New features

The following table contains a list of new and improved features for the initial release of the Vectorworks 2023 software, and indicates the section where the functionality is documented and the product to which the feature applies.

Feature

Description

Location

Product

New Home screen

The new Home screen provides a single point of access to a variety of files, videos, and other resources that make learning and using Vectorworks even easier

The Home screen

Fundamentals

Graphic Legends

The new Graphic Legend tool creates annotated graphic legends and schedules. For example:

Electrical and plumbing symbol legends

Keys to fill or pen attributes

Detail schedules for windows, doors, or partitions

A number of common graphic legends are provided in the Vectorworks resource libraries. You can modify these legends or create custom styles.

Graphic legends

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Shaded rendering mode improvements

Several new lighting and texture capabilities make Shaded mode renderings more realistic, while still being responsive enough to work interactively:

Shaded mode is no longer limited to rendering only eight lights

New Shaded mode options include environment lighting, environment reflections, and object reflections

Shaded mode can now display the lit fog effect of Renderworks backgrounds

Several Renderworks texture effects are supported, including glow shaders; some of the parameters for metallic, glass, plastic, and mirror shaders; image-type bump shaders; and the texture's cast/receive shadow settings

IES light data (for the load distribution of custom light objects) is supported

Shaded options

Fundamentals

Improved Elevation Benchmark tool

Uses styles and a customizable layout similar to other smart markers

Benchmarks can be linked to story levels and created in viewports automatically (Vectorworks Architect or Landmark required)

Linked benchmarks update automatically when story levels change and can be used to edit the story level elevation

Elevation benchmarks

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

BCF Manager improvements

The BCF Manager has been redesigned as a web palette, making it easier to work with the BCF and Vectorworks files simultaneously

The web palette easily connects to BIM collaboration servers

BCF version 3.0 is now supported

The BCF Manager palette

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Site model improvements

Site modeling has been vastly improved, with contours as the basis of the surface definition. This also revises workflows related to modifying the site model surface and adds two new modifier configurations. Now there is a more intuitive surface definition and a precise method of editing the surface between surface modifiers. Similar improvements have been made to hardscapes.

Concept: Site model modification

Creating hardscapes

Architect, Landmark

Interactive drawing and reshaping of doors and windows

A new Interactive Sizing Insertion mode for the Door and Window tools allows you to quickly and easily draw and snap to size and place a door/window. Doors and windows can now be reshaped manually.

Drawing doors

Drawing windows

Reshaping doors

Reshaping windows

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Wall closure improvements

Improvements to wall closure functionality include the following:

Wall insert locations can be defined by a wall, and plug-in object and symbol inserts can be set to use the location.

There is now an option to wrap components into an opening by the component's thickness, rather than measuring offsets.

Profile offset settings are now consolidated in the Wall Closure and Wall Closure at Inserts dialog boxes, rather than dialog boxes for the plug-in objects or symbols.

Profile offset settings are expanded to include gap and overlap settings in addition to the offset; plug-in objects may provide their own shim gap values or use the values from the closure settings.

The dynamic preview is improved in the Wall Closure and Wall Closure at Inserts dialog boxes.

Default wall closure settings for windows, and doors, and for wall, window and door styles in the Vectorworks libraries, are improved to create more reasonable wall closures out of the box.

Wall closure settings

Additional plug-in object style and instance options

Creating symbol definitions

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Improved hidden line rendering

Hidden line rendering now occurs in the background for sheet layer section viewports, so you can continue working while the rendering completes

Rendering in the background

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Cable riser sheets and cabling sheets

Two additional views of the model are created automatically for electrical contractors: the cabling sheet and the riser sheet. In addition, a new workflow allows you to create cables before designating equipment for them later in the design process.

Creating a riser sheet

Creating a cabling sheet

Pre-cabling the model

ConnectCAD

Color Selector improvements

The Color Selector has been redesigned. Colors are easier to find and use, and the standard colors include a better range of colors in a reorganized display.

Applying colors

Fundamentals

Resource library reorganization

The Vectorworks Libraries folder organization is streamlined to make it easier to locate similar or related resources, which are now grouped together to work more logically for typical workflows; the Premium and user libraries are reorganized to match

Concept: Resource libraries

Fundamentals

DXF/DWG/DWF export improvements

DXF/DWG/DWF export improvements include:

Select which design layers to export to DXF/DWG/DWF formats; you can also now export layers as separate files when exporting layers, not just classes, as DXF/DWG layers.

New options for updating and saving files are available.

A new layout for the DXF/DWG and DWF Export Options dialog box organizes the options so they are easier to find.

