Good News, Bad News

August 28, 2010

Well this is long overdue and there is no easy way to do this. I’ve got good news and bad news. First the bad news. I obviously am having difficulty finding the time to serve as the VWUG Leader for the Phoenix area. So I am stepping down.

The good news is that Wayne Hensley of AV concepts will be taking my place, and I will still work behind the scenes to help Wayne with the blog. I still love Vectorworks and still think it is the best program in the world, despite Nemetschek’s attempts to destroy it.

More good news, Nemetschek is changing their name. More bad news, Nemetschek is moving to an annual subscription service for upgrading Vectorworks.

The meeting kicked off with introductions and backgrounds on the attendees. Some of the things discussed at the last meeting were frequency of meeting. I think it was unanimous that the group meet once a month. The format for the meetings was also discussed. Some of the possibilities are guest speakers, user demonstrations, plug-in demonstrations or presentations, training videos, and “how to” problem solving sessions. The importance of maintaining a wish list and possible bug list was also discussed. Nemetschek needs our feedback and they listen to groups more than individual users. The Animationworks plug-in was reviewed as well as some plug-ins for big screens and cameras. Lighting was discussed and part of a training video was viewed. Training discs were “checked out” similar to library books with the understanding that the discs will be brought to every meeting, and swapped so others can view the videos. The meeting concluded after a couple hours and was overall a huge success.

It is with a heavy heart that I will not be continuing in the role of user group leader. But I know that Wayne will do an excellent job and I will help out in any way I can. I wish you all great success and hope you hang in there while Wayne and I make this transition.

Thank you and I hope to see you all again soon.

Vectorworks Continuing Education Event in Phoenix

June 23, 2010

Apologies for the delays in getting this post out. I’d like to update everyone on the continuing education event that the Nemetschek folk will be putting on in the Phoenix area.

As many of you have guessed by now, the Nemetschek continuing education event in the Phoenix area will not be held at the end of June as anticipated. I was contacted by Kristen Bukovsky, Landmark Sales Manager, to see if anyone was interested in an event in Phoenix some time in July. I let her know that I was working with Kristina Sherwood on an event near the end of June and asked if it was possibly the same event. Kristen was unsure so I contacted Kristina and asked if the event that Kristen was planning in July was the same event that she spoke to me about that was supposed to happen at the end of June. I didn’t get a straight forward answer, but I was able to deduce that these events are one and the same, just slated for July, not June.

OK, let’s cut to the chase. The main event is “Creating Sustainable Sites Using CAD – Phoenix, AZ” Wednesday, July 14, 2010 from 4:30pm to 6:30 PM. Kristen would like to conduct client visits, and is looking to connect with users of Landmark to “do an event” while they are there on the 14th. I’m not sure what this means, but if there is enough interest, I’m sure we can find out more before then.

Here is a link with all the details:

I am a little confused and disappointed. I was under the impression that this continuing education event was going to be planned and coordinated with our group. I also was under the impression that we would be participating in the planing and organizing of this event, or at least have some say-so as to what, when, and where the presentation would be. Maybe I read something into this that wasn’t there. Never the less, I encourage everyone to participate and meet the staff of Nemetschek.

Vectorworks Webinar

June 12, 2010
BIM In Vectorworks Webinar Join Us For A Webinar…

The “Ins and Outs” of Popular Vectorworks® Tools with Jonathan Pickup

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. GMT)


After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Join Vectorworks expert, Jonathan Pickup, in a free, hour-long, online presentation covering the “ins and outs” of the commonly used Stair, Wall, and Roof Tools in Vectorworks software.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to utilize the Stair, Wall, and Roof Tools in Vectorworks 2010.
  • Review common issues when leveraging these design tools
  • Q&A Session

About the Speaker:
Jonathan Pickup has over 30 years of architectural experience and training in New Zealand and the UK. His company, ArchonCAD, is the premier provider of third-party manuals and training resources for Vectorworks products, providing customer support and managing the Vectorworks On-Line User Group. Visit Jonathan Pickup at

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First Phoenix VWUG Meeting a Success!

June 7, 2010

I’m typing this on my iPhone so please forgive any misspellings and typos. That being said, the first meeting of the new Phoenix VWUG was a huge success. Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm!!!!! All the ideas shared will help shape future meetings and help us all to be more productive Vectorworks users. A full recap of the meeting here in the VectorSphere blog will be coming shortly. Thank you all again for making our first meeting such a success!

Phoenix Vectorworks User Group Meeting

May 27, 2010

Regarding the first Phoenix area Vectorworks User Group meeting… general consensus is to hold the first regular meeting and then have the continuing education seminar later in the month. This will give us all a chance to get to know each other a little and establish what the expectations are for this group. WIth that said, the first Phoenix User Group meeting will be held June 5, 2010, at 10:00 am. Wayne Hensley of AV Concepts, Inc. has been gracious enough to host this event. The AV Concepts office is located at 1917 West 1st Street, Tempe, AZ. I will post a link to a map and parking information early next week. This meeting is open to anyone with an interest in Vectorworks, so feel free to invite others.

I’d like to thank all of you that volunteered to host the meeting.

