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I am thrilled to kick off my first full month as CEO with our 20th anniversary announcement. On June 6, we celebrated twenty years in business. Thanks to the vision of our former CEO and now chairman of the board, Richard Diehl, the dedication of our employees and the support of our loyal user base, we’re positioned for another twenty years of growth and success.

What began as a simple 3D CAD modeling program for the Macintosh cooked up at Rich’s kitchen table in 1985 has taken off beyond our highest expectations. It is now a collection of sophisticated software applications used by architects, landscape architects, lighting, scene and set designers, mechanical engineers and more in 85 countries worldwide.

In the past three years alone, we’ve experienced record growth. Our increases in revenue have allowed us to invest more in the capital it takes to meet your increasing needs and become an even more influential player in our marketplace. We’ve made a commitment to increasing our intellectual property on the engineering end to accommodate your requirements. We’ve added seasoned experts on the marketing side to spread the VectorWorks word. We’ve expanded our technical support department to ensure your questions and concerns are addressed. We’re ready to take the VectorWorks family of products to the next level.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on special anniversary activities and offers, so you can share in our excitement.

Sean Flaherty
Sean Flaherty
CEO, Nemetschek North America

Sketch Contest: Vote by June 27



Studio 109
Charlottesville, Virginia

VectorWorks ARCHITECT helps Virginia-based architectural firm solve the challenges of designing an innovative in-fill housing development in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

When the construction costs for a new "in-fill" development in the Washington, D.C., metro area exceeded the budget, Virginia-based architectural firm Studio 109 was able to develop several alternative plan studies in less than a day with VectorWorks ARCHITECT.

In this area, there is a high demand for new homes built within established neighborhoods. Often they are built of poor quality and many times dwarf their neighbors. In areas where real estate within desirable commuting distances is at a premium, the economic incentive is to create as many lots as possible from one parcel of land, then design and build them quickly to meet demand, maximizing the allowable floor area. Little thought is given to orientation, daylight, privacy, location, land use or the neighborhood. Site Plan Location, location, location
Poplar Terraces is different. Architect Jim Rounsevell, Studio 109 principal, devised the houses in this 1.64 acre in-fill development in a rectangular plan with narrow, deep lots perpendicular to the street. This positioning minimized the impact of the structures' volume on the neighborhood and maximized the daylighting throughout the houses. Rounsevell was also able to integrate the new houses into the existing environment, preserving a stand of mature tulip poplar trees and terracing the sloping site—a drop of 35 feet—to incorporate walled, private gardens.

To design the appropriate structures for this space and determine the proper positioning of the dwellings, Rounsevell did massing studies using VectorWorks ARCHITECT as well as building physical models. When it became clear that the cost of construction for the single, narrow front elevation Rounsevell had initially designed was going to be too expensive, the architect had to act quickly and come up with alternatives for the contractor.
Saving face with VectorWorks ARCHITECT
"The ultimate goal was to fix the front elevation of the houses," explains Rounsevell. "Using the Model View tool made it possible to develop several quick plan studies—in less than a day—that rendered the front elevation by simply switching views. By generating these studies quickly with VectorWorks ARCHITECT in plan and being able to toggle the elevation view to see what it was going to look like, I saved myself hours of time. If I had used AutoCAD, this would have been a 2D exercise; first plan, then elevation would have had to be drawn for each option. This would have been terribly time consuming. VectorWorks ARCHITECT is infinitely more efficient."

More time and moneysaving tools
When it comes time to create client presentations for projects like these, Rounsevell finds VectorWorks to be an affordable, effective all-in-one program for all his needs.

"One of the nice things about VectorWorks is I don't have to go into other programs to get my intended results," he notes. "Not only is it time-consuming; it's also costly to purchase additional software. I don't have to design in one program then jump through hoops to get what I need. I don't need a CAD program, plus a rendering program (Adobe Illustrator), plus a modeling program (Form Z). Not only does VectorWorks provide one-stop shopping, but it also has some of the best line weight control of any CAD program out there, and I've tried quite a few."
He compares the cost savings of using one program to a large firm's expenditures to achieve the same results:

"For a larger firm, when you go to a CAD program to a 3D program then render it, it goes from one person and $500 worth of design time using VectorWorks ARCHITECT to potentially three people on three different programs, costing up to ten times more," says Rounsevell.

