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  1. Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. received several nominations for this year’s Construction Computing Awards. The company itself and Vectorworks Architect were nominated for three awards, while the Nomad app also received recognition. Jonathan Reeves, director of Jonathan Reeves Architects, obtained three nominations for his projects and work as a Vectorworks trainer. Now in its thirteenth year and known as “The Hammers,” the awards program showcases and rewards the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. With more than 20 categories, the Construction Computing Awards allow companies from every sector of the industry to seek recognition for their efforts over the past 12 months. “The Vectorworks philosophy is that we never want to stop pushing the boundaries to create software that will empower our users to transform the world,” said Vectorworks UK Director of Customer Success Tamsin Slatter. “Our recognition with the Construction Computing Awards shortlist this year is especially meaningful because it reflects that our software is not only helpful to the AEC market but that our company and trainers are also highly respected within the industry.” The awards are divided into sections and decided by reader voting and a panel of judges. The Editor’s Choice award is selected by David Chadwick, editor of Construction Computing Magazine. Vectorworks has received nominations in the following categories: · BIM Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect · Architectural Design Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect · Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect · Mobile/Field App Technology of the Year: Vectorworks’ Nomad app · Company of the Year: Vectorworks · One to Watch Company of the Year: Vectorworks · Editor’s Choice: Vectorworks · Best Use of IT in a Construction Project of the Year: Jonathan Reeves Architecture with Vectorworks for Swithland Lane · BIM Project of the Year: Jonathan Reeves Architecture with Vectorworks for the Bradgate Rd Project · Training Software/Provider of the Year: Jonathan Reeves – Vectorworks Training Voting closes on November 2 and the winners’ ceremony will be held on November 15. To view the full list of nominees and to cast your vote, visit here. Winners will appear in the November/December ’18 issues of CAD User and Construction Computing Magazine.
  2. To best support and grow its rapidly expanding user base, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. has opened a new corporate office in Canada. To facilitate this new office, Vectorworks has acquired Resolve Software Solutions and the assets of Paxar Technologies Corp, both long-time distributors of Vectorworks software. The Vectorworks Canada office is located in Vancouver and led by Geoff McBeath, former director of Resolve Software Solutions, who has more than 20 years of experience in Vectorworks support, training and sales. “The opening of a Vectorworks office in Canada will allow us to better serve our growing community of users in North America, offering improved resources and a direct connection with our product development team,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Geoff McBeath has provided significant contributions to the growth of this market over the past two decades, and he and his team will continue to offer training and support to designers in the AEC, landscape and entertainment design industries.” “I am very pleased to be joining Vectorworks, a company with which we’ve had a close relationship over many years,” said McBeath. “For Canadian customers, I think this an excellent development — it says that Vectorworks considers Canada an important market that has strong potential for growth, and that it needs to be served by a Canadian team that understands local concerns. With a larger staff and the resources of Vectorworks headquarters behind us, we are poised for strong growth in the coming years.” The Vectorworks Canada office is located at 207 West Hastings Street, Suite 611, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H7. In addition to the office in Vancouver, Vectorworks plans to open a satellite office in Toronto. Qualified sales candidates in Toronto are invited to explore open positions. More information about Vectorworks can be found at vectorworks.net/ca.
  3. The demands of the entertainment industry are constantly evolving, and access to state-of-the-art technology is more critical than ever. In response to this, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. is pleased to announce that DWR Distribution has been appointed an official distributor for Vectorworks Spotlight, Braceworks and Vision software in South Africa. “DWR has demonstrated a strong commitment to Vectorworks and has deep roots in the entertainment industry, and it was a natural progression to have them officially join the Vectorworks family as a distributor,” said Tara Grant, director of channel operations at Vectorworks. “As the demand for our solutions grows and Vectorworks continues to expand, we are looking for strong distribution partners like DWR to provide local support in markets around the world.” Since 2013, DWR has sold software to the entertainment industry and offered extensive training at its office over the years. This new agreement will further benefit customers by allowing greater technical and sales support with direct access to the team at Vectorworks. “It’s an honor to be able to distribute a brand like Vectorworks, and we are very excited about the partnership,” said Duncan Riley, owner of DWR Distribution. “We believe that the close collaboration between MA Lighting and Vectorworks, to assist lighting designers on workflow, will be a game changer. On DWR’s side, we have a passionate team supporting the brand. We see Vectorworks as a 360-degree entertainment design solution for the country, providing professionals and students with a tool that will make their lives easier.” DWR’s Dylan Jones will manage all Vectorworks sales and support. “It’s exciting to be working directly with the Vectorworks team,” he said. “We are looking forward to providing educational and network licenses to the industry. The training Vectorworks provides their distributors has already helped us improve the quality of our technical support, and with direct access to their order process, we are now able to deliver licenses more quickly to our customers.” DWR will continue to offer training sessions presented by Francois van der Merwe, who has been using Vectorworks for 14 years. For more information about Vectorworks for entertainment in South Africa, contact DWR. Or, visit the Vectorworks website to learn more about becoming a Vectorworks distributor or to find a local distributor in your region.
