REVIEW OF VECTORWORKS 2015
The newest version of Vectorworks (VW) is out and as usual there are many new features to consider. In fact there are too many to cover in a single review. What I typically do is start using the program then take a look at the various changes and additions. I then choose a few that look like they would be interesting, solve some past problems or most importantly make it easier and faster to get my work done. I focus mostly on architecture for the obvious reason that I’m an architect and I look at things from a practical aspect leaving the highly technical issues up to those reviewers who have a better understanding of them.
You might say it’s about time. I mean it’s been around for a long time, even my 12 year old Windows XP desktop was 64 bit. However, forgiving the lateness it is still a big improvement and should make everything run smoother and faster. Being more compatible with commonly used processors has to be a good thing.
Here’s my high rise design
So much of what we get these days is in PDF format. Now it seems faster and easier to import a PDF file and use it for reference or as a base for tracing a floor plan. But it was in the past kind of a pain to modify the part of the file we wanted to include in our drawings. Now it’s easy. Import the whole file then crop it as we like. This makes it easy to use parts of a file in more than one place as reference for details, pictures, and plans or elevations of the existing in a remodel for example. Or include a picture of a specified product.
Anyone doing commercial design will love the curtain wall feature. Here you can now draw the curtain wall without having to manually input vertical and horizontal mullions. It’s all done automatically and the best part is that you can change your mind and make changes later without having to start all over again.
3D Hatching for hidden line rendering
Other improvements not covered.
Let’s not forget that a CAD program is just a tool, like the pencil and paper used to be, or still is. We need a lot of tools to get the job done and we can buy various software programs, like Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc. Or we can buy one program that has them all. Vectorworks is not just a CAD or BIM tool; it is really the nearly perfect and complete toolbox for just about every architect or designer. From preliminary design to photo realistic renderings and construction drawings it has all the tools in one package.