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Whether you work in lighting, scenic, event, TV, film, rigging, or exhibit design, Vectorworks Spotlight is the only solution with the flexibility to support your entire process.
Get ready to create your next unmatched experience with Vectorworks Spotlight, the industry-leading software for entertainment design. Since it first emerged on the global marketplace, Vectorworks Spotlight has provided 2D drafting and 3D modeling, realistic rendering, and integrated database worksheets. Today, the program continues to deliver greater capabilities, improved tools for the design and documentation of overhead stage rigging, enhanced stage creation abilities, lighting devices, graphical controls for event plans, and so much more. Start your design transformation today.
Your All-In-One Solution
Imagine it. Design it. Document it.
Sketch, model, and document your design ideas with precision drafting capabilities and the most flexible 3D modeling engine available, powered by SIEMENS Parasolid. Choose from a huge library of lighting, audio, video, scenic, and rigging manufacturer content, and create light plots and automate paperwork to meet tight deadlines.
Work with anyone
Vectorworks Spotlight offers the most default import/export capabilities available, so you can incorporate design and technical production information from anywhere. Project sharing enables your entire team to work on the same Vectorworks file concurrently. And you can communicate through mobile viewing and sharing with Vectorworks Cloud Services rendering, storage, and file sharing.
Discover the power of Previz
Add Vision to Spotlight and easily explore changes to your design and wow your clients. This cross-platform, intuitive software works with your console and equips you to design creatively and efficiently, giving you the power to previsualize and cue your shows at your fingertips.
Brace yourself for better analysis
The Braceworks™ add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load. This helps you ensure safety and compliance with engineering codes and standards with a single modeling, analysis, and documentation process.
Stay Ahead Of The Curve
Vectorworks is advancing the use of emerging technologies (AR/VR, Point Cloud, Photogrammetry, Cloud Services) and making them accessible to everyone. You won’t merely keep up with the latest technologies, you’ll stay one step ahead.
Create Winning Designs
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.
Whether you work in lighting, scenic, film, event, or exhibit design, Vectorworks is the only solution with the flexibility to support your entire process.
Reports & Coordination
Analysis with Braceworks
Previz with Vision
Graphics & Presentation
Shared Cloud Folders
Export Unreal Datasmith
Edit GDTF Data
Smart Options Display
Graphics Module Cache
Lighting Device Object
3D Modeling Enhancements
Project Sharing Server
ConnectCAD Device Placement
Detachable Tab Palettes
Audio Tool Improvements
ConnectCAD Workflow Improvements
Duplicate Array and Move by Points
MVR & GDTF Updates
Enscape for Vectorworks: Free Beta
Graphics Module Improvements
Detailed Seating Sections
Video Camera Object
Vision Heat Map
List Browser Direct Editing
Live Data Visualization
Data Tag Enhancements
Great Section Views
Door and Window Improvements
MVR Support in Vision
2D Components for Hybrid Objects
Clip Cube Viewport Option
Layer and Class Filtering
Graphics Module Support for Sheet Layers
Improved Collaboration with Revit
Improved PDF Workflows
Title Block Coordination
My Virtual Rig (MVR) in Spotlight
Instrument Numbering Command
3D Modeling Improvements for Spotlight Objects
Braceworks Heat Map
Braceworks AutoConnect Enhancements
Vision Performance Gains
3D Label Legend
Sophisticated Unit Numbering
Stairs & Stages
Video & Projection Screens
Integrated Light Plot Elements
Custom Lighting Devices
Multiple Drawing Views
Wall Component Control
Cable and Power Planning
Enhancements for Schematic Views
Soft Goods Update
ConnectCAD Cable And Route Planning
Device Tool Eyedropper Mode
Updates to Device Editing
What's New in Vectorworks 2022
NextGen Tech- Vectorworks is being constantly re-engineered to take advantage of advances in hardware and technology, and Vectorworks 2022 is no different. This version will run natively on the latest Apple silicon processors, giving positive gains in performance for Mac users and keeping Vectorworks' core technology well-aligned with reengineering plans and priorities set for the future. We also know the importance of first impressions, so when it comes to your designs, crisp and clear graphics are a must. As part of a modernization initiative, Vectorworks has been working to increase stability, ensure long-term system interoperability, and improve interactive real-time graphics. As part of a modernization initiative, critical areas of Vectorworks have been increased, making the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM) technology purpose-built for your chosen hardware: Metal on Mac and DirectX on Windows. Your designs will leverage the most robust technology available for better file performance.
Redshift Render Mode- Every designer seeks to optimize their time when designing, and what better way than through our fastest rendering option yet. In partnership with Maxon, Vectorworks 2022 introduces a new GPU-accelerated mode called “Redshift.” Redshift speeds up rendering time without sacrificing the quality of your design by using features like lighting, reflections, volumetric effects, camera effects, and anti-aliasing.