  4. Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces the 2019 release of Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Designer, as well as BraceworksTM and Vision. With a focus on increasing design efficiency through overall performance and quality, this new release offers innovations and enhancements to significantly improve the 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows for designers in the architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design industries. “For this release, we listened closely to our customers and balanced new innovations with exceptional quality and performance improvements,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Specifically, in Vectorworks 2019 we concentrated on our customers’ most common workflows and usage patterns to increase their overall productivity with Vectorworks products across the board.” Users of all Vectorworks products will enjoy significantly faster workflows and improved software performance thanks to multiple core support in the Vectorworks Graphics Module, new layer and class search and filter options, and image effects. Vectorworks Architect and Landmark customers will experience improved BIM capabilities, including 3D site model sculpting; the unique ability to have BIM objects display with varying levels of detail in plan, elevation and section drawings; enhanced openBIM interoperability; and a new partnership integration with AutoTurn online for analyzing vehicle swept paths. Vectorworks Spotlight users will enjoy support of the new My Virtual Rig (MVR) import and export file format, as well as enhancements to 3D modeling with Spotlight tools and commands. Braceworks users will benefit from support for bridle analysis. And users of Vision will discover an improved user interface and up to 7x faster performance of the previz application. "Vectorworks 2019 is a release that will have a dramatic impact on productivity, allowing designers to make their day-to-day design work faster and easier,” said Vice President of Product Development Steve Johnson. “Users will experience the benefits of this version the moment they open the new software and see files open up to four times faster. Advances with the Vectorworks Graphics Module now take advantage of all available user hardware, and harnessing the power of all available CPU cores with increased usage of GPU on sheet layers makes all workflows feel much faster. Users will greatly benefit from the ability to refine renderings and images without having to export to Photoshop. And, the ability to add, show and adjust the level of detail that hybrid objects display in a drawing is something no other BIM program offers.” To learn more about the release of Vectorworks 2019, please visit vectorworks.net/2019. The English-language editions of Vectorworks, Braceworks and Vision 2019 are available today. The release of localized European, Australian and New Zealand editions will be followed by Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese versions. For more information about the availability of Vectorworks 2019 in your market, please contact your local Vectorworks distributor. Members of the Vectorworks Service Select maintenance program will receive their upgrades to Vectorworks 2019 as soon as the product is released in their local markets. Note to editors: Please visit vectorworks.net/2019/press for images and other media, including feature illustrations, videos, testimonial quotes and more.
