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Jim, Do you know if they are going to slowly release some more features or videos for us to get excited about or will it be silence until release date?

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Beside that I would love nothing more than use these last days to prepare and learn for VW 2017,
as most projects are stalled because of problems and potential workarounds that may be
unnecessary by the release of VW 2017 (Walls, C4D Exchange, ...) at best,

I don't think so.

First, at Summit, there was more unveiled than last year at this time,
second, that would provide a lot of unnecessary forum traffic for questions caused by the fact
that people can't examine new features by itself,
third, beside the little "spare time" Jim got for the forum switch, he and his team will be happy if
they get their videos ready for release day :)

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While this may not reveal any _more_ features than have been previously known, this article appeared on Planet Vectorworks today. It and its videos may shed some new light on the features we've heard about so far.

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I didn't mean to put any additional stress on Jim or the staff before the release.  I was just wondering if they had plans to release more info like they did in the past.  It was really a simple yes/no question.  It shouldn't take too much of his time to answer and it would probably ease everyones nerves if we knew the answer whether it was yes or no.

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I doubt it. A LOT of internal changes (so far all good!) have been going on that didn't slow release, but definitely ensured there was no "extra" time to prep things like that.

Going forward I hope to have public a bit more of development and not just have it in two big spoonfuls each year. Earlier involvement of feedback from users in the development process would aid design immensely in my opinion.

Also, I should soon have much more time allotted to answer questions here, but always feel free to ask anything anytime regardless!

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Yeah there was a snafu a few years ago where VSS subscribers got their serial numbers AFTER users who were subscribed to Service Select got them. Not gonna let that happen again.

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Are the VW2017 serial numbers for the US version of Vectorworks provided by VW US or by the local distributors for those outside the US using the US version?

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Looks like those are from US but somehow "managed" by the local distributors that sold them.
At least at the beginning.
Since newer releases I don't have much contact with these, (if at all ?).
I think the International Service Select Portal that provides my Serial Numbers doesn't
look different for "real" US citizens.

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We actually generate ALL serial numbers here in the US from what I understand, then issue them in bulk to distributors through our management software whether they're localized versions or not. 

As to rollout schedules, some distributors delivering English I think are a day or two behind the US version, but I don't know which ones specifically, I'll check and see if that information is available publicly.

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Speculation,

not before 9/14.
I rather think 9/15, because of that last older version upgrade action - before the 2017 release.
Or up to 9/30 because the need to prepare presentations.
 

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There is a Whats new 2017 webinar scheduled for the 20th.  I was assuming that would be about a week after the release - to give people some time to download it and click around.  I was thinking they might want to release a day ahead of the upgrade change to try and bait all the  <2013 people with all the nice new features....

I think the smart money is on tomorrow, with today or Thursday being plausible underdogs.  

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While I don't really understand the release date being top secret.
So if no one knows that or when a new VW is released, many people will go for holidays
and maybe even won't notice release when coming back weeks later ....

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1 minute ago, zoomer said:

While I don't really understand the release date being top secret.
so if no one knows that or when a new VW is released, many people will go for holidays
and maybe even won't notice release when coming back weeks later ....

I agree. I dislike keeping my mouth shut as you might have guessed.

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Just now, zoomer said:

While I don't really understand the release date being top secret.
so if no one knows that or when a new VW is released, many people will go for holidays
and maybe even won't notice release when coming back weeks later ....

 

I think the only reason is because they don't know.  It gives them the freedom to delay by a day or two if need be.

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While I can't talk about the release date specifically, I CAN share some info about the secrecy logic:

1) As @Tom Klaberguessed, sometimes this date moves last minute. One year it was only 3 days while another I think it jumped up or back more than a week with very little notice because of a shipping problem (this was when we still mainly sent DVDs)

2) Distributors that have localization to handle need extra time to do so, since they get passed the baton right when we finish, and we don't want to put any undue public pressure on them.

3) "If you never give a date, you're never late." I don't personally ascribe to this theory but lots of upper manager types seem to like it ;)

However, there are also a lot of marketing-related concerns with releasing a date publicly, doing so might affect sales, temporary/flash promos and other things like that. It's a LOT of things all together that keep the secrecy going.

For the time being i'm pushing mainly for openness of development as it pertains to features and design, the rollout schedule secrecy I don't harp on too much since it only really pinches around this time of year and isn't even given thought for the other 330-ish days.

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9 hours ago, JimW said:

We actually generate ALL serial numbers here in the US from what I understand, then issue them in bulk to distributors through our management software whether they're localized versions or not. 

As to rollout schedules, some distributors delivering English I think are a day or two behind the US version, but I don't know which ones specifically, I'll check and see if that information is available publicly.

The VW2017 serial number is now in my VSS account as well.

If the release date is the 14th..... it is now the 14th when using UT time (GMT without DST), so that might be good enough to start spilling the beans about all the new features??? After all Universal Time applies to the entire planet, otherwise it wouldn't be universal, right?  ;)

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The Service Select portal is currently getting some final pokes and prods, if you hit any issues with it, please let me know. But otherwiiiiiiiiiise:

Renderworks for Everyone INDEED!

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