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  1. Vectorworks Architect Wins for the Third Consecutive Year at 17th Annual Awards. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. wins the 2022 Architectural Design Product of the Year Award at this year’s Construction Computing Awards. Additionally, Vectorworks user Jonathan Reeves won AR/VR Project of the Year for his Forest Rooms architecture project, while Vectorworks customer firm Studio Partington’s The Golden Lane Estate project was the runner-up for Sustainability Project of the Year. The Construction Computing Awards, affectionally known as "The Hammers," seek to showcase and reward 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. This year’s winners were determined by voter submission and a panel of judges and announced on Nov. 10 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City. “This award is a huge recognition and endorsement of Vectorworks’ focus on providing exceptional functionality and capability to the architectural market it supports,” said Vectorworks Senior Sales Director Adrian Slatter. “It has been a successful year for Vectorworks as many of our users have won numerous design awards, so this achievement reinforces our commitment to make Vectorworks Architect the tool of choice for architectural design, enabling architects to design without limits and showcase the incredible talent of their teams.” Winners will appear in the November/December 2022 issue of CAD User and Construction Computing magazine. The full list of winners and runners-up is available on their website. Learn more about the software that allows you to sketch, draw and model in a fully integrated BIM workflow at vectorworks.net/architect.
  2. Online Training Courses Offer an Innovative way to Advance Designers’ Careers. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. invites designers to take the next step in their careers with the new professional certification course program for Vectorworks Architect, Landmark and Spotlight. The comprehensive courses are available to all users across the globe and cover the essential tools, commands and concepts needed to increase proficiency in Vectorworks' industry-focused products. With live online classes, attendees can actively participate in the course sessions, ask industry experts questions and join real-time discussions, all from the convenience of their own office. “Earning a Vectorworks professional certification is a key differentiator for designers,” said Vectorworks Customer Success Director Juan Almansa. “Not only does the course allow you to tap into the full potential of your chosen Vectorworks product and improve workflows, but it also provides a critical resume enhancement. The certification distinction allows you to stand out from the competition and showcase your competency in industry-leading software to your clients, employers and colleagues.” Designers can mark their calendars and prepare for three upcoming courses, with more opportunities to come in 2023. Vectorworks Landmark Certification · Audience: Vectorworks Landmark or Design Suite users in the landscape architecture and design industry. · Schedule: Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 | 10:00 a.m. EST – 12:30 p.m. EST. · Duration: 4 sessions, approximately 10.5 hours (including breaks). · Requirements: Installed and activated license for Vectorworks Landmark or Design Suite 2022 or more recent. Learn more about the recommendations, prerequisites and objectives of this course here. Vectorworks Architect Certification · Audience: Vectorworks Architect or Design Suite users in the architectural industry. · Schedule: Nov. 1 to Nov. 29 | 10:00 a.m. EST – 12:30 p.m. EST. · Duration: 7 sessions, approximately 17.5 hours (including breaks). · Requirements: Installed and activated license for Vectorworks Architect or Design Suite 2022 or more recent. Learn more about the recommendations, prerequisites and objectives of this course here. Vectorworks Spotlight Certification · Audience: Vectorworks Spotlight or Design Suite users in the entertainment and lighting design industry. · Schedule: Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 | 10:00 a.m. EST – 4:00 p.m. EST. · Duration: 5 sessions, approximately 30 hours (including breaks). · Requirements: Installed and activated license for Vectorworks Spotlight or Design Suite 2022 or more recent. Learn more about the recommendations, prerequisites and objectives of this course here. Participants of all courses will receive access to recordings of each session to review on-demand for six months. They will also be registered to take the Vectorworks professional certification exam for their corresponding industry specialization. To discover new ways to make the most of your Vectorworks software and learn more about Vectorworks' official online training courses, visit the Vectorworks training courses page. About Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning design and BIM software provider serving the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Built with designers in mind since 1985, Vectorworks software offers you the freedom to follow your imagination wherever it leads you. Globally more than 685,000 users are creating, connecting and influencing the next generation of design with Vectorworks on Mac and Windows. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in the UK, Canada and Australia, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how you can design without limits at vectorworks.net or follow @Vectorworks. ###
  3. Vectorworks and its Products Receive Nominations in Five Categories. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is pleased to earn five nominations in the 2022 Construction Computing Awards. This year, in addition to being named a finalist in the BIM, architectural design and company recognition categories, Vectorworks is also being recognized for its achievements in innovation and sustainability. In its 17th year, the Construction Computing Awards, also known as “The Hammers,” historically showcase and reward 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. The 2022 awards emphasize the importance of maintaining the pace of technological change while reducing carbon emissions, delivering electrification of the transport system and building smarter cities. “It’s an incredible honor to be a finalist in this year’s categories and to be recognized for our sustainability and innovation efforts,” said Vectorworks Senior Sales Director Adrian Slatter. “Quality enhancements and developments are driving factors when it comes to our BIM and design software, and these nominations are a great reminder for us to continue to deliver the best.” Vectorworks is nominated in the following categories: · BIM Software of the Year: Vectorworks Architect · Architectural Design Software of the Year: Vectorworks Architect · Company of the Year: Vectorworks, Inc. · Innovation of the Year: Vectorworks, Inc. for the Vectorworks Embodied Carbon Calculator (VECC) · Sustainability Project of the Year: Studio Partington with Vectorworks Architect for Golden Lane Estate “As the world changes, designers need software that provides them with a straightforward way to get involved in the effort to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change,” said Luka Stefanovic, senior architecture industry specialist at Vectorworks and creator behind the VECC. “Sustainability, innovation and creativity are here to stay in the AEC industry and it’s remarkable that Vectorworks is staying at the forefront of these trends.” Award winners are determined by voter submission and a panel of judges. Voters are encouraged to place their votes by Nov. 1 on the Construction Computing Awards website. Winners will be announced on Nov. 10 at the awards ceremony in London.
