Vectorworks Serial Number Swap

When you install an evaluation copy of Vectorworks 2018 you’ve effectively installed  the entire Vectorworks design series. If you’ve purchased a professional license or an additional Vectorworks component, you will simply need to replace the evaluation serial number in Vectorworks 2018 with your new serial number in order to activate your new workspace.

To replace your serial number, please refer to the below screenshots and instructions which are the same for both Mac and PC platforms.

1)  Navigate to the Tools drop-down menu and select Options > Vectorworks Preferences.


2)  Click on the ‘Session’ tab of the Vectorworks Preferences dialog box and select ‘Serial Numbers…’

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Then, highlight the existing serial number and select ‘Remove’.

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Now click the ‘Add’ button, enter your new serial number and click ‘Add’.

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Once added, click ‘Done’ and then ‘OK’ and re-start Vectorworks. If successfully activated you’ll have access to your new version or component, which means you’ll want to change to the corresponding workspace where you might notice new items located in drop-down menus and tool pallets.


Keep in mind that with your new version you now have access to the corresponding Vectorworks content libraries and you can initiate the download and installation of these by navigating to the ‘Help’ menu and selecting ‘Download Content’. For our Service Select subscribers you’ll have even more content libraries to download and utilize from the Service Select portal.



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