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Revolutionizing Design with Vectorworks 2024 Update 4

 
April 1st, 2024 by Vectorworks

By Martyn Horne, Director of Product Marketing, Vectorworks

Martyn Horne

At Vectorworks, innovation isn’t just a buzzword — it’s a commitment woven into our company culture. With the recent release of Vectorworks 2024 Update 4, we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in design software yet again. This update isn’t just about incremental improvements; it’s about introducing groundbreaking features and integrations that will redefine how designers work.

AI Visualizer: Unleashing Creativity with AI

At the heart of Update 4 lies the AI Visualizer, a game-changing tool that seamlessly integrates AI into the Vectorworks ecosystem. Powered by Stable Diffusion, this feature empowers designers to harness the limitless potential of AI directly within the Vectorworks interface, but powered through Vectorworks Cloud Services. Imagine generating illustrative concepts and refined images from simple text prompts — that’s the power of the AI Visualizer. By revolutionizing the ideation process, this tool enables designers to delve deeper into their concepts, win more projects, and deliver unparalleled creativity.

Vectorworks’ AI Visualizer allows you to ideate illustrative concepts at any design stage. Image courtesy of Vectorworks, Inc.

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2023 Vectorworks Design Scholarship: Meet the Winners

 
January 1st, 2024 by Vectorworks

By Product Marketing Manager – Architecture Luc Lefebvre, OAQ, LEED, AP

Vectorworks has always been a strong supporter of the world’s next designers. So much so, we recently held our seventh Vectorworks Design Scholarship competition where undergraduate and graduate students in major disciplines related to architecture, landscape architecture, landscape design, entertainment, and interior design were able to submit a new design or past project from any of their classes for the chance to win up to $10,000 USD.

With over 1,000 submissions, this year’s winners came from all corners of the globe, such as Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

We brought in the best of the best and had an expert panel of international judges evaluate all submissions who looked at design, technology, originality, presentation, and writing.

Congratulations to this year’s winners in the architecture and interior design industries:

Architecture Winners:

  • “Bunny” by Kenneth Anggara and Marco Kuo, University of British Columbia
  • “Cohabitation Berlin” by Lena Polte and Celina Rodewald, Leibniz University Hannover
  • “Loch on Wood” by Dylan Baliski, University of Dundee
  • “Over the Coal Ruins” by Nicolas Moraga, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • “Reground” by Elischa Bischof, ETH Zurich
  • “Sailing in the Valley” by Yuta Saito, Tokyo University of the Arts

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The Data Difference | The Power of Data Visualization

 
October 27th, 2023 by Vectorworks

Carter Hartong

BY: Carter Hartong

Data visualization in Vectorworks is a game changer for your BIM workflows, and while this tactic may initially seem intimidating, getting started is easier than you think. You, too, can learn how to implement it and transform how you approach design decisions in your BIM process.

WHAT’S DATA VISUALIZATION?

Data visualization turns data into knowledge, helping you make more informed decisions faster. It puts the data embedded in your objects into a visual, graphical context, applying it directly through your models and drawings. Just as your models help you conceptualize your project’s layout and design, data visualization lets you picture your “non-design” elements. This is just one of the capabilities in Vectorworks that add up to the data difference, and it’s a key factor in supercharging your workflow.

Image: courtesy of Vectorworks, Inc.

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Experience a New Level of Design Freedom with Vectorworks 2024

 
September 21st, 2023 by Dr. Biplab Sarkar

In the world of design, time is of the essence. Every second counts to create stunning and innovative projects that leave a lasting impression. Because of this, designers need efficient, well-equipped tools to help them bring their visions to life faster than ever before. At Vectorworks, we understand this concept and have molded this necessity into our latest software release. Vectorworks 2024 takes an integrated approach to align with your natural design process. New features and enhancements were carefully structured to increase your productivity and empower you with comprehensive solutions for faster workflows from start to finish.

So, what can you expect? Vectorworks 2024 has feature-focused improvements for everyone. Designers will experience an updated and modernized user interface, so now designing and working in the software is more efficient and easier to customize to your liking. Specifically, the reorganized View and Mode bars make accessing a wide range of tools and shortcuts easy. The ability to customize these bars means you can organize your workspace to suit your needs so you can save more time and simplify your design process.

The updated and modernized user interface makes working in Vectorworks 2024.
Image courtesy of Vectorworks, Inc.

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Designing for the Future: Tackling Today’s Challenges with Vectorworks

 
April 20th, 2023 by Vectorworks

Luc Lefebvre

By Product Marketing Manager Luc Lefebvre, OAQ, LEED, AP

The world we live in today is much different from even just a few years ago. From the evolving impacts of climate change to a global pandemic, everyone, including us in the AEC industry, must pivot, adapt and advance to meet and overcome the challenges our industry faces. It’s no longer an option to sit back and continue in the same way we have before. Our practices, workflows, and designs must place high importance on our planet and its inhabitants to ensure a successful future. Architects must stay ahead of technological advances to aid and overcome these rapidly evolving challenges. Design for our future must be a top priority.