Also be advised, I will be starting a new job on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. So there is a possibility that the new job will require six, or possibly even seven, days a week for the next few months. In the event that I am unable to attend, Wayne has offered to not only host the event, but to run things in my absence. Thank you, again, Wayne!

If all goes well, I hope to see you all there. I look forward to meeting you and expanding the Vectorsphere!



May 18, 2010

1) Vectorworks User Group Meeting scheduled in the Phenix area for Saturday, June 5th. Time TBD. I am still looking for a volunteer to host the meeting. At this time, there are approximately six to eight attendees. It would be ideal to have access to a computer and projector so we can view some videos from our friends at Nemetschek.

2) Nemetschek would like to visit the Phoenix area with a continuing education seminar. If you would like to have our first meeting integrated with this event, then it has been suggested by the folks at Nemetschek that we hold off the meeting till late June. If you would like to have our first meeting tied to this event, please let me know soon. Otherwise, I will still plan on meeting with you on June 5th, and I will schedule the continuing education seminar for a later date.

3) Jonathan Pickup of “archoncad” has volunteered to be a guest speaker at a future meeting. Jonathan is a Vectorworks manual writer, youtube movie maker and online trainer. Also, the link to Jonathan’s web site has been fixed. Please check it out at

4) I’m still looking for your thoughts on an Apple iPad version of Vectorworks… even if a limited version.

User Group Meeting – Coachella Valley / Phoenix

April 8, 2010

The next Coachella Valley / Phoenix User Group meeting will be held in the Phoenix area on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 10:00am. Place is not yet set. Several of you have volunteered in the past, and I need someone to step forward and volunteer to host this event. This will be an “organizing and planing meet & greet” so we can all get to know each other and discuss what we all expect of the group.

Vectorworks Service Pack 3

April 8, 2010

Reprinted with permission:

Nemetschek North America has released its third Service Pack for the Vectorworks® 2010 product line. This Service Pack has a number of critical fixes, especially in the areas of the wall network and IFC export.

In addition, the Vectorworks help system has been updated for Vectorworks® 2010 SP3, with the release of Vectorworks 2010 Help 2.0. This is a maintenance release of the help and primarily reflects changes made to the IFC interoperability features of Vectorworks Architect and the compatibility of Vectorworks Fundamentals with version 2010 DXF/DWG files. Several minor documentation bugs were also resolved in this release.

For more information about the Service Pack, please visit the Vectorworks Knowledgebase at:

Continuing Education for the Professional

April 8, 2010

Reprinted with Permission:

Practical Modeling Methodology for the GSA BIM Guide Series 02 (1 AIA LU)

Presented by Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA,
BIM Specialist, Integrated Practice at Nemetschek N.A.

Wednesday, April 21 at 3 p.m. EDT
Register Now (Free, one-hour online presentation)

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has been a leader in the development and adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) standards to provide workplaces for the United States federal government. BIM standards enable the GSA to provide services in the acquisition, design, construction, and management of facilities across the nation and abroad.

The BIM Guide Series is an ongoing collection of policies, processes, and data standards for how to effectively use BIM at precise stages. The GSA BIM Guide Series 02 Spatial Program Validation supports the use of BIM to assess how a future design meets project requirements, prior to committing to a final design. This guide offers the GSA and its consultants specific requirements for creating and submitting a Spatial Validation digital model.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the GSA BIM Guide 02: Spatial Program Validation;
  2. Discuss how the BIM Guide requirements fit into the design process for a GSA project;
  3. Discuss specific element modeling strategies in a BIM-authoring application to meet the Guide’s data requirements;
  4. Learn how to use the IFC format to share BIM data with the GSA.

For questions concerning the Continuing Education Program offered by Vectorworks, please contact
Kristine Sherwood at
or 443-542-0620.

Nemetschek has announced the release of Service Pack 4 for Vectorworks 2009

June 5, 2009

Greeting! I’m back. I apologize for not posting in a while, I’ve been dealing with some serious family issues. For now they seem to be resolved and I’m back to business as usual.

With no further adieux, Nemetschek has announced the release of Service Pack 4 for Vectorworks 2009. According to Nemetschek, this release is only for the professional version, with the release for other flavors coming in the next “few weeks.” Some of the issues addressed are “improvements related to stairs, performance, and overall stability.”

Personally, I was hoping that they would have addressed the NOTES database, particularly in regards to reconciling notes. The integration of the CALLOUT tool and the NOTES database worked flawlessly in version 12 and I have personally worked with Nemetschek to bring it to their attention that these features simply do not work any longer in version 2008. They confirmed that these features were not fixed in 2009 either, but now that they now about the problem, they will be working to resolve these issues. This was a few months ago to the best of my recollection. Maybe this was not enough time to resolve this issue in time for the release of Service Pack 4.

Anyway, this should be a welcome release. Anything that “improves performance and overall stability” is certainly welcome. You can upgrade by downloading the Service Pack from the Nemetschek web site or you can “go to the About Vectorworks dialog box in the Vectorworks 2009 application and click Check for Updates.”

Happy Vectorworking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Source: Downs, T. Nemetschek Press Release, June 5, 2009