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How Vectorworks Is Helping Customers During COVID-19

Posted by Alex Altieri on 3/20/20 10:33 AM   |  4 min read time

*We’ll update this article as new information becomes available.

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, working arrangements have become anything but status quo — those of us who work in public office spaces are now working from home, and the unfortunate truth is that, for some, working remotely can cause an untimely disruption to productivity and output. Even beyond figuring out how to successfully work remotely, COVID-19 is beginning to seriously impact one’s livelihood with the stalling of events and projects around the world.

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Topics: Project Sharing, Vectorworks Design Summit, Getting Started Seminar, Hidden Treasures seminar, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Essentials Seminar, IATSE

Introducing Service Pack 3: What It Means for You

Posted by Alex Altieri on 3/18/20 10:47 AM   |  4 min read time

Quality and performance are tremendously important to us. Each year we release a new version of Vectorworks, and each year we release a number of Service Pack updates to supplement the major version change.

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Topics: Service Pack 3, Vectorworks Spotlight, Vision, BIM, BIM Collaboration Format (BCF), Vectorworks Cloud Services, machine learning, General Device Type Format (GDTF), My Virtual Rig (MVR), Vectorworks 2020, Enscape, NBS Chorus

Custom Parametric Object: Festoon Strings

Posted by Alex Altieri on 2/24/20 10:41 AM   |  1 min read time

This Marionette Monday, we have something special — a custom object for Spotlight users!

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Topics: Algorithmic Design, Marionette Monday, Vectorworks Community Forum, Custom Objects

Why Updating Preferences Makes Design Work Easier

Posted by Alex Altieri on 2/6/20 2:22 PM   |  6 min read time

*This article was written by Neil Barman, Architect Product Specialist at Vectorworks Canada.

When a new version of Vectorworks arrives on my computer, even before I get too far into its new or enhanced features, I dive into the Vectorworks Preferences. These preferences control a number of aspects that makes the installation of the new version work for me and feel like it's my design workshop, no matter what file I'm working in.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Neil Barman, Vectorworks Community Forum, Preferences

AIAS Competition Winners Share Outstanding Student Architecture

Posted by Alex Altieri on 1/21/20 9:32 AM   |  2 min read time

In 2018, we partnered with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) to run the In Studio Render/Sketch competition, where students can post their best sketches and renders to share with our Instagram account. 2019’s competition saw tons of stunning entries and the winners are in.

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Topics: Architecture, AIAS

Marionette Monday: What Is a Gravity Wall?

Posted by Alex Altieri on 1/13/20 4:18 PM   |  1 min read time
A gravity wall, a type of retaining wall, is commonly used in landscape architecture. Gravity walls may have batter setbacks for improved stability. They can be constructed with segmental blocks, stone masonry, or cast - in - place concrete. Here’s how you can design one with segmental blocks quickly and accurately with our algorithmic modeling tool, Marionette.
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Topics: Algorithmic Design, Marionette Monday, Landscape Architecture

KISS Final Tour Boasts Sensational Production Design

Posted by Alex Altieri on 12/12/19 2:28 PM   |  2 min read time

When KISS announced their “End of the Road” tour — the last leg of their 40-year run — fans may have wondered what their stage setup would look like; after all,  KISS is known for somewhat in-your-face show productions (one needs only to recall Gene Simmons’s iconic fire breathing gag). The ongoing tour does not fail to deliver on the awe-inspiring concert experience we’ve come to expect from the rock legends.

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Topics: Vectoworks Spotlight, entertainment design, SRae Productions, Vectorworks 2020, Production Design

Stunning and Sustainable: Designing for Beauty and Resilience

Posted by Alex Altieri on 12/9/19 2:42 PM   |  3 min read time

As part of the organization’s 2030 Commitment, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) encourages its members to design all carbon-neutral buildings by 2030. This means that architects need to start thinking about designing sustainable structures if they haven’t already.

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Topics: AIA, AIA 2030 Commitment, solar animations, sustainability, Vectorworks Architect, Kipnis Architecture + Planning, Nate Kipnis, NextHaus Alliance, Resilient Design

Designing Mt. Douglas: How Students Transform Their School

Posted by Alex Altieri on 11/27/19 1:28 PM   |  3 min read time

When we talk about our academic initiatives, we usually refer to universities, our lab donation program, and our Design Scholarship. We love to support up-and-coming designers with easy access to design software.

It’s come to our attention, though, that there are schools out there implementing Vectorworks courses below the college level. Thanks to our Canada office, we stumbled upon a high school with its own digital design program — and Mt. Douglas Secondary School in Victoria, BC, Canada has quite a touching story.
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Topics: academic, Image Texture, 3d renderings, Vectorworks Canada, Walkthrough animations

ConnectCAD 2020 Hits Entertainment Market

Posted by Alex Altieri on 11/20/19 10:40 AM   |  4 min read time

In August 2019, Vectorworks announced its official acquisition of ConnectCAD software, a powerful systems design tool that lets AV professionals lay out signal flows in an easy-to-read format.

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Topics: AV Industry, connectCAD, Conrad Preen

A Closer Look at Our 2020 Landmark Featured Design

Posted by Alex Altieri on 11/14/19 3:28 PM   |  4 min read time

A sensational triumph of landscape architecture, Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport saw a redesign that transformed it into one of the most eye-catching and awe-inspiring hubs we’ve ever seen. 

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Topics: PWP Landscape Architecture, Vectorworks Landmark, BIM for Landscape, Vectorworks 2020, Jewel Changi Airport

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