  4. New Version of Design-Centered Software Now Available to Supercharge Designers’ Workflows. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. releases Vectorworks 2023, featuring performance improvements and tools developed to give users more time to design. The 2023 release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision with the English-language editions of these versions available today. “We understand the importance and value of time and we’re excited to give some of this critical resource back to designers with Vectorworks 2023,” said Vectorworks Chief Technology Officer Steve Johnson. “In our continued effort to empower our users to design without limits, our latest release boasts upgrades to essential tools that will lessen the need for manual work. With the freedom to model anything with fewer steps, more automated operations and more ways to collaborate with others, users will be able to supercharge their workflows and maximize their productivity.” The Vectorworks 2023 product line features improvements focused on accelerated BIM workflows, interoperability, user experience enhancements, BIM for the landscape and entertainment-focused quality improvements. BIM Data is vital when it comes to BIM, and Vectorworks 2023 makes it more accessible and easier to manage, allowing designers to use data to their advantage for more efficient and precise modeling and documentation. Powerful data reporting additions will simplify the process of creating detailed reports and quantity takeoffs for building objects, allowing for highly accurate reports for walls, slabs, roofs and railing/fence objects and their defining components. The Data Manager’s capabilities have expanded, making it more predictable and easier to use when creating and managing all data types. Users can now search, filter and select multiple data sets, copy and paste information and apply it to other data sets. Vectorworks 2023 also offers more control of creating and customizing data tags. Users can intuitively find and change data tag object associations, display varying units per instance as needed and define a scale for use in sheet or design layers. “Data is a crucial element of BIM or any type of information modeling,” said Rubina Siddiqui, product marketing director at Vectorworks. “Making it more accessible and easier to manage means that designers can take advantage of and use data in a way that does not take their time and focus away from designing.” Interoperability Vectorworks continues to prioritize collaboration, constantly providing new and effective ways for users to work with fellow designers and consultants. Improvements to IFC import capabilities are just one of many ways Vectorworks 2023 encourages more productive collaboration. Users will experience increased performance when importing an IFC file and the ability to import from more applications. New options to filter objects upon import along with criteria-based class and story mapping for alignment with Vectorworks file organization offer greater control. Vectorworks 2023 also issues a collection of user-friendly import/export improvements for essential exchanges of DWG and DXF files. Users can now customize which items and layers are exported in a file through a new, simplified export dialog. At the same time, when importing, it’s easy to select which layers and objects to include. User Experience With everyday performance improvements focused on process automation and efficiencies, Vectorworks 2023 does the heavy lifting for you. Users can now streamline documentation workflows with improvements to Section Viewports. Taking advantage of the Vectorworks Graphics Module, these have the new ability to move calculations and processing to the background, allowing for viewport updates up to six times faster while also providing the ability to work on other tasks simultaneously. Improvements to Cloud Presentations offer more freedom to active subscription and Service Select users to create and customize boards and virtual tours in Vectorworks Cloud Services. Virtual tours have added compatibility with various file types such as 3D models, PDFs, images and more in addition to updates to Vectorworks’ cloud and mobile 3D viewer, providing more robust options to share designs and impress clients. With this latest release, designers will also experience Redshift without limits. Vectorworks 2023 now takes full advantage of Maxon’s Redshift Everywhere initiative, placing Redshift render styles within reach of all customers, regardless of the type of hardware being used, providing even more rendering options for outstanding visualizations. BIM For Landscape With improved visual and organizational capabilities and new tools to save time on grading plans and terrain modeling, Vectorworks continues to pave the way to make adopting BIM into landscape workflows simpler. Users can now also take advantage of Vectorworks’ GIS and georeferencing integrations making file collaboration more straightforward by automatically placing referenced files using GIS settings from a master document. Plus, new GIS Settings and Coordinates allow you to note your preferred method of coordinate entry to incorporate georeferencing data more accurately. Additionally, with Vectorworks Landmark 2023, designers can easily specify and model hedgerows, mixed or single species, with the Hedgerow Tool. Seamlessly apply hedges to the site model surface in both 2D and 3D views, quantify by linear unit and simultaneously illustrate them at mature spread and height. Entertainment With a focus on continuous improvement to provide entertainment and lighting designers tools they can trust, version 2023 includes critical upgrades to allow for more efficient and successful workflows. Rigging design and planning is easier than ever in Vectorworks Spotlight 2023. Improved integration between