Time’s Running Out…

Vectorworks 2014 is due to release imminently and time is running out to grab the current VSS deals.

If you purchase Vectorworks with VSS today you will receive 13 months instead of 12. This means you can upgrade for free to Vectorworks 2014 when it is released and to Vectorworks 2015 in September next year.

This is on top of existing offers such as:

  • 50% off VSS for new licenses
  • 33% off upgrades when purchased with VSS

 

Purchase Vectorworks 2013 today!

 

Great End of Summer Deals

Last minute deals on Vectorworks, V-Ray for Sketchup and Cinema4D

It’s that time of year again and various new software releases are imminent. This means there are some great end of summer deals.

Avoid price increases, qualify for free upgrades and lock in great deals before the new releases!

 

Vectorworks

For new and existing customers not already on VSS, we have a great deal available before the new release. Contact us now to take advantage of this.

 

V-Ray for Sketchup

Time is running out to get the current version at the current price. Purchasers of V-Ray for Sketchup 1.49 qualify for 1.6 as soon as it’s released. You will only need to pay for the USB dongle, there is no upgrade price and you can lock in the current license price today.

 

Maxon Cinema 4D

Superb deals on Cinema 4D are available for just a little longer. Buy any version of Cinema 4D today and receive 12 months support and upgrades free of charge.

 

Now really is a great time to invest in your software. If you’d like to make your purchase even more cost-effective, you may wish to consider our business leasing options.

Buy now online or email or call if you’d like more information or to purchase by phone.

These offers must end soon.

 

 

 

Key New Features of Vectorworks 2013

It’s easy to step back from updates when you feel you’re happy with the way your software is currently performing. However, even with the most cynical software developers, most updates are usually very beneficial to the user, resulting in improved efficiency and greater ease of use.

Nemetschek’s Vectorworks software is now updated annually, which means if you’re not on the VSS automatic updates, you may wonder whether it’s worth upgrading. In short, the Vectorworks 2013 release should be very useful to relatively heavy users of the programme and a large jump up for those users still running Vectorworks 11, 12 or 2009.

 

So, Why Upgrade to Vectorworks 2013?

 

Improved Door & Window Tools
[Vectorworks Architect  Vectorworks Designer]
Greater room for custom settings, adjustments and new controls for global/bulk changes. One of the most requested improvements.


Surface Array Object
[ Vectorworks Architect | Vectorworks Spotlight | Vectorworks Landmark | Vectorworks Designer]
A hugely significant feature – especially for commercial architects, the surface array tool allows users to accurately repeat items across a complex surface. This is pitched particularly at users creating buildings with organic forms using large volumes of glazing units or other architectural/structural features.



Golden Proportions
[Vectorworks Fundamentals | Vectorworks Architect | Vectorworks Spotlight | Vectorworks Landmark | Vectorworks Designer]
An interesting new feature, that some may find useful, others a little unnecessary, is the golden proportions tool. A simple device to draw golden rectangles directly into your plan.


Hyperlinks within drawings
Links to other drawings, external files or web links. Not groundbreaking – just great for sending documents to clients and exporting to interactive PDFs.

2D & 3D Visualisation & Navigation
[Vectorworks Fundamentals | Vectorworks Architect | Vectorworks Spotlight | Vectorworks Landmark | Vectorworks Designer]
Vectorworks 2013 now incorporates some user interface tools that have been commonplace in other 3D apps. Users of Sketchup may see some familiarity here.

 

Small Efficiency Improvements
[Vectorworks Fundamentals | Vectorworks Architect | Vectorworks Spotlight | Vectorworks Landmark | Vectorworks Designer]
Several key improvements have been made throughout the application. Furthermore, many processes have become faster (especially screen redrawing).

 

Plant Object Improvements
[ Vectorworks Landmark | Vectorworks Designer]
Greater control over plant objects.

 

Speaker & Speaker Array Tools
[Vectorworks Spotlight | Vectorworks Designer]
A completely new tool for audio/visual event planners. Specify speaker types accurately – both for visualisation and data generation.

 

Site Model Improvements
[ Vectorworks Landmark | Vectorworks Designer]
An important new tool for Landmark users that should help significantly when planning cut-in and landscaping work within a geographical environment.

 

Physical Sun & Sky
[Vectorworks Renderworks]

 

Hidden Line Render Improvements
[Vectorworks Fundamentals | Vectorworks Architect | Vectorworks Spotlight | Vectorworks Landmark | Vectorworks Designer]

AIA National Convention and Exposition “BEST of SHOW awards”

Architosh, the leading online publication devoted to Mac and iOS CAD and 3D software applications, has announced its first AIA National Convention and Exposition “BEST of SHOW awards” in two categories for desktop and mobile software for architects and related AEC professionals.

“The American Institute of Architects’ national convention is the premier event for practicing architects in the US,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, architosh’s editor-in-chief, “and thousands of architects attend to see what digital tools are shaping their profession. It makes perfect sense to not only report on the show but to select what we feel are the best products at show time.” “We hope this honor will help sharpen the perspectives of our readers on what are significant developments in computer software for architecture.”

