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Vectorworks Architect Software

With Vectorworks Architect software, you can do it all, from sketch to BIM. Contrary to how other programs force creative constraints upon the design, Vectorworks Architect software allows you to maintain creative freedom while making it easy for everyone involved in the project to efficiently work together. You'll enjoy robust BIM functionality, great documentation, and intelligent tools, along with the flexibility to design in 2D or 3D without restrictions. The program's powerful Parasolid® 3D modeling engine tackles complex models. Plus, BIM capabilities help you streamline costs, analyze materials, and increase energy efficiency while staying true to your design concept.

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Product Overview

BIM That Works For You

With Vectorworks Architect, you can create Building Information Models (BIM) without changing your preferred design process. Whether you’re looking to streamline costs, analyze materials, increase your energy efficiency, or just create world-class designs, the Vectorworks Architect solution is an efficient way to introduce BIM capabilities into your workflow. Enjoy the robust and flexible capabilities of BIM with the ease of design, great documentation, and intelligent tools that the software is known for — right from the start.

Robust, Versatile 3D

An advanced suite of Parasolid®-based solids and NURBS surface tools lets you create any shape and easily explore geometry. Push, pull, blend, twist, sculpt, deform, or punch holes. With our intuitive interface, you can design from any 3D view using modes in modeling tools that automatically infer working planes as you move your cursor, and enjoy the superior quality that allows you to manipulate your model with ease. More accurate object information and better snapping make drawing in 3D easy. Anything you can imagine is possible to express in Vectorworks Architect.

Efficient & Flexible Workflows

Create, model, present, and develop your designs easily and precisely with one application. With Vectorworks Architect, you can move easily from design concept to technical documentation. Work on practically any type of project within a flexible and robust digital environment. Start with any image, sketch, or formal iteration and move easily between 2D and 3D views in a unified working environment. You won’t waste time getting up to speed because the software’s elegant, customizable interface and what-you-see-is-what-you-get display make it easier to learn and use than other CAD or BIM applications. Whether you’re a sole practitioner collaborating with other professionals or a large firm dividing work among different members of the team, Vectorworks provides a flexible way to manage productive workflows for even the most complicated project. Automatic data tracking does the work for you; built-in database worksheets continually keep track and update as your designs evolve. Plus, take advantage of the two-way link between database worksheets and objects, giving you the power to change object parameters directly from the worksheet. Vectorworks provides a quick and accurate way to assign custom data to any object, as well as easily create reports for such object data. Delivering accurate information efficiently while remaining true to a designer’s vision is the pivotal point of any artistic enterprise. As with all design tools, the fundamental purpose of software is to support and strengthen inspiration.

Extensive Interoperability

We recognize that the process of realizing a design often requires multiple sources of inspiration and refinement, as well as iteration, communication, and collaboration. Make your work even more compelling and easier to communicate with digital imagery. Import scans, digital photos, or web images. Import or export a wide array of image files. Also, publish your designs for inclusion in your firm’s marketing materials or website. Get on the cutting edge of collaborative digital practices, exchanging 2D drawings, 3D models, Building and Site Information Modeling (BIM/SIM) data for numerous multidisciplinary, multi-platform design workflows, as well as sending models to CAD/CAM machines, CNC routers, and other 3D printers.

Best in Class 2D

Vectorworks software's best-in-class, 2D functionality helps you to produce beautiful drawings and high-quality, professional documentation with ease. Our extensive suite of drawing and editing tools make quick work of any type of project, helping you to define your signature look and meet industry standards. Your style is not limited by “cookie-cutter” looks. Instead, add gradients, tile and image fills, stipples, and hatching. Easily incorporate digital images and graphics. Use our exclusive sketch rendering technology to change hard-lined drawings into soft, hand-sketched illustrations, blurring the line between clear, accurate technical documentation and compelling presentations. When you move to technical documentation, your models become the basis for fully-integrated documents, where views - plans, sections, elevation, and details - can be augmented with a full spectrum of dimensioning and reporting tools supporting many standards. Also take advantage of text and notation capabilities that make your drawings even more powerful, stylizing the text with a choice of fonts, sizes, colors, and even tracking and kerning. From vision to reality, we know the best designs are the ones that clearly communicate your inspiration.

Industry-Leading Rendering

We’ve partnered with the award-winning CINEMA 4D render engine to provide rendering capabilities that are faster and easier than standalone rendering applications. When added to Vectorworks Architect software, Renderworks is fully integrated into the software interface, so it lets you seamlessly visualize your work throughout the design process while producing clear and accurate renderings. With the click of a button, rendered viewports in your documentation will update as your design evolves.

Leader in Site Design

Vectorworks Architect also provides an efficient way to introduce SIM capabilities into your workflow. Tools will help you analyze your design for boundaries, area, volume, slope, cut/fill, and other data such as water flow and sun/shade. Scan in planting plans and trace over them with ease. Easily document existing structures and site conditions. Integrate maps into your work with ease. Add survey data to your drawing and use it as the basis of your site model, or import CAD drawings and data from other architects, builders, or engineers to use as base plans. Import geo-referenced aerial/satellite images and Geographic Information System (GIS) data files from federal, city, state, or other agencies.