Webinar: Convert & Event Design and Production in Vectorworks Spotlight

Spotlight Webinar

If you were able to join us for our Spotlight webinar, we hope you found it interesting and learned some new things along the way.

In case you couldn’t make it, or would like to share the webinar with colleagues, you can find the webinar on demand here:

Spotlight Webinar

If you would like to try Vectorworks for yourself, download a free trial today.

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Vectorworks Spotlight Webinar – Nov 26th

Spotlight Webinar

Concert and Event Design and Production with Vectorworks Spotlight
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

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Discover how you can streamline your workflow with Vectorworks Spotlight, the all-in-one software solution, in our free one hour webinar hosted by Vectorworks and CAD Software Direct. 

The webinar will demonstrate how Spotlight can be used for the entire design and production process for a concert; from research, concept to 3D model to draft production plans.

There will be time at the end of the webinar for a live Q & A with Spotlight Industry Specialist, Tom White. 

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What’s New in Vectorworks 2020?

New in Vectorworks 2020

Vectorworks 2020 has arrived, and this release focuses on design with a new perspective while benefiting from improved software performance, quality enhancements, and streamlined new workflows.

If you’re already a Vectorworks Service Select member, you can download your upgrade to the latest version today. Log in to the Service Select Portal to access Vectorworks 2020 and get started now.

Fundamentals (and all Design Series)

  • History-Based Modeling
  • Vectorworks Graphics Module Improvements

The improvements will hide covered objects, auto-reduce meshes, and simplify the level of detail on native objects. Enjoy faster file navigation, view changes, tool operations, more responsive models, and the ability to handle much larger projects.

  • List Browser Direct Editing
  • Widget Groups
  • DXF/DWG Improvements
  • Walk-through Animation

Transform walkthrough paths and camera movements into professional real-time animations that are significantly easier to accomplish. You can even create 360 panoramas with just one click.

Architect

  • Live Data Visualisation
  • GIS Improvements

After selecting an appropriate coordinate system in the Vectorworks file, you can accurately geolocate your project by simply entering an address. Instantly incorporate street map, satellite, or other imagery in your design through ArcGIS and WMS servers.

  • IFC Referencing
  • Great Section Views
  • Data Tag Improvements

New options for tag scaling, new tag fields, direct editing of tags, and a new worksheet function all provide greater automation and control of the information displayed in your project’s documentation.

Spotlight

  • Schematic Views
  • Detailed Seating Sections
  • Video Camera Object

You can define the camera by selecting the body type, lens type, stand, etc. You can also activate the camera’s viewfinder to verify the placement of your cameras in your design.

  • DMX Patching
  • Hinged Trusses
  • Braceworks Improvements
  • Vision Heat Map

A one-of-a-kind feature in a previz application, Vision 2020 creates coloured or monochrome heat maps based on the generalised intensity and range of a fixture — giving you a better understanding of different scenarios your design can undertake in your previz workflow.

Landmark

  • Hardscape Alignment

With customisable approaches to modelling hardscapes, you can now use the 3D geometry of other features to align and conform hardscape objects to 3D polygons, grade objects, roadways, or other hardscapes, making it possible to design paved surfaces to drain properly, align to other paved surfaces, and be accurately modelled and perfectly controlled.

  • Live Data Visualization
  • GIS Improvements
  • Revit Export
  • IFC Referencing

With a new ability to reference IFC files, say goodbye to the cumbersome, manual process of reimporting IFC files from consultants who make changes.

New Solutions to Work Faster and Smarter

“Data and usability are the cornerstones of this year’s product line enhancements,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When we looked at the future of the industry and what our customers’ needs were, we kept coming back to data, particularly data-driven insights. Vectorworks 2020 is centered around providing our customers with intuitive ways to use the powerful tools of our products, while also offering more practical ways to incorporate the use of data for an improved and insightful design workflow.”

If you’d like to know more about Vectorworks, email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com, or give us a call on 01206 804984. If you’d like a free 30-day trial, click here to request a free Vectorworks 2020 Trial.

Vectorworks Summer Flash Sale – 30% OFF

Vectorworks Discount

That’s right, 30% off everything including new licenses, upgrades and Vectorworks Service Select on Fundamentals, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Vision.

