Why Upgrade to 2020?

Select your current version of Vectorworks software to see the notable improvements and new features we’ve introduced since your last upgrade.

Live Data Visualization

Live Data Visualization


Unlike other software programs that limit your use of project data, Vectorworks brings data visualization to the live design environment. Quickly change objects’ attributes using data parameters that allow you to view everything from errors to the impacts of your decisions — all while you’re designing. And because it’s in the live design environment, you can edit an object’s data as you’re designing and see the impact of those changes; for example, you can have doors turn red when they lack fire protection. You will also experience greater efficiency in your process by being able to visualize data for error/quality checking and work validation.

  Available in 2020
GIS Improvements

GIS Improvements


With the new Geographic Information System (GIS) toolset and integration with Esri’s ArcGIS online services, integrating GIS information with your BIM model just got a whole lot easier. After selecting an appropriate coordinate system in the Vectorworks file, you can accurately geolocate your project by simply entering an address. Instantly incorporate street map, satellite, or other imagery in your design through ArcGIS and WMS servers. And with a paid ArcGIS online service plan, you can access more maps and other imagery directly in Vectorworks.

  Available in 2020
Data Manager

Data Manager


Today, you have to manage so many different types of data that get even more complex by the minute. As a result, we’ve introduced a new Data Manager to simplify how you access and manage data in your projects. With an easy-to-use interface, the Data Manager gives you complete control over an object’s data from sources such as IFC and custom data records. Plus, you can now create custom Data Sheets — a more straightforward way to define which data needs to be attached to different project phases — allowing collaborators to use those same entry points to instantly add their data to the appropriate object.

  Available in 2020
History-Based Modelling

History-Based Modelling


The 3D solids modeling commands in Vectorworks are now much more flexible and intuitive, supporting nearly endless permutations and combinations — both in the sequence of creating an object, as well as in modifying specific steps later in the design process. When you need to change something, there’s no need to “start again,” which enables more natural and iterative modeling.

  Available in 2020
Vectorworks Graphics Module Improvements

Vectorworks Graphics Module Improvements


Our latest Vectorworks Graphics Module can now better control the graphic display of complex objects. The improvements will hide covered objects, auto-reduce meshes, and simplify the level of detail on native objects — leading to dramatically improved file performance while speeding up the responsiveness of your Vectorworks files. Enjoy faster file navigation, view changes, tool operations, more responsive models, and the ability to handle much larger projects.

  Available in 2020
IFC Referencing

IFC Referencing


With a new ability to reference IFC files, say goodbye to the cumbersome, manual process of reimporting IFC files from consultants who make changes. IFC referencing will minimize the work involved in managing IFC information in Vectorworks — making change management in this collaborative workflow simpler.

  Available in 2020
List Browser Direct Editing

List Browser Direct Editing


Software interfaces with a lot of options can become unwieldy to users — especially when you need to navigate through one or more dialog boxes and option tabs to make minor edits. With Vectorworks 2020, eliminate frustrations by directly editing fields in a list browser, such as the Navigation palette or the Organization dialog. Directly edit common items such as class, layer, viewport, or sheet names, increasing your workflow efficiency. All you have to do is click and edit.

  Available in 2020
Data Tag Enhancements

Data Tag Enhancements


Newly updated, our robust Data Tag tool continues to give you a consistent method for tagging and displaying data about your model. New options for tag scaling, new tag fields, direct editing of tags, and a new worksheet function all provide greater automation and control of the information displayed in your project’s documentation.

  Available in 2020
Great Section Views

Great Section Views


Enhanced section viewports in Vectorworks 2020 simplify your ability to create high-quality drawings directly from your BIM model. With improvements such as the control in level of detail for essential building elements (e.g. windows, doors), the ability to adjust cut plane settings on individual objects, and the option to show color fills and planar objects in hidden line viewports, section viewports can help you streamline documentation.

  Available in 2020
Widget Groups

Widget Groups


Say goodbye to endless scrolling that creates a long and tedious workflow. We now offer widget groups in the Object Info palette that allow you to collapse and expand specific groups according to your preferences. And after you save your work, Vectorworks 2020 will remember what parameters you use the most, while hiding what you tend to use less — saving you tons of time.

