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FULL RANGE OF PROJECTS
Vectorworks Landmark provides a flexible design environment that allows you to work on any type of project. Design residential plans at a 1:10 scale up to master plans at 1:1,000 or larger. The design tools easily scale up or down to accommodate your work.
INTEGRATED MAPPING AND GIS
Incorporate maps into your work with ease. Add survey data to your drawing and use it as the basis of your site model, or import CAD drawings and data from architects, builders, or engineers to use as base plans. Import geo-referenced aerial/satellite images and Geographic Information System (GIS) data files from federal, city, state, or other agencies to explore all of your design options.
GROUND-BREAKING GRAPHICAL SCRIPTING
Graphical scripting will play a significant role in the workflows of the future. These tools, when built into an intelligent information modeling application, present landscape professionals and urban planners with unlimited opportunities to generate, define, build, and explore form and function throughout the design process — even automate data and information retrieval to enhance your BIM workflows.
Built directly into Vectorworks Landmark, Marionette is the first and only cross-platform graphical scripting tool for the
AEC, entertainment, and landscape design industries.
This Python®-based scripting tool delivers a robust and scalable way to program well beyond the confines of traditional design software. When you use Marionette, you can create visual scripts that take advantage of the superior 2D interface and robust 3D modeling capabilities that Vectorworks software offers, ushering in a new world of discovery that enhances your workflows. Imagine using this powerful tool to create stunning visual pieces in landscape architecture, as well as unique, organic shapes that are scalable and constructible.
POINT CLOUD SUPPORT
Field surveys and other manual methods used to capture existing spaces can now be replaced by our Point Cloud Support. Using your preferred 3D scanning device, you can capture a physical location and import a 3D point cloud object into Vectorworks Landmark using PTS, E57, LAS, and XYZ file formats. Supporting point cloud technology not only provides a real way for landscape architects and designers to model efficiently and affordably with more accuracy than ever before, but it also makes modeling, inferring, and referencing data easier.
Design beyond the limits of traditional CAD software. With Subdivision Surfaces, you can transform primitive shapes likes spheres and cubes by subdividing and molding each surface into any form imaginable, creating unique focal pieces, sculptures, water features, play structures, and more. Based on the modeling techniques of Pixar Animation Studios, this innovative practice isn’t just for animated films; it opens new workflow avenues across the landscape industry.
With our intuitive interface, you can design from any 3D view using modes in modeling tools that automatically infer working planes as you move your cursor, and enjoy the superior quality that allows you to manipulate your models with ease. More accurate object information and better snapping make drawing in 3D easy. The SmartCursorTM helps by showing hints, like the angle from the previous segment, as you draw, and our patent- pending X-ray Select technology lets you see through models to select, move, and modify hidden objects with precision and ease. Plus, an advanced suite of solids and NURBS surface tools lets you create any shape and easily explore organic geometry. Push, pull, blend, twist, sculpt, deform, bulge, taper, or punch holes. Anything is possible with Vectorworks Landmark.
Find your inspiration and start drawing. Or, import hand sketches, site pictures, and even documents or models from other applications. Invoke ideas in 2D and explore them in 3D with free-form models.
HORIZONTAL SECTIONS FROM THE CLIP CUBE
Explore your design with horizontal sections from the clip cube. Use this command to isolate horizontal segments of your models to create conceptual, diagrammatic views, giving clients a deeper understanding of your design throughout the development process.
SUPERIOR SIM CAPABILITIES
Vectorworks Landmark also provides an efficient way to introduce Site Information Modeling (SIM) capabilities into your workflow. The program’s tools will help you analyze your design for area, volume, slope, cut/fill, and other data such as water flow and sun/shade. Scan in planting plans and trace over them with ease. Or, simply enter your
field measurements. Use the property line tool to define a site’s boundaries and setbacks. Plus, building tools and site objects easily document existing structures and site conditions. In addition, you can use the program’s drawing, modeling, and 2D and 3D graphics capabilities to create compelling presentations.
EXACTING SITE DESIGNS
Take your site designs to new heights with Landmark’s slope modifiers, tools, and definitions. Accurately manage multiple sloping surfaces, choose how you prefer to display your slope labels, and more to generate the most exacting site designs with less work.
SITE MODEL FLOW ARROWS
Proposing changes to a site’s terrain alters the flow of rainwater. With Landmark, you can use color and other linetype changes to quickly recognize the difference in water flow direction from existing to proposed to better plan how you manage water on a site.
Define and communicate your firm’s graphical preference with Vectorworks Landmark to create beautiful presentations. Tap into our large libraries of entourage, customizable line types, gradients, dash styles, and unlimited color palettes.
Simplify the complexities of landscape design. With our parametric Hardscape tool, you can specify and develop hardscaping plans that convey your signature style, while also benefiting from the creation of 2D and 3D views that are reportable from our integrated reporting database.
The Hardscape object includes options to accomplish radial paving patterns and paving patterns based on curvilinear paths, enabling site designers to be more creative in laying out pavements and walkways.
COLLABORATIVE PROJECT SHARING
Seeking new ways to collaborate and maximize efficiency? Project Sharing enables landscape professionals to streamline design document production and manage planting, hardscape, grading, and more — all while multiple designers are working on the same Vectorworks file concurrently from simple sketch to final product.
