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Vectorworks 2013 Getting Started Guides

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Vectorworks Fundamentals 2013 Getting Started Manual

Fundamentals 2013
PDF contains 17 pages of text and images.
17 Exercise files

Vectorworks Architect 2013 Getting Started Manual

Architect 2013
PDF contains 77 pages of text and images.
11 Exercise files

Vectorworks Landmark 2013 Getting Started Manual

Landmark 2013
PDF contains 66 pages of text and images.
25 Exercise files

Vectorworks Spotlight 2013 Getting Started Manual

Spotlight 2013
PDF contains 17 pages of text and images.
12 Exercise files

Renderworks 2013 Getting Started Manual

Renderworks 2013
PDF contains 33 pages of text and images.
9 Exercise files


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Vectorworks 2013 new features

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Vectorworks 2013 New Features

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Better BIM

  Performance Improvements in Hidden Line Rendering   Auto Hybrid Object
Hidden line rendering now uses multi-threading on the Windows operating system to give you faster and more reliable results.   The new Auto Hybrid command provides an easy, yet powerful way to turn arbitrary 3D geometry into a hybrid BIM object with a custom 2D plan appearance. Its controls give you the flexibility to determine specific aspects of the plan appearance to meet the needs of your documentation while maintaining the powerful and intuitive 3D geometry editing capabilities of Vectorworks software.
2D/3D Navigation Visualization   Create Detail Viewport
Dramatically increased the speed at which you can move around your drawing. No matter what your design discipline is, you'll love this feature. Panning and zooming improvements are applied in 2D and 3D, so you get significantly faster graphic re-draw. Plus, you'll get much quicker OpenGL and 3D wireframe previews while rotating.   The new Create Detail Viewport command provides an extremely efficient way to automatically create cropped viewports, allowing for better navigation between detailed views and the model. This improvement gives you detailed views of plans, elevations, and sections with markers that automatically reference and coordinate to your viewports' drawing and sheet numbers.
Surface Array   Enhanced Window and Door Capabilities
The surface array object brings tremendous 3D modeling power to your fingertips. With this new command, you can easily duplicate 2D and 3D geometry onto planar or NURBS-based surfaces, giving you the power to easily model curtain walls, complex roof systems, stadium-like structures, or any other array model you can imagine.   The door and window objects in Vectorworks 2013 have received a series of significant improvements that deliver greater flexibility in how you create, configure, view, edit, and report doors and windows in your models.
Clip Cube   Optimized Space Object
The clip cube provides additional visibility control over large, complex models, allowing you to work on isolated parts within the interactive boundaries of the clip cube.   Vastly improved methodology for reading and writing customizable lists such as room finish names and occupancy organizations for space objects. In addition, multiple default text files containing room finishes, names, and occupancy organization data can be stored for use in project teams or across multiple projects.
Full-screen Perspective Projection   Parasolid-based Roofs
You can now work in a full-screen perspective view while modeling, with the option to turn on the cropping window when setting up views for presentations.   Roof objects have been completely re-engineered and are now based on the Parasolid® modeling kernel. You benefit from significantly improved performance, and you gain reliability for all roof configurations and modifications.
Improved Walkthrough Tool   Enhanced IFC Usability
The Vectorworks Walkthrough tool has evolved to provide an interactive experience that's more responsive and predictable when navigating inside a model.   IFC data can now be attached to Vectorworks symbols, enabling you to automatically define IFC data for all existing instances of symbols in your model. Plus, you can now see a short description of assigned IFC data, and run the IFC Data command from the Object Info palette. A new IFC option to export solids operations as BREPs has been added to the Export IFC Project command.
Enhanced Graphical Feedback for the Rotate Tool      
The improved Rotate tool provides enhanced graphical feedback while rotating objects. A protractor preview clearly shows the rotation center, the axis of rotation, and the rotation lever. This way, the rotation angle can be interactively applied to your selection.    
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Improved Efficiency



