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Dear VectorWorks Users,

I have a couple of things to touch on this month. First of all, we will be attending the USITT show in Minneapolis this month at booth #190. While we are there we will be having a user reception, so if you are in the area, please plan on joining us for some refreshments and some user networking. For more information contact, Charles Radloff (Charles@RadloffArchitects.com).

Also, big news for our users in Florida. The Professional Learning Series will be held in Miami in April. We have received numerous requests for training in Florida so we have been able to work it into our schedule. Call our sales staff for more information on our Miami training.


Richard Diehl, CEO, Nemetschek N.A.

Richard Diehl
Nemetschek North America

Tips & Tricks

Residential Apartments
Knightstone Island, Weston-super-Mare

The inspiration behind the project was to retain the shells of the listed building, and make modern interventions in the form of a tower building and a courtyard building to link the site together. This inspiration was realized by VectorWorks user, Jonathan Reeves in collaboration with lead architects, Acanthus Ferguson Mann Architects in Bristol.

J. Reeves

Jonathan was responsible for developing an initial design as part of a successful competition bid in November 2002. The site was interesting because it was an island reached by a causeway from the beachfront promenade. It was made more challenging as there are three grade-II listed buildings on the site which had to be adapted to fit the new residential uses.

Jonathan says Vectorworks was used to draw up the initial designs, and apartment layouts. "The flexibility easily allowed us to explore a large number of apartment configurations in 2D. The worksheets functions were used throughout the design process to calculate apartment areas for a schedule of accommodation. However, VectorWorks really excelled in allowing the project to be fully modeled in 3D, enabling the massing, position and design of the new buildings to be easily evaluated in the context of the existing buildings. A number of 3D visuals were used in the final bid presentation, combined with an animated flythrough of the site. This was favorably received by the judging panel, who commented that it greatly enhanced the clarity of communication."

J. Reeves

To see more of Jonathan's work visit www.jr-architecture.co.uk or you can visit the RenderWorks gallery where Jonathan has graciously supplied NNA with many of his designs. Jonathan says, "I have always been fascinated by the potential of the computer as a 3D architectural design tool during the design process. I have been responsible for visualizing many large projects during all stages of design. I have also been successful in a number of major national competitions."

After graduating with a degree, masters and diploma in Architecture from Sheffield University in 1995, Jonathan worked in London for five years for a number of large architectural practices. Jonathan Reeves Architecture was started in 2000, specializing in architectural, visualization and VectorWorks CAD training.


N. Colorado VectorWorks User Group
Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 PM
Boykin Pearce Associates
1875 E. 27th Ave.
Denver, CO 80205-4527

For more information, please call Tom Pearce at 303-294-0703

New Mexico VectorWorks User Group
Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 1:00 PM
Jim Linke's home office
514 Thirteenth Street
Albuquerque, New Mexico

For more information and to RSVP, please call Jim Linke at 505-244-1421

Michigan VectorWorks User Group (VRUM)
Saturday, April 5 at 1:00 PM
Fairchild Theatre
MSU in E. Lansing

For more information, please email Halina Triest at htriest@sbcglobal.net

Is There A Way To Hide Wall Cavities When Working On Layers With Reduced Scales?

In Architect 10.1, there is a new Document Preference called "Hide Wall Cavities When Layer Scale <= [a scale number]". When checked, walls drawn on layers smaller than the ones defined in the Preference, will automatically hide their cavity fills.

What's An Easy Way To Array A Certain Number Of Objects At Precise Angles?

In other CAD programs you would have to break out the calculator. But because VectorWorks accepts math functions in the data entry fields, VectorWork can do the calculations for you. Just enter in the Duplicate Array Dialog the number of copies you want. Then in the angle field simply type in the total angle divided by the number of copies.

For example, if you want to array 23 spokes around a hub, simply enter "23" into the Number field and "360/23" in the Angle field. Or, if you're creating a circular staircase and you want to array 26 treads 260 degrees around a center support- it's "260/26".

I've Moved The Page And Now Want To Center It Back Onto The Middle Of My Drawing?

Double-clicking on the Move Page tool will center the page around the origin of a drawing. This is also true if you move the origin. Double clicking on the Move Page tool will center the page around the new origin.

How Can I Replace One Wall Type With Another?

In VectorWorks ARCHITECT, simply select the walls you wish to change. Then use the Select Wall Type command to open the Select Wall Type Dialog. From here, simply choose a new type from your wall type library and check the “Apply this wall type to selected walls” check box. VectorWorks ARCHITECT will then replace the selected walls with the new type.


VectorWorks Distributor Expands Operations in Canada And Introduces New Name

In Medias Res of Vancouver, Canada, a distributor for VectorWorks and a co-developer of the VectorWorks official training content, announced today it is expanding its operations and reorganizing under a new company identity: Resolve Software Solutions Inc.

VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT Training CD Now Available

Nemetschek North America, in conjunction with its training partner, Resolve Software Solutions Inc., announced today the release of the VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT 10 training CD. Designed to maximize users’ ability to be up and running quickly, the SPOTLIGHT training CD topics cover the fundamental to the much more-in-depth tasks.

The 3D Side of VectorWorks

The 3D side of VectorWorks is explored in the February issue of Cadence magazine by writer John Wilson. Check it out on the web at www.cadenceweb.com/2003/


VectorWorks 10.1 Updater Now Available Online
In the interest of keeping you up to date with the latest VectorWorks developments, we're happy to announce the online release of VectorWorks 10.1. It contains some new architectural features as well as a significant number of bug fixes. We recommend this update for all VectorWorks users on Mac and Windows.

You can get more information and download VectorWorks 10.1 updater applications here:www.nemetschek.net/downloads/

Plans for the Future
Based on a careful comparison of development investment with user benefit, we have decided that VectorWorks 10.1 will be the final release of VectorWorks with support for Windows 95, MacOS 8.6, and video card hardware running in 8-bit or 256 color mode. Our customer research indicates that these changes will affect a very small percentage of you. If you will be impacted by these changes, you should begin planning a migration strategy now to avoid being incompatible with our next VectorWorks upgrade.

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