We had a busy couple of months launching Vectorworks around the world. And no matter how technology has improved communication, there is still no replacement for meeting customers face to face. This means the security staff at Dulles Airport now greet me by name while my kids wonder who is the strange man occasionally seen at dinner.
Tokyo was my first stop. Although customers are still waiting for the translated version to ship, the dealers were trained at the end of October on the advantages of the new version. BIM has suddenly become a big topic in the market as the typically precise Japanese dissect it to find the elements that will be most productive for them in their practice. Up until now, BIM has been considered a niche technology for mass-production but not a general design tool. Basing Vectorworks on the industry-leading modeling kernel was a well-received announcement and built confidence that the underlying quality and capability would be available for their needs.
Next, I went to meet customers in Munich, with a particular focus on Landscape designers. ver.de showed me their very advanced workflow that had a heavy emphasis on 3D. They used 3D both for visualization and to help design hardscape elements in their projects. Located in the beautiful Bavarian town of Freising, they look out on hundreds of years of history as inspiration for their land planning projects as well. Afterwards, I met with Joost Godts, who has been working to document a GIS workflow for Vectorworks Landmark. In a country that carefully controls their urban landscape, Mr. Godts feels that Vectorworks Landmark offers a unique blend of capabilities to be the standard GIS system in Germany. We'll continue our work in this area to help him realize his dream.
For those of you on the west coast of the U.S., we hope you can join us for one of our holiday events coming up. In December we'll be visiting LA, San Francisco, and Seattle; please visit our website for more details.
IN THIS ISSUE
Nemetschek North America congratulates Abigail Grass, from Facility Programming and Consulting, for winning a copy of Vectorworks Architect at the TSA (Texas Society of Architects) show.
Nemetschek North America Announces Service Pack 1 for Vectorworks 2009: Mark Farnan, Director of Software Development at Nemetschek North America, says "For this update, we focused our attention in priority areas: viewport stability, Landmark reporting, and plan rotation improvements."
Nemetschek North America donates Vectorworks Spotlight to Ben Haagen who won the Wally Russell Most Promising Newcomer Award at LDI.
Vectorworks firm Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden architects + urbanistes (HBBH) from Vancouver, British Columbia has won a World Architecture Festival award.
QuickStart Guide to Vectorworks 2009 is now available: This free guide contains three mini-guides: QuickStart to Fundamentals, QuickStart to Architect, and QuickStart to Landmark. In less than 20 pages you can get started with Vectorworks and learn the most import concepts for creating your designs.
Vectorworks Landmark Updates the 2009 Plant Database with Monrovia Plants: Nemetschek North America has partnered with Monrovia, the leading grower of premium ornamental plants, to enhance the plant database in Vectorworks® Landmark 2009.
Nemetschek North America Aligns with the Forest Stewardship Council: Forest Stewardship Council-certified papers are now being used by Nemetschek North America in its product packaging and much of its collateral materials.
Vectorworks Firm Shook Kelley wins AIA North Carolina Firm of the Year: The award is given to a firm that has consistently produced quality architecture with a verifiable level of client satisfaction, for a prolonged period of time. Only one firm is selected each year from among many qualified applicants, making this the highest honor that the Chapter can bestow on a firm.
Localized Versions of Vectorworks 2009 Now Available in European Markets: A number of major European distributors have released their localized 2009 versions of the award-winning Vectorworks® line of design software. Versions are now available in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands will be releasing Vectorworks 2009 in the next few weeks.
Creating Openings in Floors: In this tech tip, we demonstrate the how to create an opening in a floor object.
Filtered Image Textures: In this video tech tip, we explain the difference between image based textures and filtered image textures.
Studica Skills competition underway
Poke around on the site. We're participating in the Architectural CAD, Mechanical CAD, 3D CAD contests, among others.
Dec 08-09: Beginning Classroom Training, Columbia, MD
User Group Meetings and Events
Vectorworks Job Board
Behnke Nurseries: Two weeks notice 'til filming begins. One week to design. Three days to install. Vectorworks Landmark goes to the extreme with Behnke Nurseries for the season premiere of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Read More.
HDI: HDI, Hand Drawn Images, offers 3 Collections and a Designer Series for the serious professional, of 328 high resolution, 300 dpi image textures that work seamlessly with Vectorworks. Hand drawn and digitally colored background tree lines, foregrounds, deciduous trees, evergreens, shrubs, flowers, fences, rocks and more are provided in PSD, TIF, PNG & IRF formats. To learn more please visit
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