By Ilianna H. Kwaske, Ph.D., Managing Principal, Office Ron Kwaske, Architect It is with speed, manipulability, and fluidity that Vectorworks 2015 is no longer just competing in design software, but leading. We have been using the program since 2009 and think that the Vectorworks 2015 software is the flagship release. No Constraints and Fast Our reasons for initially purchasing Vectorworks over five years ago were twofold: the program has rich graphic abilities, and it is native to the Mac operating system. While the BIM software we used for eight years was excellent at creating production drawings, it was restrictive in that you had to work within its prescribed workflow. For an office with diverse projects, that was difficult. Furthermore, the construction drawings were just not aesthetically pleasing. Part of the trademark of Office Ron Kwaske, Architect is to strive to make construction drawings as beautiful as our design renderings. Vectorworks allows us to do that. In addition, Vectorworks has great 2D and 3D modeling capabilities. For our design intensive needs, there are no constraints. Its versatility is critical for a small office like ours — and probably for a large office, too. Between its advanced text tools, 2D vector graphics control, and BIM and 3D modeling capabilities, we can perform three or four critical functions all within the same software package. Fluid Power to Manipulate The Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM) makes it easy to manipulate even complex forms. With the ability to pan, zoom, and walk through a project, Nemetschek Vectorworksʼ engineers have combined the best of Vectorworks modeling and BIM capabilities with a SketchUp-like design interface. Recently, we used Vectorworks 2015 to produce renderings and schematic design for a new real estate office shown below. Under a very tight schedule (meaning hours, not days), we were able to design, seamlessly bring in components from SketchUpʼs 3D Warehouse, and create two incredible renderings with minimal third-party touch-up (e.g., Photoshop).