DXF/DWG and DWF export options

Fundamentals

DXF/DWG and DWF import improvements

You can now filter and select DXF/DWG, and DWF layers and objects for import, and control how blocks are imported. Editing and updating of DXF/DWG/DWF references has also been made more consistent.

DXF/DWG and DWF import options

Fundamentals

New Offset Edge tool and Push/Pull tool enhancement for solid modeling

The new Offset Edge tool provides more direct 3D modeling capabilities for solid objects, and the Extrude Face and Sub-Face modes of the Push/Pull tool now work on non-planar faces of solid objects

Direct modeling with the Offset Edge tool

Direct modeling with the Push/Pull tool

Fundamentals

Quantity takeoff reporting in worksheets

Redesigned and expanded worksheet functions can now extract more detailed quantity data for complex objects. This allows better reporting for quantity takeoff (QTO) estimates, which are important BIM requirements. For this version, several basic quantities for wall and slab objects are provided; future versions will provide additional quantities for these and other high-level objects.

Not applicable

Fundamentals

Worksheet recalculation improvements

When recalculating worksheets, an option has been added to recalculate a selected worksheet

Worksheet commands

Placing a worksheet on the drawing

Fundamentals

New option to toggle the display of broken link indicators

You can now control when to display the broken link indicator for reference markers, section-elevation lines, interior elevation markers, and detail callouts when they're not linked to a viewport

Setting Vectorworks preferences

Setting quick preferences

Fundamentals

Use world origin option for textures

When mapping textures, a new option maps textures in all directions relative to the world origin, seamlessly aligning textures across multiple objects

Managing object textures from the Object Info palette

Fundamentals

Spot light objects now project texture

Light objects of the Spot type can now project textures onto 3D geometry

Projecting a texture in a spot light beam

Fundamentals

New naming standard for imported mtextur files

Imported mtextur files are now named consistently with mtextur standards

 Importing mtextur

Fundamentals

Redshift renderings can now process on the CPU

Redshift render styles can now be processed on the computer's CPU if it doesn't meet the system requirements to process on the GPU

Redshift by Maxon

Fundamentals

Increased control over Resource Manager previews

New context menu commands in the Resource Manager's resource viewer pane allow additional control of the high-resolution preview in the preview pane

Resource viewer menus

Fundamentals

Data Manager improvements

Multiple improvements make data mapping faster and easier:

Custom IFC property sets are now created using a new method that doesn't rely on records, and they can be saved and imported into other design projects

Multiple object types can be selected and mapped simultaneously

New visibility settings can show or hide specific fields during data entry in the Object Info palette

The mapping information for one object type can be copied to another object type

When a symbol is duplicated or imported from another file, its mapping information is included

Using the Data Manager

Using custom IFC property sets

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

IFC import improvements

Files with errors such as missing references or incorrect hierarchy structure can now be imported; a new report provides details about errors discovered during import

Specific property sets can be excluded, for faster import and smaller model sizes

The names of stories and classes that are assigned to imported elements can be customized or mapped to existing classes and stories

Imported stories can be vertically aligned with existing stories

Importing IFC files

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Data tag association controls and units enhancements

Adds options to add, remove, or change the object associated with a tag

Adds an option to clip the leader line where it intersects the tagged object's geometry

Adds SIA dimension standard options for tag units

Adds an option to use world-based units for tags; previously, tags always used page-based units

Measurements in feet and/or inches can use fractional precision values, and feet and inches can include a unit separator

Precision control for general numeric data, such as the thermal efficiency of an IFC object

Changing the tag association

Editing a data tag style

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Space labeling using data tags

Space objects now use data tags for labels instead of symbols

Space settings: Space Label pane

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Georeferencing of referenced files and viewports

Referenced design layers and design layer viewports are automatically transformed to match the georeferencing settings of the master file, for seamlessly aligned display of multiple files with potentially different geolocation settings

Concept: Layer referencing

GIS and georeferencing

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Georeferencing improvements

WGS-84 geographical coordinates and Cartesian coordinates are new options when georeferencing a document, layer, or GIS stake object. Transformation mode options are easier to use and understand.

Specifying design layer georeferencing

Specifying document georeferencing

Adding a GIS Stake

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Wall tool consolidation

The functionality to create curved walls has been consolidated into the Wall tool, and the Round Wall tool has been removed

Creating walls

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Consolidated wall editing with the new Edit Wall tool

A new Edit Wall tool combines the wall editing functions formerly done using the Reshape tool's 3D wall editing modes and the Edit Curtain Wall tool

Editing walls

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Wall, slab, and roof data storage reorganization

You can now save data for walls, slabs, roofs, and their associated styles directly in objects instead of IFC records, allowing for a more consistent workflow. Data can now be managed from the Data Manager, using the same workflow as other objects. 

