DesignSeries.pngSharing Custom Content Using Workgroup Folders

When Vectorworks Design Series is installed, you can create a workgroup environment, to share one or more folders of custom content files on a network with coworkers. These files might contain content that will be used by all users (such as templates, symbols, export settings, or workspaces). Alternatively they might contain custom content specific to different projects. Each user who needs access to those files can then designate that shared network folder as a workgroup folder in his or her Vectorworks Preferences, so that the custom content will be available in the Vectorworks program.

You can manually add files to the workgroup Libraries folder, to access custom resource libraries such as symbols and hatches from the Resource Manager. You can also have custom resources display in dialog boxes and palettes. See Concept: Resource Libraries for more information. For details about where to put files and how to name them, see Creating Custom Resource Libraries.

Designating Workgroup Folders

To designate workgroup and project folders:

  1. Select Tools > Options > Vectorworks Preferences, and then click the User Folders tab.

  2. Enter the workgroup folders, and click OK to save the changes.

Sharing Custom Files with a Workgroup

To share custom content with a workgroup, create a main workgroup folder in a shared location. Within the folder, create a subfolder that matches the standard Vectorworks program subfolder for that type of data (Libraries, Plug-Ins, Settings, or Workspaces). If necessary, create additional subfolders within those folders (for example, Libraries\Defaults\Templates or Libraries\Defaults\Space\Space - Space Name).

To access the shared content, another Vectorworks user simply designates the main folder as a workgroup folder in his or her Vectorworks Preferences. Here are some examples of possible workgroup folder content:

    Master files from which design layers, classes, and resources can be referenced



    Resource libraries (for gradients, hatches, line types, record formats, Renderworks textures, slab styles, symbols, text styles, tiles, VectorScripts, wall styles, and worksheets)

    Space object lists (space names, occupant organizations, and room finishes)



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