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Things keep getting better and better! This month's Macworld includes a great review of VectorWorks, giving us 4 ½ out of 5 mice. In a comparison of several 3D design programs, cadalyst draws attention to VectorWorks' "powerful 3D tools" and gives a great recommendation for the program. And we can't forget getting called a "Mighty Titan" by Desktop Engineering. According to a reviewer Mary Tyler, "Today, Nemetschek’s VectorWorks is the mighty Titan of [the 3D] space, and form•Z®...has fallen behind."

But rave reviews aren't the only good news. To us, there's nothing better than reading about the success of one of our users. Daniel Libeskind is featured in Architecture Week for his work on designing the new World Trade Center. His vision is unique and exciting, and we are thrilled to have played a part in his design process.

Just to remind you, we'll be at two shows in California this month— the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Show in Long Beach and the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Show in Palm Springs. Both shows are from March 18 - 20. If you'll be in the area, stop by and see us.


Richard Diehl, CEO, Nemetschek N.A.

Richard Diehl
CEO, Nemetschek North America

Tips & Tricks

Bison Robotics- Buffalo Grove High School
Buffalo Grove, Illinois

BattleBots IQ, an educational program that includes curriculum, teacher training, and an exciting robotics competition, seeks to inspire, educate and engage students through the art of robot building. Buffalo Grove High School in Buffalo Grove, Illinois is one of the high schools that participates in this national program.

This class/project included students from all high school grades and ages from 14-18 years old. Some students have been involved in the program for more than one year. Many students elect to make a career of this program and get involved all four years of their high school education. This was the first year VectorWorks was introduced to the class, and to all the students.

This new engineering class allows students to build robots designed to do battle against other combat ready machines in a winner takes all match of robot building ingenuity, engineering superiority and brute force. Yet, violence isn't the motivating factor here. The program emphasizes the importance of students using their own ideas and inspiration to develop a robot aimed at competing against other robots also created at the same level by students from other schools around the country.

Students are given the chance to create beautiful pieces of machinery from virtually anything they can beg, borrow, or purchase. The only restrictions placed on the robots are those concerning safety for the students. Each student on the team will be called on to contribute ideas, creativity, knowledge, and a little bit of elbow grease to make the program a success.

Some of the challenges faced include not knowing the exact size of the parts we needed to order. Would they fit inside the robot's chassis? Checking the fit of parts without having them in their hands. Determining odd angles and unique structural fits. Plus, not all of the students could visualize the design concepts.

VectorWorks helped overcome these challenges by allowing everyone to "see" the ideas once they were created as solid models and rendered. Plus, working with a limited budget and limited skill sets the chance to design, make changes, and redesign without any wasted materials. Many of the students very quickly learned the basic functions of the software and rapidly began producing drawing and models to begin planning their project without ever picking up an actual motor or part.

For more information about the Bison Robotics team, visit bghs.dist214.k12.il.us/BattlebotsIQ/index.html

For more information about the BattleBots IQ program, visit www.battlebotsiq.com/

How do I edit an Image-filled object?

To edit an image-filled object, you must use the Gradient and Image Fill Edit Tool.

Now select the object and then click on the Gradient/Image Fill Edit Tool. (Figure 1a) You will now have a selection box in the middle of the object. (Figure 1b)

With this box, you can rotate, move or resize the image fill by selecting on of 8 handles. The resize cursor looks like a double sided arrow, the rotate cursor looks like a circle with an arrow on the end of it, and the move cursor is a large plus sign. Click and drag to resize or rotate the image. (Figure 1c) The same applies to the gradient filled objects as well.

How can I create a gradient?

