A NOTE FROM THE CEO
At the end of December, Nemetschek announced that it acquired controlling interest in Graphisoft. This continues the corporation's aggressive acquisition of key players in the marketplace. As you know, we've been fiercely competing with Graphisoft for nearly the lifespan of the product, so this is quite an interesting turn of events. It puts Nemetschek in a much stronger position globally, since Graphisoft and VectorWorks sell into nearly all markets, attaining nearly total control of the architectural market on the Macintosh.
As with the acquisition of Diehl Graphsoft in 2000, there has been immediate speculation about the sudden and drastic changes that people fear in the product lines. When you look back over the past six years, you see instead that VectorWorks has flourished under the stewardship of Nemetschek—more than doubling in sales and accelerating the pace of product improvements delivered. It has done this while maintaining much of its independence and small-company attitude, yet, at the same time, competing with a spirit of "friendly competition" where products and channels overlap with other divisions. We have been a success story for the corporation, and the acquisitions team at Nemetschek plans a similar success with Graphisoft.
Nemetschek's broad range of products serve one goal ultimately: to give customers the choice they need in the marketplace. Unlike Autodesk, we need to compete solely on product merit rather than relying on product momentum and monopolistic tactics, and we realize that there is a wide variety of customer needs that is hard to fulfill with a single product. Nemetschek is allowing the customer to decide, rather than the product planners.
I've already had a chance to talk to the management of Graphisoft and discuss how we can further these goals while maintaining the strengths of our product lines. Even though we see each other at trade shows and often talk to the same customers, the approaches our products take to making architectural design more efficient are very different. Over the next few months, you can expect to hear more details about how we'll be using our new alliance to make further inroads into the market. What you can count on is that VectorWorks will continue on its path of success.
IN THIS ISSUE
Introducing Marc Evans, one of Nemetschek's Account Representatives.
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Finding Lost Objects: When working in VectorWorks, you may sometimes think an item has disappeared or been deleted. The Undo command doesn't help, and you're beginning to panic. Before you start over, here is a method of finding/revealing "lost" objects. READ MORE
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VectorWorks Users Featured in Architectural Record: What is it like to be a female architect with a solely-owned firm in the U.S. today? Architectural Record profiles several such practitioners in "Not Only Zaha" by Suzanne Stephens. Among them are VectorWorks users EOA/Elmslie Osler Architects of New York, sister and sister firm Hariri + Hariri Architecture, New York's Audrey Matlock Architect, and Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-tectonics, also based in New York. READ MORE
January PLS Training in MD and WA: It's time to start the New Year off on the right foot. Introduction to VectorWorks and VectorWorks Fundamentals will be offered January 24-29 at Nemetschek North America's headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, and January 29-31 in Seattle. For complete information and to register, visit the VectorWorks Professional Learning Series web page.
Third Annual AIA Technology in Architectural Practice BIM Awards Call For Entries: The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community will host its third annual Building Information Model (BIM) Awards competition this spring. The competition is seeking projects that have used integrated and interoperable building information models. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2007. And we'd like to see some VectorWorks winners! Send your submissions by 5 p.m. EST to firstname.lastname@example.org. For a list of categories, past winners and submission requirements, visit the AIA TAP Awards webpage.
Nemetschek Launches vLearning Webinars: vLearning is a new virtual training series delivered to VectorWorks users over the web using WebEx™ technology. vLearning webinars provide VectorWorks users with convenient hour-long training sessions on a variety of VectorWorks topics, including instruction on how to use specific feature sets and functionality, as well as techniques and workflows to enhance productivity. Each session is live and concludes with a Q&A period. Four vLearning webinars will be introduced in February: Organizing the Drawing, Managing Drawing Layouts using Viewports, Understanding Reports Using Worksheets, and Data Acquisition for a Site Model Using Digital Terrain Modeling (DTM) Technology. The first course, "Organizing the Drawing," will be broadcast on February 7 at 1 p.m. EST. READ MORE
Vectortasks™ Launches Training Podcasts: Architect Dan Jansenson and engineer Pat Stanford, who provide VectorWorks training through Vectortasks™, have launched the PodCAD Podcast, a new VectorWorks-related audio podcast series. Through a combination of news, how-to segments, interviews, and panel discussions, each podcast covers part of the broad spectrum of VectorWorks tasks, activities, new developments, and tips and techniques. New programs will be available every 10 to 14 days.
Nemetschek Releases Spanish-language VectorWorks 12.5: Spanish-language versions of VectorWorks Fundamentals, VectorWorks Architect, and RenderWorks 12.5 are now available. 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.
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Hampshire County Council Property Services: Hampshire County Council Property Services uses 180 seats of VectorWorks on projects that span 12 disciplines— from architecture to engineering, to urban design and more. One of those projects won a RIBA award and became a permanent art installation. When Property Services undertook the design of one of the United Kingdom's largest secondary schools for children with special learning needs, the organization had no idea its VectorWorks design and construction drawings would be turned into art.
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