This year's focus for the advancement of VCmaster has been on enhancing automation for reporting, checking processing states and including additional options for customization. VCmaster has been revised in many aspects to achieve this goal. 

Major improvements:

Intelligent Presentation of Results

Results such as materials, cross-sections or information for implementation can be linked intelligently to the calculation part and are thus presented automatically.

The result can then be complemented and highlighted by a frame. Stroke weight, color or background are fully customizable.

Examples presented on the right side visualize the various application areas. More information can be found in Chapter 2.9.

Additionally variables can now be placed freely within a text and can also be included in the print-out.

Automatic Text Recognition

The t2W-interface recognizes and transfers texts from any document (image). The technology behind this is called OCR - Optical Character Recognition.

This technology allows you to convert scanned (digitized) images of printed or handwritten text into a form that can be recognized and manipulated by a word-processing program such as alphabets, words, and numerals.

Thus simplifying quoting from literature, standards or manufacturer's information.

For more information, refer to Chapter 3.5.3.

Furthermore the t2W-layout has been enhanced. The area to be transferred is now displayed more distinctly, while the remaining part of the information is presented in grey.

Professional Tools for Reporting

VCcompare analyses differing processing states and PDF-files and highlights the dissimilarities (image). VCcompare is available optionally. For more information refer to Chapter 5.3.3.

PDF-Export: PDF/A compatibility can be selected optionally (standardized file format for long-term archiving to ISO-standard). This format is required more and more by clients.

Comments: The updated version allows comments to be exported and included in the PDF-file. Thus simplifying data exchange between partners and clients.

For more information please refer to Chapter 5.4.

Looking back on 2017

Continuous development leads to increased performance
NEW: Fast entry for variables

This year's development focus for VCmaster was on improving the handling of the software and simplifying data entry. VCmaster has been revised in many aspects to achieve this goal.

Major improvements:

New features for designing and formatting

Until now we’ve deliberately kept the settings for formatting and designing as simple as possible. With VCmaster 2017 we have upgraded these options in line with customers' demands for more flexible designing options.

Text sections and headlines can be assigned individual settings for indentations in addition to the font. Format options can be transferred from one text or calculation line to any other text or calculation line.
Formatting of calculation lines can be deactivated, resulting in a default left-aligned presentation. For further information, please refer to Chapter 2.4 Formatting calculation lines

The VCmaster color palette has been extended. In addition to a variety of new colors, VCmaster 2017 offers the option of setting a company specific color (image).

Copy & Paste at its best

The clipboard is an essential component of day-to-day work on the PC. Unfortunately, Windows only allows one element to be copied at a time.

VCcopy is much more versatile.
It has expanded the Windows-Clipboard to up to 30 entries. Additionally VCcopy displays all entries in a preview. If need be VCcopy stores all entries and keeps them available over a long period of time.

VCcopy guarantees more flexibility and a better overview while working.

The program accelerates workflow and offers entirely new possibilities for copying data.  VCcopy is simply the better clipboard.

For more information, please refer to Chapter 3.6.1 VCCopy-Technology

Accelerated data input

Input of variables is now significantly faster due to the new fast-input-mode. The list is called up via CTRL+SPACE. VCmaster inserts the selected variable at the current cursor position. Selection is specified after entering the first letter(s). Calculation lines can be explicitly defined as input lines. Reducing queries in the input assistant to a minimum and leading to improved overview and faster data entry.

The new favorite folder in the Template Explorer facilitates locating repeatedly used templates. The new feature also allows the compilation of a list of reference projects, serving as a blueprint for new projects.

Advanced control features

NEW: Display of segment changes in the navigator

The navigator now displays inserted segment changes with the associated indices. Thus simplifying the review of entered data for modifications and amendments (image).

While inserting data with linked databases, the database assistant displays the selected table for improved revision of information.

Verifying and installing patches has been updated. Restricted user rights are now taken into account, ensuring the installation of a new version in a timely manner.

Looking back on 2016

20 Years of Unique Cutting Edge Technical Innovations

With VCmaster 2016 we celebrated our 20th anniversary. Starting out 20 years ago as a simple calculation-tool for engineers, VCmaster has transformed into a powerful software for digital documentation and technical calculations. It is currently used by over 4,000 satisfied customers in more than 40 countries around the globe.

