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Attribute Ratings

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

Likelihood to Recommend

7.0

LabVIEW

70%
5 Ratings
10.0

Vectorworks Fundamentals

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

NI (National Instruments)

LabView is a great tool to connect your sensors to your data aquisition hardware. It makes it really easy to set-up a data acquisition routine that meets your individual requirements. I, as an engine researcher, find it very well suited for engine experimentation. For any other programming needs, i.e. not data acquisition, I would not recommend using LabView because of its graphical programming architecture. The architecture makes it a great tool for Data Aquisition but puts at a disadvantage when it comes to other computational tasks, e.g. making a thermodynamic engine model. For those applications having text-based programming is better suited
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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

NI (National Instruments)

  • Automation.
  • I/O.
  • Data Processing.
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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

NI (National Instruments)

  • Sometimes backwards compatibility issues arise.
  • Error messages can be confusing.
  • Although it is a graphical programming interface, it has a pretty steep learning curve at first.
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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

LabVIEW

Starting Price

$407 per year

Editions & Modules

LabVIEW editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
LabView Base4071
LabView Full3,2062
LabView Professional5,3443

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

Alternatives Considered

NI (National Instruments)

We chose LabVIEW over MATLAB due to the integration with hardware and the graphical programming interface. Also, the ability to use LabVIEW with FPGAs and real-time processors without having to make large changes to the code base or swapping to a separate programming environment was a big benefit since we don't know what hardware will be suitable for each customer application.
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Vectorworks, Inc.

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Return on Investment

NI (National Instruments)

  • Allows us to spend more time on analysis and less time on coding
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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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