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I have some truly exciting news to report to you this month. I'll be stepping down as CEO and handing the helm over to Sean Flaherty, our chief technology officer.

In the past few years, we've enjoyed record growth. Just this past year, we've increased our engineering, sales and marketing staffs to prepare for the next level of growth. Of course, this would not have been possible without you, our loyal user base.

It has been nearly 20 years since I started writing code at my kitchen table. We've certainly come a long way since then.

And Sean has been right beside me for almost every step of the way. We both share the same vision. That is, a complete commitment to providing you with the technology you need to succeed—a commitment to the usability, affordability, adaptability and availability of that technology. So I am confident Sean will keep us on the same steady track, with the added benefit of a fresh perspective for the future.

In this, my last letter to you as CEO, I'd like to extend a sincere thanks to all of you for your support and input over the years. In my new role as chairman of the board, I look forward to your continued support as we proceed forward.


Richard Diehl, CEO, Nemetschek N.A.

Richard Diehl
CEO, Nemetschek North America

Sketch Contest Deadline Approaching



New York, NY

VectorWorks Proves Versatile for Cutting-edge New York City Design Firm

For Robertson and Kyra Hartnett of New York City design firm twenty2, VectorWorks is more than a design tool. It has become an essential asset to the husband and wife team as they began to expand and promote their business.

If the shoe fits
The Hartnetts started using VectorWorks to design retail and display space for their commercial clients, which include shoe stores, clothing boutiques and restaurants. As they became more proficient with VectorWorks, they soon realized the benefits of the easy-to-learn software went beyond laying out spaces and "making things fit."

A natural extension of designing such spaces was designing the custom furniture and fixtures that filled it for each client's unique use, such as seating units for people to try on shoes and wall-mounted merchandise display hardware. They found the program's accuracy and extensive tool sets ideal for this application.

"We got to a point where we were really comfortable using VectorWorks, and we found we could use it to accomplish more and more and achieve the results we wanted," says Robertson Hartnett. "The flexibility, level of sophistication and options VectorWorks offers are just priceless."

A grand production made easy
The Hartnetts found the rendering and scale capabilities in VectorWorks useful for designing the holiday lighting installation for g/r/a/n/d, a SoHo-style restaurant in Connecticut. g/r/a/n/d lighting The challenge was to create a festive yet funky holiday backdrop for the restaurant's main seating area using multi-colored light boxes containing holiday-oriented words on a wall that housed 12' x 4' light boxes. The team used Adobe Illustrator to create the words and exported the text as EPS files into VectorWorks, then rendering the light boxes in VectorWorks to gauge the effect the alternating colors and words would have on the room.

Table for ten
When twenty2 branched out into the high-end residential design market, they began using VectorWorks to fine-tune designs for custom furniture.

"We use the flyover tool to rotate furniture so we can see pieces from all different angles, as well as place them into rooms, so we can see how they'll fit," says Robertson. "Being able to do this allows us to achieve a high level of comfort when we go into the production phase, because we know exactly what we're going to get."

One-of-a-kind wallpaper
When twenty2 identified a void in the high-end residential and commercial interiors market, they put VectorWorks to work. They created a line of fresh wallpaper and textile patterns—a "contemporary reinvention of the traditional"—and used VectorWorks to design the patterns and "display" them in a 2D drawing or 3D rendering of a room. Wallpaper "VectorWorks is such a versatile program, that we ended up using it in a variety of conventional and unconventional way to achieve the desired effects in creating patterns," explains Robertson. "Sometimes we start in Illustrator, bring the EPS files into VectorWorks, alter them in VectorWorks, then bring them back into Illustrator. More often, we use VectorWorks to create shapes, as the drawing tools are so much easier to use."

Closing the deal
Being able to create then apply their custom wallpaper designs or textiles to the space in which they will exist is a big benefit for twenty2, making VectorWorks a valuable tool for the design firm. It is essential to communicating the team's ideas to manufacturers, clients and prospective clients—from developing designs through closing the sale.

"Seeing a flat swatch of wallpaper or fabric or a picture of a piece of furniture just doesn't compare to seeing a design or an object in context, and VectorWorks helps us create that context," notes Kyra.

Both wallpaper and fabric have met with success in the industry and have been featured in such national publications as Architectural Record, Arcade, House Beautiful, HC&G, Home, Interiors, Interior Design, Metropolitan Home, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, InStyle, GQ, Elle, Vogue and Window & Wall Ideas.

When I create a group, how do I know what class the group belongs to?

With VectorWorks 11, groups are now created in the currently active class, rather than the None class.

Can I easily access frequently-used fonts?

New to VectorWorks 11.5, accessing your favorite fonts is much faster and easier now that your eight most recently-used fonts are displayed at the top of your font list. You no longer have to scroll through long font lists to find the fonts you need. Since the recently-used fonts are determined on an application basis, the same favorite fonts are at the top of the font list for every file opened.
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How can I have more control when using the Flyover tool?

The Flyover tool offers more control when holding down the Shift key.. This allows you to constrain the rotation to the K axis of the active working plan, or to the global Z axis. This prevents you from accidentally flipping the model over and getting lost in the rotation.

