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Vectorworks Architect

Designers choose Vectorworks® Architect software because it provides a solution that supports the creative process instead of replacing it. From 2D and 3D to BIM and beyond, Vectorworks Architect delivers a robust suite of capabilities that will enhance your workflows from concept to construction and improve your design process.

Overview

THE ARCHITECT'S BIM TOOL

Vectorworks Architect is the industry's only modeling, drafting, and documentation software built with BIM at the heart of the design process.

With Vectorworks Architect, your firm will benefit from best-in-industry building information modeling tools. With the software's design-oriented BIM capabilities, you will streamline costs, refine construction details, and increase your energy efficiency – all without altering your preferred process. Flexible parametric objects help you create a virtual prototype of your designs, with as much or little detail as needed. Edit and analyze your model while simultaneously generating interactive schedules.

SUCCESSFUL DESIGNERS

More than half a million designers around the world are inspired by the transformative design capabilities of Vectorworks Architect. With intuitive features for working individually or across teams, Vectorworks software becomes an extension of the creative process. Designers choose to use our solutions because they can explore countless design options while creating a comprehensive BIM model and construction documents.

INDUSTRY-LEADING 3D SOLUTIONS

Capture your visions in 3D and design without limitations with Vectorworks Architect. Our first-in-industry, cross-platform graphical scripting capabilities offer new ways to explore form and function, while our advanced suite of Parasolid-based solids and NURBS-surface tools provides you with the ability to create any shape and easily transform geometry.

In addition, Vectorworks offers you the capability to model complex forms with our subdivision surface modeling built on Pixar's OpenSubdiv library. With our intuitive interface, you will design in any 2D or 3D view using modes in modeling tools that react intelligently to faces of objects as you move your cursor.

SUPERIOR DOCUMENTATION

Vectorworks Architect empowers you to design without constraints. With a broader array of drafting and annotation tools than other BIM applications, you will produce stunning presentations and the highest quality documentation while you design. Use your Vectorworks BIM model as the basis to create and refine custom schedules and construction documents directly from your design, supporting changes you make throughout your iterative design process.

MULTI-USER ENVIRONMENT

Collaborate and maximize efficiency. Project Sharing enables architects, interior designers, and others to unify their workflows by allowing the project team to work on the same Vectorworks file concurrently. Streamline your journey from simple sketch to final product.

SEAMLESS INTEROPERABILITY

Move your BIM models fluidly among design, analysis, and construction packages with the robust import and export capabilities of Vectorworks Architect. Using industry standard file formats like IFC, you can communicate effectively with consultants and collaborators who may be using Revit or other BIM software. Vectorworks Architect also offers DWG/DXF/DWF and PDF support for the creation and analysis of construction documents.

Exchange concept models from Rhino or SketchUp. Support for both the import and export of 3DM, SKP, and COLLADA file formats, as well as OBJ, STL, and 3DS, lets you explore the full range of design options by incorporating information from multiple sources, consolidating data into one place quickly and easily.

INTEGRATED RENDERING

Vectorworks Architect offers solutions to develop compelling client presentations that highlight your skills, build your brand, and grow your business. Featuring best-in-industry 2D and 3D graphics and versatile rendering capabilities in Renderworks® — the rendering application powered by MAXON’s Cinema 4D render engine — you can design, document, and communicate with your customers from a single platform.

New In 2017

Australian Features

OzCAD produces a special version of Vectorworks Architect called Architect Australia, which is localised for Australian practice. It contains Australian libraries for walls, doors, windows, finishes, standards, applied finishes, sanitary fixtures, details, fireplaces, handrails and more. We have also added high quality 2D and 3D entourage libraries for people, vehicles, trees, furniture, etc., plus additional hatches, colour palettes, image fills and gradients. For more information, read the detailed descriptions below.

AnimationWorks

AnimationWorks allows you to create complex camera or object animations entirely within Vectorworks, then save them as QuickTime movies which can be viewed by anyone who has QuickTime installed. Read more and see sample movies.

Australian Colour Libraries

Standard libraries include Dulux®, Taubmans, Porters, Murabond, Colorbond®, Laminex®, Concrete Colour Systems and Cabots®, AS 1100.301 Material Colours.

Coordinate Marker Tool

Allows a drawing to be setout with coordinates that refer to a user defined origin or datum. If datum changes, objects can be updated to display the new settings. Options include whether IDs are displayed as in the example below, and whether X/Y or X/Y/Z values are shown. Can optionally display as Eastings/Northings.

Coordinate Marker Tool

Custom Dashed Line Tool

Useful for boundary lines, piping runs or electrical wiring, this tool is designed to draw straight sided polygons with edges comprising of dashed lines with a cross line or piece of text in the dash space. Once drawn, the polygon can be reshaped with the 2D Reshape tool.

