A NOTE FROM THE CEO
It's that time of year again, and it seems like it starts earlier every year: trade show season. From mid-September to mid-November, we pack in more major trade shows than the rest of the year combined. Our goal is to give you more opportunities to see the latest VectorWorks technology in action and meet the people behind the technology.
If you're on an earlier version of VectorWorks or just want to check out some of the new 12.5 features at work, now is a good time to come see us. Of course, we're always looking for input on future features and welcome your comments. You may also be interested in seeing how other users put the program to work, and we've been making a special effort to include presentations given by your fellow users at these shows. Whether you're an architect, lighting designer, or landscape architect, check our VectorWorks News & Events web page to find out where you can see us in the coming weeks.
One of the most exciting new features in VectorWorks 12.5 is the result of our collaboration with Adobe® and their technology partner Datalogics: enhanced PDF support. As projects get more complex and more specialists get involved, PDF has become the most efficient way to transfer information without shipping delays or DWG translation questions. Although Macintosh® customers have had access to some limited built-in PDF support, we wanted to create higher quality drawing sets more quickly. In addition, the import of PDF files (also without translation worries) allows you to import somebody else's drawing and draw right on top of it to communicate everything from simple comments to complete designs. This is just the first release of what should be a growing collaboration technology for future releases of VectorWorks.
IN THIS ISSUE
Introducing Biplab Sarkar, Nemetschek's Geometry Manager.
Creating an image from any image-based image fill, texture, or RenderWorks background: VectorWorks 12.5 has a new image extraction feature that allows you to create an image from any image-based image fill, texture, or RenderWorks background in a VectorWorks document. With this technology you can extract an image from a selected resource(s), or extract images from all the image-based resources in an open VectorWorks document. READ MORE
Smoothing mesh objects so they appear more rounded: VectorWorks 12.5 offers you the flexibility to control how smooth mesh objects appear. The mesh smoothing preference allows you to change the smoothing angle of all mesh objects in the drawing. To turn mesh object smoothing on, go to File>Document Settings>Document Preferences and click on the Display tab. READ MORE
Mell Lawrence Architects Wins Texas Society of Architects 2006 Design Award: Farmhouse vernacular inspired the award-winning Rocking F Ranch, a family retreat in rural Central Texas. Designed by Austin VectorWorks users Mell Lawrence Architects, the compound consists of three buildings that define the perimeter of a central yard skirting an oak grove.
LA Architect Features Rios Clementi Hale Project: When the largest shopping center owner/developer in the world was looking for an outside architect to design one of their latest redevelopment projects in Los Angeles, they turned to VectorWorks users Rios Clementi Hale.
AIA/LA Design Awards Showcased in LA Architect "Best of": A special October issue of LA Architect showcases the 2006 AIA/LA Design Award winners. Among them are two VectorWorks projects: tec Architecture's Inotera Headquarters & Production Facility and Maximilian's Schell, by Ball-Nogues Design. Read about Maximilian's Schell on page 23 and Inotera Headquarters on page 27.
Archi-Tectonics Featured in Architectural Record: Designed in 2D with VectorWorks by Archi-Tectonics, Schein Loft is one of the projects featured in September's Record Interiors profile.
Nemetschek North America Donates VectorWorks to CHILDESIGN: Nemetschek North America has donated VectorWorks to CHILDESIGN, The National Center on Design for Children, for the creation of construction drawings for its latest Design Demonstration Project, the NYC Apartment Project.
Nemetschek North America's R&D Team Helps Build Homes for Habitat for Humanity: As part of the company's commitment to its local community, several software engineers, quality assurance specialists, and the technical publications department volunteered for Habitat for Humanity of Washington DC this month. The team headed into Washington DC to work on the largest project ever for the 18-year-old affiliate—a 53-home development in Northeast Washington. Nineteen families are living in their new homes, and five homes are currently under construction. Nemetschek North America also made a donation to the DC Habitat affiliate.
User Group Meetings
Butch Allen: With more than 20 years of industry experience and Parnelli Award nominations for his work on the Metallica "Madly in Anger with the World" tour and the recent Garbage tour, lighting designer Butch Allen knows a thing or two about concert lighting. His client list includes Black Sabbath, BowWow, Ozzy Osbourne, Ozzfest, Def Leppard, Hole, Motley Crue, Seal and Kelly Clarkson. When a series of stadium dates for this Metallica tour called for some down and dirty lighting designs, Allen relied on his old standby, VectorWorks Spotlight. He originally selected VectorWorks Spotlight because of its 3D capabilities, as there weren't many choices that offered 3D functionality for his profession.
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