Thursday, May 28, 2009

Press Release - Short Sharp Manuals

(Napier, New Zealand) 29 May 2009 Archoncad announces Short Sharp Manuals 

NEW - SHORT SHARP MANUALS - unlock the power of Vectorworks!!!
Archoncad is pleased to announce SHORT SHARP MANUALS - a resource 'library' of concise manuals each exploring a single Vectorworks topic - to show you how to unlock the power of Vectorworks.

This new training resource is designed to sharpen your Vectorworks skills using a single task manual that explores and explains a single area of Vectorworks.
Each SHORT SHARP MANUAL clearly demonstrates key learning tasks and techniques, with 15-25 pages of step-by-step instructions and screenshots. By focusing on single topics, we give you access to new Vectorworks skills and techniques in small meaningful chunks!

Respected Vectorworks training author, Jonathan Pickup said...
"I have a great example of these manuals helping a client. The client found an area of Vectorworks that he was really struggling with - how create an automated room finish schedule. So, he downloaded my SHORT SHARP manual 'Creating a Room Finishes Schedule' and followed the very good description of how to do this. He has found the investment in the manuals to be truly worthwhile and great value to his business.
He also discovered my manual was the only place he could learn how to use this technique, as there does not seem to be any explanation of how to set up an automated Room Finish Schedule in NNA published User Guides, or Professional Learning Series DVD’s, on the VectorWorks web site, in any of the NNA VectorWorks forums or data bases or in any history of the VectorWorks User Discussion List.
This is just one story - there are many other examples of these short sharp manuals unlocking the power of Vectorworks and providing my clients with new services to offer their clients. " 
The Short Sharp manual is published exclusively on-line at There are currently 14 SHORT SHARP Manuals available, and they are quick and easy to download. And they are very economical (exceptional value for money)!

Jonathan Pickup also said... "We will be adding one or two new manuals each month, and welcome feedback and suggestions for future short sharp manual topics. In this way, we will build a fantastic resource for the Vectorworks users community and enable our clients to optimize Vectorworks capability"
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Jonathan Pickup is an architect trained in New Zealand and in the UK with many years of experience. He has over 15 years of experience in writing and producing Vectorworks manuals and providing customer support. His company, ArchonCAD, is the premier provider of third-party manuals and training resources for Vectorworks.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Jonathan Pickup
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