Standard wall preferences

Curtain wall preferences

Slab preferences

Roof preferences

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Folding door and window configurations

Adds options to create folding door and window configurations with multiple leaves; for window settings, streamlines the Configuration (renamed from Sash) and Operation options

Door settings

Window settings

Creating a custom window opening configuration

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Revit referencing and import improvements

Revit files can now be referenced.

Additional improvements for importing single Revit files include:

The ability to select individual 2D views for import

The ability to select which Revit elements are imported

More Vectorworks native objects can be created on import, including hardscapes, landscape areas, site models, and site modifiers

The ability to select what kind of Vectorworks objects are created from some Revit elements

Revit categories import as Vectorworks classes, with an optional prefix

Importing Revit

The Organization dialog box

Adding and editing reference files

Opening referenced files

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Marionette improvements

Marionette improvements include:

The ability to create Marionette object style resources.

More ways to move or duplicate bundles of wires between nodes.

Marionette nodes that perform duplicate or similar functions are consolidated for greater efficiency, and are relocated and tagged so they are easier to find. Nodes with outdated functions are updated.

Gradient fills are removed from nodes.

Saving and exporting Marionette networks

Marionette object properties

Marionette networks

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Marionette Python library integration

Advanced Marionette developers can reference Python libraries within their custom nodes; the library packages are available for download from the Vectorworks servers

Advanced Marionette scripting

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Railing/Fence subparts

Railing and fence objects now have standard subparts (such as crossbars and posts), and all parameters and several quantities are now available for worksheets and IFC export. This provides better interoperability with software packages that do Quantity Takeoff (QTO) calculations, and 4D and 5D BIM simulations.

Railing and fence settings

Architect, Landmark

Send to Surface command improvements

Now objects can be sent to the surface of a hardscape or landscape area object in addition to site models; this includes foliage and Extrude Along Path objects

Sending objects to the surface

Architect, Landmark

New Laubwerk Plant tool and integration with the Plant tool

A new tool places beautiful and accurate 3D plant models from the Laubwerk GmbH catalog. The 3D graphics of a plant inserted with the Plant tool (Landmark required) can use realistic, low-polygon geometry from the Laubwerk plant catalog

Adding 3D plants from Laubwerk

Architect, Landmark

Structural member improvements

Improvements to the structural member object include:

Plug-in object style functionality

New Height, Span, Pitch, and Length parameters for greater accuracy when creating and editing objects

The ability to constrain the 3D path of linear insertion-type structural members when editing

The addition of specialized worksheet functions for more detailed reporting

Creating structural members

Editing structural members

Architect, Spotlight

Space object's area and volume net, gross, and custom Energos calculations 

Energos calculations for spaces can now use the net or gross area and volume defined by the space object, or a custom area or volume

Space settings: Energos pane

Space settings: 2D Boundaries and Area pane 

Space settings: 3D Boundaries pane

Architect

Site modeling commands now available in Architect

The following site modeling commands, which formerly required a Landmark license, are now available in Architect: 3D Polygons to 3D Loci, Create Grade Limits from Planar Pad, Create Planar Pad from Grade Limits, Create Retaining Wall Site Modifier, Zone of Visual Influence, Create 3D Loci at Grade Points

Converting 3D polygons to 3D loci

Creating grade limits automatically

Creating a planar pad from grade limits

Creating retaining walls

Zone of Visual Influence analysis

Creating loci from a grade object

Architect

Landmark features and workspace improvements

The Landmark product now has access to the following features that previously required an Architect license:

The stories system

The Create Sheet List command

The Create Standard Viewports command

Landmark workspace improvements include:

Some tools are relocated and reorganized for a more efficient workflow, including a new Softscape tool set for the tools needed for planting design.

Space planning and programming tools and commands are added to the workspace.

Some little-used tool sets are removed for a less crowded workspace; tools that are removed from the workspace, rather than relocated, can be added from the Workspace Editor if needed.

Layer Scale on the View bar is enabled by default.

Setting up the building structure with stories

Creating a sheet list

Standard viewports

Space planning

Programming studies

Landmark

New Hedgerow tool

A new Hedgerow tool creates a hedgerow of mixed plants in your plant designs. Create reports of the plant species and quantities in each hedgerow. 

