Vectorworks in the Military, and on the iPad???

March 28, 2010

If you were following this blog when I first created it, you may be wondering what happened to it. Why did I stop writing? I took a contract position with the Marine Corps. I commute from the Palm SPrings area to 29 Palms five days a week. We (a group of engineers and architects that got hired under the same contract) travel an hour and a half (each way) and report to work at 0700. That’s 7:00am for those of you not familiar with a 24 hour clock. As you can guess, this makes for an extremely long day. Also, after a few weeks, we were told that we couldn’t bring in personal laptops. This meant NO VECTORWORKS!!!!! I am forced to use the evil, dare I say it out loud, AutoCAD. YUCK!!!!! OK that was painful!!!!! So the fact that I have been working long hours, preparing for the remaining sections of the ARE, and haven’t been able to use my favorite toy, I mean tool, means that I haven’t had time or been very enthused to write. This also explains my lack of enthusiasm to be more active as a Vectorworks User Group Leader. But I have realized that I must press on. I am taking on other projects outside of my military contract, which allows me to dive back into Vectorworks. This has sparked some enthusiasm.

What also sparked some enthusiasm is a little piece of hardware that Apple will be releasing soon. The iPad. So now I have two subjects that I would like to discuss. The first topic revolves around the fact that I can’t use Vectorworks on the Marine Corps base, regardless if I am using it on a personal laptop, or if it is installed on a military computer. Why is this you might ask. Well, the Marine Corps is a component of the Navy, but it is its own entity. The Navy has tested Vectorworks and has approved its use on Navy installations. However, the Marine Corps doe not allow use of this software. So I call on the powers that be at the Nemetschek mothership to get with the powers that be at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington and get Vectorworks approved so I am not forced to use that other software that shall remain nameless for the rest of this rant.

On to my second topic… and this one I would like to see more than being able to use Vectorworks on a Marine Corps base. I went to the Nemetschek website today to see if there was any mention whatsoever about the iPad. So the big question on my mind is… will there be some version of Vectorworks ported to the iPad? Obviously the processor is probably not up to running the full version of Vectorworks, but it seems that there could be some watered down version. It may not be optimal to complete an entire project on an iPad, but it would be great to take it in the field and make minor adjustments, mark up plans with redlines, or take field measurements and do some general layout. I know, I know, you can do that with a laptop. But in light of the fact that I recently bought a new 21″ iMac with 8gb of RAM, I am selling my laptop on e-bay and will be purchasing a 3g iPad as soon as they are available. That being said, a pad is more practical and portable for the field, and I am hoping I am not the only one that would lie to see an iPad version of Vectorworks. I want to hear from you. Do you want to see some sort of version of Vectorworks on the iPad?