Vectorworks Architect 2022

Vectorworks Architect software delivers an exciting suite of capabilities that takes you from sketch to BIM.

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Vectorworks Architect 2022 is a comprehensive design and modelling software suite for architects, designers and engineers that helps you sketch, draw and model in a fully integrated BIM workflow.

Time-saving architectural functionality is available from the outset - wall tools, door & window tools, stair tools, parametric modelling, IFC classification and much more help architects maximise their output in much less time than basic 2D and 3D software.

Vectorworks Architect 2022

With Vectorworks Architect software, you can create building information models without giving up the design freedom you need. Work with collaborators in the same file. Design in 2D or 3D. Tackle complex ideas with great documentation and graphical scripting tools. Enjoy integrated BIM capabilities that streamline costs, analyse materials, and increase energy efficiency.

Enjoy the robust and flexible capabilities of BIM with the ease of design, great documentation, and intelligent tools that the software is known for.

 

Improvements in Underlying Technology

Vectorworks 2022 incorporates the latest technology

Vectorworks is subject to ongoing development to ensure it can take advantage of advances in both hardware and software technology. Vectorworks 2022 will run natively on the latest Apple silicon (M1) processors, giving positive gains in performance for Mac users and keeping Vectorworks' core technology well-aligned with the future direction of Apple hardware.

Developments have also been under way to increase stability, ensure long-term system interoperability, and improve interactive real-time graphics in critical areas of Vectorworks. As part of a modernisation initiative, Vectorworks have been working to ensure that the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM) technology is purpose-built for users' chosen hardware: Metal on Mac and DirectX on Windows. Vectorworks users will be able to leverage the most robust technology available for better file performance.


Redshift Render

Redshift is now in Vectorworks

In partnership with Maxon, Vectorworks 2022 now incorporates a new GPU-accelerated mode called “Redshift.” Redshift speeds up rendering time without sacrificing the quality of users' designs by using features like lighting, reflections, volumetric effects, camera effects, and anti-aliasing.

Direct Link to Twinmotion

Direct link from Vectorworks to Twinmotion


In Vectorworks 2022, there is now a direct link between the Vectorworks model and Twinmotion that allows users to quickly make changes in Vectorworks and easily have them reflected in the linked file. By eliminating the intermediate steps of exporting and importing, users can save time and easily control the quality of necessary geometries.

Interactive UI Improvements

Improved UI in Vectorworks 2022


There are significant UI improvements in Vectorworks 2022. Modernisation of the Attributes palette lets users organise their workspace with a more efficient tool palette layout. The new UI also provides accurate and immediate visual previews, removing the need to open dialog boxes. The new Status Bar gives users quick access to the smart cursor settings, hold snapping options, and toggle snapping on or off.

Per-Face Texture Mapping

Per Face Texture Mapping

Upgrades to the texturing workflow give users the ability to map textures to different faces of the same solid modelling object with the ability to rescale and more. Users can reduce texturing time with this efficient and more perceptive way to freely create custom objects. The render tab of the Object Info Palette has also been updated to let users easily view and manage the textures on the object’s various faces. This feature is not applicable to parametric objects.

Direct Stair Editing

Improved stair tool in Vectorworks 2022


It is now much easier to configure staircases. Enhancements to the stair plug-in object introduce interactive placement and reshaping in both 2D and 3D views. With the new rectangle and polygon mode users can easily place a stair between walls or follow a floor opening without measuring distances. Just draw a rectangle or a path and the stair object is placed. The new tool settings allow users to set the side length, width, and total rise of the stair without opening the dialog box. Users can also use control points to stretch and contract stairs to change the length or curvature within a space.

Wall Component Control

Wall Component Control


In Vectorworks 2022 users can define wall component wrapping at window and door openings for a more realistic BIM model and accurate 2D drawings. The round wall and straight wall object have been combined into a singular object type (Wall), providing more accurate data and easier reporting.

