Tue, 09 Jun 2009 Nemetschek Vectorworks 2009 review
CAD program gets major under-the-hood upgrade
- Manufacturer: Nemetschek
- Pros: New world-class 3-D modeling engine; Smart Cursor improvements; cool new Snap Loupe; snap to PDF; AutoCAD 2009 support.
- Cons: Snap Loupe sometimes misses.
- Min specs: Mac OS X 10.4/5, Windows XP/Vista
- Price: £769 plus VAT (Fundamentals) ; £1,049 plus VAT (Landmark) ; £1,159 plus VAT (Architect) ; £1,449 plus VAT (Designer)
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
If you're in a profession targeted by one of Vectorworks' specific modules -- Architect, Spotlight, Landmark, or Machine Design -- you'll find Vectorworks 2009 to be a world-class CAD program at a price that, while expensive, still provides a great value, especially when compared to alternatives. Designer + Renderworks includes all of these modules and, if it fits your budget, is the best way to go. If you're mainly interested in 2D drafting and basic 3D modelling, or if you are on a tighter budget, Vectorworks 2009 Fundamentals is the best value. In any case, for new users, I recommend taking advantage of the free training videos on the Nemetschek Web site, as well as the Training Guides and Training DVDs available for purchase.