Vectorworks 2019 is introducing 2D components for hybrid objects. How does this differ from the 2D objects that currently exist for hybrid objects? To begin with, in Vectorworks 2018 and previous versions, there was a 3D component for hybrid objects and a 2D top-view component for hybrid objects. Now, we’ve expanded the 2D components to include top, bottom, front, back, left, and right views. This means you’re in complete control of the detail level your symbols and plug-in objects display. Of course, that is just the beginning of this new feature. It also includes three levels of detail for each component, which allows for tight control over the appearance of hybrid objects at any scale. Watch the video below for a full breakdown and details of what’s to come.
“I’m enjoying this feature the more I use it,” said Tui Walker Kamakorewa, architectural designer at CBA Design Ltd. “For example, I was working on an apartment block that had many toilets showing up on a larger scaled drawing in sectioned view. Replacing the symbols’ 3D geometry with the 2D side component 2D objects made the update of viewports seamless.”
With this update, you’ll spend less time exporting your designs to a separate editing program.
A huge part of Vectorworks 2019 is quality, and as we searched for a way to make the user experience even better, we took a look at common usage patterns and created a feature to save users time in multiple ways. So, we’ve added the ability to easily create concept layouts with image effects. This feature allows you to a take an image or rendered viewport in your drawing and instantly apply various color- and light-balancing options. You can even create and save effects and use the eyedropper tool to place them on different images.
“You can now easily develop your own creative styles and make more compelling presentations with the new image effects features without ever leaving Vectorworks or using image editing software,” said Jonathan Reeves, director at Jonathan Reeves Architecture.
In Vectorworks 2019, you will see updated the Vectorworks Graphics Module for sheet layers.
The update makes user workflows much smoother, as it does away with the delay when zooming and panning through your design. Now, designers are free to move around and zoom in or out of their sheet layers without waiting for the drawing to reload. To see a full side-by-side comparison, check out the video below.
“With 2019, sheet layers finally get the full VGM treatment,” said Tyler E. Littman, principal designer at Sholight Entertainment Design. “Now sheets render and zoom more efficiently, making for a truly improved user experience.”
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