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Vectorworks 2012 Feature Demos

  • Automatic Working Plane

    Significantly improve your modeling efficiency by using modes in modeling tools to automatically infer working planes as you move your cursor around the model. Simply select a tool and click to create objects on any 3D surface.

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  • Instant Push/Pull Mode

    We added this user-friendly feature to our planar tool set so you can instantly push or pull profile geometry without additional steps. It's a great time saver.

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  • Optimized 3D Dimensions

    It's easy to dimension 3D features by sensing the 3D working planes with the mouse. Simply click on 3D features with your constrained, angular, or radial dimension tools and dimension away.

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  • Heliodon

    With this easy-to-use tool, you no longer need to know coordinates or a time zone to place a Heliodon object with a directional light when it contains attached data like the region and city. You can create QuickTime solar animations and create "view from sun" animations too.

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  • Unified Reshape Tool

    The 2D and 3D reshape tools have been consolidated into a single powerful tool that reshapes both 2D and 3D objects.

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  • Reshaping Multiple Vertices of NURBS Curves

    With one drag, you can reshape NURBS curves with great precision and control by moving individual or multiple vertices.

  • Stories

    Now it's even easier to make changes that move with your design. You can express the elevation of design layers relative to a story elevation. As you edit the story elevation, all design layers with that story adjust their elevation by the same amount.

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  • IFC Support Upgrades

    Vectorworks Architect's support of the openBIM file standard, IFC, allows data and geometry to be input or imported, stored, retrieved, and exported in a much cleaner fashion.

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  • Component Joins at Wall Y-Joins

    With more robust wall joining you won't have to fix component joins. Now you'll quickly achieve joining of walls and wall components no matter what kind of connection you wish to make.

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  • Better Door Capabilities

    Use new options to create unequal bi-part leaves and several bi-part and double acting door configurations. Define a doors threshold to extend into and even beyond the doorjamb. Even define door muntin depths for glass leaves, transoms, and sidelights.

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  • Floor-to-Floor Linking and Display of Stairs

    Enjoy a more capable and efficient stair object that can calculate total rise based on the layers to which the stair connects. You will also see the 2D representation of the stair on both layers of connection.

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  • Clearer Management of Space Label Symbols

    We've greatly simplified the creation, editing, and storage of space label symbols. You can now directly create space labels using the space label settings dialog- no need for creating specific space label symbols. Also, you can edit existing space labels to quickly adjust the definitions and attributes of text tags in your label.

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  • Renderworks Styles

    Make a statement with your own signature rendering style. You can create custom configurations of lighting, backgrounds, and render settings as re-usable and sharable resources. When you're ready to render, just drag and drop your custom resource and all your settings will be applied.

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  • Realistic OpenGL Shadows

    Better accuracy, better quality- need we say more?

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  • Artistic Renderworks Styles

    Try your hand at these intuitive editing style controls; you can even save Artistic settings as style resources to use with a simple drag and drop action.

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  • Attribute Mapping Tool Improvements

    We've simplified the tool by improving the responsiveness of surface snapping, adding a new scale by center option in the mode bar, and addressing additional interface complexities, making attribute mapping more intuitive and more reliable- just simpler to use.

  • New Metallic Shaders

    You'll be stunned by the clearer definition and true-to-life appearance of shiny, brushed, or turned metal.

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  • Brick Shader Dimensions

    Create your perfect brick shader by editing width, height, and gap parameters based on real world coordinate values.

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  • Increased DXF/DWG Support

    Discover the advantages of efficient collaboration. You'll have better support for image fill export and import, transparencies, and gradient types, plus a new ability to save user defined settings for DXF/DWG export. You can pick and choose the objects you want to export to DXF/DWG- even hatches. You can interface seamlessly with AutoCAD 2012 files and even import clipped AutoCAD blocks as cropped Design layer viewports or as symbols without cropping. We've also made it simpler to save your defined mappings of DXF/ DWG colors to Vectorworks line weights.

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  • Export to Five Previous Versions of Vectorworks

    Now it's easier to collaborate with users of previous versions of Vectorworks software with the ability to export all the way back to Vectorworks 12.

  • Add New Parasolid Version Number in Export Parasolid X_T

    Use this new option to specify a version number on the Parasolid X_T file format export.

  • Faster Access to Frequently Used Settings

    Get ready for a super time saver. Now you can access frequently used tool settings directly in the tool bar without having to open a settings dialog.

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  • Modify by Record Value

    You've received a very powerful set of options for making modifications to selected objects or an entire drawing based on record values. With this command you can automatically modify the attributes of objects, resize objects, and even create extrudes for objects sharing a specific record value.

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  • 2D X-Ray Mode

    No more hide and seek! Just press the "B" key while you're using the selection tool and you can easily see and select objects that are hidden behind filled objects.

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  • Hidden Line Intersection Edges

    A new option in Hidden Line rendering modes gives you the flexibility to have Vectorworks calculate and draw the lines between intersecting geometry.