hoist and bridle objects allows for more consistent and manageable documentation, and two-leg bridle behaviors have been updated for consistency. Also, increased control over the now symbol-based truss cross object will ease a significant portion of designers’ workflows. Spotlight users will also get peace of mind with improvements and enhancements in the latest version. Updates to the Shaded Render Mode eliminate the eight-light limit users previously faced, offering more rendering support for textures, gobos and haze. These features allow users to quickly create and share design concepts and ensure higher quality renderings. Common workflow issues with lighting devices and worksheet functions have also been addressed to deliver simplified drawing capabilities and more precise designs, leaving users more time to focus on the creative process. The release of localized language versions will begin in October and conclude in the first quarter of 2023. For more information about the availability of Vectorworks 2023 in other markets, contact your local Vectorworks distributor. Vectorworks Service Select and subscription users can upgrade to Vectorworks 2023 as soon as the product is released in their local markets. To learn more about the latest release, visit vectorworks.net/2023 or join the conversation on social media with #Vectorworks2023.
  5. Latest BIM and CAD Product Line Focuses on Process Automation, Allowing More Time for Designing. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will soon launch the 2023 version of its product line, focused on providing time-saving tools that automate tedious processes and let designers focus on high-quality design. The upcoming release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight and Fundamentals, along with 2023 versions of ConnectCAD, Braceworks and Vision. “For Vectorworks 2023, we have spent our time focused on improving our software so that designers don’t feel bogged down by the technology but instead find efficiencies that let them focus on imaginative and creative designs,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. With an extensive collection of new tools and feature enhancements included in the 2023 product line, Vectorworks users can anticipate these key updates in addition to many more in the near future. BIM Vectorworks 2023 will bring significant updates to architects’ BIM workflows. Core architectural objects have been re-engineered and modernized to be more intuitive through all phases of a project reducing the amount of manual work needed to create and edit day-to-day documentation. Historically, creating object type and drawing key legends has been a labor-intensive process, prone to errors and taking up a significant amount of designers’ time. The new Graphic Legends tool will help to alleviate both these challenges for Vectorworks users. The smart tool completely removes the manual process of creating graphic legends, automatically coordinating resources used and providing an easy editing and customization process, ensuring the accuracy of legends and drawing keys for documentation. In addition, door and window objects can now be created and edited by simply drawing a rectangle on the face of the wall in 3D or a line spanning the opening in 2D. They can also be interactively edited, making modeling and updating a breeze. Building on the data-centric focus of its previous version, Vectorworks 2023 will also make even better use of data and resources for more precise BIM models and documentation. Users can anticipate several powerful data reporting additions and updates in the soon-to-be-released version. Interoperability Vectorworks remains the unrivaled choice for collaboration, and Vectorworks 2023 will deliver improved ways to work with others. New Revit file import options give more flexibility when collaborating with consultants and clients using the software. Vectorworks will now support the translation of more Revit object types and provide better organization of the imported file data making it easier to design a project within the context of existing information and reference a Revit file directly for a more collaborative workflow. Users will experience better, faster and more accurate BIM collaboration when using BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) files. Now, as a web palette, the BCF Manager will have the ability to be kept open to seamlessly and efficiently manage and model changes with cloud-based collaboration tools. User Experience Everyday performance improvements that get you started, speed up tasks and are less disruptive highlight a designer’s first experience with Vectorworks 2023. The new Home Screen provides a single source for getting started, learning, training and other growth opportunities for all who are using the software. A new Offset Edge tool focuses on a streamlined and smooth 3D modeling process letting you offset edges and push/pull faces from both planar and non-planar surfaces for faster modeling and efficient design exploration. Additionally, updates to the Shaded Render Mode to support an unlimited number of light sources, environmental lighting and reflections and object reflections provide designers with a powerful and realistic working rendering mode to help make more informed design decisions and ensure a better-quality rendering. Dave Donley, director of product technology, said, “Working in 3D has never been better. Now you can see the model in high fidelity context with lighting and materials all in real-time. Changes to geometry, materials and lighting are instantaneous and the high-quality rendering allows you to really understand what your design looks like. New Shaded Rendering is one of those features that once you try it, you will never want to go back.” BIM for Landscape Vectorworks Landmark 2023 will bring new and improved capabilities