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Vectorworks 2015


Architosh

Vectorworks Designer 2015 software “packs a big punch in the area of visualization and rendering options. And Vectorworks 2015 gave an official ‘thumbs up’ for 4K displays, something its peers have not yet done.”

Vectorworks Nomad 3.0 “gained a lot more power when the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM) technology was ported to the iOS environment, powering its new game-like 3D navigation with excellent rendering capacity. This added much to an already solid cloud-driven solution that allows for dissemination of information, mark-up and round-tripping information back to the CAD/BIM environment.”

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Published: May 2015

Architosh

Architosh honored Vectorworks Designer 2015 and Vectorworks Nomad 3.0 in its fourth annual “BEST of SHOW” awards during the AIA Convention 2015. Vectorworks Designer 2015 software “packs a big punch in the area of visualization and rendering options. And Vectorworks 2015 gave an official ‘thumbs up’ for 4K displays, something its peers have not yet done.”

Vectorworks Nomad 3.0 “gained a lot more power when the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM) technology was ported to the iOS environment, powering its new game-like 3D navigation with excellent rendering capacity. This added much to an already solid cloud-driven solution that allows for dissemination of information, mark-up and round-tripping information back to the CAD/BIM environment.”

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Published: May 2015

KLAD

KLAD, a set and lighting design firm, published a review of Vectorworks 2015. Here’s an excerpt: “Vectorworks is now a 64-bit application, the increase in speed, especially rendering speed is amazing and worthy of the price of admission alone!”

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Published: January 2015

Blue Planet News

“Whether your specialty is architecture, landscape, or entertainment design, Vectorworks Designer software gives you the freedom to create without having to use additional applications. The program provides a competitive edge by offering a large set of design tools in a single, intuitive interface. Draft, model, and present with Vectorworks Designer – the ultimate solution for the professional who needs it all.”

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Published: October 2014

Architosh

“And in other major nod to this program’s continuing ambitions to climb up the architectural BIM authoring tool ranks, Vectorworks Architect 2015 changes the way building ‘stories’ are handled entirely.”

“Since around version 2009 the product engineering has greatly improved—partly because of the strategic direction the company has taken by first adopting the CAD industry’s leading Parasolid modeling kernel. Now the company stands at version 2015, capping off a half decade-long trail of software evolution that has laid the foundation for dramatic new features which this version has begun to unveil.”

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Published: October 2014

Architosh

“In fact, what looks truly compelling in this release from the perspective of architecture is the VGM related technology that is generating a whole host of new visualization techniques. Architects are going to really enjoy two things in particular: one is the ability to turn off colors in OpenGL render mode while being able to turn on (or off) shadows and texture effects to enhance a presentation render. In Custom Renderworks mode (which uses the integrated CINEMA 4D rendering engine) you can remove color while retaining bump maps, transparency and reflectivity qualities in the rendered output. Likewise you can add more visual options with the expanded Draw Edges options (this is under the OpenGL mode). All of these options are going to really open up 3D visualization options for Vectorworks 2015 users.”

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Published: October 2014

ARCHITECT Magazine

“Vectorworks 2015 has more than 100 new enhancements and features from the 2014 version. Now with 64-bit capabilities at its core, the platform has greater capacity to handle the increasing amount of detail and data we expect from a BIM tool.”

“Overall, with these updates and others, the Vectorworks 2015 suite should give designers a more efficient and fun experience.”

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Published: September 2014

AEC Magazine

“From a quick glance it’s clear to see that the company has done a lot of under the hood work, as well as delivering considerable advances in it’s product depth.”

“Vectorworks has made the move to full 64bit to handle bigger datasets and get speed improvements where possible.”

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Published: September 2014

AECbytes

“I was especially impressed by the improvements to the Wall tool in Vectorworks Architect 2015, which now allows rectangular walls to be created quickly with two clicks, automatically takes care of overlapping walls and wall joins, allows wall segments to be easily removed, and allows wall segments to be closed to enclose a space by simply pressing the “K” key. It makes for one of the smoothest and fastest wall creation processes I have seen in any BIM application.”

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Published: September 2014

GraphicSpeak

“Though not a household word, Vectorworks is a major player in AEC CAD, especially because it has a strong Mac base and also because it is heavily favored in Japan. It’s working the same territory as AutoCAD, but not content to stop there, the company is becoming a major BIM competitor, taking on Autodesk’s Revit.”

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Published: September 2014