Is there an easier way to change text styles rather than using the Text menu every time?

Yes! The Object Info palette has a variety of controls allowing you to easily change the font, point size, style, alignment, and spacing for any selected text block. In addition, the Object Info palette gives you immediate access to the X and Y location fields for accurate placement of all text blocks.
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Deadline Extended for VectorWorks International Artistic and Sketch Rendering Design Competition

You now have an extra three weeks to submit your best sketches. The deadline has been extended from May 1, 2005, until May 27, 2005, in response to requests to allow new users of VectorWorks version 11.5 the opportunity to enter the competition. All users now have an additional four weeks to submit drawings or renderings created using the innovative, non-photorealistic 2D and 3D artistic rendering capabilities found in RenderWorks and the new sketch rendering technology found in the latest 11.5 release of the VectorWorks Industry Series.

Visit the VectorWorks International Artistic and Sketch Rendering Design Competition web page for complete details.

VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT and ESP Vision Partnership Provides Start-to-finish Solution

Nemetschek North America has formed a strategic partnership with ESP Vision to provide a complete design, visualization, and simulation solution to lighting designers worldwide. The partnership teams the powerful 2D drafting, 3D modeling and rendering capabilities of VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT with the advanced rendering and real-time lighting simulation capabilities of ESP Vision. Lighting designers can now easily conceptualize their design, generate the necessary drawings and paperwork, and create 3D models in VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT, then move their models directly into ESP Vision to simulate and cue their work.

The ESP Vision plug-in provides yet another tool that allows VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT to communicate with a wide range of software.

Compatibility with Apple's Latest Operating System Offers Speed Improvements

VectorWorks 11.5 is fully compatible with Apple's latest operating system, 10.4 or "Tiger." Nemetschek North America engineers were pleased to find speed improvements in VectorWorks and feel that VectorWorks users will benefit by the new technology Tiger has to offer.

"Our Mac users will appreciate the increase in speed for the VectorWorks object selection, which will shave time off their drawing process," reports Paul Pharr, CAD manager for Nemetschek North America. "We do recommend that users confirm VectorWorks and Tiger function well together in their environment, and schedule the upgrade so the transition will not affect important deadlines on their active projects."

Internship Listings Wanted for Academic Website

Anyone looking for interns? We are currently making the final changes to the new academic section of our website, which will serve as an online resource and tool for our academic community. A student resource page will be part of this future site. On this page we'd like to post internship opportunities from our users' firms. If your firm has any upcoming internship opportunities, please send them to academicsales@nemetschek.net.

Academic Website Call for Lesson Plans

Our new Academic website will include an "instructor resources" section. One of the items we'd like to post in this section is a collection of lesson plans from instructors who use VectorWorks in the classroom. These lesson plans will allow you and your peers to share information, knowledge, and ideas on how to teach CAD and how to incorporate VectorWorks into your classroom. And we'd like to add your lesson plans.

We look forward to receiving your lesson plans and helping us build our academic website.

Please email your lesson plans to academicsales@nemetschek.net.

Join Us for Architecture by Design

Nemetschek North America is one of five sponsors for Apple’s Architecture by Design seminar at the AIA National Convention in Las Vegas. You're invited to join us Friday, May 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., for a demonstration and reception. Discover how Apple technology, combined with world-class software, such as VectorWorks ARCHITECT, delivers unprecedented power, cross-platform compatibility and uncompromising stability.

For full details and to register, visit Architecture by Design.

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May 19-21

AIA National Convention

Las Vegas, NV (Booth #1040)

May 19-21

AIA National Convention

Las Vegas, NV (Booth #1040)

May 31-June 3


San Francisco, CA (Booth #941)

June 3


New Orleans, LA (Booth #317)

June 8-10


Las Vegas, NV (Booth #7514)

June 21-23

Skills USA Techspo

Kansas City, MO (Booth #423)

June 27-30

National Educational Computing Conference

Philadelphia, PA (Booth #961)

July 14-16


Orlando, FL (Booth #1157)

July 29-30

AIA Florida

Marco Island, FL (Booth #65)




May 10-12

New York, NY

• Intro to VectorWorks
• VectorWorks Fundamentals

May 16-19

Toronto, ON

• Intro to VectorWorks
• VectorWorks Fundamentals
• RenderWorks Fundamentals

May 24-27

Los Angeles, CA

• Intro to ARCHITECT
• ARCHITECT Fundamentals
• RenderWorks Fundamentals

June 1-3

Boston, MA

• Intro to VectorWorks
• VectorWorks Fundamentals

June 7-9

Houston, TX

• Intro to VectorWorks
• VectorWorks Fundamentals

June 7-10

Calgary, AB

• Intro to VectorWorks
• VectorWorks Fundamentals
• RenderWorks Fundamentals

June 21-24

Columbia, MD

• Intro to ARCHITECT
• ARCHITECT Fundamentals
• RenderWorks Fundamentals

AIA Accreditation
NNA is pleased to offer AIA Continuing Education credit for our seminars. The VectorWorks and VectorWorks ARCHITECT classes are AIA CES certified, so attendees can earn up to 32 CES learning units. For additional information, contact training@nemetschek.net.


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