Vectorworks Spotlight 2022

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Start your workflow transformation with Vectorworks Spotlight, the industry-leading design software in the entertainment business.

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Vectorworks Spotlight 2022

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Vectorworks Spotlight is the gold standard for CAD software in entertainment design. Whether you design lighting, scenery, sets, corporate events, theatrical productions, or exhibits, you can put yourself in the spotlight when you create a spectacular show.



Vectorworks Spotlight 2022

With superior 2D and 3D capabilities, you'll enjoy an ease-of-use not found in competing interfaces. Building on the core Vectorworks features, Vectorworks Spotlight includes numerous tools and libraries specific to designing for events, exhibitions or public performance spaces - including configurable lights, dynamic seating tools, sight/projection range tools and much more.

Vectorworks Spotlight continues to deliver greater capabilities, improved tools for the design and documentation of overhead stage rigging, enhanced stage creation abilities, lighting devices, graphical controls for event plans, and so much more.


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.

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.

General Spotlight Improvements

General Spotlight Improvements in Vectorworks 2022

General improvements in Spotlight 2022 make editing and revising lighting designs easier by creating more efficient and intuitive workflows. There are also improvements in overall visualisation capabilities and accuracy. Several new Context Menu commands let users select lights by position, rigging object, and instrument type as well as the ability to rotate groups of devices around insertion points, swap the positions of two lighting devices, and more.

Cable and Power Planning

Cable and Power Planning

Efficiently plan and document a show or event’s cable and power requirements with new and improved Spotlight features. Easily prepare documentation and inventory lists, loom construction lists, and power load spreadsheets without the need for third-party software. It's now possible to automate inserting cables between linked objects, and these cables will automatically reshape as changes are applied. The new Cable Navigation system allows users to automatically draw cables by selecting the relevant inputs and outputs.

Enhancements for Schematic Views

Schematic View Improvements in Vectorworks 2022

Spend less time jumping between tools and commands when working with schematic views. With the latest enhancements, users can choose the placement of Schematic Views and the management of objects in and on a Schematic View has been improved. See more logical snapping of objects and get direct access to an object’s properties through the Object Info Palette. Furthermore, common Spotlight commands now work in Schematic Views.

Truss Magnets

Improved Truss Handling in Vectorworks 2022

Check out the latest in truss connections with Truss Magnets. This new object will be placed within a truss assemble definition to allow for better control when joining sections of trusses using the AutoConnect system. Users won’t have to rely on post-placement edits anymore! Magnets provide a quick and consistent method for connection, ensuring it’s the correct orientation the first time and every time.

ConnectCAD - Cable Route Planning

Cable Route Planning in ConnectCAD

Say goodbye to hand-calculating lengths of cables and hand-drawing complex cable runs. With the new ConnectCAD Cable Route Planning, users’ll have access to a full-featured 2D and 3D cable planning system that will allow users to plan cable runs and drops, perform calculations, and more.

ConnectCAD - Device Tool Eyedropper Mode

Eyedropper Mode in ConnectCAD

Save time configuring ConnectCAD devices with the new eyedropper mode. With this mode enabled, simply copy configuration and data from one device and apply it to other devices. Users can now quickly make bulk changes to device configurations and accounts for the addition and deletion of sockets and then updates device graphics to ensure accuracy in usersr schematic drawings.

ConnectCAD - Updates to Device Editing

ConnectCAD’s device editing workflow has been simplified in version 2022. Now, all device databases can be accessed directly from Vectorworks meaning less time jumping from file to file to edit devices. Improvements to Device Builder now allow users to create a new DA device in the builder. There are also improvements to signal type editing. Now users can see all the signal and connector types in the ConnectCAD setting dialog for easier editing and management.

Laser Visualisation

Laser visualisation in Vectorworks Spotlight and Design Suite

Take the show to the next level with new laser visualisation in Vision 2022. With support from industry leader, Pangolin, and the connection to Pangolin’s technology, it's now possible to add and configure laser projectors. Vision will also support controlling lasers using Pangolin’s BEYOND software through a network streaming to vision. All lasers can also be previsualised in either Vision or Pangolin.

Soft Goods Update

Improved home furnishing tools

The Soft Goods tool now has greater flexibility with more options for base plates, uprights, double sided drape set-ups and more. The addition of Styles lets users add Soft Goods without needing to adjust them after they’re inserted or modified. There is also better control in weight calculations — perfect for when users need a creative solution to odd problems.


Why Vectorworks Spotlight?

Superior 2D Documentation

In addition to a suite of precision drafting tools, Spotlight gives you access to extensive libraries of lighting instruments, accessories, scenic elements, architectural objects, audio objects, video objects, machine parts, and furniture from leading manufacturers. Just drag and drop them into your projects.

Creative Modelling Solutions

Easily create multi-dimensional scenery and forced perspective by pushing, pulling, and molding your model with subdivision modeling. You can design from any 3D view using modes in modeling tools that automatically infer working planes as you move your cursor. The SmartCursor™ helps by showing hints, like the angle from the previous segment, as you draw, and Spotlight's patent-pending X-ray Select technology lets you see through models to select, move, and modify hidden objects with precision and ease.

Flexible Workflows & Project Sharing

Spotlight’s collaborative tools allow you to focus on your individual strengths by giving all contributors the ability to work concurrently on the same design. Whether you work in 2D, 3D, or a combination thereof, Spotlight’s Project Sharing capabilities enhance your team’s ability to work cohesively and produce incredible results across the design process.

Extensive Automated Paperwork and Database Support

Stop manually counting items in your drawings. Automatic data tracking does the tedious work for you. Builtin paperwork functions help you to quickly generate customized reports like schedules, inventory or rental lists, and channel and dimmer hookups, as well as magic sheets, color cut lists, and instrument summaries. Take advantage of the two-way link between database worksheets and objects, and gain the power to change object parameters directly from the worksheet.

Seamless Interoperability

Share your information fluidly with Vectorworks software’s numerous file translators. Exchange lighting data with ESP Vision, Lightwright, grandMA, connectCAD, and more. Also, publish your designs for inclusion in marketing materials or websites. Get on the cutting edge of collaborative digital practices, exchanging 2D drawings, 3D models, and data for numerous multidisciplinary, multi-platform design and lighting control workflows.

Unmatched Experiences

Best-in-class documentation tools complement an extensive library of signature brand lighting, so you can quickly create light plots, automate paperwork, and visualize your design in rendered 3D views. Easily import venues from facilities managers and hospitality staff, or build them from scratch with easy-to-use tools and numerous resources, quickly creating the room, stage, steps, lectern, video screens, and seating. With built-in, industry-specific objects such as trusses, video and audio gear, and soft goods, coupled with highly capable walls, doors, and windows, Vectorworks Spotlight provides the most complete and versatile 3D capability in the industry.

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)

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

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)  

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

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)

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

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 

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

iMac Pro 
Radeon Pro Vega 56/64


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.