Vectorworks by Nemetschek

Vectorworks

VectorWorks is currently the best selling CAD software on the Mac and an industry standard on Windows. With over 400,000 users in over 80 countries, it is one of the world’s most popular CAD programs. Engineered to meet the specific needs of smart-sized companies, VectorWorks 2011 has everything you need for precision 2D drafting, powerful 3D modeling and sophisticated client presentations. Plus, it has built-in database and spreadsheet capabilities to track costs and materials, and flexible scripting language to automate routine drafting tasks.

Version 2011:

  • 2D/3D integration. Vectorworks software has now, more than ever, a true 3D modeling environment. 2D planar objects can be created and edited within a planar context, where they display with all their attributes. Users can work in Top/Plan view as usual, or switch to a 3D view and continue working in the same way, with the same tools and operations.
  • Improved Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities. The Vectorworks Architect program is even easier to use, and its state-of-the-art capabilities, new tools and features help get the job done faster and better, while communicating and exchanging files with colleagues and partners. It offers a greatly improved space object, along with new 3D wall components, and a new slab tool to enable architects to more accurately model and associate building components.
  • Best-in-class rendering. Renderworks 2011 is faster, easier, and more powerful than any previous version. Now based on the robust CINEMA 4D render engine, the results are breathtaking and easier to achieve. The new engine is fully integrated into Vectorworks software, so users can seamlessly visualize their work throughout the design process, producing clear and accurate renderings. With the click of a button, rendered viewports will update as the design evolves.
  • Vectorworks also includes more than 70 improvements in usability and addresses some long-time wishes, such as the addition of “perfect preview” text editing, new tile fills, improved access to resource libraries and smaller file sizes.