Software speeds 2D drawing, rendering, and 3D modeling.

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Running natively on both Intel and Power PC-based Macintosh, VectorWorks v12.5 includes Adobe® PDF import and export support, as well as support for Google(TM) Earth's KML files. It provides unit matching and intelligent detection of Xrefs for smooth DXF/DWG imports, drafting tools, and support for high dynamic range images in RenderWorks, which facilitates creation of realistically rendered objects and exterior scenes.

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Nemetschek North America Updates VectorWorks Product Line to Version 12.5-Now Runs Native on Intel®-based Apple® Macintosh

(Columbia, MD) September 12, 2006 - Nemetschek North America announced today that it has updated its entire line of VectorWorks products to version 12.5. Notable enhancements to VectorWorks 12.5 include support for Apple Macintosh OS X operating on the new Intel-based Macintosh, Adobe® PDF import and export support-including batch export, and support for Google(TM) Earth's KML files, as well as overall speed and performance improvements.

"The big news for version 12.5 is that VectorWorks is now a universal application-it runs natively on both the Intel and Power PC-based Macintosh," says Paul Pharr, Nemetschek North America's chief technology officer. "In a word-it's fast. We've run speed trials that demonstrate 2D drawing, rendering, and 3D modeling operations are up to 12 times faster on a Mac Pro Quad Xeon 3.0 GHz, compared to a Power Mac Dual G4 500 MHz. Users on Windows and older Macs will see some important speed improvements, too. Opening and saving files on network servers is between five and 30 times faster with VectorWorks 12.5-depending on the file, and RenderWorks rendering is up to 40 percent faster. Finally, the ability to both import and export PDF files on Mac and Windows will open up interesting possibilities for VectorWorks offices to streamline their document workflow."

Other noteworthy improvements to VectorWorks 12.5 include unit matching and intelligent detection of Xrefs for smoother DXF/DWG imports, new and improved drafting tools to increase drafting efficiency, and support for High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI) in RenderWorks, which makes creating realistically-rendered objects and exterior scenes easier.

"VectorWorks 12.5 will be like strapping a turbo-charger on our Intel Macs," says Don Seidel, AIA, Seidel + Associates, Inc. "Our projects get bigger and bigger, so we need every ounce of speed we can get. And VectorWorks 12.5's exponential network speed increase means a lot less waiting and increased production. With VectorWorks 12.5's ability to export layered PDF files, we'll dramatically increase our collaboration and communication. Layered PDFs means clients and consultants can select which layers they want to view and print. No longer will we have to create five different PDFs for five different users."

For a complete list and descriptions of VectorWorks 12.5 improvements, visit

The VectorWorks product line consists of VectorWorks Designer, VectorWorks Architect, VectorWorks Landmark, VectorWorks Spotlight, VectorWorks Machine Design, VectorWorks Fundamentals, and RenderWorks. This update is available to all VectorWorks 12 users as a free Web download. DVDs are also available for a nominal fee.

Nemetschek North America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of European software giant Nemetschek AG. A global leader in design technologies, Nemetschek N.A. has been developing CAD software for the AEC, entertainment, landscape design, and manufacturing fields since 1985. VectorWorks, its flagship product, is one of the world's best-selling cross-platform CAD applications. An all-in-one solution that's easier to learn and use and more cost-effective than most other CAD programs, VectorWorks is ideal for firms that don't have unlimited IT budgets. For more information, visit

Linda Carmody
Nemetschek North America
7150 Riverwood Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

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