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Vectorworks Architect 2019

Explore the possibilities of BIM and beyond while benefiting from the freedom to design in 2D or 3D with a‭ suite of intuitive, flexible tools that encourage you to create and explore any form.‬‬

R 50,984.10

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Product Description

SIMPLIFY YOUR PROCESS

Unlike other software, Vectorworks has the flexibility to support your entire project from beginning to end, or anywhere in the process — from conceptual design, to fully coordinated BIM models, to construction documents. It’s the versatile solution you need to pull everything together and increase your efficiency.

Features:

IMAGINE IT. DESIGN IT. DOCUMENT IT. 

BIM software isn’t exactly known for promoting creative expression. But Vectorworks is different. We allow you to freely sketch, model, and document your design ideas with precision drafting capabilities and the most flexible 3D modeling engine available, powered by SIEMENS Parasolid. So you’re not limited by presets and strict parameters — you have the flexibility you need to design anything you can imagine.

MAXIMIZE THE I IN BIM

Getting the most out of the “I” in Building Information Modeling is essential for optimizing your designs. Vectorworks makes it easy to quantify and analyze information as early as the schematic design phase so you can make smart decisions. Run “what if” scenarios and automate schedules, calculate costs, analyze energy efficiency to maximize each design element.

WORK WITH ANYONE

Vectorworks allows you to easily collaborate and share files with colleagues, consultants, and clients. We offer the most default import/export capabilities available, as well as support for openBIM and IFC, and direct links with Revit®, SketchUp®, Rhino®, Photoshop®, and Cinema4D. 

STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE

We’re advancing the use of emerging technologies and making them accessible to everyone. You won’t merely keep up with the latest technologies, you’ll stay one step ahead.

  • AR/VR
  • Point Cloud
  • Photogrammetry
  • Cloud Services

WIN MORE WORK

With an extensive suite of drawing, illustration, and rendering tools, Vectorworks allows you to produce remarkable line drawings and stunning 3D presentations so you’ll impress even the toughest of clients. You can even create an immersive presentation experience with cutting-edge technology like virtual and augmented reality and rendered panoramas.

What’s new in Architect 2019: Click Here

THE ARCHITECT’S BIM TOOL

Architectural design is not one-size-fits-all, so BIM workflows shouldn’t be, either. That’s why Vectorworks Architect, one of the industry’s top BIM software programs, is built around an architect’s design process. Vectorworks software’s design-oriented BIM capabilities allow you to conceptualize your ideas, as well as edit and analyze your project, while simultaneously generating drawings and schedules and refining construction details — all without altering your creative process or exceeding the scope of your work.

By exploring the resources below, you can learn more about what BIM can mean in your firm, discover how to go about adapting it to your preferred processes, and see examples of architects and designers like you who are already finding success and growing their businesses with BIM.

WHAT IS BIM?

Whether you’ve been experimenting with BIM for some time or you’re just getting started, we can help you define and refine what BIM means to you and your firm. Check out the resources below to learn more about what BIM means in practice, how it can revolutionize the way you create your documentation, and how BIM opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to collaborating with other architects, consultants, and anyone involved in your design process. You can also discover the ways that Vectorworks is partnering with other leaders in the AEC industry to improve BIM’s return on investment by enabling tailor-made design workflows that fit any firm and project.

SUCCESSFUL USERS

The team at Itten+Brechbühl AG discusses how successful implementation of a Big BIM process has transformed the way the firm approaches design — and solidified their name as a leading architecture firm in Switzerland.

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH BIM

When it comes to adopting BIM workflows, some software programs force you to abandon or recreate your personal design process, leaving you with a steep learning curve and an inefficient workflow. Vectorworks Architect allows you to transition to BIM in a meaningful and manageable way because it’s built around an architect’s design process. This means you and your team can remain productive while experiencing the positive impacts of information modeling throughout your transition to a BIM workflow.

To help you get started, we’ve created the resources below, which provide you with everything from technical training and workflow documents to Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) guides and example files, all of which contain information that you can apply to your next design. And if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by clicking on the “Schedule a Consultation” link, above. Our AEC industry specialists are here to help you find success as you discover your ideal BIM workflow.

 


 

Additional Information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 15 × 3 × 20.5 cm

System Requirements

Vectorworks 2019 System Requirements

The following are real-world system requirements for running Vectorworks 2019. In some demanding cases, we would suggest a more capable machine than is described in these hardware profiles. Likewise, there are some less demanding situations where Vectorworks will perform well on older hardware.

General Requirements:
Operating Systems:
macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

Windows 10 64-bit
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Windows 8 64-bit
Windows 7 SP1 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:
64-bit Intel Core i5 (or AMD equivalent) or better

RAM:
4GB or more

Graphics Card:
OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 1GB of VRAM or more
Some integrated graphics cards such as Intel Iris graphics are acceptable for simple models/drawings, but a dedicated graphics card is preferable.

