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Vectorworks Designer Software

Whether your specialty is architecture, landscape, or entertainment design, Vectorworks Designer software gives you the freedom to create without having to use additional applications. The program provides a competitive edge by offering a large set of design tools in a single, intuitive interface. Draft, model, and present with Vectorworks Designer – the ultimate solution for the professional who needs it all.

Product Overview

BIM That Works for You

With Vectorworks Designer, 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 Designer 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 Designer.

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. Publish your design for inclusion in your firm’s marketing materials or website. Get on the cutting edge of collaborative digital practices, exchanging 2D, 3D, Building and Site Information Modeling (BIM/SIM) data and models for numerous multidisciplinary, multi-platform design workflows, as well as sending models to CAD/CAM machines, CNC routers, and 3D printers.

Efficient & Flexible Workflows

Create, model, present, and develop your designs easily and precisely with one application. With Vectorworks Designer, 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.

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.

Leader in Site Design

Vectorworks Designer also provides an efficient way to introduce Site Information Modeling (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. Easily document existing structures, plant materials, and site conditions. Our ever-growing and comprehensive Plant Database provides all of the data necessary for your design and project needs. Plus, take advantage of our extensive plant image and landscape libraries for all of your contextual and entourage needs. Integrate mapping and site modeling needs into your current workflows. Add survey data to your drawing and use it as the basis of your site model, or import CAD drawings and data from 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.  

Leader in Entertainment Design

Vectorworks Designer software gives designers in the entertainment industry an edge to advance their ideas from concept through completion. Our users include entertainment design professionals, such as lighting and scenic designers, including theatre, film, television, exhibits and events, as well as students starting out in their careers in these disciplines.

With Vectorworks Designer, you can focus on a comprehensive design, develop construction detailing, and freely move between 2D and 3D. The extensive libraries of signature brand lighting are complemented by best-in-class documentation tools, so you can quickly create light plots, automate paperwork, and visualize your design in rendered 3D views. Easily import venues from facilities managers and hospitality staff, or build them from scratch with easy-to-use tools and numerous resources, quickly creating the room, stage, steps, lectern, video screens, and seating. With built-in, industry-specific objects such as trusses, video and audio gear, and soft goods, coupled with the highly capable walls, doors, and windows, Vectorworks Designer provides the most complete and versatile 3D capability in the industry.

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 Designer 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.