connectCAD 2016: System Designer’s CAD buddy from concept to implementation
Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016
connectCAD, 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.
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