Vectorworks Discount Offer

Offer expires at 5:30pm BST on July 26th 2019.

This offer is only valid for new purchases of professional licenses. Upgrade eligibility is subject to current version owned. Offer not valid on previous purchases, Service Select renewals, training, hardware or the prorated cost of adding a license to your Service Select contract. This offer many not be combined with other promotions.

Vectorworks 2019 – Buying or Leasing

Vectorworks Payment Methods

Vectorworks is the ideal professional tool for architects meeting BIM standards, landscapers designing and planning environments, event and exhibition designers putting on shows – and many more disciplines – but we often get asked “How can I pay for Vectorworks?”

Here we’ll take a quick look at the options available, and the payment methods you can use to get your own Vectorworks license.

 

How many versions of Vectorworks are there?

Vectorworks 2019 comes in a few flavours specifically designed for different specialisations; Fundamentals, Architect, Spotlight, Landmark and Designer.

You can find out more about each version by using the links below:

There are also add-on packages available for Spotlight and Designer; Braceworks – an easy way for rigging professionals to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load, and Vision – a pre-visualisation tool to bring a whole new level of realism to your shows.

 

Vectorworks Payment Options

Up Front Payment

Vectorworks itself comes as a one-off payment for a perpetual license. You can either place an order online, or contact us.

If you’re an existing VSS customer purchasing new licenses, we may need to calculate your new VSS cost pro rata. In this case, it is best to contact us directly.

Vectorworks do not currently offer a monthly payment method, so check below for some ways of spreading the cost.

Business Leasing

We can work with our leasing partner to offer you monthly repayments on purchases over a term of your choice between 2 and 5 years. To find out more and calculate an instant estimate, visit Business Leasing.

You also free to find a leasing company of your own and put them in contact with us.

PayPal Finance

PayPal offer a 0% finance buy now, pay later scheme which our customers find helpful when making larger purchases.

Simply spend over £99 and you get 0% interest for 4 months on that purchase. It’s quick and easy – just check out with PayPal and select PayPal Credit.
Click here to find out more about PayPal Finance.

Credit Card

If you or your business has a credit card, this is another great way of making purchases while staying in control of your repayments.

 

If you’re looking to purchase Vectorworks but you’re not sure which payment method is best for you, just drop us an email or call us on 01206 804984.

 

 

 

Vectorworks Spotlight Case Study: Stagestruck

Vectorworks Spotlight

This is an abridged version of the original case study by VectorworksView the original

Stagestruck started as a technical production company but quickly developed into a full-service agency, mostly serving the corporate events market. With 80 full-time team members, the firm coordinates everything themselves, including concept, design, documentation, and production.

“There are a number of different people involved in any design process we undertake,” said Tom Cordory, head of technical project management at Stagestruck. “We have a team of event producers and technical production managers. Then we have our design team, set construction team, technical team, and content team. We work together through the end to end process from initial design through to delivery.”

Among the different teams, 20-25 of Stagestruck’s employees used a mix of different CAD software: primarily AutoCAD, along with Revit, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, and SketchUp. However, as their business grew, the firm realised they needed an all-in-one program to better suit their collaboration needs and to streamline their workflow.

They decided to make the switch to Vectorworks.

“We’re still very much in the implementation, learning, and development phases” said Cordory. “At the moment, we’re in the crossover between AutoCAD into Vectorworks.”

 

Image courtesy of Stagestruck.

Behind the Switch 

“The whole process started when we were looking to switch over to a 3D package,” Cordory said. “We’d been working mostly in 2D AutoCAD and creating separate plan and elevation drawings, and that process seemed a little bit silly to us to just be working 2D. It also opened the door for errors.”

Previously, if they updated an elevation drawing and not the plan document, or vice versa, they could potentially run into problems with their drawings. They needed to find a new 3D package.

“We did quite a lot of comparisons and testing between Vectorworks and Revit, because, obviously, moving from AutoCAD onto Revit is quite a simple process because it has a very similar workflow” Cordory said. “It was almost creating a checklist to say, okay, what can Revit do? What can Vectorworks do? What’s the comparison?”