The last few years have been dominated by unparalleled innovations. For example:
VCmaster 2016 is equipped with numerous new features, which:

Enhanced t2W-interface guarantees smooth portability

In order for the t2W-interface to deliver perfect results it must be adjusted optimally to the source program. Transferring files in the correct data format is particularly important.
So far only two options have been available: Vector format (EMF) or pixel format (JPG). These were assigned in the transfer profile of any given application.

An intriguing third option has been added to VCmaster 2016: Automatic. Choosing this option allows the program to decide automatically, whether vector format or pixel format requires the least memory space.

The automatic option is especially interesting when data output contains memory intensive graphics on single pages. This is the case with most common framework programs (e.g. Dlubal). These pages are then automatically converted into a memory efficient JPG-format. Pages containing text and charts are converted into vector format, when first issued as such. If the user is unsure which transfer format is more suitable Automatic is recommended.

For more information please refer to Chapter 3.5 t2W-interface.

Partially hiding of chapters increases efficiency

While working with large documents keeping track of everything can be a tough task. To tackle this issue VCmaster 2016 has been expanded to include a clever new feature. The user is now able to temporally hide unused or finished chapters. When required these chapters can be displayed at the click of a mouse.

This new feature reduces time-intensive scrolling and skimming to an absolute minimum. Additional outsourcing of parts of the document, which had been practiced to maintain clarity, is henceforth unnecessary. From now on creating a document in a consistent layout is even simpler than before, all the more so if utilizing Hybrid-technology.

For more information please refer to Chapter 4.3.5 Headings and table of contents

Intelligent control features guarantee improved security

Errors easily sneak into complex documentations with their numerous changes and additions.

VCmaster 2016 includes a new feature, which is able to recognise and correct faulty data input, by having the document undergo extensive and vigorous tests.

The test checks the following: For more information please refer to Chapter 2.10.1 Checking documents

Exceptional layout with state-of-the-art textboxes

Textboxes allow for unlimited placement of special elements like graphics, legends or comments within in the document. The adjacent text can be aligned left or right of the textbox.

For more information please refer to Chapter 5.2.4 Insert Textboxes

The same approach is used, when implementing and placing external graphics. These can, for example, be detailed drawings which are created and managed by an external program. The text boxes aspect ratio is automatically adjusted to the linked graphics.

For more information please refer to Chapter 3.7.2 Integrate Blueprint, Graphics and PDF-files

Sustainable thanks to progressive technology

VCmaster 2016 is equipped with a completely newly developed PDF-output. The novel version writes the PDF-file directly without the use of a ghost script driver. This accelerates the PDF-export and improves document quality tremendously, because fonts are now displayed at highest quality and the document contains precise formatting information without any loss of data.
The user interface has also been newly designed and now has a more modern and fresher appearance. For high-resolution screens VCmaster 2016 offers larger toolbars. Additionally many other details have been improved in VCmaster.
For example:
Calculation lines can now be printed in black, while font colours remain untouched.

Looking back on 2015

Competitive edge through innovations and consistent, ongoing development

With the 2015 updates, we were able to present numerous interesting innovations and improvements of VCmaster. The key aspects of our updates are as follows:

Efficient documentation through...
More intelligent calculation through... Simpler operation through...
Apart from the modifications in the program, the newly printed German Handbook is also an integral part of the 2015 updates.
The new Eurocode-templates according DIN EN1994 (Concrete) were published in the fourth quarter.

With the delivery of VCmaster Edycja polska, we now deliver our software in three languages. To intensify the market penetration in Poland, we have developed the templates according to PN EN1991, PN EN1992, PN EN1993 and PN EN1995 norms. The University of Cracow has been using VCmaster since its Beta-phase. Our new sales office is also located in Cracow, Poland.
You can find it under: www.VCmaster.pl.

Information on the new features:

Looking back on 2014

The calculation section of VCmaster has been almost entirely re-programmed. One the one hand, its performance is noticeably faster and the other it represents an important basis for future developments and enhancements.
New features are freely configurable formula symbols, which eliminate any restrictions on variable names. This improves the presentation of graphic formulae.
The word processing section has also been extensively revised. This is particularly noticeable when scrolling through graphics. The cursor control behaves in the same way as in other text programs.

Detailed information on the new features:

Further additions and enhancements: