Join Jim LaPier for an in-depth discussion in this video Vectorworks, part of Learning Vectorworks (2014).
Like many software packages today, Vectorworks offers various suites to cater to different professions and purposes. Each suite offers different tools and functionalities to cater to those specific fields. From the Vectorworks website, these include Fundamentals, Spotlight, Landmark, Architect, and Designer, as well as Renderworks. I encourage you to look over the site and explore the different packages. But we're going to highlight some of those differences here today. For the bulk of this course, I'll be using the fundamentals version of Vectorworks, but I will highlight some of the features of different suites as they become relevant.
While there's some overlap, each suite includes tools specific to completing tasks associated with a specific discipline. If you download the trial version of Vectorworks, you can activate the designer package. Which is essentially the ultimate tool, consisting of all available tools from all the suites. If I go here to the Tools menu, and to Workspaces, I can select Architect, and you can see I'm given different tool sets, with different tools available to me specific to architecture. Things like walls, windows, doors, MEP tools like duct work, and so forth.
I'll go back up to the Tools menu > Workspaces and switch to Landmark. And now I'm given more tools specific to civil engineering. Things like landscape area, artscapes, parking and so forth. Back up to the Tools menu > Workspaces, and we'll switch to Spotlight. Spotlight adds lighting and stage design elements, like trusses and photometers while still giving you some of the basic architectural tools. And go back up to Tools > Work Spaces and back to Designer. And here we can see, I'm given all the available tools, minus the spotlight specific tools.
As you evaluate Vectorworks, make sure all the tools you'll need to use are available in the workspace you intend to purchase. A decision you can give a little less thought to is the platform. Aside from using the Ctrl key versus the Cmd key for shortcuts, there's no specific difference using Vectorworks for Mac OS10, or Windows. Both platforms support all the same tools, functions, and file types. Each discipline and profession uses different tools to accomplish their work. Vectorworks offers a myriad of suites tailored to those professions with special tools and functions to accomplish common tasks.
- Setting up your workspace
- Working with classes and layers
- Entering values
- Working with geometry
- Creating 3D objects
- Modeling architecture
- Texturing and lighting
- Adding annotations
- Creating viewports
- Printing and sharing