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  • Faster Viewport Visibility Navigation

    Another huge time saver- we've significantly improved the speed of navigation between sheets and from sheet layers to design layers for larger files.

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  • New Hatch from Customized Hatch

    Save your newly customized tiles and hatches as standard tiles and hatches so you can easily reuse them.

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  • GIS

    With our new GIS capabilities, you can store georeferenced information on each Vectorworks design layer, transform geometry to a different map projection or georeferenced coordinate system, and enjoy improved Shapefile import and export functions.

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  • Site Model Enhancements

    New visual feedback notifies you when the site model is out of date. We've also added alert dialogs to let you know if you're losing contours when elevation ranges are not updated.

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  • Miscellaneous Landmark Changes

    Now the Landscape Area Object has clearer control over the distribution rate and custom coverage percentages. Also, we've enhanced the Offset settings for the Create Stepped Wall command and we've improved the New Water Needs and Climate Zone fields in the Plant database.

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  • Better Stake Objects

    Among other smart enhancements, you'll see the following new parameters and new values for existing parameters in the Stake mark offset and marker rotation fields: "None" and "Filled Triangle marker styles, and XY and XYZ Coordinate Point options.

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  • Retaining Wall Site Modifier Improvement

    Customize the shape and elevation of the underlying pad of the site modifier. Additionally, the site modifier sides can be reshaped around retaining walls.

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  • Hardscape Improvements

    Thanks to your detailed feedback on hardscapes, we have made some significant changes. Look for better control over hardscape creation, a new convert option between boundary and path configurations, and the ability to specify different pattern sizes for Grid and Running pavers.

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  • Lighting Device Color Names

    To save you time, gel colors assigned to a lighting device are now automatically added as a named Vectorworks color in the document. Use any of the unlimited color choices in the named color palettes.

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  • Soft Goods Object

    The new Soft Goods Object enables you to easily create curtain, border, and pipe-and-drape models in both straight and curved configurations.

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  • Multi-Circuit Lighting Device Focus

    Multi-circuit lighting devices now automatically orient to focus points. Simply move your focus point and watch your instrument update to follow the focus.

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  • Modernized Video Screen Objects

    The powerful Video Screen Objects now provide even greater flexibility for placement and display of Video Screens. You can place lenses based on distance, make your screens glow, and calculate lens sizes based on the projector and screen location.

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  • LED Video Screen

    A new LED Video Screen Object, originally from Landru Design, gives you the added ability to model and represent low-resolution LED screens in a series of configurations and formats. Specify the height and width of module shape, format for the array, and the base structure for creating the object.

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  • Focus Instruments at Next Click

    Focusing instruments is now even more intuitive. Simply right click on an instrument or selected instruments and choose the new command to focus them with your very next click.

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Vectorworks 2011 Feature Demos

  • Improved 3D Environment

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    The 3D environment is much more intuitive in the Vectorworks 2011 software. Working in 3D is similar to the ease of 2D, for a truly unified and simplified experience. You can draft any shape, on any plane, in any view, using the tools you already know how to use.

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  • Push/Pull & Face Selection

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    The tool's name tells you how it works-just push and pull. The Push/Pull tool can edit solids faces and planar objects just like it would in the real world, so you get dynamically interactive feedback and instant results as you work.

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  • Extract Planar Objects

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Now the Extract tool can create instant planar objects from a 3D surface in the Extract Surface mode, so you can simulate the appearance of a hatched 3D object.

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  • Improved Space Object

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Get the power and flexibility to model spaces that are truly intelligent. Add a large array of BIM/IFC-compatible and GSA-specific details. Create the spaces with a single click according to the wall boundaries, or use familiar drawing tools. And more.

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  • New Slab Tool

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Create BIM-compliant slabs that interact with bounding walls to make architecturally correct wall-floor intersections in both 3D and cross-section. And more.

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  • New 3D Wall Components

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Enjoy better wall modeling with more realistic section views and textured wall components. Wall components can be offset from the wall itself, and of varying heights for detailed wall views

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  • Improved Stairs

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    You asked for more stair option...so we've streamlined the stair interface to create a simpler yet robust Stair tool. New options and improvements include:
    - General and Geometry settings dialog box enhancements
    - Graphical attributes centralization
    - Auto-classing and standard naming features
    - Creation of straight stairs with two landings
    - Support for flights and landings with different widths
    - Stair text improvements
    - New fixed angle winder configurations
    - Stair railing enhancements

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  • Connect Roof Faces

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Building complicated irregular roof faces just got a whole lot easier. With version 2011, you can use the Connect/Combine tool to trim or extend a roof face to another roof face.

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  • Perfect Preview Text Editing

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    We're taking the guesswork out of your work. With perfect text preview, text appears the same when editing as it does on the drawing, saving you time and effort. Rotated text can be edited in place, or un-rotated if needed.

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  • Text Styles

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Use text styles to quickly and easily apply and maintain a consistent look to all text throughout a file, including text in sheet borders, dimensions, and callouts. Text styles are resources that can be shared among files to facilitate compliance with office standards.

