Thinking of upgrading from Vectorworks 2009, 2010, or 2011? Not sure what is in it for you? Lost track
of how far we've evolved?
Since Vectorworks 2009, we've implemented over 430 engineered improvements and new features to make version 2013 the most powerful, flexible, intuitive and smart tools for designers yet. In addition to the "What's New for 2013" information, here's a list of some of the most important developments from versions 2010, 2011, and 2012 you are missing, that will greatly improve the performance of Vectorworks software for you, and boost your overall productivity in using it:
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.
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.
Check out these additional options:
This new Line tool mode adds the option to draw a line starting from its center.
New Even Divide command divides lines, arcs, circles, and rectangles into even subdivisions.
New Create Dividing Lines quickly create lines or loci that evenly divide the space between two existing lines.
The new Scaled Line Creation option for the Line tool scales a line by a specific value as it's being drawn.
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.
In addition, you can instantly push or pull profile geometry without additional steps. It's a great time saver.
hatched objects with multiple boundaries and islands.
Imported DXF/DWG hatches of different scales and angles import as a single Vectorworks hatch definition. Imported hatches with different colors import as different Vectorworks hatches.
So that planar objects display properly when exported, design layer objects are exported in Top view and the DXF/DWG view is changed to match the view in the original Vectorworks file. Planar objects now display on the appropriate plane, not as if they are on the screen plane.
Define Design Layer viewports as either separate DWG external referenced files or as entirely bound into the current master DXF/DWG file.
Import or export arc length dimensions with full support.
Improved DXF/DWG reference import support: xRefs are now imported as referenced design layer viewports (Design Series products) or layer links (Fundamentals).
DXF/DWG import saved settings: We've added a saved settings capability so you can recall saved sets of import options.
Import support for AutoCAD® scaled blocks: AutoCAD scaled blocks are now imported as Vectorworks symbols rather than groups.
Support for 128 dash styles: Vectorworks 2010 can hold up to 128 dash styles, so all dash styles will import, and your existing Vectorworks dash styles will not be overwritten.
Import 2D or 3D view of ADT objects: When you import files containing ADT objects, you can select whether you want the 2D or 3D view of the imported architectural objects.
AutoCAD table import support: Formatted tables are imported as lines and text and maintain their proper attributes-line style, color, line thickness, and size.
New custom dimension standards: When DWG dimensions are imported, custom dimension standards corresponding to the AutoCAD file dimension styles are automatically created and applied.
SketchUp 7 import support: SketchUp 7 files can be imported in Vectorworks 2010
DXF/DWG batch export of saved views: Easily batch export any number of, or all saved views to separate DXF or DWG files.
DXF/DWG anonymous block export support: A new export option allows groups to be exported as anonymous blocks, and re-imported into Vectorworks as groups.
DXF/DWG export of sheet layers as 2D graphics: When sheet layers are exported, a new option allows viewports, and saved views with 2D and 3D Vectorworks graphics, to be exported as 2D "flat" graphics in AutoCAD model space.
Improved IFC Export: The architectural symbol content in Vectorworks Architect has been pre-categorized with IFC data, making your IFC exports easy.
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.
Further define and display your doors and windows with options for delineating the opening using leaf size, unit size, sash opening, and rough opening measurements. It's easier to class the components in doors and windows by specifying your own classing standards for components like sills, slabs, swings, lintels, and overhead door paths.
Now you can also choose configurations for transom muntins. You can exert greater control over the geometry and insertion of windows. Specifically, you can now offset glass in sashes and offset sashes within jambs of a window object.
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.
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.
Customize the shape and elevation of the underlying pad of the site modifier. Additionally, the site modifier sides can be reshaped around retaining walls.