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Article Type: Industry Focus          Published: 03-2015         Views: 1936      

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Jeremy Powell, Director of Product Marketing at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., updates Cloud Hosting on the benefits of cloud services and mobile apps for users of the company's innovative CAD and BIM technologies.

About this time a year ago, I wrote an article for Cloud Hosting magazine that discussed the chaotic state of some design offices and the common, driving need to find ways to increase efficiency. Over the past year, this need has continued to plague designers, and we hear about it time and time again from our users. It would seem the only thing that has substantially changed in the past 12 months is the abundant number of cloud and mobile offerings that are available.

There are apps meant to aid design creativity or help boost efficiency by measuring existing conditions, and much more. However, while there are mixed reviews and mixed results from these types of apps, many people who passionately care about this industry believe that the day will surely come when such apps are very accurate and tie well into downstream design processes like CAD and BIM authoring tools.

While this sense of optimism is very exciting, this does not mean today's app-scene is bleak. In fact, some current mobile apps and cloud-based services really excel at streamlining design-based workflows by freeing up desktop computing time, as well as connecting with your go-to design software to improve your productivity and simplify your ability to present ideas.

PRODUCTIVITY BOOST
Nemetschek Vectorworks, which develops a line of CAD and BIM solutions for the AEC, landscape, and entertainment industries under the Vectorworks brand, launched Vectorworks Cloud Services 3.0 this past September to deliver productivity gains by connecting to users' preferred design software. This release included updating the cloud servers to run Vectorworks 2015, which is now fully 64 bit, as well as updating the signature mobile app, Vectorworks Nomad 3.0.

In addition, we launched a brand new mobile app for all Vectorworks users called Vectorworks Remote as the latest addition to Nemetschek Vectorworks' mobile app offerings. Our primary goal with this launch was to provide greater presentation capability for our users and to find new and meaningful ways for the everyday designer using Vectorworks software to be more productive.

To boost that productivity, we first updated the servers to run Vectorworks 2015. Because the latest version is fully 64 bit, this evolution had a major impact on the processing capabilities of Vectorworks Cloud Services. Now, users with even the most complicated geometric files or files with very high resolutions for rendering can compute substantially faster and more reliably. This is something that all users instantly notice.

MODELLING GOES MOBILE
Our signature mobile app, Vectorworks Nomad, now supports 3D viewing of designers' Vectorworks files. This is a major addition that turns Nomad into more than just a viewer for Construction Drawings. It now has a fluid and interactive way to view, fly over, walk through, and zoom in and out of your textured and shaded 3D models. As you can imagine, this is a great convenience for designers who want to show their clients various views of the models they are proposing.

The Vectorworks Remote App connects your mobile device to your Vectorworks desktop using a remote connection plug-in. When using the app, you can interactively use the device like a remote to view, navigate, and present your designs without having to be at your desktop. This is great for group reviews and presentations. In addition, you can use it as a productivity tool even while sitting in front of your desktop as the Remote can be used to control the visibilities and views of the file on which you are working. It also helps to save valuable screen real estate when used in this way.

As one of our users, scenic and lighting designer Kevin Lee Allen, says: "I cannot live without the new Vectorworks Remote App that connects mobile devices to Vectorworks software. The app lets you view, navigate, and present your designs without having to be at your desktop. It is also terrific for navigating while designing."

These are just a couple of examples of recent additions to our apps that are easy to use and tie directly into the workflows of today's savvy designers. There are many more possibilities for using cloud and mobile technologies in an integrated manner with your preferred software solution. This is just the beginning on our part, and we're excited to continue to explore the possibilities that mobile technology can bring to your workflow and what you, in turn, can do with it to transform the world with your creative visions.
More info: www.vectorworks.net

"Our signature mobile app, Vectorworks Nomad, now supports 3D viewing of designers' Vectorworks files. This is a major addition that turns Nomad into more than just a viewer for Construction Drawings. It now has a fluid and interactive way to view, fly over, walk through, and zoom in and out of your textured and shaded 3D models. As you can imagine, this is a great convenience for designers who want to show their clients various views of the models they are proposing."

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