A NOTE FROM THE CEO
Nemetschek announced at the beginning of January a broad strategic partnership with Adobe that will affect much of our product line, including VectorWorks. This follows the release of VectorWorks 12.5 and its enhanced PDF capabilities. Some have asked how this partnership is different from just a technology license agreement. In particular, I’ve been working with Patrick Aragon, senior product marketing manager, Adobe Acrobat in AEC and manufacturing, at Adobe on defining what this partnership will mean for VectorWorks customers.
Essentially, the partnership is an indication that both companies will be actively working together to extend the use of PDF in AEC collaboration. As far as future plans for our joint technologies are concerned, we have shared our respective roadmaps with each other. Adobe is excited to be getting feedback on its roadmap for PDF and Acrobat, and both companies are looking forward to creating a dialogue about how we can jointly address the needs of customers in 2D and 3D environments.
The overriding strategy in this partnership is to make PDF a more commonly used format for the collaboration workflow in AEC. Right now, many people use PDF as a one-way method for people to "see" the drawing, but we plan to work together to make it more central to collaboration: a way to exchange information round trip. Information can be lost in translation, even with some of the common 2D formats in use today—whereas PDF information has the reputation for translating and looking identical when the receiver gets it. Any workflow where you need to mark up a drawing or overlay information between different programs is ideal and can be done much more reliably using PDF.
In addition, there is a need to integrate different types of files other than just CAD into document sets. CAD is just one part of the building documentation process, and yet CAD systems focus on CAD-to-CAD translation primarily. Adobe and Nemetschek instead want to focus on the total collaboration needs of the AEC process.
IN THIS ISSUE
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Adding customized User-defined Fields to Door and Window Schedules: Read a step-by-step tutorial on how VectorWorks Architect will allow you to create your own defined fields to Door and Window Schedules. READ MORE
Hiding 3D Loci : The 3D Locus tool places a 3D locus onto the drawing. These can be handy reference points that you can use when drawing and measuring objects. You can also use 3D loci as pivot points or fixed points for rotating and aligning objects. READ MORE
Creating a dormer with multiple windows : Discover a step-by-step method of creating dormers with multiple windows. READ MORE
Webber Hanzlik Architects featured on This Old House® and in Newsweek: The Emmy Award-winning PBS series This Old House® will showcase a renovation project by VectorWorks user Webber Hanzlik Architects as its first “green building” project. This Old House – The Austin House Project will premier nationally on local PBS stations nationwide on February 8, 2007. Check local listings for This Old House episode 2619. The project is also profiled in the February 5, 2007, issue of Newsweek, in an article in the Tip Sheet section called “Project Green: This Ecofriendly House” by Anne Underwood. READ MORE
2007 AIA Architecture Firm Award Goes to VectorWorks User Leers Weinzapfel: Nemetschek North America congratulates VectorWorks user Leers Weinzapfel Associates for winning the 2007 AIA Architecture Firm Award. This award is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architectural firm and recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years. The AIA Board of Directors awarded the Boston-based firm this honor based on its proven consistent ability to accept complex challenges and envision design of elegant distinction.READ MORE
Slater Associates Wins 2006 MD ASLA Merit Award: Nemetschek North America congratulates Slater Associates for winning a 2006 MD ASLA Merit Award from the Maryland and Potomac Chapters of the ASLA for its design of the Montgomery College Amphitheater. READ MORE
eDispatch Technical Bulletin: VectorWorks 12.5.1 was released for both Mac and Windows as a downloadable updater and DVD installer on January 9, 2007. Shortly after the release, NNA discovered a problem which could cause a crash during AutoSave and some other less serious problems only on the Macintosh. We released a revised Macintosh updater of our 12.5.1 product on January 19, 2007. You can determine which version you are using by examining the "About VectorWorks" dialog (available from the VectorWorks menu on Mac versions). If your version states 12.5.1(65397), then you are using the latest release. If your version states 12.5.1(64620), then you are using the original 12.5.1 release and you should either re-install using your DVD and choose to apply the available online updates or download and apply the revised online updater from the NNA 12.5.1 updater page.
February VectorWorks Landmark PLS Training in MD and CA: The dormant season for landscape designers is the perfect time to get ahead with VectorWorks Landmark training. Introduction to VectorWorks and Landmark Fundamentals will be offered February 14-16 at Nemetschek North America's headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, and February 21-23 in Los Angeles, California. For complete information and to register, visit the VectorWorks Professional Learning Series web page.
Spring VectorWorks Spotlight PLS Training in Las Vegas and New York: VectorWorks Spotlight training is standing room only, so mark your calendars and reserve your seat now. Introduction to VectorWorks and Spotlight Fundamentals will be offered February 26-28 in Las Vegas and April 2-4 in New York City. For complete details and to sign up, visit the VectorWorks Professional Learning Series web page.
ArchonCAD Releases VectorWorks 3D Modeling Tutorial 12.5 Training Manual: New Zealand architect and third-party VectorWorks author Jonathan Pickup has designed the VectorWorks 3D Modeling Tutorial primarily for architects and landscape architects who would like to learn how to use the advanced 3D modeling capabilities with VectorWorks 12.5. READ MORE
Resolve Software Solutions Introduces VectorWorks Spotlight Training Workbook: A new training workbook for VectorWorks Spotlight 12 is now available. Created for new users of VectorWorks Spotlight, this 260+ page training workbook covers basic 2D drawing and editing, as well as lighting positions, light instruments and accessories, scenic elements, paperwork, and instrument keys. READ MORE
Nemetschek and Adobe Enter Strategic Partnership: Nemetschek North America’s parent company, The Nemetschek Group, one of the leading technology groups worldwide for the design, construction, and management of buildings and real estate, and Adobe Systems Incorporated will be working together more closely to optimize document processes for architects and engineers. The two companies are consolidating their roles as technology leaders by leveraging and promoting PDF as the format of choice for the exchange of data in the building industry. READ MORE
User Group Meetings
Media Synthesis Ltd: For a small media integration company with a large range of projects worldwide, the built-in Adobe® PDF import and export support VectorWorks offers has initiated a whole new way of working. Meeting with clients no longer involves hours of travel and face time. Review and approval processes have been drastically shortened. Cross-platform issues when working with colleagues, contractors, and sub-contractors just don’t exist anymore. Presentation materials have taken on a life of their own.
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