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Vectorworks Spotlight 2018

Vectorworks® Spotlight is the industry-leading design software for the entertainment business. It works like you think, facilitating improvisation and creativity so you can transform your designs into award-winning productions. Whether you work in lighting, scenic, event, TV, film, rigging, or exhibit design, Spotlight software balances your process with the need for coordinated, accurate information so you can create unmatched experiences.

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Product Description

Superior 2D Documentation

Vectorworks software’s 2D functionality helps you to produce beautiful drawings and high-quality, professional documentation with ease. Our extensive suite of drawing and editing tools make quick work of any type of project, helping you to define your signature look and meet industry standards. Add gradients, tile and image fills, stipples, and hatching. Easily incorporate digital images and graphics. Use our exclusive sketch rendering technology to change hard-lined drawings into soft, hand-sketched illustrations, blurring the line between clear, accurate technical documentation and compelling presentations.

Creative Modeling Solutions

Exploration is essential for the evolution of design. Vectorworks Spotlight allows you to bring your design ideas into the virtual world to investigate and discover, using an advanced suite of Parasolid-based solids and NURBS surface tools. Push, pull, blend, twist, sculpt, deform, or punch holes. 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 model with ease. More accurate object information and better snapping make drawing in 3D easy. Plus, integrated graphical scripting capabilities help express anything imaginable.

Flexible Workflows & Project Sharing

With Vectorworks Spotlight, you can move easily from design concept to technical documentation. Work on practically any type of project within a flexible and robust digital environment. Start with any image, sketch, or formal iteration and move easily between 2D and 3D views. 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.

Powerful Presentations

Wow your clients with Spotlight’s superior graphical control. Featuring opacity tools that allow you to fine-tune line quality, the ability to preserve alpha channels in imported images, and add 2D drop shadows, you can create dynamic presentations that communicate your signature style.

Seamless Interoperability

Develop your best designs with digital imagery by importing scans, photos, or web images. Explore the full range of design options by incorporating information from multiple sources with OBJ, STL, 3DS, and SKP import capabilities. Communicate effectively with your production staff and other collaborators who may be using AutoCad or other CAD software. Vectorworks Spotlight offers Lightwright, DWG/DXF, PDF, and GrandMA support for document, data, and model exchange. Plus, previz your designs with our Vision software. Draft your lighting plots and models in Spotlight and simply send to Vision to previsualize and cue your show.

Industry-Leading Rendering

All Vectorworks software packages include Renderworks, the best-in-industry rendering feature set built on the award-winning Cinema 4D render engine. Renderworks provides the tools necessary to visualize your work throughout the design process while producing clear and accurate illustrations with stunning quality.

Previsualize with Vision Software

Previsualize your designs with our Vision software. Draft your lighting plots and models in Spotlight and simply send them directly to Vision for previsualization and cueing of your show – all before you load in.

Create Unmatched Experiences

Focus on a comprehensive design, develop construction detailing, and freely move between 2D and 3D. 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.

Entertainment Rigging Analysis Module

The Braceworks™ add-on for Vectorworks Spotlight provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering codes and standards, creating a completely integrated modeling, analysis, and documentation process.

Additional Information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 15 x 3 x 20.5 cm

System Requirements

The following are real-world system requirements for running Vectorworks 2018. 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.
 
General Requirements:
 
 Operating System:
 macOS 10.12
 Mac OS X 10.11
 Mac OS X 10.10
 
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 8 (64-bit)
Windows 8.1 (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, preferably released in the past three years.
 
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.
 
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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, preferably released in the past three years.
 
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.
 
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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, preferably released in the past three years.
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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 least1GB 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 Pro 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.
 
For the latest information on our graphics card recommendations for Vectorworks 2018, go to the Vectorworks Knowledgebase.
 
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.  
 
Optimizing 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. Although project sharing requires high-speed network connections in general, 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).
 
Examples of data transfer times during commit and refresh operations for different bandwidths and project file sizes are shown in the chart below:

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