Vectorworks Fundamentals

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Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

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Vectorworks review by O.J.C. O.
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"What you see is what you get"

What do you like best?

How easy it is to import other file-types

How simple it is to draw and make adjustments.

Compared to ACAD it is much easier to make a clear drawing, especially because you immediately see what you will get on the drawing later

What do you dislike?

There is not much that is not possible, I have not come across anything that does not work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are used to working with acad it is very easy to learn to work with Vectorworks. Especially on a Mac, the stability of the program is extremely good. In addition, exchanging files with other programs is easy to do, so DWG or DXF files can be imported and exported.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With good clear drawing it is easy to convey ideas and show clients what needs to be done or what the end result is and becomes.

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Vectorworks review by Faith B.
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"Easy to Draft with and I love the design vs sheet layers"

What do you like best?

I like how you can overlay plans on separate design layers, but turn some on underneath to see how different plans work together. It really helps with coordinating different drawings and incorporating MEP.

What do you dislike?

It's not as widely used as say AutoCAD or Revit, so we are often converting and exporting to dwg files to work with other firms and our consultants. It also doesn't have the best hatches.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to explore all the commands and even call customer support. We were able to set up a video/phone chat with a VW tech rep who showed us a lot of the features we didn't know about and hadn't been using up to that point.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It works well for the type of drawings we do. Our firm has not made the switch to BIM modeling, and so I cannot attest to the qualities of Vectorworks in this area.

What General-Purpose CAD solution do you use?

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Vectorworks review by User in Design
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"Vectorworks Fundamental - Easy use"

What do you like best?

The symbols are very similar to the ones used in other softwares, so it's really easy to adapt from another one to Vectorworks

What do you dislike?

Nothing in particular once used to it. I was used to render in 3d Studio and V-ray, so to change to another renderer can be a bit challenging at the beginning, when used to be jumping between a few programmes

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try, it's much better than the traditional softwares in the market

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The mix of 2d and 3d in the same software instead of the traditional two programmes and to be able to change all at once instead of 2d in one place and 3d in another one is quite useful. It's kind of a trend in design and really required in a few studios, but still really useful.

Vectorworks review by Consultant in Architecture & Planning
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"Vectorworks Fundamentals"

What do you like best?

Vectorworks is great design platform. Easy to use for both pc's and Mac systems. Many disciplines use the software so if can be down all on one platform.

What do you dislike?

As with any CAD software, it has some limitations- The door tool used to be limited but with the latest releases in 2017 and 2018 have made great strides.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great Product-

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to begin with conceptual drawings and then carry directly into design dev. onto CD's Keeping it in one program save a huge amount of time.

Vectorworks review by User in Museums and Institutions
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"Vectorworks Fundamentals 2012 - Usually Gets the Job Done"

What do you like best?

The interface of Vectorworks is somewhat like Adobe Illustrator and allows me to create different kinds of scaled diagrams and 2d graphics with ease.

What do you dislike?

The drafting capabilities are not as precise as AutoCAD or Rhino. Curves and splines are also a bit more tricky to draft.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to AutoCAD and your designs/art don't involve complex curves or geometry, Vectorworks would be perfect for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to create different diagrams and graphics other than architectural plans have allowed us to communicate design info more precisely to our Construction and Fabrication teams.

Vectorworks review by Agency in Marketing and Advertising
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"Easy to use, multi-function software"

What do you like best?

I do event design, so require an array of different needs from the software - but I love that everything can be in one file: floorplans, 3D builds for rendering & build drawings for scenic etc.

What do you dislike?

There are constant things that go wrong in a file and it usually takes awhile to pinpoint what the issue is, but its usually some weird setting or if I've imported something with an error etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its worth learning how to 3D build / render in this program to keep all compenents in the same place (in the past I was building floorplans in VW and renderings in SketchUp - but then it was a lot of back & forth btwn the programs to make sure the line up, etc)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

helps get through floorplans efficiently and quickly

Vectorworks review by Gonzalo C.
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"Similar to AutoCad but not as great "

What do you like best?

Very similar to AutoCAD. At my company like I said about Vectorworks Designer. We have precoded designed parts and we input them into the program. Now it works very effectively for this. Its basic and does a pretty decent engineering job and its very basic for product development

What do you dislike?

Where to start

Similar to autocad but not as exact or precise

steep learning curve to the product

not for product development. use another program.

not the best for entertainment design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good for our business (entertainment)

Awful for product development

Awful for interior design

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Entertainment design problems and solutions. Tradeshows. Fast creation of products as a whole

Vectorworks review by User in Design
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"Decent product for the price"

What do you like best?

I like that vectorworks has great graphic output, its quick and easy to learn and works well for small business owners

What do you dislike?

It definitely has some imperfections. I am mostly dissapointed in the fact that the fundamentals version has so few capabilities. I expected it to cover more tools than it actually does.

I also don't like that there are many many people in our profession that don't know and use this product. It makes it difficult to hire personnel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can afford to, buy the more juiced up versions because Fundamentals has only the very bare minimum.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its relatively quick to learn and can be used for very basic drafting as well as more sophisticated modelling, etc.

Vectorworks review by Stefan B.
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"Accessible CAD, for 2D, 3D and even BIM"

What do you like best?

Fast and efficient drafting, with good object snapping, control over visual output and layout.

Quite complete, including full 3D kernel (Parasolid) and integrated rendering.

More and more supporting BIM workflows, including IFC exchange.

The integrated spreadsheet allows you to measure quantities from drawn elements.

Also supports OSX and fairly cheap when comparing with regular CAD software, such as AutoCAD.

What do you dislike?

Does many things "differently": layers are classes in VectorWorks and the VW layers are used for something else; 3D was a mixed-bag in the past: entities that were not 3D-compatible, stayed 2D and cluttered the viewport. The strengths of its 2D drafting don't fully carry over into the 3D modelling.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When you still rely on drafting and like to work more like Adobe tools than AutoCAD, VectorWorks will make you feel at home. It has a powerful 3D engine and is supporting BIM more and more, so it does provide a growth path.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Have used it for almost three years full-time, when working in architectural offices.

Vectorworks review by Jennifer B.
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"Great overall BIM software"

What do you like best?

The versatility and easiness of use. Is a very complete software too.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing I can think off. I've been loving VectorWorks since Minicad.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can work very fast. There are multiple ways to do a project.

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