Why Upgrade to 2019?

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

2D COMPONENTS FOR HYBRID OBJECTS

2D COMPONENTS FOR HYBRID OBJECTS


You’ve made the move to working in 3D. Now, optimize that effort by efficiently creating 2D drawings from your 3D and BIM models. With the new 2D components for hybrid objects capability, we’re putting you in complete control of the detail level your symbols and plug-in objects display. Simply right-click to edit the detail and display of any 2D/3D hybrid object so it draws exactly as you want in plan, elevation, and section views.

  Available in 2019
DATA TAGS

DATA TAGS


Some aspects of your workflow thrive when flexibility works in predictable ways. The new Data Tag tool in Vectorworks 2019 gives you a consistent and robust method for tagging and displaying data about the intelligent objects and symbols in your model and viewports. Tag objects individually, or automatically tag multiple objects, all while having complete control over the graphic appearance of data tags. This will save you time and simplify the process of managing displayed data in your documents.

  Available in 2019
BETTER openBIM WITH CUSTOM IFC EXPORT

BETTER openBIM WITH CUSTOM IFC EXPORT


In a BIM project, controlling and filtering which objects and IFC data are exported is key to successful collaboration. Revolutionary changes in Vectorworks IFC data mapping give the BIM manager more control over IFC export. Custom export options and the ability to specify data for sub-objects provide you confidence in the exchange of BIM models with other project stakeholders.

  Available in 2019
IMAGE EFFECTS

IMAGE EFFECTS


Now you can accomplish mainstream image editing right inside of Vectorworks. You don’t need to export your designs to other editing applications such as Photoshop® or Illustrator®. The new viewport image effects work with viewports and imported images, which lets you prepare your presentation boards in the same software you used to create your designs.

  Available in 2019
INCREASE EFFICIENCY WITH IMPROVED PDF WORKFLOWS

INCREASE EFFICIENCY WITH IMPROVED PDF WORKFLOWS


Building on our integration with Bluebeam® Studio Prime, we made it easier to work with imported PDF files. New options allow you to toggle off and on annotations, improve snapping, control background fills, and quickly resize and align multiple PDFs at the same time.

  Available in 2019
IMPROVE COLLABORATION WITH REVIT

IMPROVE COLLABORATION WITH REVIT


Thanks to the latest updates to the industry standard Teigha® BIM library from the Open Design Alliance, Vectorworks users can now batch import Revit® Families making it easier to incorporate manufacturer objects and convert more building objects from a Revit model to native Vectorworks objects. This is a huge improvement for Revit customers migrating to Vectorworks and makes it easier to access manufacturers’ BIM product content.

  Available in 2019
DISCOVER STREAMLINED SECTION DRAWING CREATION

DISCOVER STREAMLINED SECTION DRAWING CREATION


Derive high-quality sections from your model without wasting time making repetitive adjustments. A new default display for section attributes provides universally acceptable defaults, and a new context-sensitive right-click menu allows you to generate sections directly from section elevation markers or orphaned section lines. Create better drawings by generating a profile line that emphasizes the cut of your sections. Plus, you can now override object visibility beyond or before the cut plane using the correct line weights and styles. The object visibility control is the same for horizontal and vertical sections.

  Available in 2019
CREATE REMARKABLE PRESENTATIONS WITH NEW CLIP CUBE OPTIONS

CREATE REMARKABLE PRESENTATIONS WITH NEW CLIP CUBE OPTIONS


You asked for it, and now you can use the clip cube on sheet layer viewports. And, unlike other applications that have limitations on the visualization of clip cubes, Vectorworks enables you to use clip cubes in any rendered view or style, giving you the efficiency and capability you need to create remarkable sections, elevations, and presentation drawings.

  Available in 2019
CABINET CATALOGS

CABINET CATALOGS


We’ve expanded our support of catalog styles to additional architectural elements, including all cabinet objects. You can quickly define and specify the cabinetry in your designs using manufacturer catalog data. Controlling objects by catalog styles lets you quickly modify the architectural object data while saving you time with your materials specifications. Additionally, Vectorworks now supports this style capability for third-party plugins.