Get on the cutting edge of collaborative BIM workflows and share files fluidly among design, analysis, and construction packages with Vectorworks’ IFC 2x3 and gbXML translators. Exchange 3D NURBS models with Rhinoceros®. Import concept models from SketchUp®, and access thousands of models from the Trimble® 3D Warehouse and many other content sources that support OBJ, STL, 3DS, SKP, and more. Import, export, or directly reference AutoCAD® 2016 (and earlier) files. Publish drawing sets as multiple page PDFs, DWFs, or DXF/DWGs. Export 3D models to 3D PDF, IFC, DXF, C4D, Rhinoceros, Google Earth®, and Vectorworks Nomad (available to Vectorworks Service Select members).
SUPERIOR 2D DOCUMENTATION
Produce high-quality documentation with ease. Use our suite of precision drawing tools and intelligent landscaping, irrigation, site design, and road objects to lay out plans, elevations, sections, and detail drawings.
What is Vectorworks Service Select (VSS)?
Vectorworks Service Select is a subscription agreement that provides customers with several added benefits, including immediate receipt of product releases, the best pricing, predictable budgets, priority technical support, VIP access to downloads, easy account management, and access to a growing library of on-demand learning tutorials. You’ll also have exclusive access to Vectorwork Cloud Services, as well as their mobile apps.
What is Renderworks?
Renderworks is an add-on available to any Vectorworks product, allowing you to create high-quality, photorealistic and stylised, non-photorealistic rendered models for stunning images and animations, directly in Vectorworks software. It is suitable for all design industries, no matter what kinds of projects you handle.
The following are real-world system recommendations for running Vectorworks 2015. In some demanding cases, we would suggest a more capable machine than is described by these recommendations. Likewise, there are some less demanding situations where Vectorworks will perform well on older hardware.
Mac OS X 10.9 or later
|Windows 7 SP 1 (64-bit)
Windows 8 (64-bit)
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Intel Core 2GHz or better
Pentium 2GHz or better
|4GB minimum, 8GB highly recommended
8GB — 16GB recommended for large files and complex renderings
* See the discussion in the Optimizing Performance section below.
IMPORTANT – Like past releases, Vectorworks 2015 added improvements which placed still higher demands on graphic hardware. The performance and quality of the graphics provided by the new Vectorworks Graphics Module depend directly on the speed, memory, and supported extensions of the graphics card. These new features have the potential to provide a very fast and fluid experience if used on capable hardware, or a noticeably slower experience if used on older or incompatible hardware. Graphic cards should support at a minimum OpenGL version 2.1; cards not meeting this recommendation will have limited functionality and poor performance, particularly when rendering in OpenGL mode. In general, the more powerful your video card is, the better your Vectorworks experience will be.
The amount of Video RAM (VRAM) required to drive Vectorworks adequately depends largely on the size of the display being used and the complexity of the Vectorworks document. Medium-sized displays with a native resolution of 1920x1080 or less should be driven by a graphics card with at least 512MB of VRAM. Larger displays, such as displays that are 30” or larger, should use a modern graphics card with at least 1GB of VRAM, with 2GB or more recommended.
OpenGL rendering of shadows and edges are VRAM-intensive and require at least 512MB, with 2GB of VRAM being preferable. If you want to take full advantage of OpenGL shadows and edges, especially in situations where you have any combination of the following:
and if you have a video card with less than 512MB of VRAM, you should consider upgrading your video card.
Nemetschek strongly recommend that all users check that their video drivers are current. The majority of display problems reported to our Technical Support department have been traced to older video drivers.
For the latest information on video card recommendations for Vectorworks 2015, go to the Vectorworks Knowledgebase and search for "OpenGL".
Remote and Virtual Machines
We do not consider remote login environments such as Remote Desktop, Terminal Services and VNC or virtual machine environments such as Parallels and VMware to be appropriate for regular work, so Vectorworks performance in these situations is not of primary concern to us. They may be appropriate for administrative testing or utility purposes, and Vectorworks is fully functional in these environments. You should not expect high performance in these environments, however, especially with interactive screen feedback.
We do support Vectorworks running under Boot Camp on Mac machines. As long as you have appropriate and current drivers for the hardware on your machine, you can expect fast and reliable Vectorworks behavior.
Unless there is a known problem with a maintenance release of the operating system, we recommend the latest maintenance release at the time we ship a new release of Vectorworks as a minimum because that is what we test with. If you have problems with an earlier maintenance release, we will often ask you to update as an initial troubleshooting step.
32-bit / 64-Bit Machines
On the Mac, Vectorworks is a 64-bit application and will run on all supported MacOS versions.
On Windows, Vectorworks can be run as either a 32-bit application or as a 64-bit application.
For users who run in a 64-bit environment and work with large files and complex renderings, we recommend running with at least 8GB of RAM. When RAM runs out, Vectorworks usually continues to function, but is slowed significantly by the need to access the hard drive to provide virtual memory. Extreme lack of RAM may cause operations to generate errors in cases where given sufficient RAM they would otherwise succeed. Faster hard drives can have a large impact on system performance especially when virtual memory is actively being used.
Faster or slower processor clock speeds have a predictable impact on Vectorworks performance. Hard drive size requirements are driven by the total size of Designer with Renderworks including all content files. You can reduce this size by opting to not install some of the larger Vectorworks content files.
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