Edit > Offset Duplications = UncheckedI adjust this preference because, even though duplicating an object can replicate the last distance and direction I moved an object by Option-Drag (Ctrl-Drag on Windows), I like my duplicated objects to "stay put" until I do something with them.
Edit > Arrow Keys > Pan > DisabledThe ways one can change the view of their design have evolved so much over the years that I find I never want to navigate this way. Plus, I don’t want to press an arrow key by accident and change my view, thereby disrupting my train of thought.
Session > Create new Document on Startup = UncheckedI rarely need a brand new, blank document available at my fingertips the moment I fire up Vectorworks. I’m usually working on an existing file, so I prefer to save myself the time of having to close the newly created document.
Session > Display Classes in pop-up menus hierarchically = UncheckedThis is very much a personal preference, but I like seeing the entire Class name on one line, both in the pop-up menus and in the Navigation Palette and Organization dialog window (so I switch off hierarchical view there too).
Session > Maximum number of Undos > 42Vectorworks tech support recommends a maximum of 25 undos, but I like to live on the edge, so I have mine set to 42 (fellow Douglas Adams fans might appreciate this). For my needs, I also have “Undo View Changes” set to “Grouping Similar View Changes.”
3D > Render mode... > OpenGLI like my solids looking solid in 3D, the moment I switch from Top/Plan to a 3D view.
3D > View... > Normal PerspectiveThe view looks more realistic than the default orthogonal view.
Autosave = NN Operations, custom single locationI find that having the autosave interval set to “operations” — no matter how many it is — rather than “minutes” means that Vectorworks will wait until I complete my action before saving, instead of potentially saving while I am mid-action. I opt for a single backup location of my choosing to keep each of my project folders as “light” as possible; I have only a single backup folder that I need to manage and clean out when I tidy up old backups.
Interactive > Interactive Appearance Settings… Object Highlighting-Pre-selection-Active Layer = GreenI find it useful to differentiate between what I am about to select versus what I currently have selected.
That’s my list. I’ve found it only takes about a minute to set all of those preferences to my liking. Now, I’m not saying that you should change your Vectorworks Preferences to match mine. What I do recommend, however, is that whether you are a new or a long-time user, you take some time to look through yours and fine-tune Vectorworks to work for you. It’s quite customizable. VISIT THE COMMUNITY FORUM AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE PREFERENCES.