  Available in 2019
NON-HORIZONTAL CEILINGS AND FLOORS IN SPACE OBJECTS

NON-HORIZONTAL CEILINGS AND FLOORS IN SPACE OBJECTS


Having a 3D model of building spaces is incredibly advantageous for understanding your design at all stages. With these latest improvements to our space objects, you can easily fit your spaces to geometry above or below your space, such as walls, ceilings, roofs, and slabs, resulting in more accurate representations of space volumes, areas, calculations, and visualizations.

  Available in 2019
IMPROVE SPACE PLANNING WITH SPACE STYLES

IMPROVE SPACE PLANNING WITH SPACE STYLES


Vectorworks understands the importance of space planning and has long offered a powerful suite of space planning tools to simplify your design process. In this latest release, the Vectorworks space objects now support the use of styles so you can more efficiently create and manage your spaces for typical information such as usage type, color, and class, enabling you to quickly and consistently handle a large number of spaces.

  Available in 2019
VECTORWORKS GRAPHICS MODULE ON SHEET LAYERS

VECTORWORKS GRAPHICS MODULE ON SHEET LAYERS


Our Vectorworks Graphics Module is an exceptional screen-drawing technologythat makes it possible for you to enjoy smooth, fast, and reliable generations ofdrawing and model views while you’re using Vectorworks. With this latest release,your project’s sheet layers now benefit from optimized, multi-threaded technologyfor use with advanced GPUs. As a result, there’s no performance differencebetween panning and zooming in a sheet layer compared to a design layer.

  Available in 2019
LAYER AND CLASS FILTERING

LAYER AND CLASS FILTERING


Searching through long lists to find the layer and class you’re looking for is a huge pain. In 2019 you can instantly find what you’re looking for by typing in a keyword search or using filters to display classes and layers based upon specific properties. Being able to work with filtered lists, and instantly search to find classes or layers, will significantly improve your productivity.

  Available in 2019
IMPROVED STAIRS

IMPROVED STAIRS


The Stair tool has several exciting quality improvements in this release, including options for correctly modeling custom top and bottom treads in any design scenario, at-your-fingertips access to stair content in the Resource Selector, and easy-to discover settings for stair-to-floor connections.

  Available in 2019
AUTOTURN ONLINE

AUTOTURN ONLINE


In the past, evaluating whether a design can accommodate the turning paths of vehicles was a time-consuming trial-and-error process. With a new partnership with Transoft Solutions, we’re making it simple to evaluate vehicle access on any project. From Vectorworks’ new AutoTURN® Online browser, simply upload a design, pick a vehicle, perform a simulation, and export the results back into your project file.

  Available in 2019
3D SITE MODEL SCULPTING

3D SITE MODEL SCULPTING


Unlike SketchUp and Rhino, site model sculpting in Vectorworks BIM products can be performed on both geometry and on an intelligent site model, so you can run a site analysis and calculate the effects of your changes without having to use specialized add-ons or entirely separate products. With 2019, you can quickly, easily, and intuitively sculpt the site for your project using a variety of Vectorworks direct modeling features, such as reshape and push/pull.

  Available in 2019
PLANT DATA SOURCES

PLANT DATA SOURCES


The Choose Plant Data Source command has a new option for you to either open the entire default plant database or open a specific plant catalog from online resources. The new capability to specify a catalog can help you more efficiently work with your preferred plant palette and save you the time you’d otherwise spend searching through the entire plant database.

  Available in 2019
SIMPLIFY THE CREATION OF PLANTING PLANS

SIMPLIFY THE CREATION OF PLANTING PLANS


Creating planting plans has always been a strength of Vectorworks Landmark, and to keep that legacy, our latest release provides significant user interface improvements to the plant preferences dialog boxes that make the planting workflow more straightforward and easier for new users to learn, while maintaining the advanced functionality you rely on.

  Available in 2019
HARDSCAPE COMPONENTS

HARDSCAPE COMPONENTS


Improvements in the hardscape object make it possible to define hardscape components such as pavers, mortar, concrete slabs, gravel, etc., and to slope hardscapes for drainage when used in conjunction with the Slab Drainage tool. This gives you an efficient workflow to specify paving material layers and create accurate material take-offs.

