The cherry blossoms and spring have arrived here at the home of Vectorworks. Along with the better weather, we’re also seeing the green shoots of economic hope again in some of the markets hardest hit with the downturn. One of the industry analysts here in the U.S. (Ed Goldberg) recently complained to me that all he read was bad news, and he wanted to think positively for a change.
Clearly, we’re far from the glory days of ‘98-‘99 or ‘04-‘05, but there are more and more signs of light around the corner. Capital and credit, ultimately the lifeblood that keeps AEC moving, is flowing again, even if more slowly than before. Governments around the world are building. With money more scarce and the high energy prices from a year ago still fresh in everyone’s mind, I think there will be greater demand for architects than a few years ago. If every dollar counts, spending a few extra percent of construction cost to make sure the result is what you want will be part of the industry’s recovery. Refit and renovation design is often more architecturally-intensive than using standardized buildings. Designing a building to use space or energy more efficiently is equally design-intensive. We feel Vectorworks is well positioned to support a move toward using construction dollars more wisely by greater investment in the design process.
The biggest convention of U.S. architects, AIA, is later this month. We’ll be there along with the others in the industry, looking to nurture these shoots of renewal. I predict “efficiency” will be the key buzzword at the show. Efficiency of space, efficiency of design, efficiency of construction. Stop by our booth. We’d be happy to see you. Plus, we’ll be showing how you can get even more from Vectorworks to improve your business and, of course, to be more efficient.
IN THIS ISSUE
Jonathan Pickup and Tamsin Slatter Publish New Vectorworks Tutorials: These tutorials focus on a particular Vectorworks product; they offer Vectorworks users a different and effective method of learning, with step-by-step instructions and a conversational tone. The tutorials are based on version 2009 but can be used successfully with prior versions of Vectorworks.
Nemetschek North America Announces Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2009: In addition to addressing several user origin shift problems, quality improvements were also made to stairs, framing member objects, IFC export, referenced and sheet layer viewports (including section viewports), interactive drawing operations, and many other areas of the application.
Rising Star Winner, Sean Savoie, Honored At USITT 2009: Live Design, LDI, and Nemetschek North America sponsored a cocktail reception on Friday, March 21 at USITT in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sean received a 2009 Vectorworks software package, presented by Kevin Linzey.
Artwork by Vectorworks user Sarah Munro now featured at the PAGEBLACKIEGALLERY in Wellington, New Zealand: The engagement with digital technologies occurs in Sarah Munro’s work because of her interest in producing paintings that have the appearance of machine-made objects.
Working with DWG files in Vectorworks Architect 2009: This video demonstrates the various ways you can work with DWG files in Vectorworks Architect 2009.
Displaying Objects in the Resource Browser: This video tech walks through the different options for displaying objects in the Resource Browser.
Nemetschek North America sponsors PLANET’s Student Reception in Pomona, California
Apr 20-21: Beginning Classroom Training, Columbia, MD
To register for any of our training classes please call us at 877-202-8871.
User Group Meetings and Events
Vectorworks Job Board
Vectorworks hosts USITT Tweetup: Vectorworks recently hosted a tweet-up at the U.S. Institute for Theater Technicians (USITT) annual conference. The gathering of Twitter users was an upbeat event for students to connect with their peers and to network with experienced professionals. Close to 50 people attended. Pictures, care of Joshua Williamson, are here-http://is.gd/qATV
Neatworkz: Neatworkz is a suite of software "plug-ins" for Vectorworks that extend its capabilities to assist and simplify the design and documentation of systems and networks. Neatworkz is an open system based on the idea that a drawing should be both human and machine readable. All data is stored in the drawing and can be inspected and modified using standard Vectorworks commands. Neatworkz gives you a staggering increase in the speed, efficiency and reliability of system design, implementation and documentation. For more information, visit www.neatworkz.tv/