If you use Vectorworks to design networks, you'll be happy to know that version 11 of connectCAD is now available. connectCAD is a suite of plug-ins for Vectorworks that adds specialized tools to the program for designing IT networks and broadcast and audio-visual systems. A highlight of this version is a new Connector Panel tool for wiring theaters, conference centers, exhibition centers, and sports stadiums.
"Until now, designing these was one of those really boring time-consuming detail jobs, and at each design change these had to be updated by hand," said Conrad Preen, developer of connectCAD. "connectCAD has changed all that. Now you define your connector panels in a schematic diagram that shows the signal flow, and then on a separate layer you define the physical panel layout using our smart 'Connector Panel Object'."
The Connector Panel Object reads the names and types of the connectors from the schematic, and the user designs the panel by dragging the connectors to their desired locations. Users can set up and save their own pre-configured panels, and the object is customizable so new connector types can be added.