March Tech Roundup: Videos for Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3

Posted by Kamica Price on 3/26/20 12:07 PM   |  1 min read time

The latest Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3 release introduced performance improvements and new connections to partner applications. Here’s a first-hand look at some of the key updates — the Enscape free beta, GDTF/MVR improvements, and NBS Chorus integration.

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Topics: Service Pack 3, Vectorworks Service Select, BIM, renderings, BIM workflow, March Tech Roundup, GDTF, MVR, Vectorworks 2020, Enscape, NBS Chorus

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

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

GDTF: Finding Common Ground for an Efficient Workflow

Posted by Guest Author on 8/21/19 11:40 AM   |  8 min read time

This article originally ran in PLSN Magazine’s August 2019 issue.

Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the digital era of the lighting industry had yet to define a standard for unifying data exchange between fixtures. Every manufacturer had its own proprietary control language and controller for programming their own fixtures.  What that meant for shows back then was a different controller for each type of manufacturer was needed if mixed together in a rig.

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Topics: MA Lighting, GDTF, MVR, Robe, General Device Type Format (GDTF), My Virtual Rig (MVR), DMX

It’s Time to Get Up to Speed on GDTF

Posted by Lauren Burke Meyer on 3/28/19 10:36 AM   |  2 min read time

The General Device Type Format (GDTF) made quite the impression when it was first announced at last year’s Prolight + Sound, and the entertainment industry’s open file format continues to evolve with its latest development: GDTF 1.0.   

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Topics: Vectorworks Spotlight, MA Lighting, Vectorworks Vision, GDTF, Robe lighting, vectorworks 2019, grandMA3, MVR, Fixture Builder, My Virtual Rig, General Device Type Format (GDTF), Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3, Vision 2019, Prolight + Sound, GDTF 1.0

March Tech Roundup: SP3 is Here!

Posted by Chloe Jefferson on 3/19/19 11:29 AM   |  2 min read time

This month’s tech roundup is all about our Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3! With this release, we’re introducing three new features that greatly improve presentation and visualization capabilities, along with overall workflow between products. Check out what’s new…

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Topics: Cloud Services, SP3, Space objects, Vectorworks Service Select, MA Lighting, GDTF, Robe lighting, vectorworks 2019, macOS Mojave, Lumion LiveSync, Linked Panoramas, 360 rendered panoramas, General Device Type Format (GDTF), Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3, Vectorworks Graphics Sync (VGS) API, Lumion, LiveSync plug-in, Michael Brightman, My Virtual Rig (MVR), Vectorworks Spotlight 2019, Vision 2019

Exciting Entertainment Sessions at the 2018 Design Summit

Posted by Kamica Price on 8/3/18 9:37 AM   |  3 min read time

Calling all entertainment designers! Here is a quick preview of some of the sessions we will be offering at the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit. Don’t miss your chance to learn from these influential designers. 

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Topics: Entertainment, grandMA2 console, PRG, Scott Barnes, Kevin Lee Allen, Kevin Lee Allen Design, Lightwright, MIchael Klaers, The Small Group, 2018 Vectorworks Design Summit, GDTF, Vickie Claiborne, Patrick Stanford, Joshua Thatcher, James Simpson, Royal Opera House, Teresa Hull, Conviana, avengers: infinity war, entertainment sessions

Meet the Open Data Format that will Change the Entertainment Industry

Posted by Lauren Burke Meyer on 3/27/18 9:45 AM   |  2 min read time

Along with fellow leaders in the entertainment industry, MA Lighting for its lighting control solutions and Robe lighting for its high-quality moving lights, we are deIighted to announce a new development that will change the way lighting designers, fixture manufacturers, console manufacturers, and visualizers will work together. Our companies have joined forces to develop a new data format, named the General Device Type Format (GDTF), which creates a unified definition for the exchange of device data between consoles, CAD, and previsualization software.

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Topics: Biplab Sarkar, Vectorworks Spotlight, MA Lighting, GDTF, Josef Valchar, Gerhard Krude, General Device Type Format, Robe lighting, Prolight + Sound 2018

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