You may not know this: but, by geography and market diversity, Vectorworks is one of the most broadly sold CAD systems in the world.
And, while there is much buzz about the internet bringing people closer together, nothing replaces an old-fashioned face-to-face meeting. Earlier this month, Vectorworks distributors from around the world came to Baltimore, Md. We spent three days reviewing the state of Vectorworks and the industries in which our customers work. Both serious presentations and lighter evening entertainment (including a fun Orioles baseball game at Camden Yards) were on the agenda.
Our global distributors are deeply involved with their customers’ success, often localizing the Vectorworks software and providing detailed technical support in their native language. So when we all get together to talk about strategy, direction, the product and the company, an impressive amount of information is exchanged.
A palpable sense of optimism pervaded the meeting this year. In contrast to gathering storm clouds we saw last June, there was a shared sense that the worst has passed and customers in many markets have a positive outlook for their businesses. Success stories were shared and tips on how to use Vectorworks in new ways were exchanged. With a loyal user base, and unique approach to design and a flexible upgrade policy, Vectorworks looks poised for even more success.
Most of all we continued to brainstorm on how to connect our distributors and users globally. We want to share more stories of your successes. Not only will it let you see how you can get more from Vectorworks yourself, but this approach will lead more of your colleagues to conclude, as you have, that Vectorworks is a superior solution.
IN THIS ISSUE
Vectorworks firm Blasen Landscape Architecture, Inc. wins ASLA Honor Award: The jury describes the work done on this Napa Valley hill top property as "an effortless, Zen solution creating a strong sense of place. Great use of native materials to transition the architecture to the surrounding landscape-seamless."
Nemetschek North America introduces a new Spanish-language Vectorworks video library: Spanish-speaking users will find an interesting variety of video topics being posted regularly, from demonstrating the use of a new tool to approaching a project with a BIM perspective.
Light Plot Deconstructed, now available from Nemetschek North America: Light Plot Deconstructed is a great companion guide for anyone seeking to learn the fundamentals of drafting lighting designs with Vectorworks Spotlight. The tutorial is also the debut work of Gregg Hillmar, an accomplished scenic and lighting designer, and an experienced Vectorworks user.
Service Pack 4 now available for Vectorworks 2009: Nemetschek North America has released its fourth Service Pack for the Vectorworks 2009 product line. Many quality improvements have been added to this Service Pack, including improvements related to stairs, performance, and overall stability.
Gobos: For out Spotlight users, Gobo textures and their appearance in renderings are commonly discussed topics. This tech tip explains the adding of a gobo texture to a light instrument as well as the affects the various rendering options and mode will have on them
Custom Mod: New in 2009 is the Custom Modification command, similar to its predecessor Custom Selection, it can significantly reduce the time required to make changes to multiple objects. This feature is especially useful for reducing those numerous small tweaks throughout a complex document into a few easy clicks.
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Camera Match 2009 by PanzerCAD: PanzerCAD has released Camera Match 2009 as a Vectorworks 2009 plug-in. This unique technology allows you to quickly and accurately align a 3D view to an existing photograph. Camera Match quickly finds the view by placing control lines on a photograph and clicking a button. If the view still needs tuning, Camera Match's extensive tuning controls easily get the job done. Also, the new masking tool makes most masking jobs a snap! Read More.