Worksheet Expansions

Worksheet Improvements in Vectorworks 2022


UI improvements make generating targeted reports, schedules, and material take-offs for complex objects easier. Vectorworks 2022 brings simplified worksheets and better visual cues to allow richer reporting of complex models. Between redesigned criteria, a new search function interface, and an improved formula bar with a new set of functions, users won’t waste time wrestling with documentation, leaving more time for BIM modelling.

Civil3D DWG Support

Civil3D File Import


Save time and avoid frustration with improved Civil3D file import. With the latest release, users no longer have to request specially exported DWG files to view Civil3D objects. Instead, these objects will become Vectorworks groups, each containing all of the necessary geometry. And the best part? Exchanges with internal and external civil engineers are handled more directly with less risk todata.


GIS and BIM Exchange

GIS and IFC Improvements in Vectorworks 2022


Vectorworks is now better capable of reading the georeferencing data embedded in a DWG file, an image, or an IFC import, so users can now import and export files without losing this data. There are also better default options and improved coordination and alignment when exchanging DWG and IFC files for projects.


ArcGIS Feature Layers

ArcGIS Feature Layers in Vectorworks 2022


See an efficiency boost within GIS/BIM workflows with easier integration for site planning and collaboration. In partnership with Esri, users can now access, download, and incorporate an incredible amount of information into a design with the vector geometry and data using Vectorworks Layers. Functionality to export and upload from Layers back to the ArcGIS Feature Layers makes it easier to manage specific geospatial data beyond traditional methods and collaborate with GIS professionals.

Site Model Components

Site Model Components


Enjoy the ability to define subsurface geological strata as components within a Site Model. Site model components now create solid geometry that can be accurately represented in 2D elevation, section, and textured 3D views. The upgraded object components accommodate fixed or variable thicknesses of the strata, allowing users to create a more realistic BIM model.

 

 

Why Vectorworks Architect?

The Best In BIM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) brings together design, analysis, collaboration, and documentation for the benefit of all parties involved in a building project. As BIM continues to gain increasing importance in the AEC industry, software must continually evolve in order to provide design professionals with the tools they need to successfully implement BIM in their projects. Whether you’re looking to streamline costs, analyze materials, increase your energy efficiency, or just create world-class designs, you can create building information models without changing your preferred design process.

Flexible Workflows & Project Sharing

Design smarter than ever with seamless project sharing capabilities, access to reliable cloud- based storage solutions, improved communication and visualization tools. Whether you’re a sole practitioner collaborating with other professionals or a large firm dividing work among different members of the team, Vectorworks provides a flexible way to manage productive BIM workflows for even the most complicated project.

Seamless Interoperability

Make your work even more compelling and easier to communicate with digital imagery. Import or export a wide array of image files. Publish your designs for inclusion in your firm’s marketing materials or website. Get on the cutting edge of collaborative digital practices, exchanging 2D drawings, 3D models, Building and Site Information Modeling (BIM/SIM) data for numerous multidisciplinary, multi-platform design workflows, as well as sending models to CAD/CAM machines, CNC routers, and other 3D printers.

Superior 2D Documentation

Define your signature look and meet industry standards with Vectorworks Architect's precision drafting tools, intelligent objects for building, detailing, MEP, furniture, millwork, machine parts, and annotations, plus thousands of free symbols from leading building product companies. Batch print drawing sets or export them as multipage PDFs at full or reduced size.

Creative Modeling Solutions

From graphical scripting tools and subdivivision surface modeling to point cloud support, you can create any shape and easily explore geometry. With it's intuitive interface, you can design from any 3D view using modes in modelling tools that automatically infer working planes as you move your cursor, and enjoy the superior quality that allows you to manipulate your model with ease.