From the results of this structured vetting process, Vectorworks appeared to be on par with Revit for everything Stagestruck needed, in terms of working from 2D to 3D, so once they started to work more intimately with the software, they were quite comfortable making the switch.

“The beauty of Vectorworks is a much more collaborative approach between the technical production managers, the designers, and the set construction elements of what we do,” he said. “We can all work within the same package and still be able to see everything in 3D.”

Stagestruck transitioned via staged rollout.

“Initially, we took the core team, about eight of us, who we knew would pick the software up easily, and tasked them to develop our in-house stock library and our in-house work group library. And we put them all through a training course here,” said Cordory. “We then gave that group time to learn a little bit more, to get hands-on with it, and to start developing the best working processes for our ways of working.”

The firm also invested in several training sessions with the Vectorworks UK office and has more planned for the future. Once employees gained more experience, they planned to incorporate internal training processes as well.

Moving to Spotlight

Throughout their rollout and training process, the various teams at Stagestruck came across several different features they found quite helpful. One of these was point cloud objects.

“The point cloud integration is absolutely brilliant” said Cordory. “We can scan a venue, then produce a 3D point cloud which can be taken directly into Vectorworks; it’s absolutely brilliant for us. It’s those tools that just make everything quicker, easier and more accurate to produce. It’s a lot easier for us to calculate lens throws, compared to anything we were doing in AutoCAD where it was a more manual process.”

Automated reports saved them even more time, allowing quick communication across various teams. In one example, Cordory discussed passing along the necessary number of stage weights from the design team to the set department, then to the production management team responsible for setting up the final event.

“In all, it’s valuable being able to work in one drawing, being able to check parts in and out so different departments can check out different elements and know that we can work on the same drawing at once,” said Cordory. “Essentially, you’re not waiting on someone to finish their edits before someone else can start working on their element. It seems to work really well for us.”

Cordory went into further detail as to how this new workflow compares to what they had been dealing with previously.

Image courtesy of Stagestruck.

“Now, we’re not creating something in 3ds Max and then creating it again in AutoCAD. We’re not creating something in SketchUp and having to recreate it in AutoCAD. It’s very much a more streamlined process,” he explained. “The fact that we draw something once and then we’re able to get everything we need out of it, whether that be technical plans, 3D renders, sketches or output documents — I think that’s going to be the biggest time saver for us.”

Future Directions

“It’s very much been a smooth process — definitely been faster as a transition than we thought it would be,” he said. “We thought we would be six months into this year before we got to the point where had our libraries at a suitable standard that we were happy with, and had everybody trained and happy to use it. But, already three months in, we had already decided not to start any new projects in AutoCAD and just work straight into Vectorworks. So, that kind of shows how easy it is to learn, and the fact that we were able to adapt and change so quickly is great for us.”

They’ve been so quick to adapt that the firm is already looking into trying some of the newer features in the software, such as the algorithmic modelling tool, Marionette.

“We’ve already started to develop a number of custom objects that allow us to have adaptable stock objects, so you just drop it in the object and then we can choose certain things that happen with them. That’s a really big timesaver for us,” said Cordory. “We’re not having to build individual components and change things. We can just have a single backdrop within and then select from the menu how we want it to appear and what’s going to happen with it. It’s a really good feature, one we’re going to keep exploring. We’ve already got four or five other things that we want to start programming. It’s really powerful, really, really powerful.”

In a similar vein, as an events-focused firm, Stagestruck has also started exploring Braceworks and how it can be integrated into their new workflow.

“Braceworks is going to come in our next phase of the rollout — meaning, how we’re actually going to be implementing Braceworks and using that more as a technical planning element. The design team will be more focused on learning more about the modelling and the rendering capabilities.”

Opening Doors Via Vectorworks 

When asked what advice he would give to other firms considering making the switch to Vectorworks, Cordory suggested keeping a structured, solid plan. By presenting this new software with a staged rollout, Stagestruck could maintain productivity for active projects while keeping their options open for future projects they’d like to plan completely in Vectorworks.

“The switch is opening up a lot of doors,” said Cordory. “I think it’s quite exciting for us as a business to know there’s a lot of potential for us to get more out of the software and to grow how we’re working proactively. It’s exciting. We’re excited about it. It’s not very often you get excited about a piece of software.”

