attention, after all, no matter how good your set design is, if it’s not lit properly you’re missing the sexy. Let’s face it, if you want to sell your idea for the greatest set ever, you have to add lighting, it’s the sizzle. If your rendering isn’t sizzling sexy, you’re going to loose out to the designer that’s figured it out. Don’t be that person. Read Kevin’s posts.
So Where’s Some of the Fun Stuff Hidden?
Perhaps there is a function you can’t find, but would like back. I always add the Torus Object to my 3D Modeling tool set. There’s nothing quite like it for certain needs.
Most designers have at least one custom workspace. Remember it is always best to start with a stock workspace, and then modify. It’s a real pain to start from absolute scratch. You also want to keep the stock workspaces as a back-up. If you use the Landru Design Vectorworks Tools, or Sam Jones Auto Plot Tools, you have likely already modified a workspace. You might want one workspace for a desktop system and one for a laptop.
Although there are many tools and commands designed for architects and landscape architects, one I like very much is the Stepped Wall. I keep it very handy.
So, if you haven’t explored what all is available for you to work with in Vectorworks and edit you workspace accordingly. Remember, the Workspace Editor allows you to remove or rearrange menu commands. You can remove, for instance, the entire Event Planning menu, if that isn’t something you do. You can also modify shortcut keys to your preference.
So, this is one place where there might be undiscovered goodies.