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

Service Pack 3 released for VectorWorks 2009

March 31, 2009

Nemetschek released Service Pack 3 for VectorWorks 2009. This may be old news as the notification was sent out on March 26. You can find out more about the Service Pack and decide if you should install it by checking out the Nemetschek web site

Or if you just want to get right to the install, run VectorWorks and go to the “About VectorWorks” dialog box and click “Check for Updates.” This upgrade is available only for professional licenses according to Nemetschek.

PodCAD Podcast

March 24, 2009

Don’t miss episode 813 of the PodCad PodCast. Get it at the iTunes store or directly from

Also, scroll down for an important Welcome message from the author.

Welcome to the VectorSphere!

March 20, 2009

Well, this is my first post and I’m very excited to be getting started. The purpose of this site is to discuss anything and everything that has to do with VectorWorks with particular focus on tips, tricks, rants, and raves. I hope that this blog will become a collaborative educational resource for VectorWorks users everywhere. I’m also interested in “wish list” items that you might have in mind. With any luck, we can get the attention of Nemetschek and get them to incorporate the most wanted features. Don’t forget to check out the links at the right hand side of this page. If you have a link that you think I should include, please e-mail it to me for consideration.

Here is a brief history of my VectorWorks experience. I started using VectorWorks in 1989 when it was called MiniCad. I started with whatever version was current at the time. I think it was a flavor of version 6 but some sources tell me it was a flavor of version 4. Whichever the case, I upgraded from version 6 to version 8. From there I didn’t upgrade until version 11, then 12, then 2008. I have not upgraded to version 2009 yet, and a source close to Nemetschek tells me that I should probably hold out for version 2010. More on that later along with my take on Nemetschek making the move to an annual upgrade model. I prefer the Mac platform, especially for working in VectorWorks, however I have had a little experience working in VectorWorks on the PC platform. I’ve been using Apple computers since 1985 and have PC experience dating back to about the mid 90’s. For a more detailed background on me, please check out my “About BJP” page. You can also learn more about me and see examples of my work at

I’m not really a negative person but I want to start out with a rant of mine regarding the annual upgrade model that Nemetschek has imposed. But before I get into it too far, I’d like to say that I am dedicated to VectorWorks and as far as I can tell I will never convert. I’ve used SketchUp, ArchiCAD, and AutoCAD, and various other low level CAD programs, and I can honestly say, VectorWorks is the best of all CAD worlds! On to my rant… I’m angry that Nemetschek has moved to an annual upgrade schedule for many reasons. The main one is that now when they release a new version, all production and big fixes stop completely on the old version. As everyone knows, including Nemetschek, not all the bugs are worked out of a previous version before they move on. Version 12.5 was the closest to being bug free, I believe. Most software companies continue to develop and create bug fixes for at least one version prior to the current one. In some case even two or three versions back. Nemetschek doesn’t even fix anything one version back. If you use VW2008, and there are features that don’t work, you are out of luck. They will NEVER work. If you want those features fixed you are FORCED to upgrade. And there is no guaranty that the features you were having problems with in a previous version will be fixed in the current version. It’s a crap shoot. Roll the dice!

Okay, so now you’ve gotten over your anger and psychotic rage and decided to upgrade. Guess what, most of you are probably in the same boat as I am. Not only are you forced to upgrade just to fix a few features that may or may not work in the newer version, but now you have to buy new hardware because your current system doesn’t meet the system requirements to run the newest version of VW. This makes my blood boil! Mr. Diehl, what were you thinking???

I want to know how YOU feel about this topic? Please leave me a comment with your rants or raves. Is this a good business model or is Nemetschek taking advantage of it’s current customer base? What do YOU think?