Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will solidify its place in the entertainment industry with the pending acquisition of connectCAD, a systems design solution geared toward the AV industry.
Since 2009, connectCAD has been offered as a plugin 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 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,” Vectorworks CEO, Dr. Biplab Sarkar, said. “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 commit to a minimum of two years with Vectorworks to continue the development of connectCAD.
As 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 plugin. Once completed, connectCAD will be offered as an add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight or Designer in English and German.