At Prolight + Sound, the ComputerWorks team unveiled its new software solution, Braceworks, for the event industry and offered a well-attended lecture program. ComputerWorks is a manufacturer and developer of software solutions for the construction, design and project management industries.

Rigging Analysis for the Event Industry

Braceworks is an add-on module to the existing CAD software Vectorworks. It offers event planners a simple possibility for the static analysis of traverse systems. It calculates the load on the truss planning, complies with technical standards and thus ensures safety. Braceworks is seamlessly integrated with Vectorworks and provides a fully integrated workflow from design through analysis to documentation.

Comprehensive CAD Software

The CAD software Vectorworks offers numerous advantages for the work in the field of light, set, sound and video design. This can be for show, event, theatre, film, television or trade fair construction. Vectorworks Spotlight has established itself as the standard for the development and presentation of stage, lighting and video design as well as the production of technical plans of all kinds. Vectorworks Spotlight combines 2D drawing, 3D modeling and documentation. In addition, Vectorworks can also be used intuitively with other CAD technologies (e.g. SIEMENS) or current libraries for light, video, audio, set, rigging and stage. The software thrives on being permanently further developed according to the needs of the users.

Innovations regarding GDTF open standards

Another important topic was the innovations concerning the open data standard GDTF.
The new data format with the name “General Device Type Format” defines the uniform data exchange between consoles, CAD and pre-visualization software. Besides the new version GDTF 1.0, the founding companies have developed another open file format called My Virtual Rig (MVR), which enables an exchange between planning, pre-visualization and console systems. The MVR format is now integrated into Vectorworks 2019, Vision 2019 and grandMA3.

Expert and User Meetings

ComputerWorks PLS 2019During the fair, users and developers of Vectorworks Spotlight also had the opportunity to exchange ideas. One result of the exchange is the Spotlight libraries in the Vectorworks Service Select Portal. These are updated again and again according to the user’s explicit wishes and are then available for download.
In addition, students and pupils from the event sector were able to ask their questions to the industry experts at the Student Sessions and receive valuable practical tips.

Source: Prolight + Sound redaction, ComputerWorks