Winners of BEST of SHOW Awards

Products that are eligible for the architosh BEST of SHOW award must have been introduced within the past 10 months and be available in the market within the first 9 months of the awarded year.

Eligible products in the desktop software category must run on both Mac and Windows platforms within the release awarded. And eligible mobile products must run on Apple’s innovative and market leading iOS platform. Without further ado, the honors go to:

Desktop Winner

The 2012 architosh BEST of SHOW AIA National award in the desktop category is given to Graphisoft’s latest ArchiCAD 16. “ArchiCAD 16 introduces powerful new direct-modeling technology,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, editor-in-chief, “and explicit modeling has been clearly identified as in need in BIM market research, including Architosh’s large 2010 BIM report. In addition, the integration of Graphisoft’s EcoDesigner into ArchiCAD 16 encourages architects to design buildings with the environment in mind.”

Readers can learn more about Graphisoft’s award-winning BIM solution that runs on both Mac and Windows platforms here: www.graphisoft.com

There tends to be many excellent solutions at the AIA and we wanted to call some attention to those others with special notes below. Runners-Up are:

Runner-Up: Shaderlight

Shaderlight deserves recognition as the first cloud-based rendering solution for Google’s popular SketchUp rendering program. With this unique solution SketchUp users can produce photo-realistic renders of their models at up to 5x speeds faster than on the desktop and up to 128x faster at animations. You can learn more here.

Runner-Up: Vectorworks Architect 2012

Vectorworks Architect 2012 deserves recognition for its extremely well-balanced feature set, including integrated CINEMA 4D renderer inside its Renderworks add-on option as well as its improving interoperability and excellent modeling capabilities. We also think the 2D X-ray mode is ingenious! Learn more here.

iOS Mobile Winner

The 2012 architosh BEST of SHOW AIA National award in the iOS mobile category is given to CADFaster for its innovative utilization of Apple’s iOS-based iPad and the mobility of BIM in the field.

“CADFaster is now available for a native Mac CAD/BIM application with its latest CADFaster for Vectorworks,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, “but the company deserves kudos for its overall implementation with bringing real-time collaboration to the mobile iOS space and its utilization of cloud computing.”

CADFaster’s unique innovation partly lies in its proprietary file compression technology which enables the application to export an entire 3D model (BIM) file into a tiny executable which contains its own application. With CADFaster on the iPad a collaborator can see and navigate a model and participate in mark-up discussions in real-time. You can even host a collaborative session via the iPad. “What was really impressive to me while watching Tuomas Holma of CADFaster show me the product was not just its amazing fluidity and speed but the way in which commentary threads work,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP.

Runner-Up: HP ePrint & Share for iPad

HP ePrint and Share app for iPad allows AEC professionals like architects to send mark-ups to remote HP DesignJets back at the office with ease. If you are using Autodesk AutoCAD WS on your iPad the new integration with is an extra convenience. With HP’s new tech your file are saved to the cloud for either sharing, storing and printing.

“Inspired Vision” Rendering Competition!

This annual competition, which is sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. and MAXON Computer GmbH, recognizes today’s top architects and designers from around the world, and their abilities to visually render Vectorworks® models with Renderworks® or CINEMA 4D. Professional and student designers can submit entries to the 2012 Inspired Visions Global Rendering Competition. Submissions will be accepted from April 17 to August 16, 2012, in the following categories:

 

  • Rendering with Renderworks 2012
  • Rendering with CINEMA 4D
  • Monochromatic model (rendered in Renderworks or CINEMA 4D)

The panel of judges includes Daniel Jansenson, principal at Daniel Jansenson Architect and author of Remarkable Renderworks, from Santa Monica, Ca.; Tyler Littman, principal designer and owner of Sholight, LLC, from New York; Nicholas Dunand, freelance designer and sculptor, from Melbourne, Australia; Erik Recke, freelance architectural visualizer at Datenland, from Hamburg, Germany; Alejandro Nogueira, CEO at DECC Arte 3D from Tecamachalco, Edo. de Mexico, Mexico; and René Racz from Lichtmaschine Multimedia GmbH, Basel, Switzerland.

Each category winner chosen by these judges will receive $2,500 USD and will be featured in an official media release and on Planet Vectorworks. Winners will also be promoted on the Nemetschek Vectorworks and MAXON social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

In addition, the public will select their “Fan Favorite” from all entries, which will be posted on the competition’s website. Voting will take place directly on the site.

Designers may enter multiple categories. However, all entries must be built on a Vectorworks model. Interested competitors who lack the current versions of the software can request a free, 30-day version of Vectorworks with Renderworks software at www.vectorworks.net/trial/form or student.myvectorworks.net (for students), or they can download a 42-day free version of CINEMA 4D at www.maxon.net/downloads/demo-version.html.

To enter, vote or learn more about the competition, visit inspiredvisions.vectorworks.net.