Design Style

connectCAD allows you to arrange your drawings in almost any way you like, but using a clear, consistent and logical layout makes drawings easier to read and understand. Here are some basic guidelines to follow in system schematic drawings:

Signals should flow left to right

Put primary sources on the left of the drawing and primary destinations on the right. Any signals that loop back into the inputs should use “arrow” style connections or be routed around the perimeter.

Inputs on the left of devices, outputs on the right

Inputs and outputs that loop from one device to the next can be placed on the bottom of the device. The top of the device is normally reserved for the device label. These rules are applied by default but you can easily make exceptions. (e.g. in situations where a central hub sends and receives signals from various surrounding peripherals.)

Keep spacing between objects consistent

This helps to make life simpler. We have found by experience that a 4mm grid is a good compromise. It keeps the drawing compact, and allows enough space for text to be readable. However, you can use other grid settings if you like: all tools are designed to use the current Vectorworks grid setting.

Stay on the grid


Before you start drawing, check that the constraints palette with Snap-to-Grid enabled only. This makes sure that everything you draw is on the grid.

A consistent style makes it easy to re-use and re-purpose your designs.
The look of connectCAD drawings can be customised to match your existing “house style” or particular preferences. The system resources are all accessible to the user and can be edited and saved as Vectorworks drawing templates to support a range of styles (see Appendix for details).

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