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Welcome to the premier edition of the new and improved, monthly eDispatch!
As we promised in the last Dispatch, we've committed ourselves to providing important news and helpful information in a more convenient and timely format. So, to keep you in the loop, we're sending the eDispatch to your Inbox, rather than your mailbox.

As you asked*, every month you'll receive useful tips and tricks, as well as the latest company and product news. You'll be able to read a little about fellow VectorWorks users, and learn about money-saving offers and special promotions. We've done our best to pull together everything we think our users would want to see. If we're missing something, drop us a line and let us know.


Richard Diehl, CEO, Nemetschek N.A.

Richard Diehl
Nemetschek North America

Tips & Tricks

Featured User

Louis B. Smith, Jr., AIA

Ascent Design

In addition to his work at the Michigan Department of Transportation, Smith runs an independent architectural firm and heads up the VectorWorks User Group in Michigan.

Smith has used VectorWorks since it was MiniCad, back in the late 1980s. He currently uses VectorWorks and VectorWorks ARCHITECT primarily as complements to AutoCAD, at the Michigan Department of Transportation. He creates quick site studies using the raster image abilities to draw over a scan of a site map. Once he lays out streets and rights of way, he drops in buildings and parking in differing configurations. He uses the layer and class controls to manage the versions. He then prints to a PDF file in Mac OS X for immediate distribution, or exports to a DWG file for others to work on. He also uses ARCHITECT for his independent projects and competition entries.

Using VectorWorks, Smith created a drawing for the Martin Luther King Memorial Competition in Washington, which had a project site of several acres long. Smith's drawing was printed full-size on several pieces of 40" by 90" paper.

"I modeled sculptures in Poser, referenced 3D entry pylons and section drawings from external documents and rendered large areas of the site. The 3D aspects of VectorWorks were invaluable as was the DXF import for moving the Poser figures into the drawing."

For more information about Louis Smith, or to join the VectorWorks Michigan User Group, please send him an e-mail.

Get the Length of a Line Without Dimensioning It

You can quickly determine the length and angle of a line with a simple glance instead of clicking on a separate tool.

Just look at the Object Info palette and it will display the line's length and its angle.

Refresh the Screen

Sometimes when drawing or modeling, the screen requires refreshing from elements that sometimes don't completely disappear. A simple double-click on the Pan tool, or even a quick double-tap of the "Z" key will refresh your drawing screen.

Pull Records into a Worksheet to Create Reports

Why not use one worksheet to tie in all your information, such as door schedules, window schedules, pricing and parts lists? In a VectorWorks worksheet cell, it's possible to tie in information from a completely different worksheet. Records can be accessed by using a formula in the form of ="recordname"."field name".

A FREE Resource for VectorWorks Users

Vector Depot is an online clearing house for custom VectorWorks tools, symbols, textures, hatches, and scripts—all submitted by VectorWorks users. In addition, there is an extensive gallery of models, as well as a forum for VectorWorks users to share information.

Do you have a favorite tip or trick that you'd like to share? Drop us an e-mail at edispatch@nemetschek.net and we'll share it in a future issue.

More support can be found at www.nemetschek.net/support



Nemetschek N.A. Unveils VectorWorks 3D Power Pack

3D Power Pack seamlessly plugs into all VectorWorks 9.5.1 products and offers designers advanced solid and surface modeling technology. Plus, the new technology is free with all VectorWorks 9.5.1 products.

VectorWorks is a Favorite with Swiss Designers

According to the BauNetz Ranking, 50% of the top ten Swiss offices listed are working with VectorWorks. BauNetz Ranking is a dynamic list of top international architects, listing more than 3,500 architects' offices.

VectorWorks Helps Design Award-winning Houses

For over 45 years, Architectural Record has searched the globe for the best houses and featured them in their "Record Houses" issue. Five of the award-winning designs were created, in part, by VectorWorks.

Two New Additions Complete the Professional Learning Series

The third and fourth installments of our multimedia training CD Series have arrived. The LANDMARK and SPOTLIGHT Learning Series cover all the basic features of VectorWorks, as well as the specific features of each respective Industry Series product.

Upcoming Events

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Training Seminars



VectorWorks Fundamentals

May 20 - 21

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May 22

New York City, NY

VectorWorks Fundamentals

June 19 - 20

Los Angeles, CA

VectorWorks Hands-on 3D

June 21

Los Angeles, CA

VectorWorks Fundamentals

July 17 - 18

Columbia, MD

VectorWorks Hands-on 3D

July 19

Columbia, MD

VectorWorks Fundamentals

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San Francisco, CA

VectorWorks Hands-on 3D

August 23

San Francisco, CA

AIA Accreditation
NNA is pleased to offer AIA Continuing Education credit for our seminars. Architects can earn 16 learning units by attending the VectorWorks Fundamentals course, and 8 learning units by attending the VectorWorks Hands-on 3D course. For additional information, contact marketing@nemetschek.net

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