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Vectorworks Inc. Introduces new Vectorworks 2020 Product Line-Up

Vectorworks 2020 has been released—big new data-design tools, performance improvements, and all-new animation system shine in the new version.


Global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc. has announced the Vectorworks 2020 product lineup—including Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Landmark, Vectorworks Spotlight, Vectorworks Designer and Vectorworks Fundamentals, plus new versions of Vision and Braceworks.

The latest CAD/BIM software release updates the popular design software line with performance and quality enhancements while also strengthening data-driven workflows with brand new features.

Vectorworks 2020—Big new Data Features and New Animation Workflow

The new 2020 release features prominent new data-centric workflow features, useful for both BIM and non-BIM professionals. Importantly, the release also features an entirely new 3D animation system that replaces a set of legacy animation technologies. The new animation features also benefit from Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM) performance tunings as well.

The new version of Vectorworks Architect, version 2020 features new BIM tools, data features, new powerful history features in 3D modeling, and an all-new 3d animation system.

“Data and usability are the cornerstones of this year’s product enhancements,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When we looked at the future of the industry and what our customers’ needs were, we kept coming back to data, particularly data-driven insights. Vectorworks 2020 is centered around providing our customers with intuitive ways to use the powerful tools of our products, while also offering more practical ways to incorporate the use of data for an improved and insightful design workflow.”

With this focus on insightful design, Vectorworks 2020 extends the existing Data Visualization feature to the design layer environment. This lets customers change objects’ attributes using data parameters to visualize data for error checking, work validation, and quality control.

“With Data Visualization now available on design layers, we’re able to keep our attribute assignments consistent between projects, allowing us to quickly and consistently draw attention to relevant design elements,” said Brendan Gray, principal designer and president of Gray Matter Visual, Inc.

Better BIM Features

Vectorworks 2020 customer will also encounter superior Open BIM features from which to advance their practices. These include:

  • Increased workflow efficiency with the ability to directly edit fields in a list browser, such as in the Navigation palette or the Organization dialog.
  • Improved file performance and responsiveness of large and complex models with the updated Vectorworks Graphics Module.
  • A new Schematic View workflow to handle the complexity of modeling and documenting rigging workflows in Vectorworks Spotlight.
  • Accurate geolocation of a project with the new Geographic Information System (GIS) toolset and integration with Esri’s ArcGIS online services.

“Live Data Visualization opens a universe of possibilities in residential design,” said Daniel Jansenson of daniel jansenson architect. “With this new tool we’ll be able to quickly check on inadvertent documentation errors such as incorrect wall types, improper lighting fixtures or wrong insulation components. We can also quickly compare multiple zoning-code-compliant design alternatives, once the correct information is included in a model.”

The new rewritten animation features are also impressing early beta users. “As a professional who generates many residential building models, using the new Walkthrough Path from Selection to create animations is now easier than ever,” said Brian Goodridge, President of Thor Studios, Inc.

Readers can learn more about Vectorworks 2020 by visiting here:

The English-language editions of Vectorworks, Braceworks and Vision 2020 are available today. The release of localized European, Australian, and New Zealand editions will be followed by Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese versions.

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