Direct Site Model Contour Editing: Now editing a site model is easier than ever with improved site model settings and direct 20 contour editing. Modify each contour line as easily as editing a polyline.
Multiple Drawing Views: With the new Enable Multiple Views command, users can see views of their project simultaneously, and begin work in one view pane and finish it in another. Switch effortlessly between viewports, views and visibility settings -just set up panes and view them all at once. Instantly gauge the impact of a design change across 30, plan, section and elevation views, and even start a rendering in one view while working in another.
Direct Section and Elevation Editing: Edit models directly from the viewports: add openings, align and distribute windows, reposition doors across multiple layers, reshape walls – it’s all possible. Change the 30 views while in the section to see how edits simultaneously affect plans and model views. And, create better-looking, more accurate drawings in a fraction of the time.
Easier Title Block Customization: The title block has been redesigned to allow for the customization of items such as variables, orientation, etc. There are also an unlimited number of fields to help users include the information they want to show in a title block. And thanks to the support of styles, managing many title blocks across one or multiple projects is simpler than ever before.
Streamlined Drawing Distribution: Whether creating a BIM project or lighting a stage, drawing distribution can be a laborious process. With the ability to publish drawings based on issue date and a tightly integrated new title block object, the generation and distribution of drawing sets, issue information and reports throughout the duration of a project is more automated, and greatly simplified.
Streamlined Worksheets: Creating reports and schedules is now more accessible and automated, and designers can present complex worksheets without having to manually enter formulas or remember how to access data from different record formats.
Improved Revit Import: Vectorworks was the first BIM authoring tool to provide Revit import using the Teigha BIM library from the Open Design Alliance. This year, one more step has been taken by providing the next-level functionality with Revit file importing that translates Revit objects into native Vectorworks symbols and objects with textures, making incorporation of design information from Revit easier and more efficient.
New Import/Export Tree Survey Options: Generating existing site conditions from GIS and tree survey data often involves conversion tools. With Vectorworks 2018, there is no need for external tools. Just use geolocated tree species data to create existing tree objects and export back to clients via Shapefile (SHP), TXT and DXF formats.
Easier GeoTIFF Image Import: Now users can import TIFF files with embedded georeferenced information (GeoTIFFs). The image will automatically match the map projection of the current Vectorworks layer, similar to capabilities found in programs such as ArcGIS and GRASS GIS.
Enhanced Plant Tags: Vectorworks Landmark is changing the game when it comes to landscape design software by enabling users to include plant images within their 20 plant tags, increasing the readability of landscape plans by displaying images in line with plant tags and in worksheets as keys or legends.
New Foliage Tool: The new Foliage tool creates beautiful and realistic hedges, leafy areas on topiary shapes, car ports, pergolas and more to create more realistic landscape designs to impress clients.
Flexible Hardscape Joint Patterns: Easily control the graphic attributes and materials of paving objects with separate main area and border fills. And now, reduce time performing joint scaling of custom pattern sizes by using the Attribute Mapping tool to independently scale and rotate patterns on the different portions of hardscape objects.
Refined Irrigation Layout: The irrigation toolset has been improved to give more flexibility and accuracy with drip zone layouts. The branched drip line layout and calculation capabilities make it possible to perform calculations for snaked and branched lines. Additionally, maintain the choice of custom fills to achieve superior graphic output.
Upgraded Renderworks with MAXON CineRender: With the natively integrated MAXON CineRender R18, Renderworks provides faster, higher-quality rendering directly within the Vectorworks design environment to help create realistic visualizations and presentations of designs. The upgrade introduces better rendering of metals, especially brushed metal; a new cloth shader for visualization of woven-cloth patterns; a new shadow catcher feature that allows shadows on virtual objects to be composited properly onto real photos; and a new Parallax shader effect to achieve displacement mapping quality in less overall time.
New Rendered Panoramas: Provide clients a 360-degree interactive view of models – no matter how big the model is – with this new capability in the Renderworks feature set.