  Custom Line Types   New Arroway Texture Import
Dashed lines and custom line types are now resources that can be easily created and shared. The new feature enables you to base line types on Vectorworks objects to create a repeating pattern. Since line types are resources, you can easily edit them, share them, and set teamwork standards.   Vectorworks Inc., have added one of the highest-quality texture libraries to Renderworks version 2013. Now you have access to a default library of image-based Arroway Textures for wood veneers, concrete, wood flooring, stonework, tiles and other construction materials. An integrated menu item lets you easily import higher-resolution versions of these textures purchased directly from Arroway Textures.
Golden Rectangle  
Non-blocking Renderworks Rendering
A new rectangle creation constraint lets you easily create rectangles with golden ratio proportions (approximately 1:1.618).   Perhaps one of the most significant time-savers is the addition of non-blocking rendering. Now you are free to continue working in your project while a scene is rendering sheet layer viewports or images from the Render Bitmap tool.
Hyperlinks   Physical Sun and Sky
A great addition to the Vectorworks program is a new hyperlink feature. With Vectorworks 2013, you can create hyperlinks with associated thumbnails or symbols to launch websites containing product manufacturer data, open other Vectorworks documents, open a folder, or display saved views, sheet layers, open file resources such as image files, PDFs, movie files, and more. Plus, hyperlinks are preserved when exporting to PDF.   The physical sun and sky backgrounds provide more natural lighting that automatically responds to a site's location, as well as the date and time of day
  Images in Worksheet Cells  
Improved CINEMA 4D Export
Easily add images from any type of Vectorworks drawing object to the cells in a Vectorworks worksheet. The image can be either a thumbnail of the object or a sample of the object's 2D attributes. There are preferences for customizing the image display, including the size, view, render mode, and margin. With this new capability, you can easily incorporate door and window elevations, rendered isometric views of any symbol, legends for plant lists, hatches, fill patterns, wall or slab types, and more.   The Export to CINEMA 4D and Send to CINEMA 4D commands are now available to our Fundamentals customers in addition to our Renderworks users. Improvements when exporting from Vectorworks and Renderworks to CINEMA 4D ensure that the structure and naming of geometry, materials, and textures is consistent with the data that comes from the Vectorworks file, with the assistance of an intelligent Merge Changes dialog box in CINEMA 4D. In addition, the resulting. C4D file size has been reduced by up to 50%.
Improved Efficiency    
A series of improvements have been made to some commonly used tools, modes, and commands in 2013, including new plane mode options, multiple symbol editing, and the new Align/Distribute Leader Lines command.    
Collapsible Classes    
You can now choose to display classes inside the Organization dialog box and Navigation palette in hierarchical form. You'll be able to hide groups of classes you don't need to see.    
Sheet Layer Ordering    
A new stacking order column has been added to the Organization dialog box and Navigation palette, so you can easily change sheet layer stacking order by drag and drop.    
Windows Explorer Document Plug-in    
A Windows Explorer plug-in for Vectorworks documents has been added, providing you with additional details about the file when in Windows Explorer, displaying an image preview of the file or an icon, and adding the ability to search for text strings inside Vectorworks files.    

System Recommendations

The following are real-world system recommendations for running Vectorworks 2013. In some demanding cases, we would suggest a more capable machine than is described by these recommendations. Likewise, there are some less demanding situations where Vectorworks will perform well on older hardware. The Vectorworks user experience is always improved by faster processors, faster graphics cards and adequate RAM.

RAM: 1GB minimum  4GB recommended  8GB recommended for large files and complex renderings
Hard drive space: 10GB free
Other Hardware: DVD-ROM drive (dual layer)
Graphics Card:  
Medium Sized Screen: 22" screen 1680x1050  512MB VRAM minimum
Larger Sized Screen: 30" screen 2560x1600  512MB VRAM minimum, 1GB+ VRAM recommended for high-quality rendering
Display color depth: 16 bit or higher
Vectorworks 2013 System Recommendations - Mac
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.10+ (Yosemite),  Mac OS X 10.9+ (Mavericks),
Mac OS X 10.8+ (Mountain Lion),  Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion) and
Mac OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard)
Other Software: QuickTime
Processor: Intel Core 2, 2GHz or better
Vectorworks 2013 System Recommendations - Windows
Operating System: Windows 10 (64-bit),  Windows 8,  Windows 7 SP1 + x64,
Windows Vista SP3 and Windows XP SP3
Other Software: QuickTime 7.7.0 to 7.7.2 (higher versions not recommended)
Processor: Pentium 2GHz or better

Vectorworks 2012 and Vectorworks 2013 contained improvements that placed significantly higher demand on the graphics hardware. The performance and quality of the graphics provided by Accelerated Navigation and Improved OpenGL Shadows depend directly on the speed and memory of the graphics card. These new features have the potential to provide a very fast and fluid experience when used on capable hardware, and a noticeably slower experience when used on older or incompatible hardware. In general, the more powerful your video card is, the better your Vectorworks experience will be.

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