SST_1610 – What’s New in Vectorworks 2017

cover-imageFor Vectorworks 2017 we have five major new technologies:

  • Resource Manager
  • Camera Match
  • Structural Member Objects
  • Irrigation Tools
  • Virtual Reality

We will be covering these technologies in detail, probably later in the year or early next year, but in this manual there will be a brief overview of them.
Last year there were several new technologies introduced and these have had a major upgrade this year:

  • Subdivision Modeling
  • Project Sharing
  • Vectorworks Graphics Module

As well as these major changes to Vectorworks there are also some changes to the interface. Often, these changes do not seem very dramatic, but history shows us that these changes tend to make it easier to use Vectorworks, making us more productive.

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Architect Special Interest Group October 2016 (pm)


In the session we looked at the new Resource Manager, especially looking at how we should be using the new manager, how we should be organizing resources, how we should take control of the resource manager, and then we looked at updating our library files.

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cadmovie_1610-17 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 17

Save Column – There haven’t been a lot of changes to the column object, except for the ability to save a column. This is not the same as the object styles for doors and windows, but it does improve your ability to  reuse columns on several projects.

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cadmovie_1610-16 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 16

Delete 3D Wall Peaks – For a long time we have been able to fit our walls to 3D geometry. The downside is that you end up with a wall that has peaks. While it has been easy to add these peaks it has always been troublesome to remove them, and now we have a method.

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cadmovie_1610-12 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 12

Property Line – There have been many requests to make the Property Line more flexible. Vectorworks have been listening and they have improved the Property Line to make it much more flexible. You can set the units on the segments, choose which segments are annotated, etc. 

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cadmovie_1610-11 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 11

Drawing Labels and Numbers In Viewports – This might seem like a small thing, but it means that all of your view ports now follow the same strategy for having labels when you create them, and being able to edit the label name and number without having to enter the viewport.

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cadmovie_1610-10 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 10

Data Visualization – When we draw objects, we quite often add information to the objects using Record Formats. These record formats allow you to attach information and this information can be used to change the look of your objects.

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cadmovie_1610-05 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 5

Plug-in Styles (Doors And Windows) – The new Plug-in Styles is an interesting concept that is a cross between a symbol and a plug in object. The purpose is to allow you to control parts of these plug-in objects while maintaining overall control for other parts.

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cadmovie_1610-04 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 4

Story Support (Symbols) – When you place a symbol in a design, you can choose the elevation of that symbol. But you might have a situation where you want most of the symbols to be at the same elevation. If this was the case you could set the elevation of the objects as you create the symbol. But on another project you might want to use the same symbol but vary the height. Story support the symbols allows you to connect the elevation of the symbols to a level of your story. This would allow you to control the symbols by a level, but you might have a different elevation on each story of the building.

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cadmovie_1610-03 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 3

Structural Member – This is a brand-new tool. The structural member tool is designed to be an intelligent object that will know when it joins another structural object. One way of thinking about this is that it’s like walls for structural members, so that when you move a column, the connected beams will move as well. You can join beams to columns and beams to beams.

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cadmovie_1610-02 – What’s New In Vectorworks 2017 – Part 2

Project Sharing 2.0 – Project sharing was introduced with Vectorworks 2016. It worked really well, but it did require that all the users be on the same network. this can work fine when you’re in the same office, but it didn’t work well if you weren’t in the same office, you would require a Virtual Personal Network in order to do this. Many people they work with others that are not in the same office, but still wanted use project sharing. Now, project sharing can be carried out using a range of cloud-based systems. There are several other cloud based storage systems, but not every one of the systems is supported. In basic terms Vectorworks needs to be able to look at the file that stored in the cloud, and detect whether that file has been updated or not. It also needs to be able to write to that file.

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