Vectorworks Spotlight 2018 Top Features

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.

Enhanced Seating Section Command: Enhancements provide additional layout methods, multiple seat numbering options and graphic controls that are all easily set and modified from the Object Info palette. Now generate more precise seating layout visualizations for an event, along with an automated seating schedule for inventory and ordering.

New Zoom Option for Video and Blended Screens: Managing the planning and visualization of video screens in designs is easier than ever. With new graphic output capabilities, more accurately understand, estimate and adjust available throw and zoom, enabling designers to

make final equipment choices earlier in the design process.

New Truss Insertion Tool: Build a rigging structure using specific truss manufacturer content in just a few clicks. Plus, automatically  incorporate manufacturer data, such as weight, cross-section data and connections, for performing rigging analysis calculations.

Braceworks New Product Module: Regulatory requirements, such as the Eurocodes and increasing requirements from venues, municipalities and building owners, are leading to the need for event design, A/V and rigging companies to produce load and structure calculations that can be signed off by structural engineers. Braceworks provides designers with the peace of mind that they can not only generate certifiable documentation, but that they can do so in the same file containing an event design, saving countless hours and reducing costs in the process.

An add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer, Braceworks provides design, production and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary entertainment structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering standards. By adding Braceworks into Spotlight, design, production and rigging professionals have a completely integrated entertainment  modeling, analysis and documentation solution for the first time.

Braceworks analyzes complete 30 structural systems modeled in Spotlight. It supports point and distributed load types, straight and curved structural members and multiple materials. The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) model enables static analyses with results displaying graphically on the model for easy reference. Braceworks also includes support for load calculation and truss structure Eurocodes and upcoming ESTA standards, such as the E1.6. It also automatically generates detailed calculation reports and exports files as DTSV for easy sharing with structural engineers.

Automatic  Truss and Load Connections: With the new auto-connect mode, quickly connect trusses and loads, so that they can be analyzed with Braceworks and documented correctly for installation of the rig. With the mode enabled, get easy-to-understand visual feedback when drawing. Automatically  attach loads, such as lights, speakers, drapes, video screens and more directly to the truss or hanging position.

Insert Connection Tool: After the initial placement of trusses, users can control the truss stacking order and insert drops between them as needed.

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.

Enhanced Resource Manager: Spend less time managing thousands of resources with new search options, such as those that contain AND, OR, etc., that enable users to find aggregated or isolated results. Filtering for multiple criteria, such as object type and manufacturer is now  possible using tags and partial context searching. Plus, use the Resource Manager to find, edit and manage often-used resources, thanks to the improved layout that now includes, folder breadcrumbs, additional  navigation options and vertical orientation.

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.

Enhanced Web View Export: Web View now supports Vectorworks’  Clip Cube and provides enhanced file optimization and desktop rendering options that produce lighter-weight models with better performance, resulting in higher-quality web and virtual reality experiences for clients.

Improved Cloud Services: Sharing designs, drawings and 3D models with clients and partners has never been so simple: designers can now use Google Drive with Vectorworks Cloud Services. Plus, we’ve completely updated the Cloud Services web portal. Enjoy better file organization, an easier-to-use sharing interface and even the ability to generate Web View VR links of files in the cloud.



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