that will underscore why it is the landscape architecture industry leader for BIM. The latest version will introduce big improvements to site grading by providing new site modifier modes that will allow site designers to create more complex grading projects. These improvements also bring more intuitive ways to account for proper drainage, vehicular and pedestrian use and better control through contour drawing and editing. By partnering with Laubwerk, version 2023 will also bring a new and extensive library of 3D plant geometry with a wide range of detail levels, seasonal changes and growth representations for more accurate 3D plant representation, documentation and collaboration. Entertainment Continuous improvements in the Vectorworks suite of entertainment products will be the focus in version 2023. Designers will see upgrades to the most important tools that lessen the amount of manual work and provide entertainment design professionals with even more effective and efficient workflows. Upgrades to the Spotlight Cable tools make cable configuration faster and more intuitive. You can now define the entry and exit of cables in a cable run, and the new Property View tab in the Power Planning palette will allow for easier selection and editing of objects in your model. Additionally, updates to the cable path now allow reporting of all associated cables to a Data Tag for easier documentation. Version 2023 will also bring significant workflow improvements to ConnectCAD, including a faster and more accurate way to create cable riser diagrams and reports with an easy new command, intuitive file organization with an updated class structure, and the ability to specify device locations for more automated equipment lists. “Delivering these frequently requested improvements to the existing functionality in our entertainment products is sure to make the upgrade process for Vectorworks Spotlight users smoother than ever before,” said Darick DeHart, chief product officer at Vectorworks. Vectorworks users can look forward to all these enhancements and more with the delivery of the English-language editions of Vectorworks, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision 2023 soon. To receive the latest updates on the release of Vectorworks 2023, visit vectorworks.net in the coming weeks and follow @Vectorworks. Press can contact pr@vectorworks.net for additional information, high-res images, press interviews, preview demos and more.
  6. Eight Winners Provided with Free Vectorworks Spotlight Licenses. In its sixth year as a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) sponsor, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s regional awards. KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities across the country. KCACTF held eight regional festivals virtually this year, providing students across the country the chance to not only showcase their outstanding productions but also take part in a wide range of professional development opportunities in all areas of theater. “The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival celebrates accomplishments and achievements for theatrical works produced on university campuses,” said Val Winkelman, KCACTF national chair of design, technology, and management. “We are extremely grateful that one of our valued sponsors, Vectorworks, provides an opportunity to support students and further their academic training by providing a heightened educational experience to use cutting edge technology and the ability to get a head start on their professional career path.” For the sixth year in a row, Vectorworks partnered with KCACTF to help encourage and support students in the Design, Technology, and Management (DTM) industry by awarding each student winner with a free professional license of Vectorworks Spotlight 2022. Winners were chosen for their design quality, effectiveness, originality, innovation and visual presentation techniques. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Region 1 Emily Goyette, Dean College for “I Hate Hamlet.” Region 2 Christina Tyree, Muskingum University for “Anne of Green Gables.” Region 3 Trey Eikleberry, Wayne State University for “Everybody.” Region 4 Paul Sullivan, Mississippi State University for “Banner: A Sea Turtle Saga” (Lighting Design). Region 5 Lexie Cruz, University of Minnesota Duluth for “Bare: A Pop Opera” (Lighting Design). Region 6 Meagan Woodard, Texas Tech University for “Spring Awakening.” Region 7 Julianne Bodner, University of Oregon for “Company” and “Wo Region 8 Elisabeth Goulding, Brigham Young University for “Illusionary Tales: The Turn of the Screw.” “These students exemplify the future of entertainment design, and we at Vectorworks are proud to both celebrate their achievements and offer an additional tool to assist them in their future careers,” said Vectorworks Academic Marketing Program Specialist Jennifer Hart. “By providing each award winner access to Vectorworks Spotlight, it’s our hope they will continue to innovate, contribute to the industry and design without limits.” “It’s such an honor to receive this award for my region,” said Region 7 award recipient Julianne Bodner. “This will greatly help in my journey to becoming a better designer and I’m immensely grateful to Vectorworks for supporting students in this way.” To learn more about Vectorworks’ support for the academic community, visit vectorworks.net/education.
  7. Hi everyone! I’m happy to announce that earlier today our 2021 Live Design International tradeshow booth was award “Best Island Exhibit" (under 800 square ft) at the Exhibitor Magazine’s Portable Modular Awards. With this incredible recognition we’re also up for the People’s Choice Award selected by popular vote — so we need your help! Please vote for us here by June 22 to help us win! Thank you in advance! Please note you can vote once per day!
