Live from Chicago
This being my first time at a Vectorworks user conference, what's it like? (Previously I was at press-specific events hosted by Vectorworks.) Well, we have about 600 users here from a lot of countries. At yesterday evening's social event I heard a lot of German -- and so I could practice my German. Six hundred seems to be number common to several user events I attend, such as from Bricsys and Siemens PLM. The number seems rather tiny compared to the eight or ten thousand that show up at Solidworks World and Autodesk University. But 600 is a number that does not overwhelm. In addition, I've been told there are 15 media here.
Mind you, the name is not "user conference." This is the Vectorworks Design Summit. Nevertheless, the format is the same as at most other such conferences: keynotes in the morning, educational sessions in the afternoon, and a social event in the evening. Last night, for example, we walked over to SPiN, a bar that features dozens of ping pong tables. Tonight I look forward to seeing the Impressionist paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago.
See you soon, with coverage of the keynote address by the company's new CEO.
[Disclosure: Vectorworks provided me with airfare, hotel, and meals.]