Best in 3D

Fast Interactive Display

With version 2014, navigation in all 3D views looks amazing with OpenGL, and you get real-world 3D feedback in all-solid rendered modes. The cache generated in OpenGL also improves navigation in other render modes. Plus, with our integrated rendering application, Renderworks®, you will enjoy interactive light aiming and faster OpenGL shadows by default. Now you can enjoy the rendered look of your model without sacrificing performance and speed.

Enhanced Walkthrough Tool

Walkthroughs in OpenGL are smoother than ever; you can set the height of the viewer, and the tool modes are streamlined.

Taper Face Tool

With this new tool, you can taper the faces of 3D objects in a single step.

Twist Tool

Use this amazing new tool to twist entire solids, solid faces, or NURBS surfaces to a specified angle.

Interface Improvements

Among other changes, you can now add a new class or layer to your document directly from certain drawing operations.

Rotated Plan and 3D Views

A new option now exists in 3D views, so you can easily switch between 3D and rotated Top/Plan views. This enhancement makes navigation faster and easier.

Better BIM

Option to Flatten Design Layer Section Viewports

This new option displays a flattened view of a section viewport on a design layer, similar to a section viewport on a sheet layer. This provides a snappable background for creating section drawings or details.

Create Section Viewports from Clip Cube

You now have the ability to immediately create either design layer or sheet layer section viewports directly from the interactive Clip Cube. You can not only create these viewports, but also edit them using the Clip Cube. This enhancement allows for a more hands-on, visual approach to creating specific sections from your model.

Roof Improvements

The Clip Surface command and the Clip tool now add holes directly to roof faces and roof objects. Additionally, you now have individual settings for each roof edge, giving you greater customization of gable configurations.

Space Improvements

This feature is a huge time-saver in larger projects when needing to quickly copy and paste space label properties or create new spaces with the desired default properties.

Shaped Windows

We've expanded our options to include a wide variety of window shapes. New shape options and parametric controls are available directly from the window settings.

Auto Hybrid Enhancements

An auto hybrid object can create a hidden line representation of the object above or below the cut plane in plan view. New options have been added to the auto hybrid object to control the smoothing angle, intersection lines, and dash styles, resulting in better-drawn objects and overall improved performance.

Keynote Improvements

You now have control over the automatic renumbering of the keynote legends. New options keep placeholders in the legend when keynotes are deleted, preventing undesirable renumbering. The placeholders can easily be removed if needed.


A few key changes have been made to Elevation Benchmarks, among a few other annotation tools.

Third Stringer for Stairs

Wide stairs may require a middle support under the risers. With this new capability, you can configure your stair objects with a third stringer."

Viewport Marker Settings

This feature lets you select your default section marker properties before you create the section viewport, removing an extra step in the process.

Shaped Windows

We've expanded our options to include a wide variety of window shapes. New shape options and parametric controls are available directly from the window settings.

Vision Panels for Doors

You now have control over top panels and vision panels for doors. If you need to create customized doors or replicate commercial-grade door configurations, you'll love this feature.

File Interoperability

Worksheet Improvements

A new print and PDF export option automatically calculates worksheets prior to printing and exporting (PDF export requires Design Series).

Publish Command

A new Publish command gives you tremendous flexibility in customizing and saving drawing sets for when you need to issue them. With this new command, you can select specific views and sheets from files along with PDF, DXF/DWG, and DWF files, and save them as a named set for export or printing (Design Series required for batch printing and PDF export). Managing your publishing settings has never been so easy.

DWG Improvements

You can now directly reference DWG/DXF or DWF files in your Vectorworks project, making collaboration and team workflows that much simpler. The Export DXF/DWG and Export DWF commands now support complex and custom line types when exporting from Vectorworks, resulting in a cleaner and more accurate experience for your collaborator. DXF/DWG and DWF Support for Named Colors enables the color names to match in Vectorworks and AutoCAD® software. Save DXF/DWG and DWF Preferences in the Import Log File provides a record of your DXF/DWG and DWF import settings to assist you in achieving consistent results with respect to your DXF/DWG and DWF imports.

IFC Worksheet Functions

IFC data is now an integral part of Vectorworks' database worksheets, allowing users to search for, and report on, Vectorworks BIM objects with IFC data already assigned.

IFC Zones

Vectorworks 2014 has enhanced support for IFC zones with a new command.

ifcXML Support

With ifcXML support, Vectorworks 2014 users are able to exchange BIM data with even more applications and workflows in the building industry.

Rendering Tools

Displacement Mapping

Current Renderworks users have never before seen rendering quality like what they'll get in version 2014. The new displacement mapping option gives you the ability to make even more realistic renderings with materials like grass, carpet, water, bricks, or stone.

Images for Brick Shaders

Many great new images of bricks come with Renderworks and are ready to use and edit for texturing your designs. In addition, they are also new shaders, which enable you to control multiple images representing multiple bricks, along with having granular control over the gaps/grout between bricks or tiles.

Improved Efficiency

Crop Support for Bitmap Objects

For presentation layouts, this feature sells itself. You won't have to import an image into Vectorworks only to realize that parts of it need some trimming and masking. Instead, just use the Edit Crop command, and you're done.

Enhanced Drafting Tools

With the 2014 version of Vectorworks software, we've introduced several feature enhancements that will greatly improve your efficiency by simplifying interfaces, exposing more options in context menus, providing improved dimensioning support for all objects, and delivering other requested improvements that add speed to your workflows.