  8. Students Can Win up to $10,000 USD in Sixth Global Design Competition Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. opens its sixth Vectorworks Design Scholarship. This global competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in major disciplines related to architecture, landscape architecture, landscape design, entertainment and interior design who can now submit either new or past projects for a chance to win up to $10,000 USD. “We understand that students have a lot of expenses related to their education beyond tuition and we don’t want this to hinder them from starting their professional journey,” said Vectorworks Academic Marketing Programs Specialist Jen Hart. “Our Design Scholarship competition is the perfect opportunity for students around the world to show off their creative abilities for a chance to help fund their academic endeavors.” The competition includes a two-round judging process. First-round winners will each receive $3,000 USD and will be entered for the chance to win the grand prize Richard Diehl Award, worth an additional $7,000 USD. In addition, winners' schools will receive free Vectorworks Design Suite software and free virtual or in-person workshop training for faculty and students. “I encourage every student to submit their work, no matter what your skill level is with drafting and rendering,” said Stephen Jones, professor of theatrical design at California State University - Sacramento and one of this year’s judges. “This scholarship competition is a brilliant way to have your work seen by amazing professionals in the industry, and a great way to help jump start your careers. Be fearless, bold and start making your mark on the industry!” Submission deadlines and prize award amounts vary based on the country and/or region. Exact dates of regional submissions can be found here. For more information or to apply, visit vectorworks.net/scholarship.
  9. Vectorworks Delivers New Integrations with Vectorworks Cloud Storage and Massive Performance Gains Built on Unity Technologies Gaming Engine. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has released its third service pack for the Vectorworks 2022 product line focused on improvements to Vectorworks Cloud Services for all design customers. Other highlights include new storage integrations with Vectorworks Cloud, updates to Datasmith file exchange for a direct link to Twinmotion and support for .glTF within the MVR export from Vectorworks Spotlight. Significant Re-Engineering Gives Vectorworks Users a Better Experience on Cloud and Mobile Platforms Key enhancements to Vectorworks Cloud Services include a new storage integration with OneDrive, improved integrations with Google Drive and a direct connection of the Nomad mobile app to the iOS Files App. Customers can access and process files directly from their preferred cloud storage solution, making it easier to work with existing file structures and saving time. Additionally, region-specific cloud storage will improve Cloud sync speeds and file upload and download speeds. Customers will now also be able to use Redshift render styles when processing renderings of their files in the Vectorworks Cloud. Designers can take advantage of the latest LiDAR technology available with iOS devices when scanning and producing point clouds within their mobile devices. “Implementing the Unity game engine as a platform for AR, 3D and web viewing of 3D models enables us to deliver a faster, more robust experience for anyone viewing and navigating 3D designs of any size on the web and through our mobile app, Nomad,” said Vectorworks Director of Product Technology Dave Donley. “We’re excited to bring these innovative updates to our users, providing them with amazing performance boosts for large, complex design models for better presentations and interactive experiences.” Save More Time with The Twinmotion Direct Link in Vectorworks In Vectorworks 2022 Service Pack 3 the process of synchronizing a 3D model between Vectorworks and Twinmotion is simplified using the Datasmith Direct Link tool. The new Auto Sync option immediately sends changes made to the 3D model in Vectorworks to Twinmotion, eliminating the export/import process. In addition to Auto Sync with Twinmotion, the Datasmith export now supports data and light information to be accessible in Unreal Engine editor for more data-rich and detailed models. Stay On the Cutting Edge of Entertainment Project Workflows with .glTF Support An update to the MVR workflow in Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision includes using the newest .glTF/.glb file format to both utilize the most up-to-date technology and to meet the latest DIN Spec 15800:2022 standards. This modernization will also broaden the adoption of the MVR file format for a wider opportunity for collaboration and easy project information exchange. Service Pack 3 also includes several workflow enhancements for ConnectCAD, additional quality fixes for Vectorworks Spotlight and support for PosiStageNet (PSN) in Vision. All quality fixes are detailed in the tech bulletin. This Service Pack is available as a downloadable update for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2022, including Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision. To install, select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows). Contact tech@vectorworks.net with any technical questions. Get a 30-day free trial of Vectorworks Design Suite to experience the technology firsthand.
  10. Registration is Now Open to Users Across the Globe Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will once again open its doors (virtually) to the Vectorworks community on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The event will allow users in the architecture, landscape architecture, and entertainment design industries to connect face-to-face with the Vectorworks team in a fun, casual setting, all from the comfort of their own homes or offices. This completely free event will also provide the opportunity for designers to ask questions and learn more about Vectorworks’ latest features, updates, and design topic areas directly from the minds behind the software. “We are constantly inspired by our users and the platform of this unique event is the perfect opportunity to interact with and gain valuable insight from the Vectorworks community,” said Steve Johnson, chief technology officer at Vectorworks. “Our team looks forward to meeting with customers from across all industries to discuss a variety of topics, provide details on our latest features, answer questions and give helpful tips.” Event attendees will be able to connect with engineers, product experts and the Vectorworks leadership team over Zoom to discuss various key topics including: Software for Education Architecture, Interiors & BIM Cloud & Mobile Entertainment Landscapes, BIM & GIS Vectorworks’ Product Roadmap Rendering Vectorworks University & Certifications 3D Modeling This year’s event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. AEDT and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Attendees from around the world can join at any time during the event’s duration for their convenience. Prospective attendees can secure their spots by visiting the registration page. Press interested in attending should contact the Vectorworks PR team at pr@vectorworks.net for more information, to request a demo or to schedule a press interview with executives or industry experts.
