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We have just completed our annual International Distributor Conference. See the picture below for some of the faces of our global family. I would also like to get the word out that we are looking to expand our team and we have some positions that we are looking to fill, in case you or someone you know is interested. Brief job descriptions are provided below.

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Distributors 2003


Richard Diehl, CEO, Nemetschek N.A.

Richard Diehl
CEO, Nemetschek North America

Tips & Tricks

Combs & Combs, AIA
Anchorage, Alaska

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Quarters
Fort Egbert, Eagle, Alaska

Combs & Combs, AIA, Architecture, Interiors & Art was formed in early 1999 as a professional organization with experience in commercial, educational, historical, institutional & and residential architecture & interior Design design by Sam & Jayna Combs. Sam Combs, AIA, NCARB, Architect, has completed over 40 historic preservation projects in Alaska and Washington state.

Sam has recently completed the Non-Commissioned Officers' Quarters Condition Assessment & Restoration Report, Fort Egbert, Eagle, Alaska, for the Bureau of Land Management and the Eagle Historical Society. His Condition Assessment and Restoration Plans were the basis for beginning restoration this past summer.

Fort Egbert construction was built in 1899 and the NCO Quarters were built in 1900. Originally, there were 45 buildings at Fort Egbert- now only 5 five remain. The architect's tasks included researching the history of the structures.

The On-Site Condition Assessment involved taking measurements of the existing buildings, photographing the structures, taking samples of wallpaper, and analyzing paint analysis to recreate the original finishes, and determining which features were intact and which were missing. The as-built drawings have been converted into CAD drawings and these have been used to establish the plans for the restoration. The original written specifications were found through the National Archives in Washington, DC.

"This is the first historic preservation project that I have completed with VectorWorks or any CAD program. I always held off learning CAD because of the uniqueness of historic preservation projects- each one is so unique that there are few or no details that can be shared between projects. What I didn't realize is that there are a lot of repetitive details (such as balusters, newel posts, brackets, etc.) that can be more easily and accurately created with a CAD program," said Sam Combs.

In this project, several of the doors had different panel layouts, so the creation of each door required original work modified from an existing base door. Balusters and newel posts were created in three dimensions for details and then placed individually in the stairwell. These techniques saved a lot of repetitive drawing.

Chiron America

The use of saved sheets and use of multiple layers in VectorWorks allowed the easy creation of reflected ceiling plans that explained in detail what occurred at the ceilings. The ability to cut sections allowed the creation of interior elevations with a high amount of detail.

Plus, use of the Render Bitmap tool allowed a rendered model of the entire building to be created for the cover page and for bit mapped elevations.

Sam says, "Over the last three years I have developed a CAD methodology and format that works for me. I know I still have lots to learn still on the VectorWorks program and have merely scratched the surface. Each day I learn something knew, that I didn't know the day before."

For more information about Combs & Combs, visit their website at home.gci.net/~combs

How do I change the thumbnail previews of a symbol in the Resource Browser?

When previewing symbols with the Resource Browser, some symbols, such as doors and windows, are set to front views, while other symbols are set to a top view (figure 1) or an isometric view. To change how a symbol previews in the Resource Browser, use the following steps:

Select File > Open to open the Object Libraries file containing the symbols you'd like to change. From the Resource Browser, select the symbol file from the File list (the first drop-down box) (figure 2). Next, select View > Standard Views and select the desired view for the symbol's thumbnail preview (figure 3). Then, in the Resource Browser, right click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Macintosh) on a symbol and select Edit (figure 4). The Edit Symbol dialog box opens. Leave the default values in the Edit Symbol dialog as they are and click the Edit button. Next, click the Exit Symbol button (figure 5)in the upper right hand corner of the Mode bar to return to the drawing area. (figure 6)

The thumbnail view changes to the view that you have set. Repeat the steps for each symbol you'd like to change. Save the Object Library file when all changes have been made. (figure 7)

How can I use a VectorWorks 9 Object Library in Version 10?

