updated 08:30 pm EDT, Thu September 17, 2009
CAD software revamped with variety of improvements
Nemetschek North America has introduced the latest version of its CAD software, Vectorworks 2010. The company has made improvements including new architectural, landscaping, and entertainment design tools; enhanced rendering; simpler 2D functions; and a unified 3D modeling environment.
The new unified 2D/3D environment has grown from the original Parasolid foundation featured in Vectorworks 2009. Objects can be selected and modified on any layer, while reliability has been improved when using snapping functions. Users can now set 2D objects to become planar objects to maintain relationships with 3D models in the 3D space.
A Dimensional Constraint Manager is designed to improve speed and reliability when working with parametric constraints. Changes made to objects or their constraints are now automatically reflected in both. The company has also added a Select Similar tool, in-place editing of referenced resources, attribute mapping of associative hatches, and selection support for object modification tools.
Vectorworks Architect offers a variety of new features including corner windows, expanded wall-sculpting capabilities, better wall networks, and new library content. The Landmark version of the software provides new parking tools, a Hardscape utility, and expanded plant options. The Digital Terrain Model and landscape area object have also been improved.
Nemetschek has also made a variety of improvements and additions to its other Vectorworks products such as Renderworks, Machine Design, and Spotlight. Additional information, including pricing, is available directly from the company.