Vectorworks Graphics Module


Mesh Improvements

Mesh Improvements


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  • Spotlight
  • Renderworks

The import process is more efficient, and the graphic result is smoother. Plus, we’ve refined the render quality.

 
Preference for 3D Render Mode and Projection

Preference for 3D Render Mode and Projection


  • Designer
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  • Landmark
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  • Fundamentals

When you transition from Top/Plan to a 3D view, you now have the option to set the default for your render mode and projection, so you can have a seamless, visual transition through view changes.

 
Modeling Performance Improvements

Modeling Performance Improvements


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  • Landmark
  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals
  • Renderworks

Modeling performance has been greatly improved with new preferences for default render and project modes as well as greater control over mesh objects and more. Learn about the improvements in this short video.

 
View Transition Animation

View Transition Animation


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  • Fundamentals
  • Renderworks

We've added smooth animations to improve the 3D context for view changes.

 
Modernized Visual Performance

Modernized Visual Performance


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  • Landmark
  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals
  • Renderworks

The Vectorworks Graphics Module brings the fun back to your modeling experience with great performance, stability, and unmatched graphical control. Learn about several of the visual improvements in this short video.

 
Wireframe and Planar Graphics Improvements

Wireframe and Planar Graphics Improvements


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  • Fundamentals

Enjoy faster wireframe rendering and planar graphics, as well as improved spatial relationships in the Wireframe rendering mode.

 

BIM That Works for You


COBie-Facilities Management for IFC Export

COBie-Facilities Management for IFC Export


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  • Architect
  • Landmark

As BIM becomes more important to your clients—and not just for project delivery but for information delivery, as well—we provide you with the means to transfer relevant BIM data for their use in facility management applications. The new COBie option in our IFC export filters the proper data from your Vectorworks BIM to support operations, maintenance, and asset management workflows.

 
New Level Constraint System for Stories

New Level Constraint System for Stories


  • Designer
  • Architect

Objects, such as walls and wall components, slabs, and columns, can now be constrained to a level without creating additional design layers. This gives you more control with less complexity, refining your model's organization. You are able to model wall-to-slab connections with precision and fluidly model elements such as mezzanines and split-level designs. 

 
Walls

Walls


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  • Fundamentals

The Vectorworks 2015 release includes a revolutionary Wall tool mode: the rectangle wall mode. Not only does this new mode draw a rectangular walled area in two clicks, but with automatic joining and trimming with existing walls, you can also add or subtract rectangular space from existing wall networks. In addition, you can use the Trim tool to remove any wall segment between two joins with a single click. This will allow you to draw, modify, and explore any rectangular wall network in a fraction of the time needed in previous Vectorworks versions or any other CAD application.

 
Stairs

Stairs


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  • Landmark

As the functionality of stairs continues to advance with new configurations and features, you can now create more complex stair layouts. You can also set Double-U and Triple-L configurations along with user-defined angles on landings between flights.

 
Curtain Walls

Curtain Walls


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  • Landmark

Glazing systems like curtain walls and storefronts are important features in your designs, but the BIM tools to design them shouldn’t be more complex than the systems themselves. With 2015, you can create curtain walls and storefronts with our Wall tool. While you can manage your glazing systems with wall styles, you can also take advantage of our typical power and flexibility paradigm, enabling you to model and edit directly with the Edit Curtain Wall tool. This tool allows you to grab, move, reshape, and align all aspects of your curtain wall directly. This means you can either create a completely custom configuration or align it to existing geometry.

 
Spaces

Spaces


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  • Architect

Space objects now help you manage how information is displayed in your documentation by linking multiple labels to a single space. Because each label is configured and classed separately, you have more control over their leader lines. In addition, we’ve boosted their BIM capabilities with more boundary definitions and the ability to edit the room finish settings directly in a database worksheet. 

 

BCF Importer


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  • Architect

The new BCF Importer allows users to read BCF files from collaborators to view project model issues directly within the context of the Vectorworks model. Now users can review and resolve issues that may require changes to the architectural model without having to switch between Vectorworks and another application.

