Vectorworks, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of European software giant the Nemetschek Group. A global leader in design technologies, Vectorworks has been developing computer-aided design (CAD) software for the architecture, engineering, construction, entertainment, and landscape design industries since 1985. The Vectorworks product line is one of the world's best-selling cross-platform CAD applications and has won many industry awards. The Vectorworks family of software includes Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, and Fundamentals.
Since its beginnings in the mid-1980s as Diehl Graphsoft, Inc. and later as Nemetschek Vectorworks, the company has played a formative role in the CAD industry, redefining the marketplace by setting a high standard for its products, and continually testing and refining them to surpass users' expectations. In the process, it has become an internationally respected leader in both CAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. The company created one of the first CAD programs, one of the first 3D modeling software programs, and the first cross-platform CAD application. Vectorworks was also one of the first to introduce BIM capabilities, before BIM became an industry buzzword.
With the spring 2000 acquisition by Nemetschek Group of Munich, Germany, Vectorworks became the Nemetschek Group's first US-based subsidiary, joining the parent company's network of more than 40 branches and subsidiaries throughout Europe. Dr. Biplab Sarkar, the CEO of Vectorworks, has focused the company on establishing global market leadership. That involves development of new products, entrance into new markets, and expansion into service areas once not considered as viable options. In 2017, Vectorworks acquired Design Software Solutions Limited and opened an office in Newbury, England to better serve its customers in the UK and Ireland.
Another outstanding feature of Vectorworks' corporate identity is what Macworld magazine called its "nearly fanatical devotion to responsiveness to customers." The company's hands-on training seminars and self-guided training options provide users with a variety of learning tools for the software. The company has also helped third-party developers create Vectorworks-specific products.
More than 650,000 designers rely on Vectorworks technology. They include world-renowned architects, prestigious landscape architects, award-winning entertainment designers, innovative product designers, and many more.
Vectorworks cares about design. Since 1985, we have served the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries, drawing inspiration from the world around us and encouraging the more than 650,000 designers who use our software to create experiences that transform the world.
Our commitment to develop the world’s best cross-platform CAD and BIM software has taught us a simple truth: great design begins with the inspiration of the designer. Vectorworks supports that inspiration by guiding the exploration of discovery and finding creative solutions. We provide powerful tools to help designers capture ideas, nurture innovation, communicate effectively, and realize their vision.
Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces the 2019 release of Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals
and Designer, as well as Braceworks and Vision. With a focus on increasing design efficiency through overall performance and quality, this new release offers innovations and enhancements to significantly improve the 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows for designers in the architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design industries.
“For this release, we listened closely to our customers and balanced new innovations with exceptional quality and performance improvements,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Specifically, in Vectorworks 2019 we concentrated on our customers’ most common workflows and usage patterns to increase their overall productivity with Vectorworks products across the board.”
Users of all Vectorworks products will enjoy significantly faster workflows and improved software performance thanks to multiple core support in the Vectorworks Graphics Module, new layer and class search and filter options, and image effects.
Vectorworks Architect and Landmark customers will experience improved BIM capabilities, including 3D site model sculpting; the unique ability to have BIM objects display with varying levels of detail in plan, elevation and section drawings; enhanced openBIM interoperability; and a new partnership integration with AutoTurn online for analyzing vehicle swept paths. Vectorworks Spotlight users will enjoy support of the new My Virtual Rig (MVR) import and export file format, as well as enhancements to 3D modeling with Spotlight tools and commands. Braceworks users will benefit from support for bridle analysis. And users of Vision will discover an improved user interface and up to 7x faster performance of the previz application.
"Vectorworks 2019 is a release that will have a dramatic impact on productivity, allowing designers to make their day-to-day design work faster and easier,” said Vice President of Product Development Steve Johnson. “Users will experience the benefits of this version the moment they open the new software and see files open up to four times faster. Advances with the Vectorworks Graphics Module now take advantage of all available user hardware, and harnessing the power of all available CPU cores with increased usage of GPU on sheet layers makes all workflows feel much faster. Users will greatly benefit from the ability to refine renderings and images without having to export to Photoshop. And, the ability to add, show and adjust the level of detail that hybrid objects display in a drawing is something no other BIM program offers.”
The definitive software for Architecture, Landscape and Built Environment Design, Event and Exhibition Design
Vectorworks 2019 is specialist and powerful software that is pleasantly user-friendly. It comes in five variants:
Vectorworks Fundamentals (the basic package, short on specialist libraries but containing all core 2D and 3D functionality),
Vectorworks Architect - for architecture and built environment work,
Vectorworks Landmark - for landscape/environment design, and
Vectorworks Spotlight - for event and exhibition design.
Vectorworks Designer incorporates all these versions - ideal for multi-discipline practices.
Renderworks is Vectorworks' own rendering platform - providing a range of options from stylised drawings to full photo-realistic renders. Since Vectorworks 2017 all packages have included Renderworks as standard.