Exporting Files – Vectorworks

The File > Export commands export Vectorworks files into several different file formats, including previous versions of Vectorworks. The exported files can then be imported into another software program.

Vectorworks exports to a new file, leaving the original file intact.

DXF/DWG or DWF DXF/DWG and DWF files can be read by other CAD programs (such as AutoCAD). In addition, they can be printed by service bureaus and opened in rendering programs.

The Vectorworks translator exports DXF/DWG files for AutoCAD versions 2011/2012, 2010, 2007/2008/2009, 2004/2005/2006, 2000/2000i/2002, 14/LT98/LT97, 13/ LT95, and 12. Use the latest version possible for best results.

The Vectorworks translator exports DWF text and binary files in versions 4.2, 5.5, and 6.0; DWF compressed binary files in versions 4.2 and 5.5; 3D DWF files in version 6.01; and DWFx files in version 6.02.

Database Saves all records of a particular format as a file that can be used in a database program, such as FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Access. The Vectorworks program provides a variety of formats to select from when exporting records as a database, including comma-delimited, tab-delimited, merge, DIF, and SYLK.
EPSF EPSF (Encapsulated PostScript Format) files can be read by many graphics and desktop-publishing programs. The Vectorworks translator exports EPSF files in Illustrator 88 format. EPSFs contain all drawing elements except color bitmaps. The Vectorworks program exports these files with high resolution and full accuracy. 
High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI) (Renderworks required) Creates an HDR file
Image File Exports the file as an image file in formats like JPG, Photoshop, BMP, and others. The image can then be imported into other applications or used in web pages. 
PDF (Quartz Only) This command is available on the Macintosh when Quartz Imaging is enabled (see Display Preferences). It exports the current file to a PDF document in the specified location.

There are additional PDF options available for users of the Vectorworks Design Series products on both Macintosh and Windows. 

PICT

(Macintosh Only)

This command is available on the Macintosh when Quartz Imaging is disabled (see Display Preferences). It exports a vector image of the current file in the specified location.
Metafile Exports graphics files in Metafile format for inclusion in virtually any Windows program, including AutoCAD and word processing programs. There are two versions of Metafiles: standard (pre-Windows 95) and enhanced. The Vectorworks program supports the enhanced version.
QuickTime VR Object
(Renderworks required)
Creates a QuickTime Virtual Reality object file; see QuickTime VR Object Export for more information
QuickTime VR Panorama
(Renderworks required)
Creates a QuickTime Virtual Reality panorama file; seeQuickTime VR Panorama Export for more information
VectorScript Writes out the current file as a series of VectorScript commands. These commands can then be used as part of a VectorScript script or as a guide for learning.
Worksheet Worksheet files can be read by spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Excel, as well as by some word processing programs. Export all rows or only selected rows of a worksheet. Because many of these programs have different format requirements, there are a variety of formats to select from whenexporting files as a worksheet, including comma-delimited, tab-delimited, merge, DIF, and SYLK. See Exporting Worksheets.
CINEMA 4D (3D only)  Exports 3D objects in the unified view (Vectorworks Design Series required) or active layer to the .c4d format, for use in CINEMA 4D. A “Vectorworks Scene” is created within the CINEMA 4D project. Vectorworks layers are exported as container objects in the scene hierarchy. Vectorworks classes become CINEMA 4D layers, allowing visibility to be controlled across the scene. Layer names, object names, and object types are preserved.

An additional command, Send to CINEMA 4D (3D only) is available from the File menu. When CINEMA 4D (version 12 or later) is already installed, exports the file (3D objects only) to .c4d format, launches the CINEMA 4D application, and opens the file. During export, the Update Merge Options dialog box opens. Determine whether to create a new project or merge into the current one. By default, the options are set so that the geometry from the Vectorworks program is merged, but material and sky objects in CINEMA 4D are unaffected.

For CINEMA 4D versions prior to R13.053, the Send to CINEMA 4D dialog box opens. Select whether to create a new scene or merge into the current scene.

COLLADA (3D only) (Renderworks required) Exports 3D objects in the unified view (Vectorworks Design Series required) or active layer to .dae format. When saved, textures are placed in a “tex” folder in the same location as the .dae file. This format may provide better results than the older 3DS file format.
FBX (3D only) (Renderworks required) Exports 3D objects in the unified view (Vectorworks Design Series required) or active layer to .fbx format. This format may provide better results than the older 3DS file format.
IGES (3D only) Exports 3D curves, surfaces, and solids to IGES format
SAT (3D only) Creates an SAT file for exporting ACIS 3D solids. The ExportSolids as Trimmed Surfaces option exports a solid as several different ACIS “bodies” (for example, a cube exports as six ACIS bodies). If this option is deselected, a solid is exported as a single body.
Simple VectorScript (3D only) Creates an exported VectorScript designed to be easy to import into programs like Strata Software products
Stereo Lithography (3D only) Exports all visible 3D surfaces and solids in the current layer into an STL-formatted file 
Rhino 3DM (3D only) Exports curves, surfaces, and solids to Rhino 3DM format
Parasolid X_T (3D only) Exports 3D objects to the Parasolid X_T format
Vectorworks 12, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Saves a copy of the file in a format that can be opened and manipulated in an older version of the Vectorworks program
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