Vectorworks is available now at CAD Software Direct.

Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Spotlight “What is Braceworks?” and Spotlight Renderworks Styles

Vectorworks Spotlight Braceworks

Sign up today to book your place on these exclusive webinars only for Vectorworks Service Select customers, featuring Vectorworks Spotlight and Braceworks.

 

Vectorworks Spotlight – What is Braceworks?
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) June 7th 2019

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Vectorworks Spotlight – Renderworks Styles
15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) June 7th 2019

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Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Spotlight Quick Light Plot and Spotlight Event Planning

Vectorworks Spotlight Webinar

Sign up today to book your place on these exclusive webinars only for Vectorworks Service Select customers.

Vectorworks Spotlight – Quick Light Plot
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) May 31st 2019

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Vectorworks Spotlight – Event Planning
15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) May 31st 2019

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Vectorworks Service Pack 3 Released

Vectorworks

Vectorworks 2019 has just been updated with the release of SP3. As well as some exciting new features which include Cloud presentations and MVR workflows, there are also a number of fixes including some for customers using OS X Mojave. To install, select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows).

Immerse Clients in Your Design with Linked Panoramas

With SP3, the Cloud presentation feature allows designers with an active Vectorworks Service Select membership to use Vectorworks Cloud Services to generate presentations of designs with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Presentations include interactive 360 rendered panoramas that can be linked together to create a holistic, immersive experience.

 

Discover a Better Way to Work

With the support of the General Device Type Format (GDTF) co-founders, MA Lighting and Robe lighting, Vectorworks have created a file format called My Virtual Rig (MVR). The MVR file format creates a two-way connection between planning, previz, and console systems that implement the support needed for a seamless workflow.

With SP3, Vectorworks have implemented import and export of MVR in Vectorworks Spotlight 2019 and import of MVR into Vision 2019. Now, entertainment designers can create a more efficient and connected workflow between design planning and previz, merging the iterative changes of the model between Spotlight and Vision without re-importing and redefining the performance cues each time.

 

Experience the Power of Real-time Rendering with Lumion LiveSync

Designers will enjoy a new live-sync rendering connection that allows them to perform real-time rendering while making design changes within Vectorworks. The LiveSync plug-in is developed by Lumion and is the first partner plug-in to use a new Vectorworks Graphics Sync (VGS) API.

Lumion and the LiveSync plug-in are available on the PC, and the plug-in is available immediately for English language users on the Lumion website. Additional language options will be offered soon.

 

Enjoy Additional Quality and Performance Improvements

SP3 also contains performance improvements, including several fixes to compatibility with macOS Mojave and significant redraw speed enhancements with Space Objects.

This Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater for all English-based versions of Vectorworks 2019. To install, select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows).

Vectorworks 2019 is available now at CAD Software Direct .com

Vectorworks Design Scholarship Now Open

Vectorworks

Everything starts with an idea.

Faced with some of the biggest design challenges of our time, students are boldly imagining a brighter world and using design tools to share these visions with others.

The Vectorworks Design Scholarship seeks to promote excellence in design and observe how the next generation will transform the world.

Students are encouraged to submit their design in PDF, .mov, or .mp4 file format not larger than 100 MB. A few short answers explaining your proposal are also required along with the entrants’ personal information, including name, school, address, and email. No hard copies will be accepted.

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Round 1 – Vectorworks Design Scholarship

  • Exclusive to UK architecture students and has a prize of £2000 for tuition, fees, housing, textbooks, study abroad, conference registration, and other educational purposes.
  • Free Vectorworks design software for your school’s lab.
  • Free virtual or in-person training for faculty and students.

Round 2 – The Richard Diehl Design Award

  • The international competition with a prize of $7000 USD for tuition, fees, housing, textbooks, study abroad, conference registration, and other educational purposes.
  • Exposure in industry publications and press, as well as through the Vectorworks media and distributor network.
  • Benefits for you and your school such as Vectorworks lab licences and training provided by a Vectorworks expert, and more!

The competition is open to submissions until the 29th August 2019, and winners will be announced on the 16th October 2019! Click here to view the full judging rubric.

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