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  • Improved Text

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Check out these additional options:
    - Use a tight fill for optimal text background fill effects
    - Check spelling from the context menu during text editing
    - Rotate text with the Selection tool
    - Left and right justify your text at the same time
    - Make units look more accurate with sub- and superscript options

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  • New Tile Fills for 2D Objects

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    This creative new fill type will amaze you! Enjoy creating beautiful tiled patterns on planar objects.

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  • New Select Connected Objects Command

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Here's a handy command that will save you a bunch of time. Select one or more objects and all other objects that are connected end-to-end are also automatically selected. I This is especially useful for imported DWG survey drawings.

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  • Line from Center Mode

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    This new Line tool mode adds the option to draw a line starting from its center.

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  • New Even Divide Command

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    This convenient command divides lines, arcs, circles, and rectangles into even subdivisions.

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  • New Create Dividing Lines

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Quickly create lines or loci that evenly divide the space between two existing lines.

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  • Scaled Line Creation

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    This new option for the Line tool scales a line by a specific value as it's being drawn.

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  • New Triangle Tool

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Add the new Triangle tool to your tool set to quickly create triangles by a variety of methods.

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  • Rename Referenced Resources

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    We've made it easy to rename most types of referenced resources, without having to find and open the associated files.

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  • New Retaining Wall Site Modifier

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    This new parametric object not only allows you the flexibility to sculpt the terrain around the wall, but also to easily produce materials take-offs.

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  • Attribute Mapping Tool Improvements

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Now you can edit texture mapping directly in the drawing window, and if the selected part or object has an unsupported mapping type, you're automatically assisted with switching to a supported type.

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  • New Stake Object from 3D Locus Command

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Convert 3D locus points to stake objects, which can store Landmark-specific information and are recognized by the site model as modifiers. This is a great way to quickly begin creating a site models.

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  • Site Model Improvements

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Site models are more robust than ever with these enhanced options: easily map aerial images onto site models; use color to illustrate grade changes between contour lines; display cut and fill with a new display option. And more.

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  • Hardscape Component Classing

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Now you can assign classes to both the main area joint pattern and the border joint pattern of a hardscape to control the visibility of these components separately from the hardscape object.

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  • Improved Hardscape Settings

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    With several informational fields such as footprint area, main perimeter, and border perimeter, it's easier than ever to create accurate materials and costing worksheets.

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  • New Apply Saved Hardscape Settings to Existing Hardscapes

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Once a hardscape is set to the desired appearance, save it as a resource. You can then drag the resource onto a different hardscape to automatically apply your saved settings in just seconds!

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  • Better Focus Point Support for Lighting Instruments

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Now you can focus light exactly where you need it most. Lighting instruments and everything associated with them-their light source, accessories, associated 3D geometry, and beam-now always point toward your desired focus point, both when there are actual focus point objects or virtual representations that are displayed in design layer viewports.

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  • Lightwright Data Exchange Improvements

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    The automatic data exchange with Lightwright can now: - Place new lights created in Lightwright between existing lights on a lighting position - Allow Lightwright to set the selection state of lighting devices when updating.

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  • Renderworks with CINEMA 4D Engine

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Introducing the award-winning CINEMA 4D, the exciting and powerful new rendering engine in the Renderworks 2011 version. Together, they provide dramatic speed and quality gains, with a robust integrated rendering option that's right inside your Vectorworks application. You'll be blown away by simpler, more intelligent controls, and render speeds that are five to seven times faster for indirect lighting rendering!

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  • Linking Camera and Viewports

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    We've given you what you asked for! Now, when you link a camera to a viewport, the viewport's view derives from the camera's view. And, the camera view can be edited from the viewport.

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Vectorworks 2010 Feature Demos

  • New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    New Unified 2D/3D Environment

    Building upon the Parasolid modeling foundation we laid in 2009, Vectorworks 2010 has a new unified view that makes it an ideal 3D modeling environment. When you're working in unified view, it allows you to select and modify objects on any layer.

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  • Improved 3D Snapping

    Improved 3D Snapping

    Now more than ever, Vectorworks users are investigating the potential of 3D. As a result, you'll notice improvements in the overall usability and reliability of 3D snapping. With the 3D cursor and new working plane graphics, you can reliably acquire your snaps, so it's easier to select, modify, and align your objects in 3D.

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  • New Dimensional Constraint Manager (DCM)

    New Dimensional Constraint Manager (DCM)

    Make life easier with more reliable parametric constraints. The new and robust Dimensional Constraint Manager provides bi-directional associativity, so you can interactively make edits to either objects or their constraints and have the changes automatically reflected.

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  • Interactive Dimension Editing

    Interactive Dimension Editing

    Great new feature alert: now you can directly edit object geometry by changing its dimension value! Just edit the dimension value and when you press Enter, both the dimension and the associated object automatically update.

