We have just released a minor update to connectCAD 2016. This corrects an issue in the connectCAD Settings command where the numbering system selected was not updating the document settings. We also improved the way cable number and connector type text offset settings are implemented to ensure that the document is updated correctly when these settings are changed. To get connectCAD_2016_1_1 just go to your order page, download it and install in the normal way.

If you have made extensive customisations of our tools and added extra device and socket fields you may prefer just to update the Settings command. To do this just open the instal_me.zip file and copy the connectCAD Settings command to your Plug-ins/connectCAD folder. This will save re-implementing your customisations.

connectCAD 2016: System Designer’s CAD buddy from concept to implementation

connectCAD2016 logoconnectCAD, the connectivity design add-on to Vectorworks, has just released its 2016 version. Used extensively by audiovisual designers worldwide, connectCAD’s tools & commands speed up the design process from concept to implementation in various installation projects, from AV to electrical and IT.

"We use connectCAD extensively so every cable for the AV installation is detailed. We used it on 'Team New Zealand America’s Cup base' , 'Gallipolis, The Scale of our War' exhibition… We use it mostly when we need to deal with more wise than we can keep in our heads really.” – Marc Simpson, Lighting Designer/Managing Director of Toulouse Group, New Zealand.

connectCAD’s automated commands help create schematic diagrams quickly & easily and then link them with physical layouts in 2D/3D plans, with all wire lists & bill of materials ready. Components like signal flows and connection lines can be marked in detail, so everything is clear for the technicians, avoiding delays & costly errors.

Created by designers for designers, connectCAD offers a great deal of customization, like in settings and libraries, but also some automations like drawing-check for obvious errors, duplicates and disconnections. It also records any changes made during installation on the actual plan. connectCAD lets you define rooms at an abstract level for projects like touring shows, where the physical space changes with each venue, but the roles of spaces remain the same.

In connectCAD 2016, we “fight complexity” even more, with new and improved functions like Signal-Connector type lookup, DIN-rail terminals, simplified Insert Device command, Tool Templates to make your own tools in your workspace, and much more - allowing for more accuracy and speed.

Used by prominent AV professionals like Cramer US, Kraftwerk AU, Naked Lighting UK, to name a few, connectCAD cuts down design time by half and it’s superb value for money for Vectorworks users.

connectCAD’s support site support.connectcad.com offers detailed user guide, tutorials and videos. Some basic info on connectCAD is available in German, Russian, Japanese & Spanish, while the full German version is soon to be released.

Visit our online shop or contact Vectorworks distributors globally.

About ConnectCAD Limited.
ConnectCAD Limited is the UK company that develops and markets connectCAD, an add-on product to Vectorworks® for designing connected systems. Since its first release in 2006, connectCAD is used by hundreds of professionals globally. The managing director Conrad Preen is a consultant with decades of experience in the field of broadcast systems design. Read more at: www.connectcad.com

December 2015 

Coming up in 2016!

connectCAD for Vectorworks

It’s that time of year when our new version is looming. We've been thinking over what is needed and what not, to make it even simpler and faster for designers to complete each project. Responding to our users requests as always, we’ve added new functions and details, while taking away unnecessary clicks without losing efficiency.

 In connectCAD 2016, you'll be able to make your own customised Devise Placement Tools that can insert into circuits. For example, if you’re designing RF distribution systems you can create your own handy tools for splitters / taps etc. using duplicates of Insert Device each set up to place a custom device symbol!

In 2016, we say farewell Number Cables from List and integrate the new Vectorworks Reports which interact directly with the drawing and can be stored as worksheets in the Resource Browser, be customised, branded and imported to any document.

connectCAD 2016 is coming out soon and will make system design even simpler!


 

November, 2015 

connectCAD is featured in Nov/Dec'15 of InAvate APAC magazine

 

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What are the "Right Tools for the Job" available to Asian integrators when it comes to designing, installing, maintaining and selling AV projects?

"As long as people are designing and creating systems made of interconnected equipment there will be a need to visualise and document these networks. Even if we get to a world where everything is connected over IP networks and physical cabling is more or less standardised, we still have to design the logical interconnections of devices. A picture is always worth a thousand words and clear drawings help everyone in a project understand and work together." - 

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