Doors and Windows

Doors and Windows


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  • Landmark

The development of our Door and Window objects continues to mature so you can affect how their details are displayed in 2D. You also gain more class controls to quickly set visibility and appearance, and you can now add centerline markers, making your documentation richer.

 

Technology Interoperability


DXF/DWG/DWF Improvements

DXF/DWG/DWF Improvements


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  • Architect
  • Landmark
  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals

Our support for your DXF/DWG-based workflows is second to none and only continues to get better. In addition to import enhancements to leader lines, line types, and tables as worksheets, there are export features, such as interactive dimensions and precision settings, to complement your ability to exchange high-quality, highly accurate versions of your data in the DXF/DWG or DWF formats.

 
Robust PDF Integration

Robust PDF Integration


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  • Spotlight

Save time! Eliminate the need to edit your PDFs prior to import. Conveniently crop them within Vectorworks software. Take advantage of the option to enable/disable snapping for PDF page objects. Reduce required steps and export files directly into PDF/A format.

*These PDF features are available in Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, and Designer. 

 
File Import and Export

File Import and Export


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  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals

We’ve expanded your collaborative workflows. For starters, we’ve added import and export support for industry-standard STEP files, as well as improved SketchUp® support with the import of textures. We’ve also enhanced our historic, robust support for exporting STL files, making workflows with 3D printing even smoother with less effort.

 

3D Modeling and Rendering


3D Hatching for Hidden Line Rendering

3D Hatching for Hidden Line Rendering


  • Renderworks

Textures are now linked with planar hatching. This means you can render in hidden line mode and reveal a simple hatch on your textured wall. We’ve also transformed the workflow for creating elevations and other presentation views by updating a large majority of the default textures in Renderworks to include a hatch that matches each image-based texture. 

 
OpenGL Improvements

OpenGL Improvements


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  • Architect
  • Landmark
  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals
  • Renderworks

We’ve improved the styling and control capabilities in OpenGL. For example, you can create your elevation drawings in black and white simply by using the new option to turn off colors. Plus you can turn on shadows and texture effects to enhance your presentation. With Custom Renderworks, remove distracting color while retaining the bumps, transparency, and reflectivity that give your rendering depth. In addition, we’ve fueled your power over lines in the OpenGL render mode. You can now create optimal customization with the expanded Draw Edges option. 

**OpenGL Color and remove obsolete options are available in Vectorworks Fundamentals. Edges, textures, and shadowing are features found only in Renderworks.

 
Renderworks Style Artistic Edges

Renderworks Style Artistic Edges


  • Renderworks

Stylize your rendering and take the sketched look to new heights! Overlay interesting artistic edge effects on top of a realistic-shaded Renderworks rendering. 

 
New Deform Tool

New Deform Tool


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  • Fundamentals

We've dramatically refined the direct modeling capabilities of Vectorworks with the new Deform tool, which lets you bend, taper, or create a bulge with practically any geometric object, making the possibilities endless!

 

Documentation and Graphics Improvements


Support for Retina and 4K Displays

Support for Retina and 4K Displays


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  • Fundamentals

Vectorworks 2015 takes advantage of high-resolution displays, such as the Apple Retina display and most 4K displays on Windows®.

 
Powerful Text Features

Powerful Text Features


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  • Fundamentals

Customizable text is a crucial component of presentation and documentation. It is imperative that you have options and control. With this feature, you can assign text styles through classes and set and adjust text styles globally.

In addition to these improvements, Vectorworks also lets you vary tab length and spacing between characters. You can adjust the horizontal alignment of callouts and body text in the Notes Manager. Next, we’ve enriched callout bubble shadows with pen and fill colors. 

 
Detail Callouts

Detail Callouts


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  • Fundamentals

Similar to Section Line Instances for Section Viewports, it is now possible to show and control detail callout instances directly within the detail viewport.

 
Clip Cube Caps

Clip Cube Caps


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  • Fundamentals

No longer will your models appear hollow when sliced with the Clip Cube, nor will you be limited to predefined views when presenting. Instead, take advantage of enhanced clarity for on-the-fly demonstrations.

