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Celebrating Design: The 2018 Tony Awards

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 6/14/18 10:28 AM   |  3 min read time

When it comes to Broadway theater, audiences often mention the same components as indicators of a show’s success: the acting, the singing, the choreography. But there is so much more to a spectacular Broadway production than meets the eye — elements brought to life by the creativity and hard work of designers working diligently behind the scenes.

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Topics: scenic design, tony awards, Dear Evan Hansen, lighting design, Tony Award nomination, Amanda Stephens, The Broadway League, The American Theatre Wing, 2018 Tony Awards, Tony Award winners

Marionette Monday: Landmark Users Can Actually Get What They Wish For

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 6/4/18 10:40 AM   |  5 min read time

Futurity is a landscape architecture firm based out of Chicago, Illinois that designs creative landscapes for residential, corporate, and civic clients. Many of Futurity’s projects involve working with very large sites; this process typically includes a survey plan that contains a great amount of data. Anna Arbetter, licensed landscape architect at Futurity, shared how the firm contends with these challenges to their already complex workflow and how she recently found success using Vectorworks' built-in algorithmic modeling tool, Marionette, to streamline the design process.

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Topics: Marionette Monday, Marionette, #MarionetteMonday, Landmark software, Vectorworks user, Vectorworks success story, Futurity, Anna Arbetter, algorithmic modeling

How to Make a Colossal Comeback at Competitions: Student Edition

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 5/1/18 10:58 AM   |  6 min read time

Every year Vectorworks sponsors the 3D Exterior Landscape Design event at the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC). NCLC is a three-day event where hundreds of students gather to exhibit their skills in landscape and horticulture.

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Topics: Eric Gilbey, horticulture, NALP, National Association of Landscape Professionals, Getting Started Guides, Vectorworks Landmark, National Collegiate Landscape Competition, NCLC, Marcus Duck, Tyler Gilson, Michigan State University, Canopy Landscapes, Tony Kostreski

BIM Busters: It's Time to Expose 5 Mandate Myths

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 4/5/18 11:24 AM   |  6 min read time

If the new BIM mandates are causing concern for you or your firm, never fear! Today we are going to bust five myths related to BIM Level 2 — by showing you how Vectorworks power user bpr architects successfully completed a project working entirely in 3D.

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Topics: bpr architects, Case Study, IFC, Paul Beaty-Pownall, Tekla, BIM Level 2, The Ritterman Building, import/export, Middlesex University, higher education

Marionette Monday: 5 Reasons to Adopt Algorithmic Modeling

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 3/26/18 11:34 AM   |  5 min read time

Still not fully convinced that Marionette, the algorithmic modeling tool for Vectorworks, is for you or your firm? Look no further. Here are five reasons you should try Marionette — complete with a real-world example to demonstrate one of our most powerful product features.

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Topics: Marionette Monday, Case Study, Marionette, #MarionetteMonday, Python, Principle Architecture

Here are the Reasons AV Matters Switched to Vectorworks

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 3/14/18 9:55 AM   |  5 min read time

Alex Rose understands the value of saving time in the entertainment industry. As a project manager at AV Matters in Orlando, Florida, he oversees the production and technical details of a wide range of events, including corporate conferences, galas, and social and charity events. Although the process of producing an event from start to finish can be stressful due to tight deadlines, it’s become much easier for Rose, as the firm recently made the switch from AutoCAD to Vectorworks Spotlight to help with the design and execution of each event.

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Topics: Renderworks, Vectorworks Spotlight, AutoCAD, Zumba Instructor Convention, AV Matters, 3d renderings, Soft Goods tool, content libraries, Maverick MK2 lights, Make the Move

A Promising Look at the Future of Vibrant Visualizations

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 3/12/18 10:03 AM   |  7 min read time

Noah Record is no stranger to designing stages for high school productions. After all, his interest in theater design stems from his own experiences in high school. But after working with the Illinois High School Theatre Festival for the past five years, he realized that his students wanted to be treated as professionals and pushed to learn as much as they could. So, he decided to raise the stakes — by integrating Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision educational licenses into the program’s production of the musical Big Fish.

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Topics: Free educational license, students, Vectorworks Spotlight, light plots, renderings, Vectorworks Vision, Big Fish, Mirror Tool, Illinois High School Theatre Festival, auto numbering

Marionette Monday: New Symbols That Will Fold and Lift

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 2/26/18 11:35 AM   |  3 min read time

To help you get through your case of the Mondays, here are some new Marionette objects specifically created in response to user comments on the Vectorworks Forum.

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Topics: Marionette Monday, Scott Barnes, Vectorworks Spotlight, I-Light Design, Marionette, Vectorworks Forum, JLG Condor lift, articulating boom lift, NanaWall, scissor lift

How to Make Pretzels Out of Steep Learning Curves

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 2/13/18 10:51 AM   |  6 min read time

Becoming a bridge designer was not in Jim Rounsevell’s original plan when he came to the University of Virginia to study architecture. But that changed when he joined a community-driven effort and competition to revitalize a historic precinct in Charlottesville.

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Topics: 3D modeling tools, Camera Match, Renderworks Camera, Jim Rounsevell, International Footbridge Competition, Berlin, bridge design

No More 'Grey' Skies for this Successful Scholarship Award Winner

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 1/12/18 10:34 AM   |  7 min read time

When you review Morgan Lindsey Price’s résumé, you immediately notice her extensive scenic design experience in theater and fast-growing art direction experience in TV and film, including the new Grey’s Anatomy spinoff. A detail you may not notice, however, is that Price was once a theater and economics double major pursuing acting — until she discovered Vectorworks software.

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