He sums it up, "I don't have those sorts of resources, or time, for a well-executed presentation rendering. My clients can't afford it either. VectorWorks ARCHITECT with RenderWorks can do it all."

How can a dimension unit value be changed from a fraction to a decimal?

The display and dimension units can be changed easily. Select Page > Units. In the Units dialog box, the General Display units must first be set to decimal to make the decimal unit option available for dimensions. With General Display selected in the Set Units for field, select Decimal in the Rounding section. (See image 1-1.) To change the decimal display accuracy, select the desired precision value in the Round to the Nearest drop-down box.

To change the accuracy of a primary dimension, change Set Units For to Dimension Objects (Primary). Then, select the desired decimal precision value in the Round to the Nearest drop-down box. Please note, the accuracy value for a dimension should not be set to a value smaller than the valued used for the General Display unit.

Once a dimension is created, how can the dimension rounding accuracy be changed?

To change the default rounding value of dimensions in a drawing, select Page > Units. In the Units dialog box, for the Dimension Objects (Primary) unit, specify the desired Rounding values. To change existing dimensions in a specific drawing, first select all the dimensions to be changed. On the Object Info palette, change the Prec value to the desired setting.

For example, a dimension may read 1 15/16,” and you may want the dimension to round to the nearest 1/8.” To do this, select the dimension. In the Object Info palette, change the Prec from 1/16” to 1/8.” The dimension in the drawing changes to 1 7/8.” (See images 2-1 and 2-3.)

How can the visibility of a specific class be changed in all saved views in one step?

VectorWorks 11 allows you to quickly change the visibility of a specific class in multiple saved views. First, select Organize > Classes to open the Classes dialog box. Select the class to be changed in multiple saved views. (See image 3-1.) Click the Saved Views button at the bottom of the dialog box. Select the saved views where the visibility of the selected class changed. (See image 3-2.) Click OK twice. The selected saved views have now been changed.

How can a saved stipple be reused?

The new Stipple tool in VectorWorks 11 Industry Series products can add a variety of stipple effects to any 2D area. Once a stipple definition is created, it can be saved and used again.

To create a stipple object, click the Stipple tool in the Architect palette (the palette containing the tool varies for the different Industry Series products). Draw the boundary object to be filled with a stipple pattern. The Define Stipple Pattern dialog box displays. (See image 4-1.) Create the desired stipple pattern by using the various options available. Click OK when done. Once the stipple object is created, it can be saved. To do this, select the stipple object and click Save Stipple on the Object Info palette. See image 4-2.) In the next dialog box, assign the stipple a name and click OK. The stipple is now saved as a resource in the Resource Browser.

To reuse the settings of the saved stipple object, open the Stipples symbol folder in the Resource Browser. (See images 4-3 and 4-4.) Next, activate the saved stipple object by double clicking it in the Resource Browser. This activates the Stipple tool. Draw the boundary object and the saved stipple settings are automatically applied. (See images 4-5 and 4-6.)


Online Voting Open for VectorWorks Design Competition

We’ve narrowed down all the entries and posted the finalists. Now it’s time for you to cast your votes. You can choose your favorite in each category.

Category winners will receive a Hewlett Packard DesignJet 110 Plus Thermal Inkjet printer. The grand prize winner will receive an ENCAD T200+ plotter. Winners will be announced June 30, 2005.

Public voting began on June 10 and ends June 27, 2005. That means you have less than two weeks to pick your favorites. So cast your vote today.

