Nemetschek Vectorworks Releases Vectorworks 2014 Software
Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., a provider of CAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solutions that enable designers to easily, accurately, and efficiently capture their ideas, develop them, and communicate them, announces the release of the 2014 version of its award-winning Vectorworks line of design software, including: Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks.
“For the 2014 release of Vectorworks software, we have concentrated on customer workflows,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, chief technology officer of Nemetschek Vectorworks. “The theme for this release can be summed up as ‘you have told us, and we have listened.’ Two of the new technologies I am most excited about are an innovative new visualization engine with fast interactive rendering, and a new, patent pending X-ray select technology.”
The Vectorworks 2014 software includes more than 130 improvements that were developed for better modeling, BIM management, interoperability, usability, performance, and quality. The 2014 product line also features new BIM tools for architects, increased site design capabilities for landscape architects and designers, as well as enhancements to lighting devices, documentation, and graphic controls for entertainment designers.
The following provides a sampling of what design professionals will find inside Vectorworks 2014 software:
Enhanced 3D modeling: This release includes several key improvements to Vectorworks’ 3D modeling capabilities. Built on Parasolid, Vectorworks 2014 offers persistent rendered 3D navigation to provide designers with the ability to easily switch between 3D and rotated top/plan views; enhanced walkthrough capabilities, making walkthroughs in OpenGL faster than ever; and the new twist and taper tools that enable users to twist entire solids, solid faces, or NURBS surfaces, as well as taper the faces of 3D objects in a single snap. In addition, the new 3D X-ray select (patent pending) allows users to temporarily see through solid objects in the area around the cursor.
Better BIM tools: The space, stair, window, door and roof objects have undergone several customer-driven improvements, including performance enhancements. Examples include space creation and manipulation, hidden line rendering, OpenGL rendered workflows and the ability to create and edit section viewports from the interactive clip cube. The auto hybrid object, which provides an easy way to turn arbitrary 3D geometry into a hybrid BIM object with both 3D geometry and a 2D plan, has received performance and display improvements that improve selection, editing, and document size.
New site design capabilities: Developed specifically for landscape architects and designers, Vectorworks 2014’s new site design capabilities include enhancements to plant shadows, making it faster and easier to create presentation-level site plans with interactive shadows. In addition, massing model improvements allow site designers to add and report the programmatic uses for building massing models on a floor-by-floor basis, and there is a new option to suppress the location adjustment for georeferenced data.
Improved interoperability: The Vectorworks Architect product was certified by buildingSMART International for the BIM data exchange standard IFC 2×3 Coordination View 2.0 for IFC Export in June 2013. Since then, continued improvements to Vectorworks’ IFC capabilities have included new IFC worksheet functions, support for IFC zones and IFCXML import/export support. Additionally, users can now directly reference 2D and 3D DWG/DXF or DWF files in Vectorworks projects, making collaboration and team workflows simpler. Also, this release offers better support for complex line types, named colors and mapped fonts for text objects in DXF/DWG/DWF, as well as support of SQLite in ODBC.
Usability improvements: There are several designer-requested usability improvements. One example is the publish command, which is a one-stop-shop for exporting and printing construction drawings. Other usability enhancements include support for cropping bitmaps, improvements to visibility, reshape, and dimension tools, and an improved keynote legend object. Additional improvements include select similar by plane, preview in mirror tool, font preview in format text dialog, and a simplify polys command.
Robust rendering: Our integrated rendering application, Renderworks, has a new displacement mapping option that provides the ability to make realistic renderings with materials like grass, carpet, water, bricks, or stone. There is also additional support for images in brick shaders. A visualization engine with fast interactive rendering has also been implemented. This visualization engine, the Vectorworks graphics module, is a modular rendering system that provides a modern visualization infrastructure across the product line. It allows designers to work in a rendered mode with support for selecting and snapping non-occluded objects. This feature also includes the patent pending X-ray select technology that allows designers to work with the occluded objects when needed.
Increased compatibility: Vectorworks 2014 is fully compatible with OSX Mavericks and also offers the Python 3 programming environment, with its thousands of libraries to efficiently develop scripts. This modern, popular scripting language has a large user-base of students, academics, and professionals around the world, and now, Vectorworks developers can create document scripts, as well as external plug-in parametric objects, tools, and commands.
Cloud services and mobile solutions: Exciting new features for Vectorworks cloud services and mobile solutions are in the pipeline. In the near future, Vectorworks cloud services will be compatible with well-known storage solutions, and the mobile application, Vectorworks Nomad, will support better user interactions for measurement. Plus, there will be support for Vectorworks 2014 in Vectorworks cloud services and iOS7 support in Vectorworks Nomad.