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  • Improved Wall Networks

    Improved Wall Networks

    The Dimensional Constraint Manager allows associated relationships and constraints between walls. This means more robust and reliable wall networks and connections that work exactly the way you want.

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  • Improved Drawing Coordination

    Improved Drawing Coordination

    Vectorworks Design Series users will enjoy the automatic coordination of sheet numbers and drawing numbers among sheet borders, drawing labels, and section markers.

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  • New Stair Tool

    New Stair Tool

    Introducing a fantastic new stair object with improved performance and reliability in both 2D and 3D views! The new stair options let you tailor the settings to your specific needs, and then transfer the parameters from one stair to another with a single click.

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  • Enhanced Wall Joining

    Enhanced Wall Joining

    Complex wall joins are now made routine. Specify the "core" wall component, and watch as the wall components match correctly to their counterparts in the joining wall. And wall caps now can display using component line attributes.

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  • New Notes Manager Capabilities

    New Notes Manager Capabilities

    We've made drawing notation callouts and keynotes easier. You'll see:

    • new bubble and leader styles for the Callout tool, giving you more control, while adhering to office graphic standards;
    • keynote display counters can be numeric or alphabetical and are reflected in the keynote legend;
    • the ability to link a keynote to any legend in the file;
    • easy updating of keynote legends;
    • multiple columns for keynote legend text;
    • the ability to display and sort the keynotes notes by key tags; and
    • automated sorting of keynotes in the Notes Manager.

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  • Improved 2D Reshape Tool

    Improved 2D Reshape Tool

    Here's a new trick: when you use the 2D Reshape tool to make a marquee selection and hold the Shift key down, you can select object vertices even when they are over another object.

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  • Connect/Combine Tool Support for Multiple Objects

    Connect/Combine Tool Support for Multiple Objects

    We introduced a new mode that lets you extend multiple objects to a single boundary object in just one click. Voilà!

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  • Chamfer by Length Option

    Chamfer by Length Option

    Now you can precisely define the length of the chamfer line.

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  • Easy Mapping of Associative Hatches

    Easy Mapping of Associative Hatches

    Now you'll have greater control over modifying an object's associative hatch fill—you can more easily identify the origin, and precisely set the hatch origin, rotation, and scale.

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  • New Select Similar Tool

    New Select Similar Tool

    Super time-saver alert! The new Select Similar tool enables you to select the objects you need with just one click, regardless of class or layer. You can select all similar objects based on any combination of 27 criteria, define saved settings, and save, load, or delete your selection settings – easier done than said.

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  • New Event Planning Suite

    New Event Planning Suite

    Introducing a new event planning suite! This complete set of automated tools and menu commands makes it a breeze to create rooms for events ranging from banquets and corporate presentations to large-scale shows and exhibits—and everything in between. Now you can easily create the room, stage, steps, lectern, video screens, and seating. Plus, you can create standard views to show your client, and generate reports for the total number of tables and chairs in the room. We’ve made event planning a lot less painful.

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  • New Video Screen Objects

    New Video Screen Objects

    Use these first-class tools to add and visualize television screens, video projectors, video screens, and edge-blended projection screens. Each produces intelligent objects that can display images in rendered views (Renderworks required), indicate the optimum viewing area, and display custom values and stand configurations. Adding video screen and projector elements to your design just got a whole lot easier.

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  • New and Improved Parking Tools

    New and Improved Parking Tools

    Try the new parking tools that make it easy to create intelligent and reportable parking spaces. The Parking Along Path tool creates parking spaces along curved paths. The Parking Area tool fills an area with parking spaces and adjusts the spaces for tree islands and handicap spaces.

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  • New Hardscape Capabilities

    New Hardscape Capabilities

    Now it's even easier to create custom patios, walkways, driveways, and other landscape elements with the improved Hardscape tool. We've made improvements in the tag, in turning off border segments, in 3D texturing of hardscape borders, in placing openings with borders, and in the way that hardscapes modify the site model.

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  • Improved Landscape Area Object

    Improved Landscape Area Object

    Two for the price of one. Now you can create a concave cloud edged landscape area, and get an improved 3D visualization of the land area you've created.

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  • Adobe AIR for Online Help

    Adobe AIR for Online Help

    Our totally redesigned help system now uses Adobe AIR; this eliminates browser issues and includes nifty Web 2.0 features. You'll enjoy superior search capability, adding web and RSS feed links, and including custom notes to the help topics that will benefit every Vectorworks user in your office.

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  • New Blur Reflectivity Shaders

    New Blur Reflectivity Shaders

    You can now add a blur factor to the simple glass and mirror reflectivity shaders. With these shaders, reflections will look so realistic, you might have to touch them to see if they're real.

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  • Improved Texture Mapping Controls

    Improved Texture Mapping Controls

    You'll enjoy the improved 2D and 3D texture mapping. We've merged intuitive mapping controls into a single tool. Nice and simple.