RenderWorks Recipe Book Updated for VectorWorks 11.5 Now Available through Nemetschek North America

If you’re interested in enhancing your RenderWorks skills, you’ll want to check out the second edition of the RenderWorks Recipe Book by long-time VectorWorks user and architect Dan Jansenson. The easy-to-use how-to guide has been fully updated for VectorWorks 11 and 11.5, with more than 50 percent new content, and is available both in electronic format on CD and as a spiral-bound printed volume. It’s an essential resource if you create 2D and 3D presentations and want to take advantage of the new non-photorealistic sketch mode technology in version 11.5.

“This latest edition of the RenderWorks Recipe Book will be a real boon to users wanting to maximize their productivity when doing 2D and 3D presentations,” says Julian Carr, of OzCAD. “I found the content to be clearly illustrated and well explained, with chapters that offer some real time-saving ideas that will no doubt see the modest cost recouped within a few sessions. I particularly liked the chapters on the new sketch mode and image fills, as they provide some really useful ideas on how these features can be best optimized. Also, the chapters on lighting have explained some of the more tricky aspects of getting a good 3D rendering out with much less trial and error. Well done!”

For more information, visit the VectorWorks Training Guides web page at: www.nemetschek.net/training/guides.html.

Nemetschek North America Celebrates 20th Anniversary

On June 6, Nemetschek North America announced its twentieth year as a leading developer of CAD solutions for the AEC, entertainment, landscape design and manufacturing industries. In a highly competitive market that has witnessed the demise of other CAD companies, Nemetschek North America has enjoyed two decades of innovation and growth.

“Our longevity can be attributed to our commitment to our users to provide them with a clear, competitive advantage by delivering CAD software and services that excel in four abilities: usability, affordability, adaptability and availability,” says Sean Flaherty, newly appointed CEO, Nemetschek North America. “We look forward to another twenty years of further strengthening our position as a global leader in the CAD industry.”

New Academic Web Pages Cater to Academic Community

We're pleased to provide our academic users a brand new section of our website that caters especially to the needs of those who are teaching and learning VectorWorks. Our academic pages are packed with product information, training materials and other valuable resources. The site provides instructors with the resources they need to effectively teach VectorWorks in the classroom, including lesson plan sharing. Students can access our internship page to seek out internship opportunities. Academic decision makers, as well as instructors and students, can go to our academic discussion board to post questions, offer advice and discuss issues. Find out for yourself now and visit the Academic home page.

Internship Listings Wanted for Academic Web Pages

Anyone looking for interns? On the Student Resources page, we'd like to post internship opportunities from our users' firms. If your firm has any upcoming internship opportunities, please visit the Student Resources page to post your listing.

Academic Web Pages Call for Lesson Plans

The Instructor Resources page includes 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. Please visit the Instructor Resources page to submit your plans.

Take Our Technical Support Survey

Are you satisfied with the technical support services we provide? We want to make sure you’re getting the technical support you need. Please take a moment to give us your feedback by completing a brief survey, so we can continue to improve our service to you. Take survey.





June 21-23

Skills USA Techspo

Kansas City, MO (Booth #423)

June 27-30

National Educational Computing Conference

Philadelphia, PA (Booth #961)

June 29

Trends in Architectural Design Software

Charlotte, NC (Shook Kelly Office)

July 14-16


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July 29-30

AIA Florida

Marco Island, FL (Booth #65)

August 5-6

AIA Western Pacific

Seattle, WA

August 5

AIA North Carolina Design Conference

Richmond, VA (Tabletop #106)

August 18


Salt Lake City, UT

August 19-21

Nursery/Landscape Expo

Dallas, TX (Booth #428)

August 26

AIA Western Mountain Region

Phoenix, AZ




June 21-24

Columbia, MD

• Intro to VectorWorks
• ARCHITECT Fundamentals
• RenderWorks Fundamentals

July 20-22

Columbia, MD

• Intro to VectorWorks
• VectorWorks Fundamentals

August 1-3

San Francisco, CA

• Intro to VectorWorks
• ARCHITECT Fundamentals

August 15-18

Columbia, MD

• Intro to VectorWorks
• ARCHITECT Fundamentals
• RenderWorks Fundamentals

August 23-25

Seattle, WA

• Intro to VectorWorks
• VectorWorks 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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