Direct Link To Twinmotion- In Vectorworks 2022, we’re introducing a direct link between your model and Twinmotion that allows you to make changes in Vectorworks and easily have them reflected in the linked file. By eliminating the intermediate steps of exporting and importing, you can save time and easily control the quality of necessary geometries.
UI Improvements- A continued focus on improving the customers’ experiences with Vectorworks shines through in the latest UI improvements in Vectorworks 2022. Modernization of the Attributes palette lets you organize your workspace with a more efficient tool palette layout. The new UI will also provide you with accurate and immediate visual previews, removing the need to open dialog boxes. Additionally, Vectorwork is introducing a new Status Bar that can be found at the bottom of the application window. This will give you quick access to the smart cursor settings, hold snapping options, and toggle snapping on or off.
Per-face Texture Mapping- Upgrades to the texturing workflow give you the ability to map textures to different faces of the same solid modeling object with the ability to rescale and more. You’ll be able to cut down your texturing time with this efficient and more perceptive way to freely create custom objects. Additionally, the render tab of the Object Info Palette has also been updated to let you easily view and manage the textures on the object’s various faces. This feature is not applicable to parametric objects.
Direct Stair Editing- Leave the complexities of stair configuration in the past! Enhancements to the stair plug-in object introduce interactive placement and reshaping in both 2D and 3D views. With the new rectangle and polygon mode you can easily place a stair between walls or follow a floor opening without measuring distances. Just draw a rectangle or a path and your stair object is placed. You can now use the new tool settings to set the side length, width, and total rise of the stair without opening the dialog box. Not to mention you can also use control points to stretch and contract stairs to change the length or curvature within a space.
Wall Component Control- In Vectorworks 2022 you can define wall component wrapping at window and door openings for a more realistic BIM model and accurate 2D drawings. We’ve also combined the round wall and straight wall object into a singular object type (Wall), providing more accurate data and easier reporting.
Worksheet Expansion- Creating precise and accurate BIM models means being able to create detailed reports and schedules. Enhancements to worksheets in Vectorworks 2022 give you just that. UI improvements make generating targeted reports, schedules, and material take offs for complex objects easier. We’ve also simplified worksheets and added better visual cues to allow richer reporting of complex models. Between redesigned criteria, a new search function mode, and an improved formula bar with a new set of functions, you won’t waste time wrestling with your documentation, leaving more time for your BIM modeling.
Civil3D DWG Support- Save time and avoid frustration with improved Civil3D file import. With the latest release, you no longer have to request specially exported DWG files to view Civil3D objects. Instead, these objects will become Vectorworks groups, each containing all of the necessary geometry. And the best part? Your exchanges with internal and external civil engineers are handled more directly with less risk to your data.
GIS and BIM Exchange- Vectorworks is now better capable of reading the georeferencing data embedded in a DWG file, an image, or an IFC import, so you can now import and export your files without losing this data. You’ll see better default options and improved coordination and alignment when exchanging DWG and IFC files for your projects.
Plant Zones And Styles- Get complete representations of installed plants with the new root ball settings. The added geometry and specified data for plant root balls provide the crucial information you need to complete your BIM for landscape workflow and better collaborate with consultants. The new additions to the Plant Object allow for both 2D and 3D representation of root balls, and excavation zones.
ArcGIS Feature Layers- See an efficiency boost in your GIS/BIM workflows with easier integration for site planning and collaboration. In partnership with Esri, you can now access, download, and incorporate an incredible amount of information into your design with the vector geometry and data using Vectorworks Layers. You’ll also be able to export and upload from Layers back to the ArcGIS Feature Layers, making it easier to manage specific geospatial data beyond traditional methods and collaborate with GIS professionals.
GIS Support For Tree Survey Import- The process for importing various tree survey types is simpler with location parameters for geographical and cartesian coordinates built in with the newly added GIS support for tree surveys. You’ll benefit from the new geospatial import methods when documenting existing vegetation for biodiversity and biomass considerations, and import pertinent survey area types like mass plantings, meadows, and more.
Site Model Components- Enjoy the ability to define subsurface geological strata as components within your Site Model. Now site model components create solid geometry that can be accurately represented in 2D elevation, section, and textured 3D views. The upgraded object components accommodate fixed or variable thicknesses of the strata, allowing you to create a more realistic BIM model.
Spotlight Improvements- General improvements in Spotlight 2022 make editing and revising lighting designs easier by creating more efficient and intuitive ways to accomplish common tasks. You’ll see improvements in overall visualization capabilities and accuracy. Several new Context Menu commands let you select lights by position, rigging object, and instrument type as well as the ability to rotate groups of devices around insertion points, swap the positions of two lighting devices, and more.