  5. Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. reveals its two can’t-miss keynotes during the 2018 Vectorworks Design Summit: Antoine Predock, architect at Antoine Predock Architect, and Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. Vectorworks invites professionals, educators and students in the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries to attend the fourth annual event, which will take place November 4 to 6, 2018 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Ariz. Led by Sarkar, the “Vectorworks CEO keynote” will take place on Monday, November 5 at 9 a.m. Sarkar will focus on the company’s strategic vision and direction regarding current trends and future technology. Additionally, attendees will get a closer look at the new technologies in the latest software version, Vectorworks 2019, from the research and development leaders that made them possible. “Unlike our competition that develops products for a single industry, we have the advantage of being able to innovate across multiple industries and serve a broad array of designers. This gives us an advantage in that we can see and embrace innovations that they cannot,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Year after year, the Vectorworks Design Summit is the best place to learn how Vectorworks has advanced and to get up and running with our latest technology.” On Tuesday, November 6 at 9 a.m., Predock will deliver the second keynote, titled “Site Specificity and the Aura of Globalization.” His speech will educate attendees on how they must tune into the context of the people and vibe of a place and how the connection to those conditions can lead to unbelievable things in design. Predock will share his experience balancing the physical and digital sides of design. Predock will also talk about his wide-ranging projects, from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is now featured on the Canadian ten dollar bill, to the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), a College of Media and Communications, to the Luxe Lake Gateway and Art Center in Chengdu, China. A Vectorworks user for 25 years, Predock will explain how the software played a role in these projects. In addition to these two inspiring keynotes, the conference will include 90+ industry sessions and workshops, one-on-one tech support, networking events and hands-on training. Multiple sessions will offer continuing education credits. Secure your spot at the ultimate training event and register today by visiting vectorworks.net/design-summit. Press can register for free by emailing Vectorworks Senior Communications Manager Lisa Lance at llance@vectorworks.net. Join the Summit conversation by following and engaging with #VectorworksDesignSummit. ###
  6. Bringing together the world’s most creative architects, designers and design firms, the 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture will open on June 21, 2018, inside the Javits Center in New York City. With a conference expo that showcases the technologies needed to create the next generation of architectural innovation, PixelFLEX™ and Vectorworks, Inc. will partner together in booth 1157 on the third floor to demonstrate the dynamic possibilities of an architectural or commercial LED video design. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, PixelFLEX offers a complete line of award-winning LED video display technologies that allow architects and designers to create one-of-a-kind visual experiences. “Over the last several years, we have seen a tremendous growth in the implementation of LED video and digital signage in the architectural market,” said David Venus, director of marketing at PixelFLEX. “We feel this growth is in response to the many unique, indoor and outdoor applications now available, and working with Vectorworks is the ideal partnership to quickly convey the expansive technology potential.” Vectorworks is a global design and BIM software solutions provider serving professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. With their 2D/3D cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout a project life-cycle. “Creating and communicating a compelling design is a fundamental need for our users, and therefore our business,” added Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “Our AIA booth needed to reflect that core value, thus the reason why we teamed up with PixelFLEX, so we can showcase the amazing possibilities of our BIM software with one of their state-of-the-art LED screens.” Learn more about PixelFLEX and Vectorworks at the co-sponsored Happy Hour on Thursday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Tech Pavilion. The AIA Conference on Architecture takes place on June 21–23, 2018, with the Architecture Expo on June 21-22. All conference activities will take place at the Javits Center, W. 35th St. and 11th Ave, New York, New York, 10001. For more information about the AIA Conference on Architecture and the A’18 Expo visit www.conferenceonarchitecture.com. About PixelFLEX An American-based LED manufacturer, PixelFLEX™ offers creative solutions, reliable products and dependable service for our industry-leading LED display technologies and solutions. Driven towards excellence to meet your standards, PixelFLEX offers a one-of-a-kind design for your tour, event or installation through our award-winning line of LED video walls and video screens. Working with architects, designers, engineers and consultants, PixelFLEX is proud to develop custom LED solutions for each and every customer while also providing top-tier customer support throughout the entire experience. For more information on the complete line of PixelFLEX LED video walls and video screens, visit PixelFLEX at pixelflexled.com, follow us on Twitter at @pixelflexled or find us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. About Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software solutions provider serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Newbury, England and London, England, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net. ###
