A NOTE FROM THE CEO
It has been a busy, but exciting, fall tradeshow season. I recently returned from the A&A EXPO 2006, the annual user conference our Japanese distributor holds. 1500 customers showed up to hear speeches, take classes, and tour the 30 booths of VectorWorks-compatible products at the Tokyo Convention Center. Users groups and press from all over Japan also came to hear about the latest in a market in which VectorWorks is the leading architectural solution and a strong player in many other CAD specialties.
I also had an opportunity to meet with individual customers, including our largest professional site. Taisei Corporation is running 3,000 licenses of VectorWorks throughout their construction process, and they gave us ideas on how we can evolve VectorWorks to better meet the needs of large customers. As VectorWorks has gotten more successful, it continues to be used in larger and larger offices. Issues of managing standards, licenses, and multiple team members are important to companies with a large VectorWorks install, and meetings like this provide feedback we can use to help meet their needs.
Afterward, I visited Chen Yuan-Chen of Fugue Design Consultant & Construction in Taipei. Mr. Yuan-Chen and his team use InteriorCAD, the only end-to-end CAD-system for the woodworking and interior-construction industry based on VectorWorks, to design and automatically cut the custom installations he does for retail stores throughout Asia. He's so enthusiastic about the efficiencies he has gained in his factory that he wanted to talk about how we can have more success in the Chinese-language markets. It was a fruitful discussion, and we're considering a number of options to build more interest in this growing part of the CAD world.
IN THIS ISSUE
Introducing Celia Brown, Nemetschek's Shipping Department Manager.
Disabling the minor alerts that VectorWorks displays: Certain alerts, such as "This Selection Has No Edit Behavior", display in alert dialogs. These minor alerts dialogs can be suppressed and the alert message displayed in the Mode Bar thus eliminating the need to click OK to cancel out of the dialog. To turn this setting on, go to Tools>Options>VectorWorks Preferences. Under the Session tab, check "Display Minor Alerts on Mode bar". READ MORE
Using Section Viewports to create a horizontal sections drawings: Section Viewports are often used to cut vertical sections through a 3D design, but they can also be useful cutting horizontal sections. READ MORE
Adding 3D plants with the Plant tool: When placing plants in a planting plan using the VectorWorks Landmark Plant tool, you can define the 3D appearance of a plant either with a symbol or an image props. Image props are a quick way to enhance a 3D model by adding graphic elements to a 3D plan without the overhead of a 3D plant model. READ MORE
Are you using BIM? AIArchitect Wants to Know: Over the next 15 months, AIArchitect will examine how real firms—in architecture, engineering, construction, and building management—are using BIM technologies that are commercially available today to streamline their business processes, improve team collaboration, shorten cycle time, improve service delivery, and, in the end, improve the quality of service that they provide to their clients. Help us spread the good VectorWorks word! If you would like your firm to be considered for one of these case studies, contact AIArchitect contributing editor Michael Tardif, Assoc. AIA, at firstname.lastname@example.org. READ MORE
Garden Design Showcases ASLA Award Winners: VectorWorks user Charles Anderson Landscape Architects http://www.charlesanderson.com/ is among the ASLA award winners featured in November's issue of Garden Design. The firm's project, Tables of Water, earned an ASLA/Garden Design Residential Award of Honor. Situated on the shore of Lake Washington, the landscape was inspired by Piet Mondrian's 1915 illustration Pier and Ocean. Read more and view pictures of the project on page 90 of November's Garden Design.
VectorWorks Tips in Two Minutes or Less: New Zealand architect and VectorWorks trainer Jonathan Pickup, of ArchonCAD, Ltd., is making the most of new electronic avenues to provide tips and tricks to VectorWorks users around the world through his blog and podcasts.
The author of several VectorWorks third-party training manuals began his blog a year ago to keep in touch with VectorWorks users and share his ideas. When he transferred his blog to an Apple® .Mac account six months ago, he decided to focus more on tips and tricks.
Soon Pickup began experimenting with video podcasts and began producing two-minute tutorials to walk viewers through his tips and tricks, such as how to import a dxf file.
He has gotten positive feedback so far, such as, "Love the podcasts – I can just about find the time for one of those."
Step by Step with VectorWorks Architect Training Manual Now Available: Step by Step with VectorWorks Architect teaches a practical approach to project workflow. The manual has been expanded to demonstrate the new tools and technologies found in version 12, including the completely redesigned user interface, Navigation palette, live sections, new building objects, and more. READ MORE
VectorWorks User Michael Gabellini Wins 2006 National Design Award: Nemetschek North America congratulates VectorWorks user Michael Gabellini of New York City firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates, LLP for winning the 2006 National Design Award for interior design. The Interior Design Competition Award is given to an individual or firm for exceptional and exemplary work in residential, corporate, cultural or interior design.
User Group Meetings
Dirtworks, PC™ -- Keene State Science Center: It sounds simple. Design a courtyard for a college campus building. Since the building was the Keene State Science Center, the challenge for Dirtworks, PC™, was to design an outdoor gathering space that was educational—a living classroom. So the New York-based landscape architecture firm set out to create a design that captures the essential character of the New Hampshire landscape and distills it into an idealized snapshot of the state to help students learn about local botanical life and geological formations.
According David Kamp, ASLA, LF, president of Dirtworks and the project's lead landscape architect, the courtyard's design and documentation were particularly complex. But using VectorWorks helped make the project more manageable. Dirtworks was able to meet the college's deadline to have the courtyard complete within one school year and not interrupt the school's teaching schedule.
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