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Vectorworks Fundamentals

Vectorworks Fundamentals


What is Vectorworks Fundamentals?

Vectorworks headquartered in Columbia offers Fundamentals, a computer-aided design (CAD) application supporting 2D and 3D design and drafting.

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  • No setup fee
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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $108 per month
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What is Vectorworks Fundamentals?

Built to showcase the user's skill and creativity, Vectorworks Fundamentals offers superior 2D and 3D capabilities and a modeling and documentation platform. Users can freely sketch, model and document design ideas with precision drafting capabilities and the most flexible 3D modeling engine available, powered by SIEMENS Parasolid.

Vectorworks Fundamentals Features

  • Supported: Precise 3D Modeling
  • Supported: Data Management
  • Supported: High Quality Rendering

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Vectorworks Fundamentals Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesGlobal

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Vectorworks headquartered in Columbia offers Fundamentals, a computer-aided design (CAD) application supporting 2D and 3D design and drafting.

Vectorworks Fundamentals starts at $108.

AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, and SketchUp are common alternatives for Vectorworks Fundamentals.

The most common users of Vectorworks Fundamentals are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Nathan Kipnis, FAIA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use VW Fundamentals for our architectural design and production work, along with the 3D work that we do. We like how tightly integrated the 2D and 3D components are.
  • We really like the wall tool, as it is extremely customizable. Additionally, it has many smart elements that work with BIM.
  • We like the parametric functions that allow for rapid customization of various building elements, such as windows and doors.
  • The terrain modeler is very good, too. We are able to analyze cut and fill calculations in real time with it.
  • 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.
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.
  • We use VW for all of our projects and have so since 1993.
  • We have additional fees to do 3D modeling. Clients almost always go for that. The 3D work on the computer has been a great vertical market for us.
  • I know that the thought is that 'within five years' we will have 2D and 3D totally integrated. I have heard that for 25 years now. But I think we are getting very close to that. Getting it totally integrated would be great.
Peter Exley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Vectorworks is our primary BIM design tool - since 1994 we've been using Vectorworks and its predecessor incarnations to provide a one-software solution for design, modeling and construction drawings. It's perfect for our workflow, communicates flawlessly with other software platforms and is the best value on our Mac platform.
  • 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.
  • We wish more US-based BIM users were trained in Vectorworks - however, it's very easy to get up to speed.
  • AR tools are in their infancy on mobile devices - however great improvements in recent releases. Very accessible and impressive tools for use with clients.
Very well suited for small, medium and large firm scenarios. Small projects are well suited, and the program architecture is clearly an ideal match for large projects too. In our office, we use it for small exhibits and large scale building projects.
  • 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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