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Just a few things to touch on this month. VectorWorks 10.1.2 is now out on the streets, so if you were still looking to get a CD rather than a download, now is your chance. I would like to thank everyone who came out to see us at AIA. We had a great show and an even better user event.

If you didn't get a chance to meet up with us in San Diego, we will be back out on the West coast this week for the PCBC show. If you would like to attend, please sign up on PCBC's website at www.pcbc.cc/onlinereg/reg_main.asp. And, for you East coasters, we will be at Macworld New York from July 16-18, so please contact us for passes.

On another note, we have launched a new ad campaign in several new magazines that feature firm profiles. Take a look and tell us what you think, and if you would like to have your firm featured in one of our ads, let us know. You can find them in Architectural Record and Landscape Architect & Specifier News.


Richard Diehl, CEO, Nemetschek N.A.

Richard Diehl
CEO, Nemetschek North America

Tips & Tricks

Neal Hammon

Neal Hammon is a native of Kentucky, who graduated from Architectural School at the University of Illinois in 1948, after serving in the Navy on the cruiser USS Monpelier during WW2. During most of his active career, he was a partner in an architectural firm in Louisville, Kentucky.

He likes hunting, canoeing, and riding trail bikes in the woods. During that time away from the office, he became interested in pioneer trails and history, which developed into a hobby. Upon retirement, Mr. Hammon wrote three books on the subject of pioneer history, his latest being Virginia's Western War, published by Stackpole Books in 2002.

For the first book, Mr. Hammon made necessary maps and illustrations by hand; this was not only slow, but the finished product was less than professional. It was especially difficult for him to produce ordinary drawings where the necessary lettering was neat and sized properly.

When Mr. Hammon finished his second book, My Father, Daniel Boone, he decided to use VectorWorks for the maps and other illustrations. For maps, he discovered a simple trick of making one drawing of the entire area under consideration, and using it as a template from which other smaller maps could be cropped and enlarged.

Text was generally put on a second layer, and hatches and patterns on a third, which made editing simpler. The finished versions were printed on a laser printer and sent to the publisher. He is still using the templates on illustrations for new articles and books.

How do I handle invisible blocks in DXF/DWG files?

Here are a couple of different approaches you can take:

1) Choose preferred layer scale in the import dialog box (1:1000 or similar, depending on page size). Import. Hide Guides. Select all. Fit to objects.

2) In AutoCAD, select all objects of interest and type the wblock command. This will write a block as a new file containing only those objects. The invisible objects causing the problems will be skipped.

How do I place several plants in a straight line?

VectorWorks LANDMARK 10 allows you to place a single plant, a cluster of plants, or a polygon perimeter of plants.

To place a single straight line of plants, select "Cluster" in the Place Plant Dialog box and select "Along Poly Edges."

Click in the drawing to start the polyline edge, click again in the direction you want the plants to be placed, and then click a third time beyond this second point. Basically, you are clicking three times within a straight line to create two segments.

Product Note

QuickTime™ is a media application created by Apple™ to view various forms of media files. QuickTime is also an essential part of the VectorWorks program because it handles the rendering and some import/export functions of the program. A copy of QuickTime is included on the VectorWorks installation CD for your convenience, but we do not support the application itself. It is an Apple program and any QuickTime Tech Support is done by Apple. If you cannot access your rendering or exporting options, that is a good sign that QuickTime is not installed on your system.


Nemetschek North America Updates Its Entire VectorWorks Product Line to Version 10.1.2

Nemetschek North America announced today that it has released a maintenance update for the entire VectorWorks 10 series of CAD products. Version 10.1.2 offers a number of feature enhancements, as well as improvements in overall function and stability. The update is available as a free download from the company's website, www.nemetschek.net/downloads Or, for a nominal shipping fee, users can request the 10.1.2 update on CD by calling 888-646-4223. The update CD will automatically be shipped free of charge to customers who have purchased the VectorWorks Industry Collection.

VectorWorks 10 Wins CADENCE Editor's Choice Award

Arnie Williams, Editor-in-chief and Kenneth Wong, Sr. Editor of CADENCE announced today that Nemetschek's VectorWorks 10 has been selected as one of the CADENCE Editor's Choice Award winners! The VectorWorks 10 product will appear in a special section in the July 2003 issue of CADENCE. Awards are given to those companies that the CADENCE editorial team feel constitute significant technology advances that will help move the CAD industry's related disciplines forward.

The 3D Side of VectorWorks

CADENCE also featured a four-part series on VectorWorks and the 3D Power Pack. If you didn't read it in the magazine, check it out on the web, www.nemetschek.net/cadence.html

New Dates Added to the Professional Learning Series

We have added new dates to our Professional Learning Series in Los Angeles, Toronto and New York. For a complete list of cities and dates, visit www.nemetschek.net/PLS/index.html

Upcoming Events

Trade Shows



PCBC 2003

June 17 - 20

San Francisco, CA (Booth #2119 South)

Macworld NY

July 16 - 18

New York, NY (Booth #1831)

Training Seminars



VectorWorks Fundamentals

Jun 23 - 24

Calgary, Canada

VectorWorks Hands-on 3D

Jun 25

Calgary, Canada

VectorWorks Fundamentals

July 9 - 10

Columbia, MD

VectorWorks Hands-on 3D

July 11

Columbia, MD

VectorWorks Fundamentals

July 16 - 17

Atlanta, GA

VectorWorks Hands-on 3D

July 18

Atlanta, GA

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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