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  • In-Place Reference Editing

    In-Place Reference Editing

    Here's a big time-saver: now you can modify referenced resources in place and in context with the right-click edit option, and even save the changes directly to the referenced file. Use this option for referenced gradients, hatch definitions, record definitions, render backgrounds, symbol definitions, textures, and, for Design Series users, sketch styles and wall styles. This feature will also allow you to modify referenced symbols in context.

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  • Improved Viewport Crop Editing

    Improved Viewport Crop Editing

    When creating or editing viewport crops, the cropped area that was previously invisible is now visible in either wireframe or light grey. This allows you to snap to objects outside the crop while reshaping or moving the crop object.

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Vectorworks 2010 Tips & Tricks

  • Top 10 Tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Architect

    Top 10 Tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Architect

    Looking for ways to design smarter and save time while working in Vectorworks Architect 2010? Wes Gardner and Luis Ruiz, architecture industry experts with Nemetschek N.A., have put together this hour-long webinar to reveal the top 10 tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Architect.

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  • Top 10 Tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Fundamentals

    Top 10 Tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Fundamentals

    Are you ready to increase productivity and perfect workflows while designing in Vectorworks Fundamentals 2010? Donald Ward, training expert with Nemetschek N.A., discusses his favorite tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Fundamentals in this hour-long webinar.

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  • Top 10 Tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Spotlight

    Top 10 Tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Spotlight

    Frank Brault, national training director with Nemetschek N.A. and theatrical lighting professor at Towson University, has put together this hour-long webinar to uncover the top 10 tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Spotlight. You’ll learn how to increase workflow productivity and incorporate best practices, while designing theatrical lighting.

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  • Top 10 Tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Landmark

    Top 10 Tricks in Vectorworks 2010 Landmark

    You’ve made the switch from hand drawing your landscape designs to leveraging a CAD solution. Now you’re ready to learn useful hints to help you work smarter in Vectorworks Landmark 2010. Eric Gilbey, landscape architecture industry expert with Nemetschek N.A., reveals his favorite design tricks and shortcuts in this hour-long webinar.

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Vectorworks Video Case Studies

  • Seven Shades of Green with Vectorworks Architect

    Seven Shades of Green with Vectorworks Architect

    Designer François Lévy demonstrates seven easy strategies for green design within Vectorworks Architect.

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  • Integrating CAD & Green Design

    Integrating CAD & Green Design

    Nathan Kipnis, AIA, of Nathan Kipnis Architects, Inc., demonstrates their methodologies for how to realize the environmental and economic benefits of going green with Vectorworks Architect.

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  • Sustainable Design Tools

    Sustainable Design Tools

    This twenty minute video describes how Vectorworks can be integrated into your “green” designs. From locating your building on a site and creating a DTM (digital terrain model) several studies such as analyzing slopes, cut & fill calculations and water run-off can easily be achieved. We then describe how to optimize the size and placement of glazing within the building model as well as creating ventilation scenarios using the stack effect. And finally, a look at using solar animations to make decisions regarding roof overhangs completes the film.

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Vectorworks 2009 Feature Demos

  • Vectorworks 2009 Product Demonstration

    Vectorworks 2009 Product Demonstration

    This demonstration will highlight some of the features found in Vectorworks 2009, focusing on the areas of usability, productivity, workflow, 3D, and rendering.

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  • 3D Modeling Improvements

    3D Modeling Improvements

    We’ve incorporated Parasolid functionality into several 3D Power Pack tools and commands, including: Create Fillet Surface command, Stitch and Trim Surfaces command, Project tool, Loft Surfaces tool, Protrusion/Cutout tool, and Fillet Edge tool.

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  • Protrusion/Cutout Tool Enhancement

    Protrusion/Cutout Tool Enhancement

    Try your hand at the improved protrusion cutout tool. It's more flexible with improved modes that allow for easy manipulation of solid models.

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  • 3D Wall Improvements

    3D Wall Improvements

    Walls take advantage of Parasolid technology for improved precision, reliability, and speed. Now, symbols inserted into walls can cut holes of any shape in 3D walls.

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  • Variable Radius Fillet across Tangentially Connected Edges

    Variable Radius Fillet across Tangentially Connected Edges

    You can now create a variable radius fillet along tangentially connected edges.

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  • Improved Snapping

    Improved Snapping

    Keep it snappy. With a first-class snapping system that provides feedback from your cursor, you can draft and model with more precision and greater accuracy. New preferences allow the appearance of snapping elements to be customized.

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  • PDF Snapping

    PDF Snapping

    You can snap to imported PDF files and use them more effectively as a basis for your designs.

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  • Pre-Selection Indication

    Pre-Selection Indication

    Highlight the objects you may wish to select before you ever click the mouse. You’ll know which objects will interact with your selected tool. Highlighting appearance can also be customized.

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  • Design Layer Viewports: Eyedropper Support for Viewport Attributes

    Design Layer Viewports: Eyedropper Support for Viewport Attributes

    In complex designs, we provide the ability to transfer attributes between design layer viewports.