  Available in 2019
MODEL WITH SPOTLIGHT OBJECTS IN 3D

MODEL WITH SPOTLIGHT OBJECTS IN 3D


You increasingly work in 3D to design your lighting rig, scenic elements, and venue, so why should you be limited to using Spotlight tools in 2D? With Vectorworks Spotlight 2019, you can work in 3D from the beginning. Stage decks and all of the commands in the Spotlight menu have been updated to include more intuitive snapping and 3D behaviors that automatically detect and snap to surfaces. No more switching views to move objects into the correct position. Moreover, you can quickly rotate and align lighting devices in any 3D view using the Rotate tool.

  Available in 2019
MY VIRTUAL RIG

MY VIRTUAL RIG


Vectorworks has partnered with MA Lighting and Robe lighting to bring to the industry a new open-standard format known as the General Device Type Format (GDTF). The format has really taken off, with unified support from many of the biggest brands in the entertainment industry. To build on that momentum, we’ve introduced My Virtual Rig (MVR). MVR is an open-file-format container that packages the GDTF files for all of the lighting fixtures in your design, along with a complete 3D model and data describing the positions and 3D elements. This allows you to easily conduct your previz with Vision and communicate directly from your Vectorworks design to your console. The GDTF format is already supported by the grandMA3® console and will be supported by more than 20 of the largest lighting manufacturers in the near future.

  Available in 2019
SPOTLIGHT NUMBERING COMMAND

SPOTLIGHT NUMBERING COMMAND


Spotlight now provides a streamlined method to produce complex unit-numbering documentation in less time and with more flexibility. It works on multiple object types in any projection and is designed to be configured with specialized, industry specific enumeration patterns.

  Available in 2019
BRACEWORKS HEAT MAP

BRACEWORKS HEAT MAP


For better insight into how your rig is performing, you can now see the stresses rendered in 3D along a span in both top/plan and 3D projection views.

  Available in 2019
ANALYZE BRIDLES WITH B RACEWORKS

ANALYZE BRIDLES WITH B RACEWORKS


Braceworks now offers a suite of tools to create and calculate bridles, insert the components to achieve the needed leg length, and calculate reaction and deflection forces with the Braceworks engine. Plus, a complete list of parts and assembly diagrams can be generated using 2-, 3-, 4-point, and even stacked bridles for a project.

  Available in 2019
REPLACE TRUSS FEATURE

REPLACE TRUSS FEATURE


Counting truss lines manually and tracking them in Excel is now a thing of the past. With the replace truss feature in Braceworks 2019, you can adjust to the changing requirements of a specific production by quickly swapping out a truss with another one available in your current truss inventory and still maintain the overall system design. You can change the components of an existing truss system and replace the truss type and/or the manufacturer without having to edit each object individually.

  Available in 2019
IMPROVED AUTO CONNECT ENGINE

IMPROVED AUTO CONNECT ENGINE


Braceworks now supports all common types of trusses, truss orientations, and truss connections, including ground-mounted supports. The Braceworks Auto Connect engine has been enhanced to support vertical truss symbols and male female-type connectors, and it now handles triangle trusses correctly and efficiently.

  Available in 2019
7X FASTER PERFORMANCE WITH VISION

7X FASTER PERFORMANCE WITH VISION


This is the Vision you’ve been waiting for! By re-engineering the rendering engine and tuning Vision’s performance, we’ve made a serious investment in the overall interface quality. Version 2019 produces higher-quality rendering, including specular lighting and attenuation, in more complex files, at a higher frame rate. Additionally, you can now save and recall rendering and interactions in a Vision document. This provides an easier way to set up the appearance and interaction of Vison’s rendering and controls.

  Available in 2019
Multiple Drawing Views

Multiple Drawing Views


With the new Enable Multiple Views command, you can see views of your project simultaneously, and you can start your work in one view pane and finish it in another. Switch effortlessly between viewports, views, and visibility settings to do what you need — just set up your panes and view them all at once. Instantly gauge the impact of a design change across your 3D, plan, section, and elevation views, and even start a rendering in one view while you work in another. 

