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Attribute Ratings

  • Vectorworks Fundamentals is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

69%
15 Ratings
10.0

Vectorworks Fundamentals

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
2 Ratings

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

80%
2 Ratings

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

79%
4 Ratings

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
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Implementation Rating

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
2 Ratings

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
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Configurability

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
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Ease of integration

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

Vectorworks Fundamentals

N/A
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Vendor pre-sale

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

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N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk

This software has been so easy to use from day one! I couldn't be more thrilled with it. Being an SME, it is offered on an annual basis free of charge. My network of engineers are amazed I am able to accomplish what I have using this software when the companies they come from are paying thousands for licensing. I also would like to note that Autodesk offer an incredible specialization to really round out your skills via Coursera.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

It is perfectly suited for residential work, and work where the project requires integrated 2d and 3d. It is terrible for integrated energy modeling. This needs to be fixed immediately.
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Pros

Autodesk

  • The first PRO of Fusion 360 that always comes to mind is how versatile it is. Fusion 360 is the first CAD/CAM software that also includes other key features that CAD programs of this size don't have.
  • Fusion 360 has a generous licensing structure that gives those just starting out a place to start with a professional level CAD program. As a result, this has helped build up a huge community and user base around Fusion 360.
  • Fusion 360 is updated on a monthly basis. This has proven to be a huge advantage over Solidworks (something else I use) which is only updated once a year. The nice thing about monthly updates, other than regular bug fixes, is that the team can adapt quickly and no one is taken by storm with a big overhaul of the UI or features at the beginning of the year.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

  • 3D modeling - no need to start in SketchUp or other more rudimentary programs.
  • Seamless import/export with other programs - ideal communication with consultants.
  • Superb customer service, training, and tech support.
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Cons

Autodesk

  • Fusion 360 is a very simple program, so once you begin to draw more complex 3D models, the software gets sluggish and loses its fluidity.
  • It would be really nice if Fusion 360 could output a model as a SolidWorks file so I can begin to draw something out in Fusion 360 and then pick it up in SolidWorks when I need to do some more advanced functions.
  • Because Fusion 360 is a simpler program, there are a few functions such as 3D sketches that are not intuitive like all the rest of the functions are.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

  • The program is getting a little 'fat', and needs to be slimmed down. It is starting to bog down a bit when doing certain functions. The program of late is more buggy then we are used to seeing.
  • I like how smooth Sketchup is in 3D. It would be great to get VW's to be more responsive in 3D.
  • The space tool is very clunky.
  • I would be great if a texture map could be a video and not just a still image. We could really use that.
  • PLEASE get the energy modeling capabilities up to speed. It needs to be much more intuitive and NOT based on Passive House standards. Please include a clear output for a projects Energy Use Intensity (EUI) and how a project is doing relative to the 2030 Commitment.
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Pricing Details

Autodesk Fusion 360

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Autodesk Fusion 360 editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Fusion 360 FreeFree1
Fusion 360$60.002

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Vectorworks Fundamentals

Starting Price

$108 per month

Editions & Modules

Vectorworks Fundamentals editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Subscription$108.001

Footnotes

  1. per month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

$108/M: Pay only for what you need, 2 GB of cloud storage, Basic tech support, Immediate access to new versions $90/M: $1080 billed annually | Save $216, Pay only for what you need, 2 GB of cloud storage, Basic tech support, Immediate access to new versions

Likelihood to Renew

Autodesk

It does everything I need for great value.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

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Usability

Autodesk

Overall it is just a great piece of software for doing most 3D work. It has everything I need plus more at a great price.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Autodesk

Sometimes I like using it on Saturday nights. Unfortunately, they usually do their updates at this time and it isn't available to use.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

No answers on this topic

Performance

Autodesk

It can freeze sometimes while doing heavy tasks.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Autodesk

Support is conducted via internet Q&A boards; newcomers to 3D modeling may find that articulating their questions in the language of CAD software is the tricky part — once they find the right technical term for what they're trying to accomplish, answers come quickly. Autodesk also provides a large library of educational tutorial videos that make the initial process of learning Fusion 360's interface much easier.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Autodesk

No. It is basic and straightforward.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Autodesk

Autodesk Inventor excels at daily core engineering tasks. When integrated with Vault management systems and part libraries, Autodesk Inventor is tough to beat when you need a mechanical design solution. When Inventor and Vault are setup properly it allows for a very efficient design workflow. I think it would be difficult to achieve the same amount of workflow efficiency with Autodesk Fusion 360, that said, Autodesk Fusion 360 offers a very good toolset at a much lower cost. I can maintain a yearly subscription of Autodesk Fusion 360 and get about 85% of the functionality that is available via the Inventor design suite for the cost of about 2 months of an Inventor subscription. I then also get access to manufacturing plugins with Autodesk Fusion 360 but lose a lot in the drawing environment. Inventor beats Autodesk Fusion 360 hands down when it comes to documentation.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

No answers on this topic

Scalability

Autodesk

It offers so much already, and the reason being is that it showed promise early on.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Autodesk

  • It gives me totally positive impacts. Its zero cost eliminates the need to search for other software to use.
  • Fusion 360's Autodesk cloud solution enables me to use 3d files generated via other Autodesk design software that are widely used by my customers.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

  • Subscription model ensures we always have the latest versions - per-seat license is very affordable.
  • Training costs are low (i.e. new hires get up to speed quickly).
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