  • Subdivision Surfaces
    Transform rigid lines and primitive shapes into smooth, malleable surfaces to create sculpted objects, unique furniture, and more with subdivision modeling. This technique, based on Pixar Animation Studios’ OpenSubdiv library, allows you to design beyond the limits of traditional CAD software by subdividing and molding each surface into any form imaginable using the Edit Subdivision tool.
  • Free-Form Manipulation
    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 enables you to manipulate your model 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 Architect.
  • Point Cloud Support
    Field surveys and other manual methods used to capture existing spaces can now be replaced with Point Cloud Support. Using your preferred 3D scanning device, you can capture any physical location and import a 3D point cloud object to Vectorworks Architect using PTS, E57, LAS, and XYZ file formats. Capture a perfect, full-color representation of any location then import, snap to, measure, manipulate, and design within or around the extents of the scan.


Sustainable Design - Energos

Architect's Energos feature empowers you to make sustainability a priority throughout the design process. Based on the Passivhaus calculation method, the Energos module gives you and your clients a dynamic, intelligent gauge of a building’s energy performance. Using convenient, color-coded graphics, you can measure a project’s energy efficiency, giving you the ability to make critical decisions about sustainability as your design evolves — all from within your Vectorworks Architect file.



What is Vectorworks Service Select (VSS)?

Vectorworks Service Select 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.

If you wish to continue with these benefits, VSS can be renewed annually. 

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Vectorworks 2022 System Requirements

General Requirements  

Operating Systems

  • macOS 11 (Big Sur)
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Windows 10 64-bit   

Minimum Hardware Profile

Entry-level Profile:

For small projects, simple models/drawings with a low level of detail, simple renderings (such as small residential projects, small theaters, small landscaping design)

Processor 
Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5, or better
Apple M series

RAM
8GB or more

Graphics Card
2GB VRAM or more, macOS: Metal GPUFamily1 or later, Windows: DirectX 11 compatible

Some integrated graphics cards such as Intel Iris Plus/Pro graphics and AMD Radeon RX Vega series are acceptable for very simple models/drawings, but a dedicated graphics card is preferable.

Vision requires a dedicated OpenGL 4.1 compatible graphics card with 2GB of VRAM or more, preferably released in the past three years (e.g. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 series, AMD Radeon RX 500 series).

Using multiple view panes with different visibilities in all panes requires a graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM.

Display Resolution
1440 x 900 or higher

 

Hard Disk
10GB of free disk space is required for the installation. 30GB or more is required for a full installation with all libraries.

Case-sensitive file system volumes are not supported.

 

Recommended Hardware Profiles

High-end Profile

For large projects, complex and very detailed models/drawings, complex renderings (such as large BIM projects, large entertainment venues, commercial sites, GIS, high-end landscaping design, photorealistic rendering)  

Processor
3.0+ GHz Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 with eight cores, or better

RAM
32GB or more

Graphics Card
8GB VRAM or more, macOS: Metal GPUFamily2 or later, Windows: DirectX 11 compatible

Vision requires a dedicated OpenGL 4.1 compatible graphics card with 8GB of VRAM or more, preferably released in the past three years (e.g. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 TI series, AMD Radeon RX 5000 series).  

Display Resolution
1920 x 1080 or higher

Hard Disk
10GB of free disk space is required for the installation. 30GB or more is required for a full installation with all libraries.

Case-sensitive file system volumes are not supported.

Installing Vectorworks on flash storage (SSD) is recommended.

 

Mid-level Profile

For medium-sized projects, complex models/drawings with a medium level of details (such as small commercial projects, mid-size entertainment venues, residential site modeling)

Processor
2.0+ GHz Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 with six cores, or better 
Apple M series  

RAM
16GB or more

 

Graphics Card
3GB VRAM or more, macOS: Metal GPUFamily1 v4 or later, Windows: DirectX 11 compatible

Vision requires a dedicated OpenGL 4.1 compatible graphics card with 4GB of VRAM or more, preferably released in the past three years (e.g. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 series, AMD Radeon RX Vega series).

Using multiple view panes with different visibilities in all panes requires a graphics card with at least 3GB of VRAM, with 4GB or more recommended for large files.