 
Dimensions

Dimensions


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  • Fundamentals

 
Gradient Opacity Control

Gradient Opacity Control


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  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals

We’ve expanded how you can work with gradients to include dynamic, powerful options for color control and transparency for objects.

 
Publish Command

Publish Command


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  • Landmark
  • Spotlight

We’ve enhanced the Publish command to streamline the process of sharing your ideas with others. Be in complete control with individualized options for each item in your publish set. Conveniently publish multiple file types, including standard image types, within a single publish session. Have your last used settings remembered and be asked to save an unsaved set. Simplify your file directory by not creating sub-folders if you don’t need them. 

 

Workflow Efficiency Gains


Worksheet Refinement

Worksheet Refinement


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  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals

One way we’ve improved usability is with the addition of a menu bar to the worksheet window, resulting in a natural and non-intimidating interface. Other improvements to the worksheet include adding a percentage number format and the IFC4 standard date format.

 
Help When and Where You Need It

Help When and Where You Need It


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  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals

We’ve enhanced the Vectorworks Help System this year with the support of HTML5. Whether on a mobile device or a computer, searching, accessing, and printing help topics has never been more efficient or convenient. The new Help System can be accessed through any preferred browser and is more reliable and easier to use than ever.

 
Eliminate Mouse Clicks

Eliminate Mouse Clicks


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  • Landmark
  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals

Now, close polygons, polylines, and walls with a shortcut key. The Move Edges Parallel mode of the Reshape tool makes it easy to reshape straight adjacent object edges from a vertex or midpoint. More actions are available through an Object Context menu. Remove and edit constraints, access the Align/Distribute commands, and edit symbols by right-clicking them from the Resource Browser. 

 

Class and Layer Management


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  • Fundamentals

Classes and Layers are vital in the organization of any Vectorworks project. In Vectorworks 2015, it is even easier to create, manage, and sort these important features.

Site Design Enhancements


Drawing Annotations

Drawing Annotations


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  • Landmark

Drawing annotations and callouts appear the way you want. We’ve added new custom labeling options for plants and landscape areas, and we’ve improved the Graticule tool to make it intuitive and straightforward, as well as show geographical coordinate system grids on your site plans. The options for customizing your drawings are endless.

 
Grade Object Improvements

Grade Object Improvements


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  • Landmark

Enhancements have improved the power and flexibility of the Grade tool. Whether your needs are for annotation, measurement, or to simply adjust the location of a low point on a swale, you will maintain complete control and accuracy over the slope of grade objects as distances vary.

 
Roadway Object Improvements

Roadway Object Improvements


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  • Landmark

New options for roadways help you achieve greater precision when laying out different street configurations. For example, the Roadway (Poly) tool makes it easy to create and modify straight and curved roadways, while the Roadway Custom Curb object provides powerful editing and joining options for practically any configuration, including roundabouts and complex intersections.

 
Site Modeling and Calculations

Site Modeling and Calculations


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  • Architect
  • Landmark

Working with site models is now more precise and intuitive. Whether by angle, percentage, or ratio, the varied batter slope option in the Pad from Grade Limits command provides greater control when setting terrain-modifying pads on your site. Plus, a new, interactive feature within the site model makes it easier to identify and correct conflicts within your site model. Lastly, the Landscape Area tool now calculates areas based on the surface slopes of any site model.

 
Plant Materials

Plant Materials


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  • Landmark

Working with plant resources in Vectorworks software has always been dynamic and graphically rich. Visually navigate through plant libraries with symbols, 3D images, and model options via the new viewable directory. We’ve enhanced the Existing Tree tool, so you can more capably represent and report existing trees in your projects. Finally, take your landscape plans to the next level with the new tight outline mode, making it easy to swap from a sketch-like appearance to one that closely outlines each plant.

