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Sean Flaherty

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  1. Mike M. had posted in another thread yesterday that the Vectorworks wikipedia page has been cut back to just a few sentences...even the version history (year released, major features, etc) has been removed as being "brochure text." We've made some attempts to get it added back but we're being wikibullied as not bringing a neutral point of view. Apparently even I'm not a credible enough source for the version history. I had fleshed out this page a few years ago from my old notebooks and manuals and it stood for a couple years but since November there seem to a group of watchers intent on keeping the article very small. If any of you are more savvy (or more neutral about wikipedia and would like to contribute to the Vectorworks wikipedia article, your help is appreciated.
  2. I added Vectorworks to the list of Parasolid applications on Wikipedia. I'm surprised nobody did this already
  3. Thanks for taking the time to detail your thoughts! This gives us a good picture of what you think works well and what we should be improving for the future.
  4. I think maybe the term "design phase" doesn't mean the same thing to everyone here. For me, this phase isn't just conceptual design but continues all the way through delivery of construction documents. Your wishes for more detail about how the building is put together structurally would be included in a design-phase application. When I talk about construction BIM, I mean the phase of the project that includes construction sequencing, change and defect management, progress information to stake-holders, etc. My general feeling is that we're better off partnering to solve these needs rather than building them into VectorWorks itself. This is definitely a fast-moving change in the industry, however, so we're still considering how to best move forward here.
  5. All 12 licenses with a dongle are cross-platform, regardless of whether they are upgrade or new. I just meant that dongle licenses are different than non-dongled ones.
  6. Chris, Thanks for the feedback. So what would you like to see coming out of VectorWorks that you don't currently?
  7. Alan, This is correct, you can use the serial number for both; the license is slightly different for Series B licenses.
  8. My intention with those comments in Architosh was to reflect the fact that VectorWorks remains a design-phase application. Construction management and post-construction management are very different disciplines which fall only peripherally on our future path. In fact, most of the really futuristic BIM stuff you see is mostly design phase. I still hear from architects and design/build firms plenty of wishes that make me think nobody has "solved" the design needs yet so we'll keep heading in that direction. This does include more and more detailed information about the construction technique inside VectorWorks, but not the construction process itself. Real-estate management, construction phasing, defect management, these are all interesting areas we rely on other applications to solve. Maybe further down the road, these will be an expected part of design applications and we may need to reconsider this. I'd be interested to hear your comments. We always walk a fine line with VectorWorks to keep adding power without overwhelming you with complexity.
  9. I think mw's right about it being confusing. If you use nemetschek.com as a guide, we don't promote VectorWorks anywhere The websites are the results of subsidiaries and channels working to promote themselves, but not doing a very cohesive job of it. I'm trying to get the nemetschek.net site more gobal so hopefully you'll have a single starting point for getting information about VectorWorks around the world. I'll also see what I can do about nemetschek.co.uk, another subsidiary of NAG.
  10. Actually, we've recently made a important change in policy for customers using VectorWorks 12 with dongles. These licenses will ship as cross-platform licenses so that they can be installed on either machine as long as you have a USB-HASP4 dongle (the purple ones).
  11. A short training movie for live sections was posted to our knowledgebase today for those looking for more information on how this feature works: http://kbase.nemetschek.net/index.php?ToDo=view&questId=73&catId=19
  12. We have given up our membership in the flat earth society. VectorWorks Landmark 12 supports SHP files and geo-referenced coordinate import and export.
  13. Mike, Section viewports must be an orthogonal view. We're pulling together some more detailed information about live sections now, I'll post again when it's available on the web page.
  14. Tom, As Eddie suggests, calling NNA or e-mailing them (sales@nemetschek.net) is the best way to get pricing now. The e-store should also be updated in the next few days. Regards, Sean
  15. Some clarifications on mw's post: 1) VW 11.0 was launched in the UK in April of 2004. 5) VectorWorks is very actively promoted in the UK and the rest of Europe. In architecture, we believe we are the #2 CAD product by units in the UK and not only appear at most major trade shows but also have been doing joint technology conferences with RIBA and Apple. I think you'll find the same to be true in most of the larger European markets as well (we're still new in eastern Europe). 6) Live sections are really live, you can think of them as a viewport that automatically cuts the model it is displaying. In the UK, you can see this all live on November 16th in London and other parts of the UK over the two weeks folloing. CU can provide more details or you should be receiving a mailing shortly about the events. I'll see if I can't get more information about live sections posted to the web page. I'm not sure I understand your concern about Live Sections being "the only real extra" to 12 as the list of new features and improvements with this version is greater than any other release we've had. Radiosity, Navigation palette, improved door/window/stair/cabinet objects, wall styles balance out a set of improvements that tackles many of the top wishes from our customers world-wide. We've got some things like rotatable coordinate systems that still need to be tackled, of course, but this release really improves a wide variety of product areas. Regards, Sean
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