DesignSeries.pngSharing custom content using workgroup folders

When Vectorworks Design Series is installed, you can create a workgroup environment to share custom content files with coworkers. These files might contain content that will be used by all users (such as templates, symbols, or workspaces) or content specific to different projects. Place the files in a shared location, and then each user who needs access to those files can designate that shared folder as a workgroup folder in the Vectorworks Preferences, so that the content will be available in the Vectorworks program.

Here are some examples of possible workgroup folder content:

Workgroup content

Folder structure

Master files from which design layers, classes, and resources can be referenced

Any structure


Plug-ins folder


Libraries\Defaults\Templates folder

Resource libraries, including gradients, hatches, images, line types, record formats, roof styles, VectorScripts, sketch styles, slab styles, symbols, text styles, tiles, wall styles, worksheets, and Renderworks backgrounds, styles, and textures

In the Libraries folder, each type of resource library must be in a specific location, identical to the Vectorworks folder location for that type of resource; see Creating custom resource libraries.

Space object lists (space names, occupant organizations, and room finishes)

Libraries\Defaults\Space folder

Creating and designating a workgroup folder



Vectorworks Preferences

Tools > Options

To create and designate a shared workgroup folder:

1.      Create a main workgroup folder in a shared location, on either a local network or a cloud-based storage service such as Dropbox.

2.      Select the command, and then click the User Folders tab.

3.      Click Add, and then locate and select the workgroup folder. A set of folders is automatically added to the workgroup folder.

4.      Create and add custom files to the appropriate locations in the workgroup folder as needed.

5.      Notify other users so they can also designate the folder as a workgroup folder.


Workgroup folders




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