  11. Evolution of the GDTF File Format Demonstrates Industry-Wide Involvement, Extensibility and Scalability. Columbia, MD (November 17, 2021)—With fellow General Device Type Format (GDTF) founders MA Lighting and Robe Lighting, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. reveals several valuable updates to GDTF—the standard for describing the hierarchical and logical structure and controls of any type of controllable device in the lighting and entertainment industry. The GDTF file format has continued to evolve with input and involvement from manufacturers across the globe and critical feedback from its many adopters, resulting in a newly published update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021. “Receiving recognition in the form of a published update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021 is a testament to the continued evolution and success of GDTF,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “The necessary work will continue to take place to ensure GDTF’s bright future so that its benefits can not only advance the work of the designers utilizing it, but the entertainment industry as a whole.” DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, is the independent platform for standardization in Germany and worldwide. A DIN SPEC is a document that specifies requirements for products, services and/or processes. It’s a trusted strategic instrument for quickly and easily establishing and disseminating innovative solutions that do not conflict with any existing standards or rules of procedure. “The update to DIN SPEC 15800:2021 is a good example of how DIN SPECs can evolve and stay current with specifications that meet the needs of the market,” said Michael Bahr, project manager at DIN. “GDTF and DIN SPEC 15800:2021 are clearly succeeding in serving the needs of the entertainment industry. I'm happy that we could support this project and update this standard with the GDTF group. The updated DIN SPEC 15800:2021 will make the GDTF format easier to use and more scalable for the future. That's what DIN SPEC is made for: ‘Today’s idea. Tomorrow’s standard.’” DIN officially published GDTF as a public available specification for the entertainment industry worldwide in June 2020. Since then, the original creators of the file format have been joined by manufacturers and users across the industry to ensure it remains the standard to truly benefit the end users. Open communication, addressing feedback and continuous improvement efforts have led to the latest version of the file format, GDTF 1.2. GDTF 1.2 includes several major changes that address prior criticisms of the standard and key enhancements. SVG and .gITF Support GDTF 1.2 includes SVG support for defining 2D representation and .gITF support for defining 3D representation, allowing for better graphical rendering for GDTF objects. The additional support of these object types makes GDTF truly universal, not only targeting fixtures, but all kinds of objects that are used inside of an event. Non-Linear Behavior and SubPhysicalAttributes The updated GDTF file format will provide support for non-linear behavior of channel functions inside GDTF with DMX Profiles and better descriptions of the physical behavior of channel functions with SubPhysicalAttributes. The non-linear behavior and SubPhysicalAttributes allow designers more precise rendering of F\fixture behaviors in rendering. In addition, channel functions that ramp, pulse or strobe can now be described more accurately. Non-DMX Based Control Protocols GDTF 1.2 delivers support for non-DMX based control protocols like OSC. This support for OSC demonstrates the file format’s ability to not only support DMX, but also other formats, providing design and production professionals with more flexibility and control. GDTF 1.2 also provides support for more object types like trusses, lasers, hoists and power distributors with new geometry types. “A seemingly impossible task to allow standardized cross-manufacturer data exchange between devices in the lighting and entertainment industry has turned into a success story of industry-wide cooperation with the GDTF specification,” said Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe Lighting. “The continuous engagement of the GDTF group resulted in another GDTF update in the form of DIN SPEC 15800:2021, incorporating the feedback and work of many industry experts who contributed their expertise and time into a standard that allows their own products to utilize simpler yet more comprehensive workflows.” “The GDTF group maintains a strong commitment to developing the format using open sources, while demonstrating responsiveness to critiques and requests to improve the formats,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “All in all, we emphasize that GDTF and MVR are made by the industry for the industry.” To learn more about GDTF visit, gdtf-share.com, and if you are at LDI2021 stop by to attend the free learning sessions on GDTF. The updated DIN SPEC 15800:2021 will be published by Beuth Verlag sometime after LDI. About Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning design and BIM software provider serving the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Built with designers in mind since 1985, Vectorworks software offers you the freedom to follow your imagination wherever it leads you. Globally more than 685,000 users are creating, connecting and influencing the next generation of design with Vectorworks on Mac and Windows. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in the UK, Canada and Australia, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how you can design without limits at vectorworks.net or follow @Vectorworks. About MA Lighting MA Lighting International as master distributor is responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of the professional lighting control solutions of MA Lighting Technology. The current product range offers the grandMA3 series and the MA Network Switch. In the past MA has become well known for its grandMA2, grandMA and dot2 series. Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers several decades of experience and strictly follows a professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centers in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India, Asia Pacific and Scandinavia/Eastern Europe/Russia – supported by a world-wide distribution and service network. About Robe Lighting Robe is among the world’s leading moving light manufacturers, recognized for its innovation, quality engineering and dedication to the very highest production values. The company is based in the Czech Republic and all processes involved in making the luminaires is undertaken locally in a 75,000 square meter premises. Currently, Robe employs over 850 skilled staff worldwide. Robe has wholly-owned subsidiaries in six key markets – the U.S., U.K., Middle East, Singapore (Asia Pacific), France and Germany – and a highly proactive and talented regional sales management team which helps oversee and co-ordinate the worldwide distribution network covering over 100 countries. Robe’s moving and LED lights can be found everywhere. They are working and installed on stages and in concert halls, in theatres and all types of other venues; they are lighting all genres of performance from music to TV to drama and opera; appearing on a myriad of diverse events, as well as at theme park attractions and entering the specialist worlds of architectural and environmental illumination. Robe is also known for being accessible, forward-thinking and understanding the importance of people and personal communication in sustaining a successful enterprise. The excellent communication with those investing in and using its dynamic range of products is at the core of future research and development. The company is very proud of its independence and private ownership. This ensures the business remains agile, efficient, decisive and focused on producing genuinely creative tools for an imaginative and exciting industry that constantly pushes boundaries. ###
  12. Vectorworks Architect was the Winner at the 16th Annual Awards The results of this year’s Construction Computing Awards are in and global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is proud to announce it’s received the 2021 Architectural Design Software of the Year award for Vectorworks Architect. The Construction Computing Awards, also known as “The Hammers,” 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. The winners of the 16th annual awards, determined by voter submission and a panel of judges, were announced on Nov. 11 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City. “Winning the Architectural Design Software of the Year award again—voted by architects themselves—is a great achievement, and we also thank the panel of judges who made this possible,” said Vectorworks Senior Sales Director Adrian Slatter. “It’s rewarding to see Vectorworks Architect recognized for its comprehensive, powerful features that combine absolute creative expression with maximum efficiency for all designers, and this is what always drives our developments and enhancements every year.” Winners will appear in the November/December '21 issue of CAD User and Construction Computing magazine. The full list of winners and runners-up can be viewed here. Learn more about Vectorworks Architect and how it allows designers to Design Without Limits™️ at vectorworks.net/architect or get started with a 30-day free trial.
  13. Latest Version Provides Next Generation Performance, Feature-Rich Improvements Empowering Designers to Design Without Limits Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. releases Vectorworks 2022 emphasizing product quality improvements, superior performance and the user experience. This latest release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision. In addition, Vectorworks reveals its comprehensive solution for designers working within multiple industries has been renamed to accurately reflect its full range of design and BIM capabilities. Vectorworks Design Suite, formerly Vectorworks Designer, offers all the up-to-date features of Vectorworks Fundamentals, Architect, Landmark and Spotlight, providing the entire suite of technology in one interface. “Vectorworks 2022 is an invitation to embrace the exceptional flexibility and interoperability that is expected of our purpose-built, design-focused products,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When you dive into all the advances in the product line, you can see how we are constantly investing in developments that deliver workflow freedom to designers and creators throughout the architecture, landscape, interiors and entertainment design industries.” The Vectorworks 2022 product line includes improvements focused on next-gen tech, 3D and BIM workflows, interoperability, landscapes and GIS and entertainment design workflows. Next-Gen Tech With Vectorworks 2022, the main areas of development in core technologies and interfaces make Vectorworks products faster and more intuitive, while also providing the stability and accuracy required for maximum efficiency. Vectorworks is the first major BIM application to run natively on Apple silicon processors. Testing of Vectorworks 2022 has shown speed increases of two to four times. Additional improvements in this area include full use of Metal on Mac and DirectX on Windows in the Vectorworks Graphics Module, Maxon’s Redshift Render Mode and a new Direct Link to Twinmotion. Plus, a redesign of the attribute and snapping palettes and new per-face texture mapping support an intuitive process for creating and visualizing designs. 3D and BIM Workflows Vectorworks continues to provide design-focused tools for BIM workflows that work for all designers. Direct editing improvements to the stair tool help simplify the process of designing complex objects. Updates to the worksheet database and data manager provide a consistent interface, better visual cues, a new search mode and an improved formula bar with a new set of functions to help make generating targeted reports, schedules and material take offs easy. With a focus on re-engineering and the modernization of core architectural objects like wall components and data reporting to support the creation of accurate BIM models, Vectorworks 2022 offers improvements to your workflow for greater precision, control and accuracy for both the visual model and the corresponding data. Interoperability Vectorworks takes pride in being a design hub and continues to invest in optimizing the most-used file formats, supporting value-added partner products and ensuring that project teams and BIM collaboration remain unrivaled. Version 2022 includes improvements to the DWG file import to support Civil 3D, DWG and GIS georeferencing. Additionally, IFC import/export capabilities are enhanced for improved quantity takeoffs and GIS workflows. Landscape and GIS As the BIM platform of choice for landscape architecture, Vectorworks Landmark 2022 delivers more options for accurate modeling reflective of real-life design considerations. Improvements to the site model make it easier to define and report on soil layers. Updates to the plant tool, hardscape objects, and integrations with Esri make it easier to produce landscape BIM models that leverage GIS workflows while meeting the demand to create sustainable sites. Entertainment Our commitment to users in the entertainment