SST_1810 – What’s New in Vectorworks 2019

1810 What’s New in Vectorworks 2019

Each year, Vectorworks releases its new version. It usually has a huge number of new or improved features, and this year is no different. It can be difficult to separate features from benefits. Just because it is a new feature, it does not mean that you will find it useful. In this manual, we will be looking at the most important features and how they will benefit you.

Following along from other years, there is a table that shows the needs, the features and the benefits of the new Vectorworks version. As in previous years, I will not be detailing every improvement, just the essential ones.

It is typical for Vectorworks to introduce a multitude of small updates that will really speed your workflow. These small updates might not be one of the major features listed below, but they can still dramatically improve your productivity.

The other manuals this year have contained beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections. This strategy doesn’t work very well in covering these improvements, so the manual will follow the sections listed in the table.





  • Basic productivity
Many of these changes are related to improving the speed of Vectorworks on your computer.

Updating the Object Info palette on Windows is a substantial improvement in speed for all Windows users.

VGM and on-demand tessellation will improve the speed that you can move around in drawings.

There are improvements to snapping, dimension editing, and the Title Block border. Some of these will be covered in their own sections below.

Section viewport improvements, horizontal sections, Class and Layer filters, 2D components for Hybrid Objects, and the tag tool will have a substantial explanation below.

3D Modeling and Rendering

  • Online Access to mtextur Textures
  • Point Cloud Improvements
  • Subdivision 4
  •  Image Effects
  • Clip Cube Viewport Option
The major improvements to 3D modeling are the Clip Cube viewport option and the image effects, which we will cover in detail below.

Better Importing and Exporting

  • IFC Data Mapping 2.0
  • Editable COBie Worksheets
  • DXF/DWG Export Fills Improvements
  • DXF/DWG Import Dialog Layout Changes
  • Classes/Layers Mapping on DXF/DWG Import
  • Revit Import Improvements
Every year Vectorworks improves the ability to import IFC, DXF/DWG, and Revit objects.

The only topic that will be expanded in detail will be the class/layer mapping on DXF/DWG importing.


  • Stair Settings: Display Layer of Lower Floor
  • Stair Geometry: Custom Top and Bottom Treads (Risers)
  • Stair OIP Improvements
  • Stair Support of New Resource Browser
  • Support Space Styles
  • Second Leaf Options
  • Hide Roof Boundary
  • Remove Drop Shadow and Opacity from Wall/Slab/Roof Styles
  • Louver Doors
Stairs have received a substantial amount of work in this release. I will explain all of these together below.

The hide roof boundary is a great improvement to the roof object. It’s often been a source of annoyance and now it has been improved.


  • Site Model Sculpting
  • Improved Site Model Creation.
  • Online Plant List Catalog
  • Plant Data Sources
  • Plant Workflow Simplification
  • Hardscape Components Workflow Cleanup
There has been a substantial change to site modeling in this release. We will now have the ability to create swales and berms on our site models.

Plant data sources has received a substantial change and it should make it much easier and quicker to connect plants to a database.

Project Sharing

  • Project Sharing – New “Admin Release” Menu Command
  • Project Sharing Diagnostics


Users that have been working with Project Sharing will be pleased to see these two improvements.
  • Vision Preferences Dialog Boxes – Part 1
  • Vision Preferences Dialog Boxes – Part 2
  • Braceworks Auto Connect Enhancements
  • Truss Replacement
  • 3D Lighting Device Rotation
  • AutoTURN Online Integration Dead Hang Object
  • Bridle Analysis for Braceworks
  • Truss Workload Heat Map
  • Vision Content Fixes and Updates and Spotlight Content On-Demand Request and Delivery
  • DMX Transform Improvements
  • Update of Spotlight Commands and Staging Tools to Work in 3D
  • Spotlight Numbering
  • Lighting Instrument Improvements
  • 3D Label Legend 2.0
  • Change Trim Height Update
  • New Creation Mode for Video and Blended Screen
Spotlight has received the most engineering resources outside of the basic productivity improvements.

I will not be covering these changes in this manual.


Basic Productivity
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