VectorWorks
VectorWorks
2019 SP4

3.5

VectorWorks free download for Mac

VectorWorks

2019 SP4
05 September 2019

Industry standard CAD program.

Overview

VectorWorks is currently the best selling CAD software on the Mac and an industry standard on Windows. With over 400,000 users in over 80 countries, it is one of the world's most popular CAD programs. Engineered to meet the specific needs of smart-sized companies, VectorWorks has everything you need for precision 2D drafting, powerful 3D modeling and sophisticated client presentations. Plus, it has built-in database and spreadsheet capabilities to track costs and materials, and flexible scripting language to automate routine drafting tasks.

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Version 2019 SP4:
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11 VectorWorks Reviews

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Highpass
08 April 2010

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I wish NNA would stop adding new fluffy crap to please the press and instead focus on fixing the terrible lack of fundamentals and odd methods of working the product has. • Still no X fence type unless you buy the French version. • Detail callouts not included even with Arch package. These are basic drafting elements from decades ago. Other gripes: • Design/Sheet viewport system is awful. • BIM is an afterthought implementation. I expect "LEED" tools to be the next crap package. • IFC export is not up to par. • Does not make use of current MacOS technologies • GUI is a miss-mash of odd fonts and windowing elements. Despite all of these tragedies, it's still far more productive for simple 2D drawing than AutoCAD, Arris, etc etc.
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Version 2010 SP 3
Kihoalu
03 January 2017
15 years or more ago I had the MiniCad version of this. The listed pricetag is far above what I would spend for most modeling apps today.

I have one gripe & that is when people add “similar apps” that are only marginally similar, at best.

I haven’t seen a few of these “similars” in some time, but I do believe a couple are 2d, whether they are good within their realm or not -- that’s a disqualifier for anyone seeking 3d functionality.

If I am searching for a 3d CAD or modeling application -- its a waste of time when someone adds a 2d package as “similar” when they really AREN’T even close.
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Version 2016 SP4
Macmanager
30 November 2012
IMPORTANT - the 2013 SP2 download above downloads the Windows version not Mac. Go to the developers site and download the Mac (DMG) version instead.
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Version 2013 SP2
Pacman
19 September 2012
I suggest that the authors put up a better screenshot. Hint: Pictures sell!
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Version 2012 SP5
3 answer(s)
Jimw
Jimw
27 March 2013
OOPS: There is no PunchCad. It should be ViaCAD
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Bdkennedy1
Bdkennedy1
29 August 2013
They don't have screenshots because their GUI is a POS.
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Kihoalu
Kihoalu
03 January 2017
Only 4 years later:

The image shown looks remarkably like the version of MiniCAD that ran on a MacPlus. I’m sure its far more rubust today.

However, you do make a valid point that the image does not encourage me to even download the demo once I see the price point.
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Jimw
13 September 2012
Minicad started out as a simple CAD program for the home and small business user till it was bought out by Nemetschek and renamed Vectorworks. Throughout the years it has elevated to the product into a complex program for use by professionals at a professional price and now out of reach for the original market. It has done its job admirably well. However I am of the opinion if you are going to pay close to Autocad prices, why fool around and instead just get the real thing.
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Version 2012 SP5
3 answer(s)
Thresher-the-Shark
Thresher-the-Shark
27 March 2013
So you don't have to deal with Autodesk's BS.
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Jimw
Jimw
27 March 2013
To Thresher-The-Shark: What you say may be true, but then again Autocad is the industry standard. I suspect the majority of professional CAD users that use CAD in the companies they work for, may have never heard of Vectorworks. Just like most companies that use MS Office never heard of LibreOffice. I also suspect that VectorWorks is much more popular and recognized in Europe than in the US. As for myself I have switched to some of Punch Cad (PunchCAD and Shark) products which are very suitable for my light CAD needs which come at a much reduced price. FYI: I was the product support lead for now defunct ClarisCAD.
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harryg-2
harryg-2
11 May 2018
Jimw, I need to convert some ClarisCAD files to anything current (autodesk, NX, ProE, DXF...) Please tell me that you are aware of a service or software solution or know someone who has an old MAC running ClarisCAD.
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Philipwheelock
16 April 2011
As an architect, VW 2010 drove me nuts with teething issues - couldn't trust it and ended up going back to v.2009 for awhile. v.2011 is a *much* better release; everything pretty much works and I can't remember the last time it crashed. I've transitioned to BIM and all of my projects are created in 3D; the model is used to derive all the project drawings. Big time-saver and coordinating drawings is much, much easier. My only quibble is that the site model process is a bit kludgy; Revit does a better job with that, but of course it costs 4x as much. Bottom line, VectorWorks v.2011 represents the best value for CAD software, and several nationally-known design firms use it.
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Version 2011 SP3
Highpass
08 April 2010
I wish NNA would stop adding new fluffy crap to please the press and instead focus on fixing the terrible lack of fundamentals and odd methods of working the product has. • Still no X fence type unless you buy the French version. • Detail callouts not included even with Arch package. These are basic drafting elements from decades ago. Other gripes: • Design/Sheet viewport system is awful. • BIM is an afterthought implementation. I expect "LEED" tools to be the next crap package. • IFC export is not up to par. • Does not make use of current MacOS technologies • GUI is a miss-mash of odd fonts and windowing elements. Despite all of these tragedies, it's still far more productive for simple 2D drawing than AutoCAD, Arris, etc etc.
Like (9)
Version 2010 SP 3
La-Blink
28 August 2008
I have been using Vectorworks for about ten years and would not use any other. Nemetscheck has consistently listened to users and improved the software where it is most useful to daily applications as well provide many additional features for fun and customization. I understand that the next release will include a partnering with a 'well known' 3D software company which is the other area where VW still needs some improvement, but nonetheless they still receive an A+. I am an architect... For those who are not aware, the walls in Vectorworks are both 2D and 3D with plug-in parametric objects like windows and doors. THis means that they can be manipulated in 3D with an Object Informaiton Window. Highly recommended. Cpmpared to Atocad, the ONLY advantage ACAD has is the ability for several people to work on the same file seamlessly. VW can do this though not as well.
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Version 2008sp3
Lee123
10 October 2007
I have to agree with photek in that this is a great program. It is the only real landscape design software for the mac. It has many features that are far and beyond anything in windows. I have, however, noticed a general decline in the stability of this software over the last couple of years. This is now the only app I use that reminds me of my windows days. I am constantly hitting the save button and hoping everything is going to come out right when I print. I hope Vectorworks gets its mac software together and makes this a great mac app.
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Version 2008sp1
Photek
11 January 2007
Amazing bit of software with GREAT Mac support....the ONLY alternative to Autocad for Mac and Windows users.
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Version 12.5.1
Anonymous
05 December 2003
i've been using vectorwork since a few years now (started with minicad6) and each time it gets better and better, and this new update just rocks! with all it's news modeling capacities and all, it's just a must have.
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Version 10.5