Vectorworks with Vision requires a dedicated graphics card with 2GB of VRAM or more, preferably released in the past three years (e.g. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 series, AMD Radeon RX 400 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 free disk space is required for the installation. 30GB or more is required for a full installation with all libraries.

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:
64-bit Intel Core i7 (or AMD equivalent) clocked at 3GHz or better

RAM:
16GB-32GB or more

Graphics Card:
A dedicated OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 4GB of VRAM or more
Vectorworks with Vision requires a dedicated graphics card with 8GB of VRAM or more, preferably released in the past three years (e.g. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 series, AMD Radeon Vega series).

Display Resolution:
1920 x 1080 or higher

Hard Disk:
10GB free disk space is required for the installation. 30GB or more is required for a full installation with all libraries.
Installing Vectorworks on flash storage (SSD) is recommended.

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

Processor:
64-bit Intel Core i5 (or AMD equivalent) clocked at 2GHz or better

RAM:
8GB-16GB or more

Graphics Card:
A dedicated OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 2GB-4GB of VRAM or more
Vectorworks with Vision requires a dedicated graphics card with 4GB or VRAM or more, preferably released in the past three years (e.g. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or 1060 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, with 3GB or more recommended for large files.

Display Resolution:
1920 x 1080 or higher

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

Installing Vectorworks on flash storage (SSD) is recommended.

Network Requirements for Project Sharing:
Project sharing requires high-speed network connections. As the network bandwidth increases, so does project sharing performance. Slower network speeds can still provide a satisfactory user experience if you minimize operations that transfer large amounts of data over the network (such as committing changes to the project file or refreshing a local working file).

LAN Sharing:
Minimum: A Fast Ethernet (100Mbit/s) network connection
Recommended: A Gigabit Ethernet (1Gbit/s) network connection is required for large projects.

Cloud Sharing:
Project sharing using cloud-based storage requires a high-speed internet connection (50Mbit/s or above).

This method of sharing works best with small teams or small projects. It is not recommended for large teams or large projects. You can expect significant speed improvements when using Dropbox with LAN sync enabled. It is the preferred cloud-based sharing solution for project sharing and is highly recommended for project teams on the same Local Area Network.

Hard Drive:
Storing large project files on flash storage (SSD) is recommended.

Additional Details
Graphics Cards
IMPORTANT – Several Vectorworks features have placed higher demands on graphic hardware. Additionally, the performance and quality of the graphics provided by the Vectorworks Graphics Module depend directly on the speed, memory, and supported extensions of the graphics card. These 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. Graphics cards should support at a minimum OpenGL version 2.1; cards not meeting this recommendation will have limited functionality and poor performance. In general, the more powerful your graphics 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 1920×1080 or less should be driven by a graphics card with at least 1GB of VRAM. Larger displays should use a modern graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM, with 4GB or more recommended.

OpenGL rendering of shadows and edges are VRAM-intensive and require at least 1GB, with 2GB of VRAM or more 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:
– many lights
– point lights
– image textures
– anti-aliasing
– high shadow quality
– excessive geometry

and if you have a graphics card with less than 1GB of VRAM, you should consider upgrading your graphics card.

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.

We 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. In general, a recent graphics card running the latest drivers is preferable to an old high-end graphics card running outdated drivers.

Vision requires a dedicated OpenGL 3.0 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.

For the latest information on our graphics card recommendations and for other hardware recommendations, go to the Quality-Tested Hardware page.

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.

Maintenance Releases
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.

Optimising Performance
For users who 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 Vectorworks including all content files. You can reduce this size by opting to not install some of the larger Vectorworks content files.

Project Sharing and Network Bandwidth
The performance of Vectorworks when working on a shared project over the network will depend on the available network bandwidth. If the network bandwidth is insufficient, operations that transfer large amount of data over the network will be slow.

We recommend at minimum a Fast Ethernet (100Mbit/s) network connection. For large projects, a Gigabit Ethernet (1Gbit/s) network is required for a fast and fluid experience.

Project sharing using cloud-based storages requires a high-speed internet connection (50Mbit/s or above). This method of sharing works best with small teams or small projects. It is not recommended for large teams or large projects. You can expect significant speed improvements when using Dropbox with LAN sync enabled. It is the preferred cloud-based sharing solution for project sharing and is highly recommended for project teams on the same Local Area Network.

Although project sharing requires high-speed network connections in general, slower network speeds can still provide a satisfactory user experience if you minimise operations that transfer large amounts of data over the network (such as committing changes to the project file or refreshing a local working file).

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