Creating a hedgerow

Landmark

Suspension workflow enhancements

Suspension workflow improvements include:

The Insert Drop command and the Insert Connection tool can insert a dead hang bridle or a hoist.

Bridles manually edited after insertion maintain the modifications when moved.

Two-leg bridles’ insertion and reshape/snapping behavior is consistent with other multiple-leg bridles.

Bridles snap more smoothly to structural members in Auto Insertion mode.

New custom data tags report leg parts, and a bridle preference automatically includes data tags on insertion.

Set the hoist’s text style and a default class for the hoist chain.

When a hoist chain’s maximum length is less than needed, a dead hang bridle is inserted automatically; the Object Info palette displays the maximum and actual lengths.

Context menu commands select hoists that share a symbol, name, function, or capacity.

Display connected hoists in bridle assembly diagrams.

Select which fields to export to a hoist report.

Assign the truss cross class in Spotlight preferences.

Select the truss cross symbol to use for the stacking modes of the Insert Connection tool.

A new Truss Cross Properties record contains data to help Braceworks properly calculate the connection.

Inserting connections automatically

Connecting rigging objects

Bridle preferences

Creating a bridle assembly diagram

Hoist properties

Creating hoist reports

Spotlight preferences: Loads and Rigging pane

Spotlight, Braceworks

Easier placement of equipment items in layouts

Now you can assign devices to layout rooms and racks at creation; equipment items created from the devices are placed in the locations you specify

Creating equipment items automatically

ConnectCAD

New adapter objects enhance schematic modeling

The new Adapter tool places adapter objects on sockets to convert to different connector types and signal types

Placing adapters

ConnectCAD

Circuits no longer have to begin at an output or IO socket

Now circuits can be drawn from an input/IO socket to an output/IO socket, and circuit direction can easily be flipped for IO sockets

Creating circuits

ConnectCAD

Updated ConnectCAD class structure and names

The updated names for ConnectCAD classes are more descriptive and easier to identify. Because these class changes make it easier to manage the visibility of objects displayed in a drawing, the Show or Hide Details and Front-Rear Rack View commands have been moved to legacy status.

ConnectCAD classes

ConnectCAD

New and improved ConnectCAD reports

To assist with the installation phase, worksheet reports have been added, and existing reports have been improved.

The new Find in Report command makes it easy to locate drawing objects in worksheet reports.

Because data has been consolidated in the new ConnectCAD Parts report, the following reports have been moved to legacy status: All Layers Cable Labels, All Layers Device Report, Current Layer Cable Labels, Rack Equipment Report, and Rack Frames Report.

Creating ConnectCAD reports

Finding objects in a report

Creating a 2D rack contents worksheet

ConnectCAD

Editing socket parameters

A new dialog box enables you to edit socket parameters quickly and easily

Editing sockets

ConnectCAD

Saving ConnectCAD devices to the database

Now you can easily save custom devices to the database and access them from the Device Builder

Saving a device to the database

ConnectCAD

Easier selection of signals, connectors, and cable types

The new priority display order for signals, connectors, and cable types in lists makes it easier to find the items you need.

Assigning connector and cable types to a signal displays those items near the top of the list of available connectors and cables for that signal type.

Specifying ConnectCAD settings

ConnectCAD

Cloud and mobile 3D viewer improvements

Support for Vectorworks light objects

Visual quality improvements such as better materials, ambient occlusion, and background controls

Clip cube, joystick, and motion sensor features

Vectorworks Cloud Services help

Vectorworks Cloud Services

Presentation improvements

Board slides can now have text-based and hyperlink-based pins

Tour slides now allow the same pin types and customizations as board slides

Custom colors and pin styles can now be reused across different slides or presentations

Vectorworks Cloud Services help

Vectorworks Cloud Services

Machine Design commands, tools, and templates deprecated

The Simple Beam, Simple Beam Analysis, Draw Cam Diagrams commands were moved to Legacy status. Related files, including the templates required for the Geneva mechanism and cam objects, were removed from Vectorworks libraries.

Not applicable

Architect, Landmark, Spotlight

Documentation improvements

The following table lists major improvements to the documentation for the initial release of the Vectorworks 2023 software.

Improvement

Purpose

Location

New landing page for the online help system

When the online help system is opened from the Help > Vectorworks Help command or the Vectorworks website, a graphical interface with links to major help sections displays to assist with navigation

Not applicable

Expanded rendering introduction

Additional guidance and a general workflow for how to craft more effective renderings

Concept: Best rendering practices

Renderworks styles

Renderworks backgrounds

 

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