A NOTE FROM THE CEO
The wait is finally over for all of you who have been clamoring for the universal binary edition of VectorWorks. Apple® caught us by surprise with their early release of Intel® machines in January. Luckily, we were already hard at work on 12.5. The conversion entailed a major overhaul of our development process for the Macintosh®. This resulted in an overhaul of how VectorWorks runs on your machine, for both the PowerPC and Intel versions. The overhaul also allowed us to fine-tune VectorWorks on both Macintosh and Windows applications to produce broad speed gains in 12.5 that will benefit every VectorWorks user, no matter what platform you use.
I think you'll also be excited to know we've begun a major push to provide integrated support for PDF documents. Our parent corporation, Nemetschek AG, has signed a broad agreement to use Adobe® technology throughout its product line, and VectorWorks 12.5 is the first implementation of this partnership. PDF has clearly become a key standard for electronic exchange of information, and we've found a number of ways to integrate it into the VectorWorks workflow—which you can take advantage of right away in VectorWorks 12.5.
Typical of our .5 releases, there are many other new features you can read more about in the updated What's New in 12 document on our website. Even better, if you've already bought VectorWorks 12, you'll get version 12.5 for free. These interim releases give us a way to keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace between major releases without giving you the headache of file format changes or upgrade-cost decisions. Please tell your industry associates who don't use VectorWorks about us while they're wrestling with whatever forced upgrade they're considering to buy. And be sure to tell us what you think of VectorWorks 12.5.
IN THIS ISSUE
Introducing Sean Flaherty, Nemetschek's CEO.
When did you start working at Nemetschek?
Sum up your job in 1 sentence.
I am the chief evangelist of all things VectorWorks.
What is your worst habit?
I'm a habitual early-adopter. My office and home are littered with the technology of yesterday that was going to make my life better.
What is your best trait?
My sense of humor. Life has enough challenges and obstacles that, if you can't find something to laugh at, you'll spend a lot of your time angry or depressed.
Other than your current job, what is your dream job?
Though I don't have the artistic skill for it, I'd love to be a photographer for National Geographic. Travel and art would be a great way to spend my days.
If you had a day all to yourself, what would you do?
That's a big "if!" There's a bike trail that runs from my house in Washington to Mt. Vernon (George Washington's former home), and it goes through some of the most beautiful areas in and around the city. I never seem to find the time to ride it all at once, so I'd spend the day biking the entire Mt. Vernon Trail.
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Snapping to points on a grayed class or layer: We are happy to announce that you can finally snap to objects on grayed classes and layers! Grayed classes and layers are no longer used only for presentation purposes – they now serve a purpose in the drafting environment.
Pasting an object that's in an invisible class: When you paste objects in version 12.5, an alert message lets you know if some of the pasted objects belong to invisible classes, and also gives you the option to change the class visibilities so that the pasted objects will be visible. READ MORE
Inverse selection: VectorWorks 12.5 has a new Invert Selection command, which allows you to select the inverse of whatever is already selected. READ MORE
Accessing the Organization dialog box: In VectorWorks 12.5, double-clicking any tab in the Navigation palette takes you to the Organization dialog box in Details view. READ MORE
VectorWorks Users Featured in Architectural Record: After a $75 million renovation and expansion by architect Gabellini Sheppard Associates, the observation deck of 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City—renamed Top of the Rock—is a reinvented destination for a new generation of visitors. READ MORE
Knox Bhavan Architects designed Holly Barn on the banks of the River Yare to fit in the native terrain of England's Norfolk Broads, which consists of a crisscrossed network of 117 square miles of waterways and shallow lakes.
Nemetschek North America Releases Location Planning Module for VectorWorks: A new module that automates the process of creating location plans for environmental graphic designers is now available to all VectorWorks 12 users. The Location Planning Module is free and can be downloaded from the Nemetschek North America web site. READ MORE
VectorWorks Product Line Updated to Version 12.5: Notable enhancements to VectorWorks 12.5 include support for Apple Macintosh OS X operating on the new Intel-based Macintosh, Adobe® PDF import and export support—including batch export, and support for Google™ Earth's KML files, as well as overall speed and performance improvements. READ MORE
Danielé Perna Designs Creates Hip Space for High-Fashion Crowd in Philadelphia: Principal Designer Danielé Perna of New York City-based interior design firm Danielé Perna Designs used VectorWorks for every aspect of the design and presentation process for Philadelphia's The Shoe Lounge, including 3D renderings, elevations, and construction drawings.
Sep 16: USITT Chesapeake Expo, Glassboro, NJ
Oct 4-6: AIA South Atlantic Regional Conference, Chattanooga, TN, Booth #221
Oct 7-8: ASLA Expo 2006, Minneapolis, MN, Booth #409
Oct 9-11: EDUCAUSE 2006, Dallas, TX, Booth #1734
Oct 20-22: LDI, Las Vegas, NV, Booth #1739
Oct 20: AIA New York State/AIA Long Island, Garden City, NY
Oct 20: Baltimore Tech Expo, Baltimore, MD
complete list of Trade Shows
Sep 20-22: Intro to VectorWorks and VectorWorks Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
Sep 21-22: 3D Modeling and Rendering, New York, NY
Sep 21-22: 3D Modeling and Rendering, San Francisco, CA
Sep 25-27: Intro to VectorWorks and Architect Fundamentals, Calgary, AB
Oct 11-13: Intro to VectorWorks and VectorWorks Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
complete list of Training
User Group Meetings
Sep 18 : Los Angeles VectorWorks User Group Meeting: South Bay
Sep 19: Philadelphia VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Sep 19: Portland/Vancouver VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Sep 20: Seattle VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Sep 21: Bellingham VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Sep 21: Chicago VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Sep 27: NYC VectorWorks User Group Meeting
complete list of User Group Meetings
Danielé Perna Designs: The Shoe Lounge is the latest retail establishment to open on Walnut Street in Philadelphia's Center City, the city's high-fashion row. The hip space houses some of today's hottest designer shoe labels, including Prada, Mui Mui, Marni, and Christian Louboutin, and showcases the work of New York artist Doze Green. To create the high-end retail space, New York City-based interior design firm Danielé Perna Designs used VectorWorks.
“Despite the complexity and numerous revisions, we were still able to quickly and cost-effectively keep the project moving thanks to VectorWorks,” says Danielé Perna.
Visit the case studies page of Nemetschek North America's web site to view pictures and read the full story in the case study "VectorWorks Helps Create Hip Space for High-fashion Crowd."
AnimationWorks 1.1 is an add-on for VectorWorks 10, 11 and 12, that allows you to create complex camera or object animations entirely within VectorWorks, then save them as QuickTime movies which can be viewed by anyone who has QuickTime installed (available for free download from Apple). Please visit www.ozcad.com.au
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