1. What is Vectorworks Fundamentals?
Vectorworks Fundamentals is a computer-aided design (CAD) solution with an intuitive interface that is perfect for general 2D drafting and 3D modeling. It’s also the core application for other Vectorworks products.
If your needs are more specific to one particular design discipline like architecture, landscape, or entertainment, and you don’t need tools from other disciplines, then you may prefer to choose a single Vectorworks Design Series product to suit your needs as an alternative to Fundamentals. To learn about our other products, check out our product pages.
If you need tools from two or more of our Design Series products, then Vectorworks Designer software is a smart choice. It’s a collection of all the Vectorworks products: Architect, Landmark, and Spotlight. Vectorworks Designer is made for the person or firm that handles multiple design disciplines and needs the tools to get it all done. To find out more, see our Designer page.
2. Is Vectorworks Fundamentals BIM (Building Information Modeling)?
Supported by Parasolid model technology, Vectorworks Fundamentals provides best-in-class, sophisticated modeling tools with the flexibility and power that facilitate freeform modeling when needed. It is also an intelligent modeling and database system, providing tools to create and process native and user-defined data associated with objects. When upgraded to Vectorworks Architect software, it is an internationally recognized BIM authoring tool, giving architects the tools to create intelligent 3D building models with important data like semantics, physical attributes, quantities, and relationships. For more information, check out the Vectorworks Architect product page and our BIM in Practice page.
3. Can I get high-quality 2D documentation, which is still an important aspect of project design and execution?
Documentation is a snap as the model is fully integrated with live, dynamic views on pages containing presentations of the design. As you design and make changes to the model, the results automatically show up on all views. Additional 2D annotations and drawings can be included in all views, extending your ability to communicate your designs clearly, effectively, and beautifully.
Vectorworks software is known for its graphical capabilities that support your creative individuality. We have many tools, such as colored fills, image fills, gradients, tiles, hatches, unlimited colors, variable line weights, and custom line styles, to create the drawings and presentations that set you and your designs apart. This is one of the many reasons why so many great designers choose Vectorworks Fundamentals.
4. How can I share data in and out of Vectorworks Fundamentals?
Vectorworks Fundamentals handles a large variety of image, vector, and model formats. You can import or export your drawings in DXF/DWG or DWF format, which will allow you to seamlessly and accurately send files back and forth between Vectorworks and other CAD applications. Plus, you can create drawings, presentations, and images using DWF, JPG, TIF, and EPS files. For exchanging 3D data freely with a great number of other modeling applications, Vectorworks Fundamentals supports Parasolid X_T, SAT, IGES, STL, 3DM, STEP, and OBJ formats. With Renderworks, you can even export CINEMA4D, FBX, and COLLADA models for use in other standalone modeling and rendering applications.
In addition, you can share Vectorworks Fundamentals files with your colleagues, clients, printing services, and anyone who wants to open, view, or print Vectorworks models or documents, using the free Vectorworks Viewer. With the Viewer, you can open files from all Vectorworks products, but the content cannot be changed; all tools except those for printing, navigation, and revision control are locked. Download it free of charge.
Another option is to subscribe to Vectorworks Service Select, where you’ll have access to the Vectorworks Cloud Services desktop client and Vectorworks Nomad mobile application, which is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire, to share files and documentation with other computers and mobile devices.
5. Can I create renderings, videos, and animations with Vectorworks Fundamentals?
Renderworks is an add-on rendering application available for purchase. It provides the ability to create videos of orbital, path, and solar animations. You can also create high-quality photorealistic and stylized non-photorealistic rendered models for stunning images and animations. In addition, Renderworks provides a high-fidelity integration with CINEMA 4D by MAXON Computer to create stunning visualizations and complex, multi-object animations.
6. How quickly can I learn Vectorworks Fundamentals?
Vectorworks Fundamentals is known for its intuitive user interface and workflows. Getting you up and running quickly is our goal. Typically, after a two-day training course, you’ll understand the basics of Vectorworks Fundamentals, and you’ll be able to start designing. You can purchase online one-on-one or group training, attend classes at our headquarters in Columbia, MD, or attend classes at locations around the country throughout the year. We also have a number of other self-training options available for purchase, including tutorial workbooks, or for free, including our Getting Started Guides and videos through our YouTube channel, so you can learn at your own pace. For more information, visit our Vectorworks Training page.
International customers can learn about training options in their countries by contacting their local distributor at Vectorworks Worldwide.
7. How do I purchase Vectorworks Fundamentals?
The English version of Vectorworks Fundamentals is available to design professionals all over the world. It has also been localized into 10 additional languages, including Chinese, Dutch, French,German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, and Spanish. Those versions are available through our international distributors. For purchasing information, click here.