 

Display Resolution
1920 x 1080 or higher

Hard Disk
10GB of free disk space is required for the installation. 30GB or more is required for a full installation with all libraries.

Case-sensitive file system volumes are not supported.

Installing Vectorworks on flash storage (SSD) is recommended.

 

Redshift System Requirements

Redshift by Maxon rendering employs the GPU to efficiently perform ray tracing. Redshift has the following specific system requirements.

Redshift on Windows
Windows 10 required

Minimum: 8GB of system memory. Processor with SSE2 support (Pentium4 or better). NVIDIA GPU with CUDA compute capability 5.0 or higher and 8GB VRAM or more. Single GPU.  

Recommended: 16GB of system memory or more. Core i7 or Xeon equivalent, 3.0GHz or higher. NVIDIA GPU with CUDA compute capability 7.0 or higher and 10GB of VRAM or more. We recommend an NVIDIA Quadro, Titan or GeForce RTX GPU for hardware-accelerated ray tracing. Multiple GPUs.

  

Redshift on Mac
macOS 11.3 or later required.  

Minimum: 8GB of system memory (16GB minimum for M1). Apple M1 16GB or AMD "Navi" or "Vega" GPU with 8GB VRAM or more. Single GPU.  

Recommended: 16GB of system memory or more. Core i7 or Xeon equivalent, 3.0GHz or higher. Apple M1 16GB or AMD "Navi" or "Vega" GPU with 8GB VRAM or more. Multiple GPUs.  

List of supported AMD GPUs for macOS 11.3+

MacBook Pro 
Radeon Pro Vega 16/20 Radeon Pro 5500M/5600M 

iMac 
Radeon Pro Vega 48 Radeon Pro 5500XT/5700/5700XT

iMac Pro 
Radeon Pro Vega 56/64

 

MacPro 
Radeon Pro Vega II / Vega II Duo Radeon Pro W5500X/W5700X Radeon RX 6800/6800XT/6900XT

 

Thunderbolt eGPUs 
Radeon RX Vega 56/64 Radeon Pro WX 9100 Radeon VII Radeon RX 5500/5500XT/5600XT/5700/5700XT Radeon RX 6800/6800XT/6900XT

 

 

Additional Details

Graphics Cards

Graphics cards should support at a minimum macOS Metal GPUFamily1 and Windows DirectX 11; cards not meeting this recommendation will not work. In general, the more powerful your graphics card is, the better your Vectorworks experience will be.  

 

macOS users should use the latest stable version of macOS available (non-beta), as macOS includes ongoing fixes for video drivers. From our testing, Metal drivers in old macOS versions may show serious issues on certain specific video hardware; after updating to the latest macOS the same hardware performed well and without issues. Similarly, minor version updates may improve stability; graphics problems seen on certain hardware on macOS 10.15.1 were resolved simply by upgrading to macOS 10.15.7. For these reasons we recommend using the latest macOS with your system.

 

Regarding macOS 10.14 (Mojave): Vectorworks 2022 uses Metal for graphics processing. In our testing, macOS 10.14 video drivers on certain hardware showed multiple serious problems with Metal processing. Therefore, Vectorworks system requirements require at least macOS 10.15. We expect this requirement will help users avoid serious issues with Metal graphics in Vectorworks 2022.

Using Multiple View Panes with different visibilities in all panes can be VRAM-intensive and require at least 2GB of VRAM, with 3GB or more recommended for large Vectorworks documents.

 

Vision requires a dedicated OpenGL 4.1 compatible graphics card, preferably released in the past three years. We do not recommend any integrated Intel video chipset. While Vision may run under these environments, we do not support them due to their lack of performance and speed. We recommend gaming cards over workstation cards for Vision due to the higher clock speed.  

 

Remote and Virtual Machines

Users should not expect high performance in remote environments such as Remote Desktop, Terminal Services and VNC or virtual machine environments such as Parallels and VMware.

Vectorworks will run under Boot Camp on Mac machines provided all drivers are up to date.

 

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