Viewing the drawing

Using standard views

The items under View > Standard Views change the representation and the orientation of the drawing area. The view options can be divided into four basic categories:



2D View

Select the Top/Plan command to view the drawing in 2D; use this for annotations, title block borders, and 2D illustrations. Rotated Top/Plan view (Vectorworks Design Series required) is only available from the View bar when a rotated top/plan view exists.

3D Elevations

Use the Top, Front, Right, Bottom, Back, and Left commands to view 3D elevations

3D Representations Above the Active Layer Plane

Use the Right Isometric, Left Isometric, Right Rear Isometric, and Left Rear Isometric commands to view 3D representations from above the active layer plane

3D Representations Below the Active Layer Plane

Use the Lower Right Isometric, Lower Left Isometric, Lower Right Rear Isometric, and Lower Left Rear Isometric commands to view 3D representations from below the active layer plane



To change to a standard view:

Select View > Standard Views, and then select a view.

The view changes and a check mark displays in front of the active view in the Current View/Standard Views list.

The reference for the view, whether working plane or active layer plane, may depend on the selection in the Working Planes palette (see Working plane view and modes).

When a rotated top/plan view exists (Vectorworks Design Series required), the keypad number 0 invokes the Rotated Top/Plan view instead of the standard, unrotated Top/Plan view. Press the 0 key a second time to toggle to the standard unrotated Top/Plan view.

The View bar also provides quick access to the standard view commands. Click the Current View and select a standard view from the list that displays. If the view is something other than a standard view, “Custom View” displays as the current view.



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