 
Easier Access to Plant Content Libraries

Easier Access to Plant Content Libraries


  • Designer
  • Landmark

 
Existing Tree Enhancements

Existing Tree Enhancements


  • Designer
  • Landmark

 
Varied Batter Slope

Varied Batter Slope


  • Designer
  • Landmark

 
Plant Object Tight Outline

Plant Object Tight Outline


  • Designer
  • Landmark

 
On-Screen Indicator for Site Model Errors

On-Screen Indicator for Site Model Errors


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  • Architect
  • Landmark

 
Slope-Aware Landscape Area Calculations

Slope-Aware Landscape Area Calculations


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  • Landmark

 

Entertainment Design Enhancements


Improvements to Existing Tools

Improvements to Existing Tools


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  • Spotlight

There are many great improvemnts to existing Spotlight tools that provide more flexibility, and significantly improve your drafting efficiency.

 
Height for Position Summary

Height for Position Summary


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  • Spotlight

The lighting position trim height can now be displayed as part of an associated Instrument Summary, making the Instrument Summary a complete report of individual positions in addition to the report for the entire show.

 
Pop-up Parameter Types for Lighting Devices

Pop-up Parameter Types for Lighting Devices


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  • Spotlight

Eliminate typos and extra typing when you enter information in Lighting Device user fields with the new customizable Pop-up parameter type.

 
Objects Enhanced with Element Classing

Objects Enhanced with Element Classing


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  • Spotlight

We've tweaked the Soft Goods object, the Beam Angle, Field Angle and Centerline of the Lighting Device, Video Screen, Blended Screen, Blended Projector, Television and LED Screen so that you can fully control the visibility and look of each element separately with classes.

 
Direct Editing for Lighting Position Objects

Direct Editing for Lighting Position Objects


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  • Spotlight

The Lighting Position object now uses the position model geometry directly, eliminating the need to create a symbol first and navigate your way back to the symbol to edit the position geometry. Just select the position and click Edit.

 
Stage Lift

Stage Lift


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  • Spotlight

 
New Spotlight Objects

New Spotlight Objects


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  • Spotlight

Create all the variations of the stairs, platforms, and ramps that are commonly used in temporary staging construction, complete with details like edging, legs, bracing, and casters, with these new Stage objects. Whenever you want to model the supports for speakers, trusses, and other stage equipment with precision, pull out the new, adjustable-height Stage Lift object.

 
Flip Label Legend Control

Flip Label Legend Control


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  • Spotlight

Our Device Label Legends are now flip-aware. This eliminates the need to create multiple variations of the same label.

 

New Content and Mobile Apps


Vectorworks Nomad 3D Viewing

Vectorworks Nomad 3D Viewing


  • SimTread

Our signature mobile app, Vectorworks Nomad, now supports 3D viewing of your Vectorworks files on iOS devices. Thanks to the Vectorworks Graphics Module you can fly over, walk through, and zoom in and out of your textured and shaded 3D models.

* Content libraries and Vectorworks Nomad are exclusive benefits for Vectorworks Service Select members. Learn more at www.serviceselect.vectorworks.net.

 
New Vectorworks Remote App

New Vectorworks Remote App


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  • Architect
  • Landmark
  • Spotlight
  • Fundamentals
  • Renderworks

We’ve added a new mobile app for all Vectorworks users! The Vectorworks Remote App connects your mobile device to your Vectorworks desktop using a remote connection plug-in. When using the app, you can interactively use the device like a remote to view, navigate, and present your designs without having to be at your desktop. This is great for group reviews and presentations. The list of available remotes in the app vary depending upon which Vectorworks products you own.

 
New Content Libraries

New Content Libraries


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  • Fundamentals
  • Renderworks

We’ve added new content libraries exclusively for our Vectorworks Service Select members. Content libraries save you time with ready-to-use, high-quality resources that are sure to help put the finishing touches on your designs and presentations. Here’s a list of the recently added content libraries:

  • Arroway Textures™ Tiles 02 Textures
  • Arroway Textures™ Image Fills III
  • Arroway Textures™Stonework Textures
  • Prudential Lighting lighting fixtures
  • Landscape S-Details – Drainage
  • Entourage Vehicles 1 – European vehicles
  • Blizzard Lighting
  • Orchestral Layout 3D Symbols
  • HAGS Agito Playground Equipment
  • Stage Risers for Chorus and Band
  • Seating Risers
  • Update to Atlas Sound
  • Update to Phillips Vari-Lite stage lighting