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  • Duplicate Array Command for Objects in Walls

    Duplicate Array Command for Objects in Walls

    Now you can insert symbols into straight and round walls with the Duplicate Array command.

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  • Improved Offset Insertion Mode for 2D Symbol Insertion

    Improved Offset Insertion Mode for 2D Symbol Insertion

    A new 2D Symbol Insertion mode allows you to specify an exact point on a symbol when offsetting it, and supports angular and linear offsets for objects inserted in round walls.

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  • New Landscape Area Tool

    New Landscape Area Tool

    There’s no need to draw generic plant groupings or calculate landscape areas. Now, you can specify mixed planting areas that are calculated with specific plants included in your plant lists, gaining you valuable time. Conceptualization and analysis is made easier by subdividing sites for proposed uses—from small residential to large, mixed-use master plans. And, the ability to assign cost to areas will make project budgeting even faster.

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  • Polyline Arc Improvements

    Polyline Arc Improvements

    Two new modes in the Polyline tool enable you to create precise arc segments for greater control and flexibility when drawing free-form shapes like planting beds and layout plans.

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Vectorworks 2009 Product Overviews

  • Architect Commercial Building Overview

    Architect Commercial Building Overview

    Take a test drive of Architect using a recent project created by Vectorworks user Shook Kelly.

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  • Architect Residential Building Overview

    Architect Residential Building Overview

    Using a small residential design, see how Architect can handle your projects from start to finish.

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  • Landmark Overview

    Landmark Overview

    See how Vectorworks Landmark allows landscape design professionals to work efficiently throughout the project development process.

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  • Spotlight Overview

    Spotlight Overview

    See how Vectorworks Spotlight is tuned to meet the needs of the lighting design professionals.

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Vectorworks 2008 Feature Demos

  • Standalone Plant Database

    Standalone Plant Database

    An improved plant database complements the improvements to the Place Plant tool in Vectorworks Landmark. The plant database is now a stand-alone, full-featured database. It's much easier to import new plant data from external sources or existing plant databases, and perform sophisticated plant searches. In addition, plant records can include both botanical data and a pictorial representation. Without leaving the database, you can quickly navigate to sites such as Google™ Images, Wikipedia, or university or government sources, such as the USDA plants database. Now, it's easy to create custom plant lists or catalogs that are linked directly to the Place Plant tool.

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  • Viewport Layer Overrides

    Viewport Layer Overrides

    Draw your design once and present it in many different ways with class overrides, and now layer overrides in viewports. Overrides allow you to assign attributes to different viewports without affecting the look of other viewports in a drawing set. Overrides are great for presenting clients different design options, as well as for allowing you to easily create different drawings from your plans.

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  • Improved 2D Reshape Tool

    Improved 2D Reshape Tool

    You can now reshape 2D objects by deleting multiple vertex points at one time-a huge time saver when simplifying polylines. And, you can reshape, move, and delete holes from polylines. This works on all 2D polylines and 3D objects that are based on 2D polylines such as extrudes, hardscapes, floor, and roof faces.

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  • New View Bar

    New View Bar

    The new View bar simplifies the interface and improves usability by centralizing Vectorworks' many organization and viewing controls in one convenient location.

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  • Heads-up-display


    The new heads-up data display puts the action where the cursor is, allowing you to quickly create and edit objects to exact dimensions. Need a 22" line at 43 degrees? Simply click to start the line. Next, type 22" to set the length. Then, tab over and enter 43 to define the angle. Finally, press Enter or click to end. Drawing in Vectorworks has never been this fast.

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  • Design Layer Viewports

    Design Layer Viewports

    You asked for it, and now you've got it! With Vectorworks Architect 2008, you'll be able to create viewports on design layers. Compared to traditional layer links, design layer viewports provide an easier and more robust way to handle linked and referenced views. Vectorworks design layer viewports:

    • Are able to represent more than one layer,
    • Allow layer and class visibility control,
    • Support layer and class overrides, and
    • Are croppable.

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  • Two Way Worksheets

    Two Way Worksheets

    Two-way editing between worksheet and objects in a drawing is now possible in the Vectorworks Architect 2008. Now, when you change an object's data in a worksheet, it will automatically reconfigure the object in the drawing, even for multiple objects.

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  • Global Object Editing by Criteria

    Global Object Editing by Criteria

    With the new Custom Modification command, you can simultaneously edit the properties and graphical attributes of multiple objects, regardless of which layer or class they are in, their scale, or their selection or visibility status-it even works for objects in walls.

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  • Rotatable 2D Views

    Rotatable 2D Views

    A long-requested feature, the new Rotate Plan command allows you to rotate the page to make it easy to work on parts of a design that lie at odd angles, while still drawing orthogonally.

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  • New Scale Object by Distance Option

    New Scale Object by Distance Option

    A new option in the Scale Object dialog box allows users to easily scale objects by defining a real-world distance.

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  • Improved Navigation between Crop and Annotation Modes

    Improved Navigation between Crop and Annotation Modes

    This enhancement will make working with viewports easier and faster. Now our view is maintained. So, if zoomed in tight, you'll remain zoomed in as you navigate between the Annotation and Edit Crop modes.

