Our newly minted CEO, Dr. Biplab Sarkar, is less than a month into his tenure, and he’s already showing the design community some love by teasing exciting developments planned for Vectorworks software. Sarkar showcased upcoming advancements during his keynote speech at this year’s Vectorworks Design Summit in Chicago. The reveal was met by thunderous applause from 600-plus attendees from around the world, confirming that our future releases will make a resounding impact.
"Our driving philosophy is that the customer comes first, especially with our development process,” Sarkar said. “This approach to our technology life cycle delivers the tools they need to transform their workflows and dramatically impact the world of design. Today's presentation served as a transparent medium through which we revealed upcoming features in future releases of Vectorworks software, as well as how we intend to employ user feedback to shape ongoing development."
Learn more about the seven developments that are shaping the future of Vectorworks software.
- A revamped, intuitive interface for accessing Vectorworks resources, the Resource Manager feature will enable direct browsing of resources from multiple library sources, including online libraries. Metadata tags will be attached to each resource to improve the searching, filtering, and discovery of resources based on user criteria.
- The Structural Member Objects will empower designers to more easily and accurately model common structural elements. Key components of the feature include the availability of Polyline modes for creating curved structural members, the capability for interactive editing in 3D views, enhanced 2D Top/Plan representations of structural objects, and interactive manipulation of a network of structural elements.
- Irrigation Tools will aid in the design documentation and analysis of irrigation systems. These tools facilitate design by automatically performing calculations for many important factors including water pressure, water velocity, pipe sizing, gallons per minute, and water coverage.
- With Vectorworks Analytics, the collected data from users who opt in to share data usage will be used to improve the workspaces and interface of future lines of Vectorworks software. This will provide customized interface optimizations, improved data collection, and analysis for diagnosing performance issues.
- Previously unavailable to everyone, the advancement of Vectorworks Cloud Services for All will allow all professionals, clients, collaborators, and students to automatically view 3D scenes in the Nomad app and download files shared by other users.
- Significant performance improvements to the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM) will include faster, smoother, and more accurate graphics during zoom, pan, and animated Top/Plan view changes. In addition, the new VGM engine will allow faster interactive drawing operations.
- Web View/Virtual Reality will offer the ability to export designs from Vectorworks software to a web-based interface that works on essentially any hardware and operating system that supports a web browser. The feature will enable game-like controls and realistic walkthrough experiences of 3D models for improved communication with clients.
We’ll be revealing more insight about these features as they continue to progress, but in the meantime, we have an exciting day and a half left of our 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit. The remainder of the event will be filled with thought leadership sessions, tonight's Customer Appreciation Party at the Art Institute of Chicago, and tomorrow's design keynote by New York-based architect, curator, educator, and lecturer on experimental forms of art and architectural practice, Eva Franch i Gilabert, who currently serves as chief curator and executive director of Storefront for Art and Architecture. Follow #VectorworksDesignSummit to stay in the loop about our Chicago adventures.