New Vectorworks Platform, Vectorworks 2024, Allows for Faster BIM Rendering and More Design Features for AV


Vectorworks announced the availability of Vectorworks 2024, featuring improvements that automate processes and use more AI. The 2024 release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Design Suite, Fundamentals, ConnectCAD, Braceworks and Vision, with the English-language editions of these versions available today.

Featuring advancements in its core technology, Vectorworks says Vectorworks 2024 saves designers time. It starts with a better user interface and the addition of Viewport Styles that enable efficient exploration of design concepts with this latest version, enabling a more rapid design development and documentation process.

Vectorworks claims the reorganized View and Mode bars offer users a wide range of tools for “easy access and organization.” The new option to save custom viewport settings as styles allow for easy transfer between viewports, reducing errors and increasing efficiency. Referencing Excel files’ data enhances connectivity and collaborative data capabilities. Plus, improvements to Shaded rendering enable designers to achieve higher levels of realism and assess their designs with improved shadow casting and camera settings.

With re-engineered section viewport rendering, Vectorworks claims users can quickly navigate rendered sections or clipped models. Optimization of DWG import/export capabilities “eliminates” the task of file cleanup, and a simplified file structure that includes graphic overrides of layer and class settings offers faster workflows.

Architects require flexibility, and Vectorworks says Vectorworks 2024 includes improvements specifically intended to meet this necessity. The new version significantly upgrades users’ BIM workflows with features and tools that save time while they design and help reduce errors in the modeling and documentation process. Users will find increased detail and material specification levels for doors and windows, enhanced stair functionality, improved graphic legend capability and redefined parametric railing and cabinet objects.

Improvements to the Wall tool allow designers to “stay in their creative flow, switch linear and curved wall modes seamlessly and apply multiple configurations of wall component returns to inserted objects, offering flexibility with less effort.” Additional improvements to wall, slab and roof texturing make applying textures to these architectural objects simpler, letting users focus on more complex construction details, according to Vectorworks.