Vectorworks empowers clients with its solution Vectorworks Designer to draft, model, and present a design through a single, intuitive interface. The product endues the user with functionalities to operate in multiple disciplines like architecture, landscape, or entertainment and entitles users with capabilities of Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, and Spotlight. Vectorworks Designer-powered by Parasolid model technology, helps individual users as well as firms with 2D/3D objects and tools, and modeling tools to allow freeform modeling. The solution lends flexibility to users with an option to commence designing in either 2D or 3D mode and they can alter dimensional view and add, and edit data at any time. Whenever the user changes the design, the results are displayed on all views and additional 2D annotations and drawings are included in all views.
Vectorworks Designer is inclusive of Renderworks-a feature to visualize work throughout the design process while producing illustrations. The product also offers various tools like colored fills, image fills, gradients, tiles, hatches, unlimited colors, variable line weights, and custom line styles, to create the drawings and presentations. In-built organization and 2D publishing tools proffer many options to sort and produce drawing sets in different styles, sizes, and formats.
Vectorworks products constantly evolve with the demands of designers resulting in improved software performance, reliability, and functionality
The users can also import or export drawings in DXF/DWG or DWF format, which permits seamless and accurate transmission and reception of files between the product and other CAD applications. Using the freely available Vectorworks Viewer, users can share Vectorworks Designer files with colleagues, clients, printing services, and anyone who wants to open, view, or print models or documents.
The product supports multiuser environment and team members can work on the same Vectorworks file simultaneously. It also enables designers to work from anywhere any time with cloud integration and to save files in Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, and Google Drive accounts. In one of the implementation highlights, Performance Environment Design Group (PEDG), a firm of scenic and lighting designers, had to plan Clear Channel’s 2012 iHeartRadio event, which was going to host 22 musicians for 2 nights. The client was being tasked to manage the show that was scheduled to be held before 15,000 sold-out crowd as well as radio and online audience. Using Vectorworks Designer, the client could design venue space, orchestrate logistics, and retract 75-feet ceilings. “Vectorworks was useful to get all the information in one place, and it really allows you to check things and make sure that they all interface properly,” says Doug Brant of PEDG.
Vectorworks has created success stories akin to PDEG by virtue of its innovation centric approach. “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,” concludes Sarkar.