  7. For the fourth consecutive year, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. will continue its partnership with the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) as part of its ongoing support for student designers. As a first-of-its-kind intensive training program, SILV offers improved and efficient ways to train students in all areas of live entertainment in an effort to grow the next generation of practitioners in the field. Vectorworks aids in this mission by donating funds to the organization and teaching workshops on cutting-edge entertainment technology. “The partnership that SILV has with Vectorworks has dramatically expanded our students’ experience with digital drafting and increased their pre-visualization and console programming capabilities, making the plotting and paperwork process possible,” said Jane Childs, director at SILV. “The accomplishments achieved after two short weeks with our Vectorworks friends is phenomenal.” For the fourth year in a row, Frank Brault, product marketing manager — entertainment at Vectorworks, will volunteer to teach classes. In addition to the week-long Spotlight class that will cover basic concepts to advanced 2D and 3D techniques, Brault will also run a week-long course about Vision, the pre-visualization software developed by Vectorworks. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Spotlight from June 3 to 8, 2018 and Vision and Lightwright from July 1 to 6, 2018. “Vectorworks is committed to the academic community and is passionate about supporting the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. Teaching these courses is the perfect opportunity for us,” said Brault. “One of my favorite things about teaching these students is watching the changes in confidence that take place as they become proficient with Vectorworks. At the end of the training, they are excited about taking their experience in the classroom to new roles in the entertainment world and beyond.” To participate in the SILV program, students must first apply. Submissions are ongoing. About Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM solutions provider serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we've been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Newbury, England and London, England, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net. ###
  8. Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. invites professionals, educators and students in the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries to attend the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit from November 4 to 6, 2018. Hosted at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Ariz., the conference includes industry sessions, tech support, networking events, inspiring keynotes and hands-on training. Multiple sessions will offer continuing education credits. “The Summit is the most cost-effective way for designers to maximize their investment in Vectorworks and improve their company’s bottom line,” said Vectorworks CEO Biplab Sarkar. “It is my hope that all attendees will leave Arizona with inspiration and valuable experience to strengthen their career in the design industry.” There will be two keynotes and 50+ sessions led by 35 industry experts, like Joseph Marshall, project architect and technology coordinator at Flansburgh Architects; Todd McCurdy, president and director of landscape architecture and planning at Huitt-Zollars; Scott Barnes, lighting console programmer for motion pictures and many more. REGISTRATION RATES Pre-Early Bird: Now to June 22: Attendees can register for $399 and take advantage of a waived resort fee. Plus, there is a buy one, get one free special on registration. Early Bird: June 22 to July 31: Registration for the event will increase to $499, but the resort fee will still be waived. Plus, there is still a buy one, get one free special on registration. Regular Conference: July 31 to September 28: Registration will increase to $599. Last Chance: September 28 to November 2: Registration will increase to $699. Student and Professor Rate: As part of Vectorworks’ commitment to supporting the academic community, students and professors can register from now until June 22 for just $49, or at any time after for $99. *Room rates are $199 per night for all guests. To see the full list of sessions and to register, please visit vectorworks.net/design-summit. Press can register for free by emailing Vectorworks PR Manager Lauren Meyer at Lmeyer@vectorworks.net. Join the Summit conversation by following and engaging with #VectorworksDesignSummit.
  9. The world’s leading business solutions review website, G2 Crowd, featured global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. in its Spring 2018 Grid and Index reports. The reports rank software based on unbiased and real-time reviews from verified users. Specifically, Vectorworks Architect was ranked second in the “Highest Rated” and “Easiest To Use” categories for Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. Scoring ahead of other BIM software programs, Architect received a 92 percent satisfaction score and an 8.5 usability score. According to G2 Crowd, a product’s satisfaction and usability scores are calculated by a proprietary algorithm that factors in real-user satisfaction ratings from review data. Software buyers can compare products according to their satisfaction scores to streamline the buying process and quickly identify the best products based on the experiences of their peers. “Rankings on G2 Crowd reports are based on data provided to us by real users,” said Michael Fauscette, chief research officer at G2 Crowd. “We are excited to share the achievements of the products ranked on our site because they represent the voice of the user and offer terrific insights to potential buyers around the world.” As the architect’s BIM tool, Vectorworks Architect enables designers to tackle complex ideas in 2D and 3D, refine construction details, explore project’s energy efficiency and streamline costs. “It is an honor to have Vectorworks Architect recognized by G2 Crowd, but this wouldn’t be possible without the support of our amazing users,” said Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “They are the ones who keep us motivated in our mission to offer the best BIM software for the AEC industry year after year.” Visit the Vectorworks Architect G2 Crowd profile to view additional ratings and reviews.
