You asked — we delivered. Vectorworks 2017 software includes more than 100 improvements and new features, over 70 percent of which were driven by designer feedback. From a best-in-industry Resource Manager and innovative irrigation tools to an improved Vectorworks Graphics Module and immersive virtual reality features, our new line of software empowers you to create unmatched experiences like never before.
“Vectorworks software is unique compared to other competing products because of our company’s dedication to pushing the programming of the products to maintain flexibility while offering state-of-the art technology,” says Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Our continued commitment to reengineering parts of the code base enables Vectorworks products to constantly evolve with the demands of designers resulting in improved software performance, reliability, and functionality.”
Don’t just take our word for it. Some of your fellow designers have already tested out the features in Vectorworks 2017 and shared their insights.
“I have to say thank you to everyone at Vectorworks for giving us some great irrigation tools in the 2017 version of Landmark,” says licensed irrigator Kellan Vincent, project lead and vice president at Vincent Landscapes, Inc. “Previously, I was using another AutoCAD-based module that really made for an irritating workflow when going back and forth between the two programs. Now the entire design process can be managed within Landmark, saving me time and creating a better, more complete end product."
The updates extend throughout our entire software line, including Spotlight improvements such as the introduction of cable tools, enhanced interoperability with Vision, our previsualization software, and other functionality upgrades.
“3D label legends will be a massive time saver for folks who have to draw a lot of plots with stacked trusses,” says Tyler Littman of entertainment design company Sholight, LLC. “Production electricians can also rejoice since Vectorworks 2017 now offers cable tools.”
And, of course, there are plenty of architectural advancements and features.
“The Structural Member tool in Vectorworks 2017 makes BIM work better with smaller projects, as well as larger, more complex projects,” says Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED, AP, principal architect at Hamilton Aitken Architects. “Since it’s easier to draw the actual structure of a complex building, the model is more complete and our coordination of the work is better because it’s easier to make the design look more realistic.”
But the developments aren’t just industry-specific — this release includes updates to the software’s overall usability, streamlining your workflow and enabling you to be more efficient.
“The Graphics Module improvements in Vectorworks 2017 allow me to remain engaged with my design in a much more fluid way than before,” says Neil Barman, intern architect at Barman+Smart Design. “In turn, I have definitely noticed how interacting with my work now feels more seamless and natural.”
The upgrades benefit both designers and their clients, as well.
“I exported my first model to virtual reality, viewed it on my phone, iPad, and desktop browser, and it was fabulous,” says Ion Webster, principal of Pults & Associates, LLP. “I am chomping at the bit to send links like this to clients! I can’t believe how easy the transition has been, and I look forward to delving deeper into some of the other new tools.”
We’re sure you’re eager to dive headfirst into Vectorworks 2017 for yourself, but before you do, make sure you check out our 2017 page to learn more about the updates, and sign up for one (or all) of our upcoming webinars covering everything new in Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, and Spotlight. If you can’t make the live airdate, register anyway and we’ll send you a link to the recording once it’s available on demand.
P.S. — Don’t forget to share your excitement on social media using #Vectorworks2017.