connectCAD 2017 Deutsch is now compatible with German version of Vectorworks 2018 SP1

20 November 2017

connectcad2017 v.3.3 Deutsch for Vectorworks 2018 Deutsch

connectCAD has just released the German version 3.3 of connectCAD 2017  compatible for Vectorworks 2018 SP1 and above.

To upgrade, contact our German distributors at Computerworks

If you don't have connectCAD 2017 Deutsch you can now buy it for Vectorworks 2018 German in full confidence - visit: www.computerworks-shop.de

Our new connectCAD 2018 Deutsch, will be out early next year.

Flaps and Tassels

October 2017

So are broadcast trade shows really what they’re cracked up to be?

a rambling account of time spent…

When you’ve been to a lot of trade shows you notice the types of people who are coming past. If somebody is carrying a backpack they are usually an assistant sent to check you out. The ones who take decisions have someone to carry their backpack for them.

Shoes are another classic clue. Investment bankers in the US tend to wear a particular kind of loafer, which has leather flaps and tassels on the end of their shoe laces. Flaps and tassels tell you that they’ve come to buy your company.

Sitting on an exhibition stand you get time to watch the flow and wonder what it all means…

So are trade shows really what they’re cracked up to be?

Exhibitors spend an huge amount of time and money on them. Yet the results are almost impossible to evaluate. Most of the visitors coming past waste your time. They don’t buy anything and they’re never going to buy anything. Lonely people who like to talk to salesmen. Be nice to hang a row of car tires on the booth, like they do in fishing boats, to fend off the tire kickers… or just give them something to kick!

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connectCAD 2017 is now compatible with Vectorworks 2018 SP1

4th October 2017

connectcad2017 v30 for Vectorworks2018 2

connectCAD has just released version 3.0 of connectCAD 2017 now compatible for Vectorworks 2018 SP1 and above.

If you want to upgrade Vectorworks to 2018 just visit your order page and download + install connectCAD 3.0

If you don't have connectCAD 2017 you can now buy it for Vectorworks 2018 in full confidence

Our new version, connectCAD 2018, will be out early next year.

Stay tuned!

Online Device Sharing

August 2017

Online device sharing with connectCAD for Vectorworks

connectCAD kills carpal tunnel syndrome

connectCAD’s community device spec library is growing. Thanks to the input of designers from all over the world, our shared library now holds specs of more than 400 devices, ready to use with one click and getting away with the tedious task of doing data entry.

Our library includes some widely used brands like Black Magic, BMD, Christie, Cisco, Netgear, Panasonic, QSC and also smaller manufacturers.

Entering, retrieving and sharing device definitions is a matter of a few clicks. All you need to do is open the Device Builder, type-in the name of your device and, if its specs exist in connectCAD’s online library, you can select the make and the model and all available data are entered in your schematic.

When adding a device in your drawing, you may find some data is missing or is not accurate. In this case, you can fill in or correct what is needed and upload the revised specs online. If you cannot find what you are looking for, just enter the specs of your new device from scratch and contribute to the shared library can so that it can soon include all kinds of devices used for any type of audiovisual project around the world.

Using a conventional software, it normally takes an average of 20 mouse clicks to create and add a device into your drawing. So, with more than 400 devices ready to use, connectCAD’s online device spec library helps save up to 8000 clicks, making your design workflow faster and easier, saving hours of form-filling and avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Meet us at Infocomm - Vectorworks booth #4226

June 2017

connectCAD at Infocomm17

Find out all you'd like to know about about connectCAD at Infocomm 2017, June 14-16 at Orlando Florida, Orange County Convention Center - at the Vectorworks booth #4226.

Special manufactures training session on Thursday, June 15 from 10:30am – 12pm
“Simplify Your Systems Integration Design and Documentation Workflow“
This presentation covers the workflow between Vectorworks and connectCAD.
It is hosted by Jim Woodward, Vectorworks Industry Specialist
and Chuck Walthall, connectCAD US Support Consultant, Audiovisual Consultant & Designer.
You may register here 


Also meet Chuck Walthall and get connectCAD's special Infocomm usb stick!

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AV designer Justin Linville from Provision Audio Video Solutions describes how connectCAD facilitated the process of audiovisual integration in a new church facility.

May 2017

House of Worship AV design with connectCAD
Photo credit: Provision AudioVideo Solutions

“From the start of this project, we talked about digital audio networks and integrating all the spaces in a way that would make it really easy to configure whatever audio paths were needed going from one location to another. We used a variety of Dante-based interfaces to get audio in and out at various locations, and that really added a big big level of versatility to the whole project. There was a lot of the design that looked very very similar to network topology, so we had to plan certain switches, and we had to plan all the cable paths and the interconnections really meticulously, so there was a lot from the beginning that really added to the complexity of the design.”

“Because of the way this project evolved over time, we sort of evolved the system design with the industry offerings. We had a lot of options in terms of flexibility, and because of the various in and out points of the a/v network, we had to develop a very concise plan before heading into installation. This is where the connectCAD tool came in and really made a difference. For example, every time you change one component in a typical CAD system, you have to go in there and redraw all the connections, and you have to reconfigure all your routing paths etc. But, on the connectCAD system, with all of the tools that are available (and ever-growing), that becomes a real breeze. So, I can take a 40 mic/line input module and use the ‘multi-connect’ tool to get all 40 of my connections in about 2 seconds; whereas with the conventional CAD approach that would take an hour to redraw all 40 of these connections and get them properly labeled and assigned.”
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