  Available in 2018
Direct Section and Elevation Editing

Direct Section and Elevation Editing


Now you can edit models directly from your viewports. Add openings, align and distribute windows, reposition doors across multiple layers, reshape walls — it’s all possible. You can even change the 3D views while in the section to see how edits simultaneously affect plans and model views. And you can create better-looking, more-accurate drawings in a fraction of the time. 

  Available in 2018
Improved Subdivision Modeling

Improved Subdivision Modeling


Unlike other design and BIM applications on the market, Vectorworks already offers best-in-class 3D modeling technology to help you quickly model any form. With the latest enhancements to the subdivision modeling feature, based on Pixar® Animation Studio’s OpenSubdiv libraries, you get several new editing modes that will not only make modeling faster and easier, but also let you create shapes you could only imagine before.

  Available in 2018
Stay Informed with the New Message Center

Stay Informed with the New Message Center


The new Message Center will alert you to valuable news, such as service pack updates and the latest training videos. With the new Message Center, you’ll never miss an important message related to your Vectorworks software. A simple alert will display in the Message bar when a new message is waiting for you. 

  Available in 2018
Plug-in Styles for More Parametric BIM Objects

Plug-in Styles for More Parametric BIM Objects


Vectorworks 2018 will save you time, as it revolutionizes the process of change management of intelligent plug-in objects. You can now take advantage of the plug-in object styles introduced for doors and windows in Vectorworks 2017 on more plug-in objects in Vectorworks Architect. When you make changes to a single plug-in object style, those changes will be reflected in all object instances in your project, giving you a productivity boost that increases your profits. 

  Available in 2018
Streamlined Worksheets

Streamlined Worksheets


We’ve streamlined the interface for the creation of reports and schedules and made using worksheets much easier. Creating reports and schedules is now more accessible and automated, and you can present complex worksheets without having to manually enter formulas or remember how to access data from different record formats. 

  Available in 2018
Improved Graphic Output for Architectural Documents

Improved Graphic Output for Architectural Documents


Generating documentation from your BIM file is now much more efficient. With improved graphic controls within section views of wall joins and wall, slab, and roof components, you have the flexibility to quickly achieve high-quality documentation from your 3D model. 

  Available in 2018
Improved Revit Import

Improved Revit Import


Vectorworks was the first BIM authoring tool to provide Revit™ import using the Teigha BIM library from the Open Design Alliance. This year, we’re going one step further by providing you next-level functionality with Revit file importing that translates Revit objects into native Vectorworks symbols and objects with textures, making incorporation of design information from Revit easier and more efficient. 

  Available in 2018
Streamlined Drawing Distribution

Streamlined Drawing Distribution


Whether you’re creating a BIM project or lighting a stage, drawing distribution can be a laborious process. With the ability to publish drawings based on issue date, and a tightly integrated new title block object, the generation and distribution of your drawing sets, issue information, and reports throughout the duration of your project is more automated, and greatly simplified. 

  Available in 2018
More Accessible IFC BIM Data

More Accessible IFC BIM Data


We’ve streamlined the BIM process by promoting the display of all IFC-related data to the Data pane of the Object Info palette. Now, in one clear and accessible location, you can review, input, and edit the information you need to make your BIM project a success. 

  Available in 2018
Robust Wall Modeling Options

Robust Wall Modeling Options


Control individual component heights by instance, attach information to them, insert component caps, and simultaneously edit multiple selected components from an easy-to-use dialog box. Plus, swiftly make wall graphic display changes with the new ability to switch all attributes by class. 

  Available in 2018
Enhanced Resource Manager

Enhanced Resource Manager


Spend less time managing thousands of resources with new search options, such as those that contain AND, OR, etc., that enable you to find aggregated or isolated results. Filtering for multiple criteria, such as object type and manufacturer, is now possible using tags and partial context searching. Plus, use the Resource Manager to find, edit, and manage your often-used resources, thanks to the improved layout that now includes folder breadcrumbs, additional navigation options, and vertical orientation. 

  Available in 2018
Enhanced Plant Tags

Enhanced Plant Tags


Vectorworks Landmark is changing the game when it comes to landscape design software by enabling you to include plant images within your 2D plant tags, increasing the readability of your landscape plans by displaying images in line with plant tags and in worksheets as keys or legends. 