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  • Improved Plant Tool

    Improved Plant Tool

    Plants in Vectorworks 2008 now behave like other symbols in Vectorworks. You can easily import them from other drawings, as well as export them to your firm's plant symbol library. And, new right-click editing makes it easy to edit the 2D look, 3D look, and plant data.

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  • Support for Worksheets in DXF/DWG Export

    Support for Worksheets in DXF/DWG Export

    In Vectorworks Architect 2008, embedded worksheets can be exported along with the drawing. Worksheets images are exported as blocks of lines and text so they can be edited after export.

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  • Improved Navigation between Design Layers and Viewports

    Improved Navigation between Design Layers and Viewports

    To navigate seamlessly between viewports and design layers, a new option in the Create Viewport dialog box allows you to maintain your view when navigating from a viewport to a design layer. And, once on the design layer, a new on-screen button makes it easy to navigate back to the viewport from a design layer edit.

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  • New Move/Duplicate/Distribute by Points Tool

    New Move/Duplicate/Distribute by Points Tool

    With Vectorworks 2008, you can quickly move an object by clicking any two points on screen. New modes allow you to move by points, duplicate by points, or distribute objects evenly between two points.

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  • Automatic Object Centering when Editing

    Automatic Object Centering when Editing

    For easier object editing, Vectorworks 2008 automatically centers objects in the middle of the screen when in an edit mode or when switching views.

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  • Draw and Edit Walls in 3D

    Draw and Edit Walls in 3D

    Now you can draw and edit walls in 3D just as easily as you can in 2D. New 3D wall technology allows you to quickly create, move, join, and reshape walls in any 3D view. And improvements to the 3D Symbol Insertion tool make it possible to insert symbols into a wall while in a 3D view.

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  • Unlimited Color Choices

    Unlimited Color Choices

    The completely redesigned colour palette menu manages and organizes unlimited colour choices. In addition to the standard operating system colour pickers, you can create custom colour palettes or select from colour palettes included with Vectorworks.

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  • New Polygonal Selection Mode

    New Polygonal Selection Mode

    New polygonal selection and reshape modes aka, Fence Selection for you AutoCAD switchers, makes complex selections easier. These options give you more flexibility than the marquee selection mode and are faster than freehand selection mode.

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  • Improved Library Management

    Improved Library Management

    A new Export Resource command allows you to quickly move resources from the active document into another file without having to open the file-another huge time saver.

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  • Support for 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator

    Support for 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator

    The SpaceNavigator is a new 3D mouse that provides a powerful way to navigate around your model. With it, you can simultaneously pan, zoom, fly around, and walk through your models. Vary the amount of pressure on the SpaceNavigator to speed up or slow down.

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  • Support for Associative Dimensions in Viewport

    Support for Associative Dimensions in Viewport

    This improvement to Vectorworks 2008 saves time and reduces drawing errors. Now dimensions in viewports can automatically update as design layer objects change.

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  • Support for Geo-Referenced Image Files

    Support for Geo-Referenced Image Files

    Vectorworks Designer can now import geo-referenced image files, giving you a great new presentation capability. Easily overlay GIS images (bitmap maps, aerial photographs, etc.) with GIS .shp (Shape) data to create compelling and informative presentations. Because the images and .shp data are geo-referenced, the imported images and .shp data come in perfectly aligned.

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12 Product Tours

Vectorworks 12 Feature Demos

  • New Arc Tool Mode

    New Arc Tool Mode

    A new mode for the Arc Tool, Arc by 2 Points and Point on Arc, makes it even easier to create arcs.

  • Circle by 3 points

    Circle by 3 points

    A demonstration of a new method for creating a circle from any three reference lines.

  • Offset Tool Improvements

    Offset Tool Improvements

    New modes allow for speedier and more advanced options for using the offset tool.

  • Grey Layer Improvements

    Grey Layer Improvements

    An overview of improvements made to the interaction of objects in greyed layers.

  • 2D Tool Improvements

    2D Tool Improvements

    A brief overview of new drawing functions for popular 2d tools such as arc, circle, split, and add & clip surface.

  • Live Sections

    Live Sections

    Now you can easily create section views that update automatically as your model changes. You no longer have to redraw or recreate section drawings manually.

  • New Worksheet Formatting Options

    New Worksheet Formatting Options

    New options allow you to get the worksheet formatting you need without having to export data to Excel. With these improvements, you’ll save time and eliminate extra steps in your workflow.

  • Quicker Access to Tools and Easier to Understand Menus

    Quicker Access to Tools and Easier to Understand Menus

    Simplified Vectorworks tool palettes and menu commands help you work more efficiently. New options make customizing the Vectorworks interface much easier.

  • User Interface

    User Interface

    A dramatically simplified Vectorworks interface helps you quickly find what you need. The result is a much cleaner interface that is easier for new users to learn and allows existing users to work more efficiently.

