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Vectorworks Inc. to Acquire connectCAD

Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has announced its pending acquisition of connectCAD, a systems design solution for the audiovisual (AV) industry.

Since 2009, connectCAD has been offered as a plug-in for Vectorworks software, offering the ability for designing broadcast, AV, lighting, and IT networks or any other type of connected system. connectCAD ensures that as-built drawings and cable lists exactly match the completed cabling architecture, avoiding reworking with other methods.

connectCAD is used worldwide to design and coordinate complex AV installations such as exhibitions, casinos, conferences, churches, staging events, and theme parks, as well as broadcast systems, IT, and telecom infrastructure.

“connectCAD has been a great partner product for Vectorworks over the years and has gradually built a product for Vectorworks that creates a powerful, yet intuitive interface for generating audiovisual system designs and reports,” says Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “In response to the growing audio needs for our customers, connectCAD was an obvious choice because it’s a high-quality product that naturally extends our AV capabilities for our users.”

As part of the pending acquisition, connectCAD Founder, Managing Director, and Programmer for the tools, Conrad Preen, will be committing to a minimum of two years with Vectorworks to continue the development of connectCAD.

“Part of the Vectorworks family, connectCAD is poised to enter a new era and will be able to realize its true potential,” says Preen. “We’re looking forward to introducing many new features in the coming years with the expertise of Vectorworks engineers fine-tuning our existing features. As in human enterprise, teamwork is the key to great results, and I can think of no better team than Vectorworks.”

Part of the acquisition, the first priority will be to convert all Vectorscript tools and commands to C++ using Vectorworks SDK, thus enhancing the performance of the connectCAD plug-in, according to Vectorworks. Once completed, connectCAD will be offered as an add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight or Designer in English and German. Completion of the first phase will be during the Vectorworks 2020 version cycle.

For more information, contact Vectorworks Canada: 604-878-0289
casales@vectorworks.net, www.vectorworks.net/ca.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Professional Lighting & Production. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.