  Available in 2018
Easier GeoTIFF Image Import

Easier GeoTIFF Image Import


Now you can import TIFF files with embedded georeferenced information (GeoTIFFs). The image will automatically match the map projection of the current Vectorworks layer, similar to capabilities found in programs such as ArcGIS and GRASS GIS. 

  Available in 2018
Direct Site Model Contour Editing

Direct Site Model Contour Editing


Now editing your site model is easier than ever with improved site model settings and direct 2D contour editing. Modify each contour line as easily as you can edit a polyline. 

  Available in 2018
New Foliage Tool

New Foliage Tool


Our amazing new Foliage tool creates beautiful and realistic hedges, leafy areas on topiary shapes, car ports, pergolas, and more to enhance your realistic landscape designs and impress your clients. 

  Available in 2018
New Import/Export Tree Survey Options

New Import/Export Tree Survey Options


Generating existing site conditions from GIS and tree survey data often involves conversion tools. With Vectorworks 2018 there is no need for external tools. Just use geolocated tree species data to create existing tree objects and export back to clients via Shapefile (SHP), TXT, and DXF formats. 

  Available in 2018
New Zoom Option for Video and Blended Screens

New Zoom Option for Video and Blended Screens


Managing the planning and visualization of video screens in your designs is easier than ever. With new graphic output capabilities, you can more accurately understand, estimate, and adjust available throw and zoom, enabling you to make final equipment choices earlier in the design process. 

  Available in 2018
Enhanced Seating Section Command

Enhanced Seating Section Command


Enhancements provide additional layout methods, multiple seat numbering options, and graphic controls that are all easily set and modified from the Object Info palette. Now generate more precise seating layout visualizations for your event, along with an automated seating schedule for inventory and ordering. 

  Available in 2018
Braceworks

Braceworks


An add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer, Braceworks provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary entertainment structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering standards. By adding Braceworks into Spotlight, design, production, and rigging professionals have a completely integrated entertainment modeling, analysis, and documentation solution for the first time. Braceworks analyzes complete 3D structural systems modeled in Spotlight. It supports point and distributed load types, straight and curved structural members, and multiple materials. The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) model enables static analyses with results displaying graphically on the model for easy reference. Braceworks also includes support for load calculation and truss structure Eurocodes and upcoming ESTA standards, such as the E1.6. It also automatically generates detailed calculation reports and exports files as DSTV for easy sharing with structural engineers. To see Braceworks in action, visit vectorworks.net/braceworks. 

  Available in 2018
Enhanced Web View Export

Enhanced Web View Export


Web View now supports Vectorworks’ clip cube and provides enhanced file optimization and desktop rendering options that produce lighter-weight models with better performance, resulting in higher-quality web and virtual reality experiences for your clients. 

  Available in 2018
New Rendered Panoramas

New Rendered Panoramas


Provide your clients a 360-degree interactive view of your model with this new capability in the Renderworks® feature set. Put your clients in the middle of your vision, no matter how big the model is. 

  Available in 2018
Upgraded Renderworks with Maxon CineRender

Upgraded Renderworks with Maxon CineRender


With the natively integrated Maxon CineRender, Renderworks provides faster, higher-quality rendering directly within the Vectorworks design environment to help you create incredibly realistic visualizations and presentations of your designs. The upgrade introduces better rendering of metals, especially brushed metal; a new cloth shader for visualization of woven-cloth patterns; a new shadow catcher feature that allows shadows on virtual objects to be composited properly onto real photos; controls for up to sixteen light reflections; and a new Parallax shader effect to achieve displacement mapping quality in less overall time. 

  Available in 2018
Improved Vectorworks Cloud Services

Improved Vectorworks Cloud Services


Sharing your designs, drawings, and 3D models with clients and partners has never been so simple: you can now use Google Drive™ with Vectorworks Cloud Services. Plus, we’ve completely updated the Cloud Services web portal. You’ll enjoy better file organization, an easier-to-use sharing interface, and even the ability to generate Web View VR links of your files in the cloud. 

  Available in 2018