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I would like to congratulate November's winner of the Sony monitor giveaway, BKA Architecture from Brockton, Massachusetts. Don't forget, you still have one more month left to qualify, so visit www.nemetschek.net/10.5update/giveaway.html. Our firm profile this month features our October winner, Living-Architects from London, England.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us during Build Boston at our event at the Seaport Hotel. We had about 45 VectorWorks users in attendance and everyone agreed that this was a great opportunity to chat with NNA staff and other users. Our next event will be in San Francisco during the Macworld show. The venue has not been firmed up yet, but as soon as it is- we'll post information on our website. Feel free to check back with our Sales department for details when they're ready, and for free passes to Macworld.

Since the holiday season is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you the best, and to send warm wishes for a safe and prosperous new year from everyone here at NNA. Our general office will be closed December 25 until January 2, however there will be members of our sales staff available during that time, at 888-646-4223.


Richard Diehl, CEO, Nemetschek N.A.

Richard Diehl
CEO, Nemetschek North America

Tips & Tricks

Hammersmith and Fulham
London, England

The Townmead Estate

The Townmead Estate is a housing estate built in the 1960s by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to house low income families and those on the Borough's housing waiting list. The buildings suffer a variety of structural and other constructional problems and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham decided to redevelop the site in Partnership with the Shepherds Bush Housing Association.

The design has evolved with the active participation of community representatives, local politicians, representatives of the Borough's Housing Department, Town Planners, the Police, and other organizations.

The proposals involve retaining the 20 story tower block called Barton House, but carrying out some essential repairs within the Barton House flats (i.e. apartments).

The rest of the buildings on the site will be demolished and replaced with 148 houses and flats to house people from the waiting list. There will also be some shops, a group doctor's surgery and health center, and a community center and nursery. The underground car park (which is currently closed because of security worries) will be refurbished and brought back into use.

The new buildings will be arranged around a central amenity space including a ball court.

The Townmead Estate is in what was once a predominantly working class area of London. Rising house prices in this part of London have pushed many low and middle income families out of the area. The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham wanted to preserve the community as much as possible. In order to do this it is necessary to provide affordable homes. The scheme increases the number of homes on the site by 50%. Despite this, they have managed to make sure that all the larger family houses on the site each have a private garden.

How can I view SpotLight Gobo texture thumbnails in the Resource Browser?

Launch VectorWorks SpotLight, and then select File > Open. Navigate to the Textures folder located inside the VectorWorks folder. (figure 1)

Select one of the texture files, and then click Open. Verify that the Resource Browser displays the selected texture file. This file contains several textures. (figure 2)

Select one of the textures. Select Edit from the Resources menu. In the Edit Texture dialog box, change the Preview Options for Obj Type to Sphere and Obj Size to two inches. (figure 3)

Click OK. The preview image now displays in the Resource Browser. (figure 4)

Continue this process for all the textures in that file. Save the file. When you access that file in the Resource Browser, the preview images are now visible.

How do I create a hybrid symbol?

A hybrid symbol is one that includes both 2D and 3D components. To create a hybrid symbol, create the 3D part, then the 2D part in Top/Plan view. Once drawn, align the 2D and 3D parts using the Tool > Align command, and select them all. Switch to 2D Plan projection. Run the Create Symbol command from the Organize menu. The hybrid symbol is now available in the Resource Browser.

From the Tech Support Team....

If the Macintosh updater for any version of VectorWorks 10 does not work, uninstall VectorWorks and then reinstall VectorWorks from your CD. Then, before running the application, install any available updates.

When sending an e-mail to Tech Support, please make sure you include the VectorWorks version number, the operating system version, and complete steps to reproduce your problem. Including this information will help us get an answer to you more quickly.


Nemetschek North America Recognizes Award-Winning ASLA Firm

Nemetschek North America today congratulated the Massachusetts-based Landscape Architecture firm, Reed Hilderbrand, on winning three Professional Awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The ASLA Professional Awards is an annual competition to honor the best practices in Landscape Architecture. This year's contest included 436 entries submitted in three different categories: Design, Analysis and Planning, and Research.

Nemetschek North America Chosen for Architecture Magazine's ACE Award

Nemetschek North America has been recognized as one of the architectural industry's best manufacturers by the readers of Architecture magazine. Readers selected Nemetschek North America for the second annual Architect's Choice for Excellence (ACE) through a special ballot, which appeared in the April, May, and June issues of Architecture magazine.

VectorWorks 10.5.1 Available Next Week

Nemetschek North America is happy to report that 10.5.1 will be available during the week of December 17th. In addition to fixes from 10.5, it will provide compatibility with Mac OS Panther. For immediate information on 10.5.1, please contact our Sales department. Information will be posted on our website next week.


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

University Of Pittsburgh, Tufts University, Block Island School, Ball State University, University of California, St. Mary’s College-LeFevre Theater, Burlington-Edison HS, Central Valley High School, American Conservatory Theatre, McDonogh School, Anne Arundel Community College, Santa Clara University, Binghamton University, MIT School Of Science, Friends University Drama & Media Studies - Fine Arts, Earlham College, Richard Stockton College of NJ, UNC Wilmington, Milford Mill Academy, Emory College, Millersville University, Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, Syracuse University, University of Kentucky, Lamoni Community Schools, Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, Upper Adams School District, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of California, Berkeley, University of Puerto Rico, Rhode Island College, Darlington Schools, University of Memphis, University of Utah, University of Connecticut, Penn State University

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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