Make sure the Resource Browser is visible on the screen. Click on the Resource Button on the far right in the Resource Browser to get the "New Resource in …" command to appear. (Figure 2a)

When you select the "New Resource in …", you'll see a new dialogue window appear titled Create Resource. Make sure you have Gradient selected and then click on the Create button. (Figure 2b)

Once the Create button is clicked, the Create Resource window will change into the Gradient Editor window. Here you are able to change the spot color of the gradient and add more spot colors. (Figure 2c)

To change the spot color, click on the square next to color to get the color picker to appear. Select the color you want and then click on OK. Do this to all the Spot Colors if you want to change the color. If you want to add more Spot Colors, move the mouse close to one of the existing ones and then click. This will create a new Spot Color that you are able to change. To delete a Spot Color, click (while holding down on the mouse) drag the Spot Color away from the Gradient Line. To fill an object with a Gradient fill, click on the Fill Color in the Attributes Palette and select Gradient. (Figure 2d)

If you have multiple Gradients and want an object to have a particular gradient, click on the Fill Gradient Settings button in the Attributes Palette and change the gradient to the one you want. Click OK to close the window and have the object take the new gradient fill. (Figure 2e)

How do I add cells together in a worksheet?

Start with a blank worksheet and duplicate the worksheet by typing the information in the corresponding worksheet cells. (Figure 3a)

Select the cell where the result of the addition is going to be displayed and type the "=" equals sign. Now, click on the Worksheet Menu button and select Paste Function. From the Select Function dialog box, select the SUM function. Now, select the cells range and click on the green check mark. You can specify the range of the cells by clicking on a cell and then dragging the mouse. You can also specify the range of the cells by typing the range (Example: B2..B5). The double periods designate the range of the cells. (Figure 3b)


CADsymbols.com Becomes CADtoday.com

CADtoday.com, formerly CADsymbols.com, has broadened their content to include more than just symbols. Still committed to creating high quality 3D CAD content, CADtoday.com intends to become a comprehensive Internet source for CAD tools, symbols, and blocks.

VectorWorks and the World Trade Center

Architecture Week features the firm of Daniel Libeskind, designer of the new World Trade Center in New York City. Stefan Bloch, an associate at Studio Daniel Libeskind, says, "We used VectorWorks from Nemetschek for all of our 2D work. We have found it to be ideal because it provides many powerful features within a user interface that is so simple it almost lets you forget you are working on a computer."

Macworld Gives VectorWorks 10.5 A Rave Review

Greg Miller of Macworld gives VectorWorks 10.5, 4 ½ out of 5 mice. Read the full review on Macworld's website and find out why Miller questions why anyone would wait to upgrade to VectorWorks 10.5 today.

cadalyst Reviews VectorWorks and Other 3D Design Software Programs

Read why reviewer John E. Wilson of cadalyst says, "VectorWorks has 3D tools ... powerful enough that you should consider VectorWorks even if you work primarily in 3D and only occasionally need 2D drafting capabilities."

Employment Opportunities

Nemetschek North America (Sales) is seeking enthusiastic individuals with strong communication skills and positive attitudes to be part of its flourishing team. Positions being filled are for entry level sales representatives, and customer service representatives. Qualified sales candidates must be able to learn and sell the VectorWorks line of products. Qualified customer service candidates must have strong communication skills and be able to work with database software. Interested parties, please send a fax or email to (410) 290-7266 or sales@nemetschek.net.


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

Menomonie Senior High, Maple Lake Public School Dist #881, Win-E-Mac Public School (Pine To Prairie), University Of New Mexico, Cal Poly Dept Of Arch, Simon Dure-Smith, Roosevelt High School, Oregon School For The Deaf, Glidden Public Schools, Portland Community College, Conestoga High School, Vassar College, Lewis And Clark Middle School, UC Davis Environmental Design, Cornell University, Santa Rosa Junior College, UC Davis Environmental Design, Cal Poly State University, Fay School, Caltech, Western Connecticut State University, Davidson Fine Arts School, Bennington College, Oklahoma City University, Vernon Hills High School, University of Kentucky, San Ramon Valley Unified School Dist. Coyote Creek, California State University Chico, Clemson University, Monroe Community College, The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Student - Oklahoma City University, Adjunct Professor - Woodberry University, San Antonio College, Clement Middle School, UNC, The Bentley School, North Carolina State University, Churchill Junior High School, Student - Pratt Institute of Architecture, Cuesta Community College

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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