Design SuiteViewing the drawing by data or by attributes

Vectorworks objects, especially BIM objects, contain a great deal of embedded data and record values that are not always visible or easily accessible, especially for more than one object at a time. Data visualization allows you to see the "big picture" of the data: an aggregate, dynamic view that displays drawing objects based on various data, whether general or specific, according to function, object type, value or range of values, or any other attached record parameters that you specify. This can be thought of as a graphical or visual report; one data set can be presented in a variety of ways.

Data visualization allows you to override all of the typical aspects that currently make up class appearance. For viewports, select either data visualization or class overrides, depending upon which one is easier or fits the needs of the override best. Data visualization takes precedence over class overrides, but objects drawn normally can still receive class overrides unless Draw all other objects grayed is selected for the data visualization.

Data visualization can be useful when checking for errors, performing quick plan checks, color coding portions of the drawing or sheet layer viewports for final presentations, and more. Examples of data visualizations include:

Viewing space objects according to occupancy, usage, floor area value range, or any other record or parameter property.

Color wall threshold ranges according to wall height, and locate walls that are not at the correct height at a glance.

Identify materials present in components.

Override a texture to provide an alternate appearance or finish scheme when presenting a proposal to a client.

Data visualizations can be saved and applied to design layers and also to viewports on a sheet layer. When a visualization is modified, the modifications apply globally and instantly. Data visualization can easily be turned on or off from the View bar, to display the drawing with either a data visualization or the object attributes. Multiple data visualizations can be selected for display at one time.

Data visualizations can be saved not only in the current file, but also in the user folder and a workgroup folder, so that they can be used in other files and by other people in your organization.

Worksheets have image functions that can apply a visualization to an object image, by referring to a saved visualization or to a viewport’s applied visualization set. See Worksheet functions.

Document preference settings for Black and white only and Use layer colors do not apply when a data visualization other than <None> is selected for the drawing.



Applying a data visualization

Creating a new data visualization

Editing the current data visualization

Managing data visualizations


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