Simply copy the file or files you want from the version 9 Object Libraries folder to the version 10 Object Libraries folder. Next, open the file in version 10 and save it. Your version 9 Object Libraries will automatically be updated and ready to be used in your new version 10 drawings.

How do I temporarily reduce the number of object vertices to be able to perform solids operations?

When working with a complex 3D object, too many vertices can generate error messages stating that the Geometry of the object makes Subtract Solids, Add Solids, Intersect Solids etc., impossible. One way of working around this is to split the object into two parts using the Split By Line tool/mode. After a split, each of the two (or more) components of the larger object contains fewer vertices. When an operation such as Subtract Solids, Add Solids, etc., is attempted, it is much more likely to succeed at this point. After the various operations have been performed, use the Add Solids command to recreate a single object again.


Employment Opportunities at Nemetschek NA

Marketing Managers
We're looking for two Marketing Managers to help us evangelize VectorWorks ARCHITECT and VectorWorks LANDMARK. The ideal candidates will have design experience in architecture and landscape design, familiarity with other CAD programs and proficiency in VectorWorks. Responsibilities include managing key accounts, public and media relations, developing sales collateral, and helping to develop strategies and marketing programs.

Technical Writer
Individual will write complex technical manuals for multi-platform CAD software. Must have excellent writing, editing, and research skills. Requires BA degree and 4+ years experience writing computer software user manuals. Must demonstrate ability to produce highly graphical manuals in a format similar to Microsoft/Adobe. Also requires Adobe FrameMaker and WebWorks Publisher experience.

For more information please visit our Job Board: www.nemetschek.net/jobs/job_offered.html

VectorWorks 10.5 Offers G5 Compatibility and Speed Improvements

Nemetschek North America announced that the company is running internal speed tests evaluating the performance of VectorWorks 10.5 running on Apple Computer's new Power Mac G5. According to Apple, the new G5 is the world's fastest personal computer featuring the first 64-bit desktop processor and the industry's first 1 GHz front-side bus. While the impressive preliminary results are in, company officials state that they will issue a press release with the official results shortly.

Joe Greco Reviews VectorWorks 10.5

Industry pundit, Joe Greco, takes a look at VectorWorks 10.5, as well as measures 3D Power Pack against its main competition. To view the review, please visit our website at www.nemetschek.net/news/greco_review.html


This hands-on, four-hour tutorial provides an introduction to using VectorWorks SpotLight to create lighting plots. Attendees will discover the advantages of today's object-based lighting design programs. Create a simple light plot, complete with paperwork, Magic Sheets, and a rendered 3D presentation, including gobo projections and animated scene changes. Learn how to effortlessly exchange data with Lightwright. Taught by Frank Brault for Nemetschek North America, creator of VectorWorks and VectorWorks SpotLight. For more information and times, visit entertainmenttech.info/conf_nov_21_fri/index.htm

New Schools Teaching VectorWorks 10
For a complete listing of schools using VectorWorks, visit www.nemetschek.net/training/Schools.html

Duke University Dept of Theatre, Hamline University, University of Colorado at Denver, Stephen F. Austin State University, University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Bucknell University, Amherst College, Stony Brook University, Sweet Briar College Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Huntington College, Northwestern Michigan College, School District Of Phelps, Bethel College, Redwood Valley High School, Wesleyan University, Kansas State University, W.I. Olson RLA, San Jose State University, Macalester, Chadron State College, New York University, Vanguard University, Washington College, Belhaven College, Brigham Young University (BYU), University of Colarado at Denver, North Idaho College, The University of Georgia, Northwestern University, University of CA, San Diego, Illinois State University, Blinn College, University of Oregon, Michigan Technological University, UCLA, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

To add your school to the list of schools that teach VectorWorks, please email our Education CAD consultant Mike Bendler at mikeb@nemetschek.net

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October 13 - 14

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VectorWorks Fundamentals

October 21 - 22

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October 23 - 24

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November 6 - 7

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VectorWorks Hands-on 3D

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Columbia, MD

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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