industry is to invest first and foremost in re-engineering for better file performance and to provide highly responsive tools. Version 2022 of Vectorworks Spotlight, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision has greater consistency between tools and functionality focused on simplifying processes such as cable and power planning to make your overall workflow efficient. This latest release also delivers many usability enhancements such as better controls on the camera tool, a position name field for truss and context menus for shifting data around. Improved placement and direct editing of objects in Schematic Views makes day-to-day documentation work in Vectorworks Spotlight faster and more intuitive. To learn more about the latest release, visit vectorworks.net/2022 or join the conversation on social media with #Vectorworks2022. The English-language editions of Vectorworks, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision 2022 are available today. The release of localized language versions will begin in October and conclude the first quarter of 2022. For more information about the availability of Vectorworks 2022 in other markets, contact your local Vectorworks distributor. Vectorworks Service Select and subscription users will receive upgrades to Vectorworks 2022 as soon as the product is released in their local markets. Press can visit vectorworks.net/2022/press for more information, high-res images and videos, or contact pr@vectorworks.net for press interviews, demos and more.
  14. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. opens registration for its sixth Vectorworks Design Summit. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, design professionals, customers, educators and students across the globe in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries will virtually hear the latest from Vectorworks leadership and product experts, take part in live training sessions and network with Vectorworks partners and fellow users—all at no cost. “Even though we’re going virtual for this year’s Design Summit, we’re committed to providing an exceptional training and networking experience for customers all around the world,” said Customer Success Director Juan Almansa. “We’re tailoring this event to not only include exclusive trainings, networking opportunities and a look at our future developments but to also help attendees gain confidence in their design skills using Vectorworks software.” Each day of the event will have a specific focus for attendees. Monday, Nov. 1: Hear from Vectorworks leadership including CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer Steve Johnson and Product Marketing Director Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA in live presentations followed by a Q&A session. Tuesday, Nov. 2: Participate in live and on-demand trainings, attend thought leadership sessions on key industry topics and get exclusive content from the Vectorworks Partner Network. Wednesday, Nov. 3: Ask questions and connect with product experts and Vectorworks partners in an open-house style networking session. “I'm thrilled to speak at this year’s Design Summit about Stageport's research into BIM, digital twins and the entertainment industry, and I look forward to sharing our Vectorworks experience with the community,” said Jazz Hutsby, visualization technologist at Stageport. “With all the advancements in Vectorworks features and the industry over the last year, I’m hopeful attendees will gain insights into the benefits of creating digital twins of venues to help change the way they create, adapt and share their own drawings.” All design professionals, customers, educators and students are invited to the Vectorworks Design Summit. Secure your spot and learn more about the event by visiting the registration page. Media interested in press interviews with Vectorworks team members can submit their requests to pr@vectorworks.net. Connect with other design professionals in the latest conversations by following #VectorworksDesignSummit.
  15. Tania Salgado-Nealous Honored in the Human Resources Executive of the Year Category Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. proudly announces Chief Human Resources Officer Tania Salgado-Nealous, PHR, SHRM-CP was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Human Resources Executive of the Year Category in the 18th Annual International Business Awards®. The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world’s premier business awards program, open to all individuals and organizations worldwide. The 2021 IBAs received more than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and industries in 63 different nations and territories. This year’s competition featured a number of categories to recognize organizations’ and individuals’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The various and creative employee engagement efforts Salgado-Nealous has implemented in her 14-year career at Vectorworks have helped to make employee’s lives better not only at the office, but also at home. Since 2019, Salgado-Nealous has executed paid paternity leave for employees, hired over 70 new employees for the U.S., U.K. and Canada offices and helped to reinforce and communicate Vectorworks’ core values of inclusion, balance, collaboration and innovation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she also successfully oversaw the transition of all three company offices to full-time remote work in less than one business day, implemented several pandemic-friendly employee engagement activities and transitioned company training and development opportunities to a new virtual environment. “After such a remarkable year and a half tackling great adversity, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this achievement,” said Vectorworks Chief Executive Officer Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Tania is a dedicated champion of our employees and a leader by example of the culture at Vectorworks.” Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 260 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from June through early August. “What we’ve seen in this year’s IBA nominations is that organizations around the world, in every sector, have continued to innovate and succeed, despite the setbacks, obstacles and tragedies of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stevie Awards President Maggie Gallagher. “All of this year’s Stevie Award winners are to be applauded for their persistence and their resilience. We look forward to celebrating their achievements with them during our December 8 virtual awards ceremony.” Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.
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