  Available in 2020
Walk-through Animation

Walk-through Animation


Presenting animated videos of your models is now greatly simplified with a reinvention of the animation options in Vectorworks 2020. Transform walkthrough paths and camera movements into professional real-time animations that are significantly easier to accomplish. You can even create 360 panoramas with just one click. And with the added ability to render your videos in the cloud, you can create animations without interrupting your workflow.

  Available in 2020
Revit Export

Revit Export


While Open BIM is a preferred method for BIM workflows, there will be times you need to collaborate with Revit users who may not be as well versed in the Open BIM approach. Thanks to the new Revit Export based on the ODA BIM library, Vectorworks can now export .RVT and .RFA files, giving you the ability to work confidently with consultants. In this first iteration of the export, all 3D Vectorworks objects will export as Direct Shape Type objects with geometry in Revit.

  Available in 2020
DXF/DWG Improvements

DXF/DWG Improvements


Thanks to an improved Class and Layer mapping interface, enjoy an easier way of mapping DWG layers to Vectorworks classes and vice versa, leading to more consistent standards and a better drawing data management flow between Vectorworks and DWG/DXF-based applications.

  Available in 2020
Door and Window Improvements

Door and Window Improvements


Vectorworks 2020 gives you greater control with improved Door and Window tools, such as regulating the representation for clerestory windows above and below the cut plane. And a new Barn Door configuration in the Door tool has many options, including multiple leaf, rail, and offset configurations.

  Available in 2020
Schematic Views

Schematic Views


A whole new design view to handle the complex nature of modeling and documenting rigging objects is now possible in Vectorworks Spotlight. The new Schematic View places a 2D Plan view of the 3D Model geometry on a design layer for layout, dramatically speeding up your workflow. The 2D Schematic view is a live reference of the 3D model, so when you adjust either view, the other will update. Additionally, the reduced number of viewports will significantly speed up the overall performance of your document.

  Available in 2020
Detailed Seating Sections

Detailed Seating Sections


With the latest improvements to seating sections in Spotlight, you have the flexibility you need to generate seating layouts quickly. There are new configurations for you to enjoy, with styles so that you can create multiple sections with the same settings, control visibility with classing, create aisles, and have better control over the focus point.

  Available in 2020
Video Camera Object

Video Camera Object


A new Video Camera object in Vectorworks Spotlight helps you plan real-world camera placement. You can define the camera by selecting the body type, lens type, stand, etc. You can also activate the camera’s viewfinder to verify the placement of your cameras in your design.

  Available in 2020
DMX Patching

DMX Patching


As the complexity and scale of productions grow, there is a need for tools to help with DMX patching tasks. A new standard patching window in Spotlight provides you with an interactive and graphical interface for quick access and an easy way to patch, track, and error-check fixtures directly from your lighting design.

  Available in 2020
Vision Heat Map

Vision Heat Map


A one-of-a-kind feature in a previz application, Vision 2020 creates colored or monochrome heat maps based on the generalized intensity and range of a fixture — giving you a better understanding of different scenarios your design can undertake in your previz workflow.

  Available in 2020
Hinged Trusses

Hinged Trusses


Many of today’s truss designs use hinges to connect trusses in a freely chosen angle. With this latest edition of Braceworks, hinge plates are now available, enabling you to create a more realistic representation of the connection and rotation of truss systems — complete with accurate Braceworks analysis. Many of today’s truss designs use hinges to connect trusses in a freely chosen angle. With this latest edition of Braceworks, hinge plates are now available, enabling you to create a more realistic representation of the connection and rotation of truss systems — complete with accurate Braceworks analysis.

  Available in 2020
Braceworks Improvements

Braceworks Improvements


With the latest release of our rigging design and analysis module, Braceworks now supports calculations for attaching more than one hoist to a speaker array and attaching video screens with offsets from the truss, along with providing a more accurate representation of smart objects.

  Available in 2020
Hardscape Alignment

Hardscape Alignment


Unlike other landscape software applications, Vectorworks understands the complexity of hardscape solutions on a site and the impact a hardscape can have on its surrounding environment. With customizable approaches to modeling hardscapes, you can now use the 3D geometry of other features to align and conform hardscape objects to 3D polygons, grade objects, roadways, or other hardscapes, making it possible to design paved surfaces to drain properly, align to other paved surfaces, and be accurately modeled and perfectly controlled.

  Available in 2020