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IN THIS ISSUE
Swiss Vectorworks User Wins 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize: Swiss Vectorworks user Peter Zumthor has been chosen as the 2009 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Peter Zumthor has been a Vectorworks user since 2002.
Vectorworks User Nathan Kipnis Designs Home of the Decade: Architect Nathan Kipnis designed the reader's choice "Home of the Decade," an award given in the 10th anniversary May/June 2009 issue of Natural Home Magazine.
Macworld Gives Vectorworks Four and a Half Mice: Vectorworks has evolved over the years from a lean and mean drafting application with a quick learning curve and inexpensive price to a very powerful high-end CAD application with more features to compete with the top CAD programs on any platform.
Vectorworks Spotlight Receives Glowing Review from Lighting&Sound America: With Nemetschek NA’s latest release of Vectorworks Spotlight version 2009, users are offered a program that is powerful, flexible, and intuitive. Powerful enough to be able to present my designs in 2-D and 3-D. Flexible enough to let me work my way and intuitive enough to help me make decisions so I can concentrate on my designs.
Live Design Puts Vectorworks Spotlight 2009 on Center Stage: “There are heaps of CAD packages out there that do amazing things, but I’ve not yet had such a streamlined experience as I’ve had with Vectorworks. It offers layers upon layers of different ways to do things, which stimulates inventiveness and enhances design. It makes it fun to design.”
Project from Vectorworks Architect firm rojo Architecture Wins the Hillsborough County Planning Commission's Community Design Award of Excellence for 2009: Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Center's (HARC) Center for Life Development is a 25,000 square-foot multi-use center containing administrative, classroom, therapy, and assembly spaces. The center doubles as the Egypt Lake Community Center, featuring a large meeting hall and senior center.
Vectorworks Landmark user D. Miles Barnard of South Fork Studio Wins the Merit Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement (by the Maryland and Potomac Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects): South Fork Studio received the award for their design of The Water Street Residence in Chestertown. The project was one of only two residential projects to win awards, and was the only project on the Eastern Shore to be honored. South Fork Studio was also the only design firm on the Eastern Shore to be recognized by the state chapter.
Vectorworks Makes the Movies with Role in “Duplicity”: It’s not every day that CAD software developers get to rub shoulders with Hollywood types. But that’s what happened about a year ago to Nemetschek North America, the makers of Vectorworks® CAD software.
The Workspace Editor: This video explains the usage of the Workspace Editor, a commonly overlooked capability of Vectorworks that allows nearly complete user customization of palettes and toolsets. In addition to modifying keyboard shortcuts, it also allows completely new menus and toolsets to be created from scratch.
Top 10 Shortcuts: A listing of some of the most useful shortcuts for Vectorworks 2009. For common or repetitive tasks, keyboard shortcuts shave precious time off of the design process that might otherwise be wasted clicking needlessly through menus.
Nemetschek North America visits Virgina Tech:
We look forward to spreading the word on more campuses. Do you think your campus would benefit from learning more about Vectorworks? Contact Sonja and let us know!
May 23-May 24: BIM Training for Vectorworks Architects, Austin, Texas
To register for any of our training classes please call us at 877-202-8871.
User Group Meetings and Events
Vectorworks Job Board
AnimationWorks 1.2 is an add-on for Vectorworks 10, 11, 12, 2008 and 2009 that allows the creation of complex camera or object animations entirely within Vectorworks. These can be saved as QuickTime movies and then be viewed by anyone who has QuickTime installed (available for free download from Apple). For more information, visit www.ozcad.com.au