The Service Pack 2 update for Vectorworks 2017 was just released, and we’re beaming about the enhanced collaboration workflows it enables. The update includes a variety of general improvements, plus increased interoperability capabilities with Bluebeam Revu software, a PDF creation, editing, and markup software from Bluebeam, Inc., a leading developer of technology solutions for the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. This improved functionality will appear across the 2017 product line, including Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, and Designer.
“Accessible open standards, flexible design processes, and overall productivity gains are highly prioritized by the design community,” says Steve Johnson, vice president of product development at Vectorworks. “With this in mind, we teamed up with our partner and sister company within the Nemetschek Group, Bluebeam, to provide an optimized PDF export between our robust BIM software and Bluebeam Revu.”
As part of the new collaboration, Vectorworks 2017 will have an improved PDF export functionality that automatically includes Vectorworks space object data and attributes. Users can work with space objects as dynamic, data-rich massing model components, supporting BIM workflows as part of the 2D/3D design process with parametric modeling. These informative PDF files can be readily imported by Revu users, saving time and increasing accuracy by eliminating the need to enter space object data manually every time an architect issues a revised set of construction drawings.
“When it comes to developing a seamless set of applications that work together, interoperability is everything," says Don Jacob, CTO at Bluebeam. "Vectorworks and Bluebeam worked together to tailor a solution for their users that streamlines data transfers, preserving valuable data in the process that Revu users can use to begin working with immediately.”
Current users can implement the Service Pack 2 updates by running the “Check for Updates Command,” while those purchasing a Vectorworks 2017 license after today should double check that Service Pack 2 was downloaded, too.