  • New Forced Object Selection and Layer/Class Activation Commands

    New Forced Object Selection and Layer/Class Activation Commands

    With the new Force Select command, if you can see it, you can select it, even if the object belongs to a grayed layer or class, or resides on a differently scaled layer. The new Activate Layer and Activate Class context menu commands let you jump to the layer or activate the class of any visible object.

  • New Shapefile/SHP Import/Export Command

    New Shapefile/SHP Import/Export Command

    Now you can import and export GIS maps and data. With support for Shapefiles or SHP files, you can import geo-referenced maps and map data to your drawings.

  • Window & Door Improvements

    Window & Door Improvements

    Improvements made to the window and door objects are substantial. Not only will you be able to create windows and doors that you simply just couldn't create in prior versions, but you can also do so with greater ease.

  • New Custom Stair Object

    New Custom Stair Object

    The groundbreaking new architectural custom stair object supports an unlimited number of configurations to create even the most complex staircase.

  • Dynamic 3D Roof Reshaping

    Dynamic 3D Roof Reshaping

    With the 3D Reshape tool, you’ll now be able to completely reshape a roof in a 3D view. You can easily reshape the eaves, slopes, and roof edge, using the different reshape handles.

  • Class Overrides for Viewports

    Class Overrides for Viewports

    New viewport class overrides allow you to change the class attributes of a viewport without affecting the look of other viewports or design layer drawings. So your viewports can have completely different looks.

  • New Detailing Objects

    New Detailing Objects

    Thanks to two new high-level detailing objects, you can quickly produce construction documents spend less time and energy drawing details.

  • Improved Drawing Borders

    Improved Drawing Borders

    We streamlined the Vectorworks interface by combining all products' drawing borders into one universal Drawing Border object; you can also create a custom title block. The new Drawing Border is much easier to customize and makes adding and managing title block data a snap.

  • Improved Plant Object

    Improved Plant Object

    To help you work more efficiently with plants, we made several improvements to the workflow and performance of the Place Plant tool.

  • Improved Digital Terrain Modeling

    Improved Digital Terrain Modeling

    The Digital Terrain Modeler (DTM) is now a plug-in object thus simplifying the DTM concepts and eliminating the layer and class dependencies and controls of the existing DTM.

  • New Create Drape Surface Command

    New Create Drape Surface Command

    You'll be able to create NURBS surfaces that drape over objects with the new Create Drape Surface command. The results are similar to dropping a piece of cloth over a 3D model.

  • New Text Along Path Command

    New Text Along Path Command

    With the new Text Along Path command, you’ll be able to create 3D text objects that follow the path of a curve.

  • Radiosity


    You can create more photorealistic renderings with the indirect and soft lighting effects radiosity provides at a fraction of the cost of other visualization packages.

  • Volumetric Lighting

    Volumetric Lighting

    New improvements make it easier to aim lights, as well as create lighting effects such as lights in foggy weather, displaying shafts and scattering of light.

  • Area Line Lights

    Area Line Lights

    Area and linear lights add another level of realism to your rendered scenes. Area and linear lights allow you to transform objects into light sources. They're great for reproducing soft, glowing lighting effects such as neon–tube lighting, fluorescent light boxes, lit windows, or skylights.

  • New Renderworks Camera Object

    New Renderworks Camera Object

    The new Renderworks Camera object allows you to set a 3D view based on specified camera attributes, such as camera lens/focal length, field of view, clipping scale, camera tilt angles, etc., as well as have multiple camera objects in a document.

Location Planning

  • Introductory Drawing Methods

    Introductory Drawing Methods

    Using basic drawing tools within Vectorworks, you'll learn how to take advantage of the 2D/3D hybrid design environment to create a sign.

  • Collaborating between Adobe® Illustrator and Vectorworks

    Collaborating between Adobe® Illustrator and Vectorworks

    Using the import and export functions within Vectorworks, you'll learn how to collaborate with your colleagues in your design efforts.

  • Creating a Sign Diagram

    Creating a Sign Diagram

    This short movie will give you a preview of the specific 3D technology in Vectorworks used to create a sign diagram.

  • Importing a Base Plan using DWG

    Importing a Base Plan using DWG

    Learn how to set up your drawing space, as well as the recommended steps for importing a DWG file into the drawing space.

  • Create a Sign Location Plan Using Sign Symbols

    Create a Sign Location Plan Using Sign Symbols

    Using integrated sign symbols within Vectorworks Location Planning module, you'll learn how to create a sign location plan.

  • Tagging Signs

    Tagging Signs

    You'll learn how to easily tag the signs in your location plan using the sign tool.

  • Create a Sign Schedule

    Create a Sign Schedule

    You'll learn how to use the integrated worksheets and schedules in Vectorworks to seamlessly create a sign schedule.

  • Exporting your Sign Location Plan

    Exporting your Sign Location Plan

    You'll learn how to export your location plans to other applications using several of the export options within Vectorworks, including PDF and EPS file formats.