2018 update

Continuous development leads to increased performance
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:
New templates to British Standard (EN 1992, EN 1993, EN 1995 and EN 1996) and US-codes (ACI, AISC and ASCE) for FREE DOWNLOAD.
Automated reporting due to intelligent presentation of results
More flexibility due to customizable hot keys
Simplified data transfer due to intelligent character recognition (OCR technology) and PDF/A export
VCcompare for analysing PDF-documents and processing states (optional)

Detailed information on the new features

The following functions have been improved or implemented:
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. 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.
Professional Tools for Reporting
VCcompare analyses differing processing states and PDF-files and highlights the dissimilarities. VCcompare is available optionally.
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.

2017 update

Last year's development focus for VCmaster has been on improving the handling of the software and simplifying data entry. VCmaster has been revised in many aspects to achieve this goal.
Major improvements:
Extended options for design and formatting
Faster dater entry due to the new favorites folder, pre-defined input lines and automated completion of variables (see images)
Easier checking of indices for page numbering and for database queries
VCcopy-technology, an intelligent alternative to the Windows-clipboard (optional)
NEW: Fast entry
for variables

The following functions have been improved or implemented:
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.
VCcopy - Copy&Paste at its best (optional)
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. VCcopy guarantees more flexibility and a better overview while working. The program accelerates workflow and offers entirely new possibilities for copying data.
Accelerated data input
Input of variables is now significantly faster due to the new fast-input-mode. Calculation lines can be explicitly defined as input lines. 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
The navigator now displays inserted segment changes with the associated indices. 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.

2016 update

20 Years of Unique Cutting Edge Technical Innovations

New: Intelligent control features
guarantee improved security
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 tool for digital documentation and technical calculations. It is currently used by over 4,000 satisfied customers in more than 40 countries around the globe.

VCmaster 2016 is equipped with numerous new features, which:
further improve the quality of technical documents
allow for trouble-free data portability
significantly increase processing time

The following functions have been improved or implemented:
Enhanced t2W-interface: Choosing the automatic option allows the program to decide automatically, whether vector format or pixel format requires the least memory space.
Hiding of chapters: The user is now able to temporally hide unused or finished chapters. When required these chapters can be displayed again at the click of a mouse.
Intelligent control features: 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.
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.
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.
Miscellaneous: 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.

2015 update

Competitive edge through innovations and consistent, ongoing development

With the latest updates of 2015, we present to you numerous interesting innovations and improvements in our product. The key aspects of our updates are as follows:

Efficient documentation through...
new indexing for images and attachments
integration of layouts and PDF documents

More intelligent calculation through...
automatic conversion of units of measurement
advanced variable names and navigation to variable definitions
the if()-functions with text return.

Simpler operation through...
re-engineered tools and tool boxes (see picture)

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 as per the PN EN1991, PN EN1992, PN EN1993 and PN EN1995 norms. You can find it under: www.VCmaster.pl.

2014 update

The software has been completely revised in the 2014 update. In this version, the main priorities were:

The calculation section of VCmaster has been almost entirely re-programmed. On the one hand, its performance is noticeably faster and on the other it represents an important basis for future developments and enhancements.
New features are freely configurable formula symbols (see figure), 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.

2013 update

In this version, the main priorities were:
Detection of areas when transferring over the t2W interface.
The example shows the transfer of one page: Left the interface, right the VCmaster. The grey areas were automatically removed. Comments have been inserted at these points as an example (highlighted).
Some interesting improvements in calculation
Simpler documentation by numbering chapters and references to bookmarks.

2012 update

In this version, the main priorities were:

The creation of knowledge databases,
a PDF output with security and compression options,
the optional t2W hybrid technology and
numerous enhancements in detail.

VCmaster instead BauText? Positive international feedback led us to adopt a new brand name. Moreover the application of our software is not restricted to the structural engineering field. For BauText users, there is little change – just the program name. For the German language construction application, we have also retained the old brand name, calling the program "VCmaster - BauText Edition 2012".