  10. As part of a worldwide rollout that began with the English release in September 2017, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the release of the Chinese version of its Vectorworks 2018 software line, which includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as BraceworksTM, a structural load analysis add-on module. The Chinese language version is the final installment to join other languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish. “Year after year, Vectorworks makes strides to continue as a superior, global design tool, and this year is no different,” said Cecil Fung, managing director of Mad Macs Technology Distributions, Ltd., the Vectorworks distributor in China. “Chinese designers choose Vectorworks because it offers dual platform capability, 2D tool flexibility and a variety of tools for the landscape and entertainment industries, such as plant tags, truss tools, reporting functions, stage analysis and more. They can look forward to the even more robust and efficient workflows with Vectorworks 2018.” To showcase the new features of Vectorworks 2018, Mad Macs Technology Distributions Limited will host the following free events this spring across China: Shanghai: April 17 Nanjing: April 19 Hangzhou: April 20 Guangzhou: April 23 Wuhan: April 25 Chongqing: May 4 Chengdu: May 7 During each launch event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about successful projects completed with Vectorworks software. Attendees of the events can also enjoy free refreshments. Space is limited, and registration can be completed here. Questions about the events can be emailed to events@vectorworks.cn. Some of the well-received updates in the Vectorworks 2018 Chinese version include: Multiple drawing views: Use multiple views of a project simultaneously and begin work in one view pane and finish it in another. Switch effortlessly between viewports, views and visibility settings — simply set up panes and view them all at once. Instantly gauge the impact of a design change across 3D, plan, section and elevation views, and even start a rendering in one view while working in another. Direct section and elevation editing: Edit models directly from viewports: add openings, align and distribute windows, reposition doors across multiple layers, reshape walls — it’s all possible. Change the 3D views while in the section to see how edits simultaneously affect plans and model views. And, create better-looking, more-accurate drawings in a fraction of the time. Improved graphic output for architectural documents: Generate documentation from a BIM file much more efficiently. Improved graphic controls within section views of wall joins and wall, or slab and roof components provide the flexibility to quickly achieve high-quality documentation from a 3D model. Braceworks – New Product Module: An add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer, Braceworks provides design, production and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary entertainment structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering standards. Direct site model contour editing: Edit a site model easier than ever with improved site model settings and direct 2D contour editing. Modify each contour line as easily as editing a polyline. Learn more about Vectorworks 2018 at vectorworks.cn. To purchase Vectorworks in your local language, find your regional distributor at vectorworks.net/international.
  11. Today, Vectorworks, Inc., MA Lighting and Robe lighting announce a new development for the entertainment design and production industry that will change the way lighting designers, lighting fixture manufacturers, lighting console manufacturers and lighting visualizers will work together. The three companies have jointly led the charge to develop a new data format, named the General Device Type Format (GDTF), which creates a unified definition for the exchange of device data between consoles, CAD and previsualization software. Currently, most device manufacturers use a proprietary way to define their luminaires. This lack of a standard or unified definition requires lighting console manufacturers to support and maintain a complex web of file formats. Moreover, it makes it virtually impossible for designers to leverage CAD files into consoles and makes it very difficult to link CAD software to previsualization software. “The industry has long been plagued by the absence of a standardized way to define the description of intelligent luminaires,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks. “Today’s exchange process is fraught with challenges. The workflows are disconnected, time-consuming and often require the manual mapping of data with a high chance of error. General Device Type Format simplifies the entire process. It creates a common data exchange language that will be the basis of a fully connected workflow, from CAD to previz to console and back. We look forward to collectively working with additional manufacturers to extend the benefits of this high-quality workflow to the professionals of the industry.” With GDTF, luminaire manufacturers now have an open and universal data exchange format that can be read by any console manufacturer and be included in any CAD or previsualization software. No longer will custom, one-off interpretations of DMX values and conversions for specific control data be needed. The format is human-readable, royalty-free and easy to implement and maintain. “The General Device Type Format is a fantastic new development that will revolutionize the way professionals can specify and control our products,” said Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe lighting. “It’s easy to adopt, and it makes it possible for us as manufacturers of intelligent luminaires to fully describe our fixtures with detailed information without the need for any additional computational interpretation by control or visualization manufacturers.” “Our main motivation was to make everyone’s life easier,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “Users of any lighting control system, CAD and previz software that can process GDTF will benefit by the ease of use and the amount of details provided. GDTF contains all the information required to control and visualize all kinds of devices like fixtures, video, pyro, special FX or lasers in a standardized manner. It supports the manufacturers to structure and provide all the data to make their devices look best — onstage and during visualization. We count on the device manufacturers to contribute. They already have all the information their customers need to perform. Once our industry has adapted to the new GDTF standard, all our lives will become much easier — for good.” The three companies will discuss the announcement and present information about the GDTF during the upcoming Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany. Stop by Hall 3.0 to visit MA Lighting at C51 and C61, Vectorworks at E60 and Robe lighting at D80. A press briefing will be held at the Vectorworks booth on Tuesday, April 10 at 2 p.m. For Vectorworks users, devices in Vectorworks Spotlight are currently being updated to support GDTF. Updates will be released in future 2018 service packs.
  12. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is helping designers harness the power of the cloud with the release of its new reality capture feature, Photos to 3D Model, as well as its virtual reality feature, web view VR. The two technologies, along with the Bluebeam integration announced earlier this week, are available with the latest update to Vectorworks Cloud Services in addition to the third Service Pack (SP3) for the Vectorworks 2018 product line. Create 3D Models in a Snap from your Mobile Device The Photos to 3D Model feature is a new reality capture innovation that allows designers to create 3D models without having to measure or re-create existing 3D geometry or pay for expensive laser scanners to re-create existing conditions before modeling. Simply snap some photos on a mobile device and use the Vectorworks Nomad app to send that data directly to Vectorworks Cloud Services to process the 3D model. Communicate Designs in Groundbreaking Ways The latest update to web view Virtual Reality (VR) provides the ability to toggle shadows off and on and to control shadow direction in the web view. The ability to interactively section or isolate parts of the model allows designers more flexibility and precision to communicate their designs in groundbreaking ways. Plus, for those with access to higher-end VR gear, the web view feature now also offers support for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Daydream, upping the ability to use web views on five different types of headgear. “At Vectorworks, we look forward to continued innovations and improvements in solutions that will incorporate reality into the design process,” said Steve Johnson, vice president of product development at Vectorworks, Inc. “We think designers will love our new Photos to 3D Model and web view VR capabilities, as they can now easily capture and share data using cutting-edge technology that’s already in their pockets.” Other improvements in SP3 include the Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio Integration, truss section data for Global Truss and Prolyte, a modified user interface (UI) design for Vectorworks Nomad and other fixes. This Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2018. To install, click here or select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows). To find out more about this release, read the tech bulletin. Contact tech@vectorworks.net with any technical questions.
  13. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. and Bluebeam, Inc., a leading developer of innovative technology solutions for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, announced today a new integration between Vectorworks Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio that supports a modern, online review and approval process for digital construction drawings and 3D models. Vectorworks is the first BIM software company to connect its cloud services via the Bluebeam Studio API, allowing project team members to host real-time, online markups and review sessions. The new integration creates a streamlined, cloud-based process for designers, architects, contractors and owners to collaborate on PDF drawings and models. Vectorworks users can publish drawing sets as data-rich 2D PDFs or models as 3D PDFs to Vectorworks Cloud Services, where they can launch a Bluebeam Studio Session and then invite participants to compare, mark up and collaborate in real time using the tools in Bluebeam Revu. Marked-up PDFs can then be saved back to Vectorworks Cloud Services for easy storage and file management. “In a traditional drawing review process, PDF files are typically exchanged by email, then printed and manually marked up,” said Daniel Monaghan, VP of marketing at Vectorworks. “By moving to a cloud-based review workflow, collaboration among project team members becomes easier and helps avoid mistakes, and ultimately allows projects to run more smoothly by reducing review time and costs. By making it easy to share and review files digitally, we’re helping to connect design and construction workflows in ways no other BIM program can offer.” Vectorworks has optimized its PDF publishing to better support Bluebeam’s workflow. For example, Vectorworks can batch publish PDF drawing sets, map layers or classes to PDF layers and maintain Vectorworks hyperlinks in exported PDFs. Most recently, Vectorworks Architect’s space object was updated so room data defined in Vectorworks can be mapped to native spaces in Bluebeam Revu, saving time in the review and estimating process. “Bluebeam is excited to have Vectorworks bring this integration between Vectorworks Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio to the industry," said Bluebeam Chief Technical Officer Don Jacob. "Platform integrations like the one announced today, based on open standards such as PDF, create powerful workflows for project teams and are a big step forward in creating seamless exchanges between design and construction solutions.” To learn more about the integration of Bluebeam Studio and Vectorworks Cloud Services, click here. This new integration is available at no charge to all Vectorworks Service Select maintenance program members. A Bluebeam Studio Prime subscription is required to enable the integration with Bluebeam Studio.
