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

How Modeling and Presentation Qualities Bring Unique Characteristics to Vectorworks

Posted by Guest Author on 1/28/20 9:13 AM   |  8 min read time

*This article originally ran on AECCafe's website

By Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar with support from Vectorworks staff Lauren Meyer, Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA and Luis Ruiz.

Anyone familiar with Vectorworks knows our business is building design and BIM software solutions that are intuitive, powerful and practical for professionals around the world. It’s the unique and versatile workflows we offer for all phases of design that separate us from other BIM authoring applications. Using best-in-class 3D technology, intuitive data management and unmatched graphical representation, our products provide architecture firms the freedom to model anything while seamlessly documenting and presenting it with the precision and artistic touch they require.

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Topics: Augmented Reality, Dr. Biplab Sarkar, NURBS, Rubina Siddiqui, Site Modeling, Subdivision Modeling, Vectorworks Architect, AECCafe, BIM, Luis Ruiz, Marion Brenner, Marionette, Vectorworks Cloud Services, Vectorworks Design Summit, Norbert Roztocki, Vectorworks 2020, Live Data Visualization, smart object modeling, interactive 360 rendered panoramas, Lauren Meyer, solid modeling, moveart GmbH

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

January Tech Roundup: Two New Ebooks

Posted by Kamica Price on 1/16/20 3:37 PM   |  1 min read time

In our first tech roundup of 2020, check out these two new ebooks to boost your workflow.

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Topics: plug-ins, Resource Manager, UK, Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Spotlight, BIM, Vectorworks Landmark, BIM Manager, January Tech Roundup, import/export, Moving from AutoCAD, LODS, Hybrid objects, 2D components for hybrid objects, 2D to 3D, ebooks, workflow documents

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

Your Favorites: Top 9 Posts from 2019

Posted by Cozette Conrad on 12/23/19 3:59 PM   |  3 min read time

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back on our top stories of 2019. From GDTF to IFC4 to landscape BIM, here’s a roundup of your favorite Planet Vectorworks blog posts.

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Topics: Architecture, AV Industry, buildingSMART International, Eric Gilbey, Landscape Design, rendering, Southampton Solent University, Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Spotlight, Big BIM, BIM, connectCAD, entertainment design, interior design, Landscape Architecture, McGregor Coxall, Vectorworks Landmark, GDTF, Lumion LiveSync, Michael Brightman, Prolight + Sound, Brightman Designs, BIM for Landscape, IFC4, Skakki Studio, Lydia Southwell

December Tech Roundup: The Best of 2019

Posted by Kamica Price on 12/19/19 2:26 PM   |  2 min read time

Every month, we give you a roundup of our latest and greatest tech tips. To celebrate the end of the year, here’s a look back at our best roundups from 2019.

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Topics: Tech Roundup, Tech Tips, BCF, data visualization, July Tech Roundup, Visibility tool, September Tech Roundup, October Tech Roundup, December Tech Roundup, April Tech Roundup, Lumion LiveSync, LiveSync plug-in, BIM for Landscape, custom selection scripts, videos, List Browser Direct Editing, Vectorworks 2020, Data Manager, IFC referencing, Video Camera object, hardscape alignment, Vectorworks University, Styled Objects, ebooks, November Tech Roundup

Architecture Day in Brazil: Celebrating the Niemeyer Family

Posted by Cozette Conrad on 12/17/19 2:54 PM   |  2 min read time

While most countries hold World Architecture Day on the first Monday in October, Brazil celebrates on December 15. Why? Because it’s the birthday of renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

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Topics: Architecture, World Architecture Day, Santuário Papa João Paulo II, Caique Niemeyer Arquitetura & Design, Oscar Niemeyer, Caique Niemeyer

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

Video: Relive the Magic of LDI 2019

Posted by Lauren Burke Meyer on 12/4/19 12:00 PM   |  1 min read time

Cue the fog machines, lighting, and jumbo screens. There’s no tradeshow like the Live Design International Show (LDI) — with around 14,000 attendees in the Las Vegas Convention center, the show felt like a rock concert. The leading conference for live design professionals from all around the globe, LDI hosts a community working in a wide range of international live and broadcast venues — festivals, corporate events, theatre, concerts, clubs, theme parks, architainment, and houses of worship. 

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Topics: LDI, Spotlight, Vision, connectCAD, video, Braceworks, number instruments tool, GDTF, General Device Type Format, Live Design International Show

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