Detailer Tool

Offers a speedy way to work up details that require repetitive elements to be drawn at regular intervals. By default it can draw dressed, undressed or finished timber sections in square or rectangular profiles, at nominated centres and at a nominated rotation. This allows studs, battens, joists, etc., to be quickly worked into details, whilst maintaining editability. Because the tools also supports symbols, you can add any repetitive element to the mix, such as roof tiles, timber cladding or floor boards, C or Z purlins, etc.

Equal Dimension Tool

Replaces the numeric dimension value on a picked dimension with the text ‘EQ’.

Handrails Tool

This tool allows a much greater variety of handrail objects to be drawn as a single piece or as multiple mitred lengths at any angle. It includes a library of predefined types that include glass, wire, timber and aluminium.

Heliodon Tool

For doing shadow diagrams and sun studies. The tool makes it much faster to set the sun position, can store an unlimited number of locations and also has the ability to view the model from the sun. You can also step though the times of the day in any view and watch how a shading device or other aspect of your building performs. Solar calculations can be done using solar time as well as clock time, removing ambiguity from shadow diagrams. As well, you can produce on-screen or QuickTime® solar animations viewed from the sun, providing a much faster way to assess solar access or to evaluate shading devices.

Heliodon Tool

Precast Wall Tool

Creates a 2D only linear object that represents a plan section through a precast concrete wall panel and is designed for producing 2D wall details.

Quick Building Tool

Produces simple block models that can be used for shadow diagrams, floor space calculations or any time you need one or more simple shaped buildings quickly. Buildings can have flat, hip or gabled roofs.

3D Tape Measure Tool

Quickly determine distances between points or objects in a 3D model using this new tool. Like its 2D counterpart, it provides a running total length as well as the length of the last segment drawn.

Local Content and Extra Libraries

  • Accessible doors library (for compliance with AS 1428.1)
  • Additional hatch libraries
  • Additional brick image fills
  • Additional colour palette libraries
  • Additional gradient fills
  • Australian applied finishes notes library
  • Australian handrails library and tool
  • Australian finishes notes library
  • Australian fire and acoustic rated steel framed wall systems notes library (Gyprock) in searchable format
  • Australian standard doors library
  • Australian Standards lists in searchable format
  • Complete Caroma library in plan, front and side views with records
  • Expanded Australian walls library with over 80 different types separated into different construction types (residential, commercial, new, existing, etc.).
  • Extensive and new 2D and 3D libraries for people, trees, cars, furniture, etc.
  • Forbos Marmoleum and Artoleum floor finishes as 2D image fills and 3D textures.
  • Jetmaster library
  • LiteSteel® Beam library
  • New 3D tree and people image prop objects for rendering
  • Stegbar aluminium and timber door and window library
  • Typical Australian details (Monier, Wunderlich, Gyprock, etc.)

Create Floors From Walls

Floor creation just got faster. This command quickly creates floors from selected walls, on the layer nominated. If the chosen layer is the same as the walls, the floors are conveniently sent behind the walls so they appear correctly in 2D.

Create Floors From Walls

Create Ceilings From Walls

Ceiling creation just got faster too. This command quickly creates ceilings from selected walls, on the layer nominated. Ceilings are created using extrudes so they are transparent in a Top/Plan view.

Create Ceilings From Walls

Edit Class Names Utility

Quickly search for and edit multiple class names in one hit with this useful utility.

Edit Class Names interface

Title Block Tool & Issue Command

The VAA Title Block tool and VAA Revise Issue Print commands provide a complete and flexible system for adding title blocks to drawings, entering issue or revision notes, batch printing and creating or updating a comprehensive transmittal. These tools are designed to speed-up drawing management whilst maintaining more accurate and detailed revision and issue history for the full duration of a project.

In Vectorworks 2008, there are new options which include north points, drawing stamps and custom names for title block symbols.

WinDoor Tool

Creates simple or complex windows and doors which are fully editable parametric objects. It allows design and documentation to happen more quickly and provides increased control over component sizes, greater flexibility with door and window designs, better line weight and class control, and the ability to do corner and bay windows with a few clicks. Supports a much greater range of door and window styles for both residential and commercial construction, including parallel sliding door systems, louvred windows, sashless glass windows, pivot doors, glass doors, glass block windows, along with all other conventional door and window types.

WinDoor also includes a custom library of standard Australian doors and windows that can be added to or edited by the user, then used to replace or modify an existing object. With the latter option, it is possible to copy one, some or all attributes from a library item, then apply these to one, some or all WinDoor objects in the drawing. Other new options also include pivot, hopper and round windows, as well as overhead doors.

All WinDoor objects can report both glazing and ventilation areas and have additional data entered such as glass and frame type, screening, egress, compliance and so on.

WinDoor Tool