Preview for Mirror Tool

The Mirror tool now displays a preview of the mirrored item, for easy and quick placement.

Polygonal Control

The new Simplify Polys command will enable you to simplify polylines, and 2D or 3D polygons in the Vectorworks application. This command can be incredibly useful after importing complex site data, simplifying imported DWG files, or dealing with any polys with too many corner vertices. Many incredible projects start with basic shapes and evolve into more intricate and interesting forms. The Reshape tool has been enhanced with a new mode that allows you to move an object's edge without changing the adjacent angles. Plus you can now reshape rectangles.

Vectorworks Scripting with Python 3

This new feature is setting the foundation for future generations of innovative Python scripters. With Python scripting, developers can create document scripts, as well as external plug-in parametric objects, tools, and commands. You'll appreciate this organized and redesigned plug-in manager that offers consistency in managing Vectorworks-based scripts and plug-ins.

Font Preview

The Format Text and Create Text Style dialog boxes now preview the selected font, letting you explore different possibilities for text. Now you can save directly as a text style from the Format Text dialog box.

Select Similar Objects by Plane

The Select Similar tool has been improved to provide new benefits when working in 3D. Now you can easily select items on the same plane.

Attribute Palette Opacity

With the addition of a preview button in the Attribute palettes, you can preview and experiment with opacity to enhance your graphical presentation of 2D objects.

Reshape Tool Enhancements

Many incredible projects start with basic shapes and evolve into more intricate and interesting forms. The Reshape tool has been enhanced with a new mode that allows you to move an object's edge without changing the adjacent angles. Plus, you can now reshape rectangles.

Oval by Center Mode

The Oval tool's new mode allows you to draw ovals by the center point, as well as with the existing modes (by box or height/width).

Model Space Measurement for Sheet Layer Viewports

Now, you can easily make use of the Tape Measure tool in your construction sheets. Measure objects in sheet layer viewports, and the tool automatically displays both the true measurement of the object and its actual scale, even though sheet layers are always at a 1:1 scale.

Rotation Sensitive Height and Width Labels

The "H" and "W" labels for the height and width of an object in the Object Info palette now rotate along with selected ovals, rectangles, and rounded rectangles, making it easier to identify the correct assignment for height and width values.

Show Z for 2D/3D Symbol on Object Info Palette in Top/Plan View

The Z height of 2D/3D symbols and hybrid plug-in objects is now visible in the Object Info palette from both 3D and 2D views. This means you no longer have to guess or switch views to know the Z height of objects when in plan view.

Selected Objects Mode for Split and Trim Tools

A new mode in the Split and Trim tools allows you to trim or split only the currently selected objects. This improves selection accuracy when using these tools in your workflow.

Visibility Tool Improvements

This new shortcut key gives you a temporary look at all layers or classes even ones set to be invisible without losing your current visibility settings.

Entertainment Design

Lighting Device Improvements

The lighting device object has received a serious boost with features that are sure to make you more efficient. It's no longer necessary to try to remember label names when assigning a label legend. Instead, use the new pop-up on the lighting device. See the full height of the beam clearly at the focus point. Freely mix your own information with the built-in information using customized data records. See the simulated color of multiple gel sandwiches.

Lighting Pipe Objects

We teamed up with Joshua Benghiat Lighting Design from our Vectorworks Developer Network to create new lighting pipe and lighting pipe ladder objects to bring you exciting new options and facilitate the creation of lighting positions.

New Instrument Summary Object

Based on the original tool designed by Joshua Benghiat Lighting Design, enjoy the flexibility to efficiently create and format instrument and position summaries with this amazing new plug-in object.

Seating Layout Improvements

We've added a new option to the Create Event Seating command, so you can accurately lay out seating with rows aimed at a focal point. The focal point option is also available when editing a seating layout.

Select Focused Lighting Devices

Right-click on a focus point to select all the lighting devices assigned to the point.

Two-fer by Dimmer and Channel

On your dimmer per channel shows, automatically sync the dimmer and channel on your two-fered lighting devices

Site Design

Plant and Massing Model Shadow Improvements

With the enhanced plant shadows, you'll find it faster and easier to create presentation-level site plans with interactive, dynamic shadows on your plant objects. You can apply a document-wide shadow style to all plants on your drawing, while also creating custom shadow settings for individual plants, as needed. Additionally, you now have the ability to specify floor usage data in a massing model record. The floor usage data can be reported on by using a new worksheet sub-string function, giving you the ability to use massing models for early design analysis in urban planning.

Plant Tool Enhancements

The custom plant tag can now be created by selecting predefined tag field values instead of having to remember keywords for the plant record fields. You now have easy access to edit plant definitions from every pane in the Plant Settings dialog box.

Site Model Improvements

The process for accurately fitting walls to the site model is simpler and very fast with this new option.

Site Modifier Improvements

The new site model contour label position functionality gives you the freedom to position and reposition contour labels at will with the Reshape tool for legibility, annotation, and office standards. This new addition can be applied to drawing types such as site surveys, grading plans, site plans, and planting plans.

Suppress Location Adjustment for Georeferenced Data

This new option provides greater selectability and power in sharing data from a .VWX file, as well as increasing the number of layers and classes with record formats in a single .SHP file. This may benefit GIS users, planning departments, land use planners, and urban designers who are fulfilling and/or enforcing jurisdictional requirements.

Export Shapefile Improvements

The Export Shapefile command now supports the export of:

  • Objects in multiple classes
  • Objects in multiple layers
  • Additional object data such as object location, layer name, class name, color attributes, and object name