Cable and Power Planning- Efficiently plan and document your show or event’s cable and power requirements with these new and improved Spotlight features. Easily prepare documentation and inventory lists, loom construction lists, and power load spreadsheets without the need for third-party software. Now, you’ll be able to automate inserting cables between linked objects, and these cables will automatically reshape as changes are applied. The new Cable Navigation system allows you to automatically draw cables by selecting the relevant inputs and outputs.
Enhancements for Schematic Views- Spend less time jumping between tools and commands when working with schematic views. With the latest enhancements, you’ll be able to choose the placement of Schematic Views and the management of objects in and on a Schematic View has been improved. See more logical snapping of objects and get direct access to an object’s properties through the Object Info Palette. Also, common Spotlight commands now work in Schematic Views, keeping your focus on your work.
Truss Magnets- Check out the latest in truss connections with Truss Magnets. This new object will be placed within a truss assemble definition to allow for better control when joining sections of trusses using the AutoConnect system. You won’t have to rely on post-placement edits anymore! Magnets provide a quick and consistent method for connection, ensuring it’s the correct orientation the first time and every time.
ConnectCAD Cable And Route Planning- Say goodbye to hand-calculating lengths of cables and hand-drawing complex cable runs. With the new ConnectCAD Cable Route Planning, you’ll have access to a full-featured 2D and 3D cable planning system that will allow you to plan cable runs and drops, perform calculations, and more. You’ll save countless hours and reduce errors with more precise estimates on lengths of cable needed for installation.
Device Tool Eyedropper Mode- Save time configuring your ConnectCAD devices with the new eyedropper mode. With this mode enabled, simply copy configuration and data from one device and apply it to other devices. This lets you quickly make bulk changes to device configurations and accounts for the addition and deletion of sockets and then updates device graphics to ensure accuracy in your schematic drawings.
Updates to Device Editing- ConnectCAD’s device editing workflow has been simplified in version 2022. Now, all device databases can be accessed directly from Vectorworks meaning you’ll spend less time jumping from file to file to edit devices. The Device Builder was also improved to allow you to create a new DA device in the builder. But it doesn’t stop there — you’ll also see improvements to signal type editing. Now you can see all the signal and connector types in the ConnectCAD setting dialog for easier editing and management.
Laser Visualization- Take your show to the next level with new laser visualization in Vision 2022. With support from industry leader, Pangolin, and the connection to Pangolin’s technology, you’ll be able to add and configure laser projectors. Vision will also support controlling lasers using Pangolin’s BEYOND software through a network streaming to vision. All of your lasers can also be previsualized in either Vision or Pangolin.
Soft Goods Update- The Soft Goods tool now has greater flexibility with more options for base plates, uprights, double sided drape setups and more. The addition of Styles lets you add Soft Goods without needing to adjust them after they’re inserted or modified. And you’ll find better control in weight calculations — perfect for when you need a creative solution to odd problems.
What is Vectorworks Service Select?
Vectorworks Service Select is a maintenance agreement that provides customers with several added benefits, including immediate upgrade of new product releases, the best pricing, priority technical support, VIP access to downloads, and an always-growing library of on-demand learning tutorials. You’ll also have the premier level of storage with Vectorworks Cloud Services at 20 GB (over the standard 2 GB).
Why should I invest?
Vectorworks Service Select is the best way to get the most out of your Vectorworks software with the lowest available price.
Access to maintenance releases
One-year basic technical support
Cloud Services Storage
Priority technical support
Upgrade to new releases at no additional charge
Unlimited access to on-demand training portal
Access to new libraries, textures, and more
Classroom and online training discount
Vectorworks Cloud Services
Vectorworks Service Select subscribers get exclusive cloud benefits like expanded, 20 GB storage, automatically-generated drawing sheet PDFs, and useful file histories that make it even easier to design anytime, anywhere.
Support & Maintenance
Vectorworks Spotlight includes 12 months FREE technical support directly from Vectorworks. Vectorworks Technical Support is available to all registered users by fax, by e-mail and by phone from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm EST.
Vectorworks Product Software Download
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Vectorworks Free Viewer Download
The Vectorworks Viewer is a FREE value-added benefit to Vectorworks users. The Viewer enables those who do not own the program to look at and print projects created in Vectorworks. And, it allows on-line collaboration between designers and clients during the creative process.
Manufacturer's system requirements are generally the bare minimum that you need to run the software and insufficient for effective and productive operation of the product.
Our suggested "real world" mid-range desktop system key specifications to properly run Vectorworks are as follows:
CPU: Intel Core i5
Graphics Card: NVIDIA QUADRO P620
Hard Drive: 500GB NVMe
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Novedge, in partnership withHigh Speed Computing, can also provide the perfect hardware for your design needs,pre-installed with your software, at a very competitive price. Contact us to discuss custom-configured workstations and laptops.