  14. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. sponsored the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for the second year and congratulates the winners of each region for their recognition as emerging entertainment design professionals. Eight regional festivals took place from January 9 to March 3, 2018 and included workshops, discussions, regional-level scholarships and award programs, which allowed students the chance to present their best productions and receive feedback from professionals. For each of the regional festivals, a winner in the Design, Technology and Management category received a professional license of Vectorworks Spotlight 2018 software. Entries were evaluated and chosen based on excellence, efficiency, innovation and visual presentation techniques. “Year after year, the KCACTF Regional Awards produces impressive and inspiring projects,” said Alice Lowy, marketing programs director at Vectorworks. “We jumped at the chance to be a sponsor again this year, as we believe it’s important to empower and support young designers who are beginning their professional careers.” Congratulations to all the winners: Region 1: Liam Day from Clark University for “The Little Mermaid.” Region 2: Christopher Erbe from Montclair State University for “Company.” Region 3: Allison Granat from Valparaiso University for “His Dark Materials.” Region 4: Shelby Ashley from Northeast State Community College for “Crimes of the Heart” and “The Foreigner.” Region 5: Mattie McIntosh from University of Nebraska-Lincoln for “Stupid F8cking Bird.” Region 6: Eric Armstrong from The University of Arkansas for “Avenue Q.” Region 7: Amy Beery from George Fox University for “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Deus Ex Millennia.” Region 8: Christiana Kuey from Cal Poly Pomona for “Intimate Apparel.” “Being awarded Vectorworks was a great privilege,” said Ashley. “No one in my college has it, including the professors, so I am excited to teach myself and others how to use it. This will advance my skills in drafting and will help me continue my career as a designer.” To learn more about how Vectorworks supports the academic community, visit vectorworks.net/education.
  15. The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is proud to announce a new partnership with Vectorworks, Inc., a global design and BIM software developer. An initial partnership began this fall, with the launch of the AIAS InStudio Render/Sketch competition. “With the success of such a relevant competition to our membership, we discussed broadening our relationship with Vectorworks, a company who is at the forefront of this technology,” said Kimberly Tuttle, director of Leadership & Career Services at the AIAS. Vectorworks has signed on for a Gold Partnership and will be sponsoring the AIAS InStudio Render/Sketch competition, which will launch in the fall of 2018. AIAS members will be asked to share their sketches and renderings to highlight their studio work and to provide inspiration for those looking to enhance their own skill sets. This competition is open to students of all years and skill sets, which makes it an attractive competition to the AIAS membership. The first-place winner will receive $300, with second and third place winners taking home $200 and $100, respectively. Last year’s winning entries can be viewed here. “Vectorworks is passionate about supporting the next generation of designers, so partnering with the highly-respected American Institute of Architecture Students was an obvious choice, because we desire to inspire students by showing them what’s possible with design and BIM,” said Daniel Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “We look forward to doing so by collaborating with the student-run organization on upcoming projects, competitions and events.” Join us at AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC July 19-22, 2018, to meet and hear more about Vectorworks’ products and programs. The conference is a platform to discuss chapter leadership and business leadership, community involvement and innovation. Attendees can learn from local CEOs, founders, government officials and professionals. Additionally, Vectorworks will be at the AIAS FORUM on December 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019 in Seattle, WA. Held every year over the winter holiday, members hear from sponsors, learn from other leaders, discuss issues relevant to architecture and design education and conduct official AIAS business. “AIAS members like to live on the edge of design, technology and innovation. As the next generation of architects, the AIAS is excited to partner with Vectorworks, a next-generation technology company. Vectorworks' products and technology can help propel AIAS members to the forefront of the design and architecture professions,” said Nick Serfass, executive director of the AIAS.

 

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