Combating Climate Change & Designing for the Future of our Planet

The concepts of “sustainable design and construction” or “green building” are no longer novel. Still, since the beginning of the century, the AEC industry has had an increased and amplified awareness of our impact on the environment, and it has changed the landscape of our profession. The reality of the climate crisis forces architects to implement sustainable design practices and has become an essential piece of building construction.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and other advocacy groups have led the charge in changing policies and procedures and implementing set standards to combat the negative environmental impacts of building and construction and set us all up for future success. Resources and frameworks like the LEED, BREEAM, Greenstar, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Framework for Design Excellence have sparked a powerful movement, leading the industry to adapt and develop design and construction methods that have now become industry standards.

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Supercharge Your Workflow with Vectorworks 2023

 
September 22nd, 2022 by Vectorworks

Biplap Sarkar

Biplab joined Vectorworks in 2000. He was made CTO in 2008 and has been CEO since 2016. In this position, his main responsibility is to provide strategic leadership by working with the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies for revenue growth and expansion of market share. As a part of setting these goals and enacting these strategies, Biplab seeks out technology and process innovations to ensure Vectorworks remains a best-in-class CAD and BIM solution for designers.

Many consider time to be the most valuable resource we have. We at  Vectorworks  know that this notion rings especially true for today’s designers. How we work has dramatically evolved over the past several years, and designers must manage, prioritize, and effectively utilize their time to meet their clients’ high demands and deadlines while not sacrificing their work’s integrity and originality. We also know that designers deserve tools that enhance their creativity and make their jobs more straightforward and efficient instead of restricting them with tedious technological tasks. That’s what our team has strived to accomplish with the release of our latest version — software that accelerates processes and provides you with more time to do what’s most important — design.

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The Keys to Successful BIM Implementation, Collaboration, and Model Validation

 
August 11th, 2022 by Vectorworks

Alex Altieri

Building information modeling (BIM) has become commonplace in the AEC industry due to its many advantages over traditional CAD. BIM is all about data and turning modeled geometry into what many describe as a “single source of truth.”

If you’re thinking about or are in the process of implementing BIM, there are a few key points that are important to consider: understanding the incentives, establishing goals and vision, having a plan of action, and evaluating and measuring progress. Each of these points help address common challenges associated with implementing BIM, including lack of time, commitment, or resources.

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Enhancing Sustainability Through Materials and BIM

 
April 21st, 2022 by Vectorworks

By: Senior Architect Product Specialist Sarah Barrett, Assoc. AIA

Sarah Barrett brings more than a decade of experience as an architect and graphic designer, as well as professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling, to her role as a Senior Architect Product Specialist at Vectorworks, Inc. In addition to serving as an architectural expert and BIM specialist for the company, Sarah helps create best practices for Marionette, the integrated algorithmic modeling tool in Vectorworks software. She also leads webinars and workshops on a variety of industry topics and develops materials to help customers improve their workflows and design processes. Sarah has an M.Arch. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in architectural studies from Brown University.

‘Sustainable construction’ and ‘green building’ are concepts that have gone from novel to trendy to mainstream over the past few decades. These are both very broad concepts that encompass plenty of different strategies, methodologies, and approaches, and quite often have specific connotations for each individual designer, however, the commonality we all share is creating designs that lead to the health, safety, and welfare of our clients and ourselves.

Sustainable construction and building practices, overall, seek to minimize negative impacts and cultivate long-term positive impacts on all project stakeholders, including occupants, surrounding communities, and developers. There are many methods designers can take to meet this end goal, however, here are a few ways to approach enhancing sustainability.

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Unity-based 3D Model Viewing Now Available with Vectorworks 2022 Service Pack 3

 
March 23rd, 2022 by Vectorworks

Alex Altieri

Alex Altieri is a content marketing writer for Vectorworks, Inc. He has degrees in digital/print journalism and philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University, and although he’s not a designer by trade, Alex remains inspired by the ways Vectorworks software helps incite creativity.

Vectorworks 2022 Service Pack 3 is here bringing exciting functionality to our latest version and improvements to Vectorworks Cloud Services for all design customers. The core updates focus on re-engineering the web viewing of a 3D model and Nomad app, new storage integrations with the Vectorworks Cloud, updates to Datasmith file exchange for a direct link to Twinmotion, and support for .gITF within the MVR export from Vectorworks Spotlight.

Image courtesy of Vectorworks, Inc.

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You’re Probably Doing BIM Without Knowing It!

 
December 8th, 2021 by Vectorworks

By Alex Altieri, Associate Copywriter at Vectorworks, Inc.

*This post originally appeared on the Planet Vectorworks blog by Alex Altieri, Content Marketing Writer at Vectorworks, Inc. 

Many architects and designers rely on 2D CAD workflows because of their familiarity.

And that’s valid. There’s nothing wrong with finishing projects in the way that’s most comfortable.

If you fall into this group, it’s important to recognize that even these 2D CAD workflows are evolving to contain aspects of information modeling (BIM) processes. You might be surprised to hear that you’re likely already doing aspects of BIM without even knowing it.

It’s because BIM is smart, and software developers recognize that.

Take simple objects like walls, doors, and windows for example. In Vectorworks more accurately referred to as a design and BIM software instead of 2D CAD — these objects are parametric, containing information like height, width, material, and so on.

Without even recognizing it as “BIM,” an innate feature of the software is to carry these parameters over into worksheets and documentation sets. That’s BIM — modeling with information — whether you know it or not!

Given the fact that you’re already likely doing aspects of a BIM workflow, let’s explore some of the ways to simplify BIM and make it work for you!

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