The Vectorworks 2012 Product Line Offers Increased Efficiency and Productivity



COLUMBIA, Md., Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ -- Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of the 2012 version of its award-winning Vectorworks® line of design software, including: Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks®.

"With the Vectorworks 2012 products, we continue to deliver the tools designers require to succeed in meeting complex design challenges, whether they work in the field of architecture, landscape or entertainment design," said Stewart Rom, Nemetschek Vectorworks' Chief Marketing Officer. "We value the feedback we receive from our users, and we've taken their wishes into account to further improve the usability and performance of our software."

The powerful enhancements found in the Vectorworks 2012 products will save designers time and increase their productivity. The software's intuitive interface allows users to easily conceptualize their designs, while innovative, flexible tools let them document their plans and easily collaborate with best-in-class open BIM workflows.

"This release reinforces our position as a leader in 3D technology within the AEC marketplace," says Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer of Nemetschek Vectorworks. "I'm proud of the many improvements our development team has achieved with this version, particularly those related to BIM, GIS and rendering. Macintosh users will also be happy to know that Vectorworks 2012 software is fully compatible with OS X Lion."

The 2012 version of Vectorworks software delivers several major improvements, including:

    --  Enhanced 3D modeling: The software now examines the model under the
        cursor and sets the working plane automatically, removing the general
        need for users to manually set working planes. This planar autosensing
        is also the basis for the new 3D dimensioning feature. Other 3D
        modeling features include instant access to push/pull functionality
        after profile object creation and also reshape improvements.

    --  Improved Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities: The new
        stories feature allows design layers to be dynamically and vertically
        referenced to named story elevations. Story-aware objects like walls,
        columns, slabs and stairs can span across stories and update with
        elevation changes. Plus, improvements to wall component joining,
        insulation fills, spaces, stairs, walls and windows all increase the
        ability to design intelligently and efficiently. Enhancements to
        Vectorworks Architect 2012 software also further strengthen Nemetschek
        Vectorworks' commitment to interoperability. Support of the open BIM
        file standard, Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), has been greatly
        improved. IFC import now has higher-fidelity geometry from imported
        elements, and IFC space objects are translated into native Vectorworks
        space objects.

    --  Integration of building and site: Vectorworks 2012 software marries
        building and site design and is the first package to combine a
        BIM modeler with extensive Geographic Information System (GIS)
        capabilities (available in the Vectorworks Architect, Landmark and
        Designer applications). Now users can store georeferenced information
        on each Vectorworks design layer, transform geometry to a different
        projection or georeferenced coordinate system and enjoy improved
        shapefile import and export functions.

    --  Best integrated renderer: Improvements to the Renderworks rendering
        application include the introduction of Renderworks Styles, which can
        be re-used and shared among team members. In addition, users will
        significantly improved OpenGL shadows and better solar animations with
        the new Heliodon object.

    --  More than 100 performance and usability improvements: This release
        addresses user requests such as a new 2D X-ray fills mode, faster
        viewport navigation, new custom color options for backgrounds, faster
        access to frequently used settings, coincident selection, streamlined
        polyline arc editing, offset improvements, improved wheel zooming and
        others. This version also offers designers the ability to generate
        hidden lines between intersecting geometry and, in the Design Series
        products, to modify objects by record value.

    --  New features in the Vectorworks Landmark and Spotlight applications:
        This version of the Vectorworks Landmark program includes improved
        stake objects with better visual representation and data information
        the drawing, better control over hardscape creation, a new option to
        convert between boundary and path configurations and the ability to
        specify different pattern sizes for grid and running pavers. The
        Vectorworks 2012 Spotlight application features a more intuitive way
        focus instruments, as well as a new soft goods object that enables the
        creation of curtain, border and pipe-and-drape assemblies.

To learn more about Vectorworks 2012 software, please visit and join the Vectorworks 2012 U.S. Virtual Event at:



About Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG and has been developing software since 1985. The Vectorworks line of software products provides professional design solutions for more than 450,000 designers in the AEC, entertainment and landscape design industries. With a tradition of designing flexible, versatile, intuitive and affordable CAD and BIM solutions, Nemetschek Vectorworks continues to be a global leader in 3D design technologies. For more information, visit



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