CAD Manager’s Guide to Switching: Importing and Converting Resources

Posted by Leslie Briggs on 7/8/20 12:30 PM   |  6 min read time

Are you considering making the move to Vectorworks but haven’t made the jump? Before looking any further, first consider the ways Vectorworks compares with your current software. If you’re using AutoCAD, we’ve made it easy for you with the first installment of this three-part series, Why CAD Managers Should Make the Move to Vectorworks.

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Topics: DWG, Renderworks, AutoCAD, Getting Started Guides, Make the Move

From 2D to 3D: One Firm’s Story about Switching to Vectorworks

Posted by Leslie Briggs on 5/7/20 12:25 PM   |  1 min read time

The best way to know that a product is right for you is trying it for yourself. The second-best way is hearing it from someone else.

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Topics: Entertainment, Revit, Sketchup, Success Story, Vectorworks Spotlight, AutoCAD, Case Study, Marionette, Make the Move, Tom Cordory, #DesignWithVectorworks

April Tech Roundup: DWG File Format Collaboration

Posted by Kamica Price on 4/24/20 9:47 AM   |  1 min read time

Successful BIM workflows often require collaboration with other colleagues who use different applications. Vectorworks supports the import of DWG files, so working with AutoCAD and Revit users is no problem, especially for CAD Managers.

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Topics: Revit, Tech Tips, AutoCAD, BIM, import/export, April Tech Roundup, 2D drawings, DWG files

Why CAD Managers Should Make the Move to Vectorworks

Posted by Leslie Briggs on 4/16/20 11:15 AM   |  5 min read time

We get that there’s a lot to consider when switching design platforms. It’s not a decision that comes without first weighing the pros and cons — and there can be many, from 2D/3D and BIM design needs to workflows and collaboration nuances.

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Topics: DWG, The Art and Function of 3D Modeling, AutoCAD, Make the Move

How to Make Better Renderings with Half the Software

Posted by Alex Altieri on 9/20/19 11:54 AM   |  3 min read time

Wouldn’t it be nice to design, previsualize, document, and coordinate events without all the back-and-forth between software?

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Topics: rendering, Sketchup, webinars, AutoCAD, CINEMA 4D, Photoshop, Enzo Appetecchia, Wysiwyg, Skakki Studio, Layout, 3DS Max, Blender

July Tech Roundup

Posted by Chloe Jefferson on 7/18/19 1:31 PM   |  1 min read time

Another month means another roundup of our latest tech tips to enhance your design workflow!

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Topics: Tech Roundup, Tech Tips, Training, AutoCAD, Landmark software, Visibility tool, BIM for Landscape, custom selection scripts, videos, interior 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

Getting Schooled in Vectorworks Software

Posted by Joanna Weedlun on 2/8/17 11:23 AM   |  4 min read time

When we think of Vectorworks software users, we typically picture design professionals or aspiring university students, but in Ladue, Missouri, Sharrie Cognac is working with an unlikely group: middle school students. Since 1998, Cognac has been teaching the seventh and eighth graders of Ladue Middle School how to design and draft using Vectorworks software as a part of her Industrial Technologies courses.

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Topics: Architecture, Education, For the Love of Design, Industrial Technologies, 2D Drafting, AutoCAD, CAD, Industrial Tech, interior design, Ladue Middle School, Mac

Building Our Team to Better Serve Designers

Posted by Hannah Force on 2/2/17 10:08 AM   |  9 min read time

At the crux of our philosophy, we’ve always been committed to developing the best design and BIM software that’s in tune with the needs of designers. To do so, we’ve leveraged input and implemented product feedback from practicing architects, landscape designers, landscape architects, and lighting designers, among other design professionals. Another vital part of these efforts involves the help of our internal industry experts on our product marketing team, so we’re excited to announce that there are three new additions to this ever growing group: Luc Lefebvre, senior architect product specialist, Jim Woodward, senior entertainment product specialist and Brian Nicholson, senior landscape product specialist. After all, there’s no such thing as having too many industry experts.

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Topics: 3D visualization, accredited green roof professional, Adapting New Technologies to your Production Desig, Aerosmith, Architecture, BIM consultant, Entertainment, exhibit design, Exhibit Logic, GRP, horticulture, International Broadcasting Convention, Jeremy Powell, Jim Woodward, Landscape Designers, LEED accredited professional, LEED AP, lighting designers, NAB Show, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Supp, NREL Campus, OAQ, PLA, rendering, Revit, RNL, Shirley Woodward, Sketchup, studioINSITE, SUNY Morrisville Mohawk Hall, sustainable design, Sustainable SITES gold-certification, Sympony Hall in Boston, Ted 2, The Adobe suite, The Why and How of BIM Implementation, urban design, 2D to 3D BIM workflow, 3D Modeling, Architects, ASLA, ASLA Colorado chapter president, AutoCAD, BIM, Boston University, building information modeling processes, Colorado State University, Comdex Convention, concert design, DMDS7UDIOS, IBC, Jim Rood, King + King Architects, Landscape, landscape architects, Landscape Architecture, Le Moyne College Master Plan, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Platinum Certification, Madden School of Business, Montreal University, Neil Diamond, The Proposal, University of Colorado Denver, UNY Cortland DeGroat Hall, Wenk Associates, Yes

Vectorworks ‘Polls’ Ahead in Design Software Survey

Posted by Samantha Hyatt on 10/7/16 10:52 AM   |  1 min read time

While much of the world engages in an eternal Apple vs. Android product debate, designers and architects face an even bigger decision when it comes to choosing technology.

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Topics: 3D workflows, Android, Architecture, Competitionline, Nemetschek Allplan, Planet Vectorworks, Revit, Rhino, Sketchup, 2D, 2D workflows, 3D, 3D Studio Max, Apple, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, CINEMA 4D, Landscape, Vectorworks 2017

Temporary Structures, Infinite Intrigue: Exploring Scaffolding

Posted by Joanna Weedlun on 7/21/16 11:58 AM   |  3 min read time

We’re always excited to learn more about unique applications of our software, from designing bicycles and perfume bottles to acoustics, which is what led us to John Murphy from Events Scaffold Resources, Inc. Murphy is the mind behind scaffolding structures at events like the X Games, Dew Tour, and the ESPYs, and uses Vectorworks Spotlight software to make it all happen. After starting out as CAD operator for architecture firms, he transitioned to a field that he admits is a bit out of the norm. “I really enjoy this work,” Murphy says. “I’ve studied all forms of drafting and this is just such a unique discipline.”

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Topics: Entertainment, ESPYs, scaffolding, X Games, X Games Los Angeles, 2D Drafting, 3D Modeling, AutoCAD, Dew Tour, Events Scaffold Resources Inc., X Games Austin

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