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How Much Does Vectorworks Cost? Pricing Explained

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Vectorworks is a multifaceted rendering, 2D drafting, 3D modeling, and fully-integrated BIM (Building Information Modeling) application for architectural, landscape, and entertainment designs. Thanks to its capability to deliver a flexible and collaborative design process, Vectorworks is frequently selected by industry professionals. However, alongside capability, another important factor that should be considered when selecting a CAD software is cost and pricing. Vectorworks has an impressive number of products which all have different prices. In this article, we will be explaining the pricing of the various products, how to purchase them, where to purchase them, their licensing options, and many more.

For most people looking to purchase Vectorworks, the official Vectorworks website of the application is the first port of call. However, going through the website, you would discover that there is hardly any information on how much Vectorworks products cost or where to buy them. This is because Vectorworks can only be purchased through authorized official resellers, and for good reason. Considering the number of Vectorworks packages available, Vectorworks Inc. believes that before buying a package, you should have a personal discussion with the reseller about your industry, your business, what you intend to do with Vectorworks, and your budget. The reseller may also provide information on license or subscription purchase.

Using all this information, the reseller then recommends the most suitable Vectorworks product and license option to you. Another advantage of purchasing from official resellers is the option to buy in local currency. In addition to this, a local official reseller is available to provide you with customer service if you experience any issues with your application. Note that not all resellers are officially recognized by Vectorworks. To find official resellers near you, you can either go to the Vectorworks website’s “find a reseller” page or check out their recommended online resellers.

Vectorworks products

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Before proceeding to explore their cost, it’s important for us to know the different Vectorworks products. The following are some of these products.

Vectorworks Fundamentals

This is a basic design software package that allows you to sketch, model, and analyze your designs using 2D/3D capabilities and an easy-to-use intuitive modeling and documentation platform.

Vectorworks Architect

This product allows you to draw 2D and create 3D architectural models using a fully integrated BIM workflow and a suite of flexible, intuitive tools.

Vectorworks Landmark

This is an all-in-one package for landscape planning and design. It offers powerful worksheets, innovative irrigation tools, and industry-specific objects to help you analyze development sites’ conditions.

Vectorworks Spotlight

This product is mainly for the entertainment industry. It helps you create and document lighting devices, graphical controls for events, overhead stage rigging, and enhanced stage creations.

Vectorworks Designer

This package combines all the BIM and design capabilities of Vectorworks Landmark, Architect, and Spotlight into a single intuitive interface.

Vectorworks Braceworks

This is an add-on module for Vectorworks Designer and Spotlight which provides production, rigging, and design professionals with an easy way to analyze the behavior of temporary structures under loading.

Vectorworks Vision

This is a pre-visualisation software package which allows production, design, and entertainment professionals to study the lights and other effects that make up a production. There are three versions of Vectorworks Vision which differ according to the number of universes you can create. They are Vectorworks Vision (one universe), Vectorworks Vision Plus (four universes), and Vectorworks universe (unlimited).

Vectorworks license/subscription options

Each Vectorworks product can be acquired through one of the following options.

Single license

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This is a one-off purchase license for a single user. Although the license is perpetual, you have the option to buy upgrades and yearly maintenance service.

Single licenses can be divided into E series and B series. E series licenses are activated online. Once you purchase an E series license, you would be provided with a download link and a serial number via email. Although you can download the license on two of your computers, you can only use the software on one device at a time. This type of license does not require an internet connection to function. However, you need to connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days in order to maintain your license active status.


B series licenses, on the other hand, are dongle-activated. You can activate and use the application without an internet connection, although any updates to the software require a connection. Your dongle must be plugged into your computer for you to use the software. This is because B-series licenses have workstation-based dongle protection.

Maintenance

Maintenance, also known as Vectorworks select service may be purchased as an optional addition to a license. It offers you certain benefits such as free upgrades, discounts on training, free access to tutorials, free premium support, and access to an expanded version of Vectorworks cloud service. Vectorworks select service is subscription-based and has to be purchased yearly. It is only available for professional perpetual licenses. It is also only available in certain countries.

Upgrades

If you have a 2016 Vectorworks product and you wish to transition to a more recent version, it is neither cost-effective nor reasonable to buy a brand-new product. This is where upgrades come in. They allow you to simply transition from your existing version to a more recent version at a lower cost. Upgrades also allow you to switch between certain Vectorworks products. Note that prices differ according to the year of the upgrade. For example, an upgrade from Vectorworks architect 2016 to Vectorworks architect 2019 costs $2,195 while upgrading from the Vectorworks 2018 to Vectorworks 2019 version costs $1,045.

Network license

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Vectorworks network license is a multiple-seat license. This means that multiple users can install and use the software at a time. Also known as G Series licenses, these licenses have server-based dongle protection. You don’t need to connect to the internet to use the connection. However, the dongle has to be plugged into a central server connecting to all the devices using the software package.

Subscriptions (rentals)

For those who are not ready to commit to Vectorworks via a perpetual license, Vectorworks Inc. offers monthly and annual subscriptions. A monthly subscription will automatically renew every month unless you cancel it up to four days before the renewal date. This subscription is best for short-term needs.  An annual subscription, on the other hand, is more suited to somewhat long-term projects. It will stay active for 12 months with automatic renewal occurring at the end of this period. As with monthly subscription, you can cancel your yearly subscription four days before the renewal date. For a yearly subscription, you pay for 10 months and get two months free. Note that subscription plans are not available in all countries. Check the Vectorworks Select Service page to find out if your country offers the service.

Student2Pro license

Student2Pro licenses are discounted licenses for recent graduates. To purchase this license, you must provide school-supplied proof that you graduated within the past year, stating your course of study and graduation date. A Student2Pro license does not mean reduced features of your preferred product. Rather, it is simply Vectorworks incorporated’s way of welcoming you into the Vectorworks fold.

Vectorworks pricing

Having understood the different Vectorworks products and Vectorworks license /subscription options, we will now go into the pricing. The table below shows the different Vectorworks products and their license options. Note that Vectorworks Vision has three different versions and only one license option, hence its insertion on a different table. Braceworks, on the other hand, is an add-on hence it has only maintenance and single license options.

These prices were acquired from our inquiries to official Vectorworks resellers. All prices are in $USD.

Product

Single license

Network license (per user)

Monthly subscription

Annual subscription

Maintenance

Student2Pro version

Vectorworks Fundamentals

$2,045

$2,045

$190

$1,900

$472

$1,225

Vectorworks Architect

$2,895

$2,895

$200

$2,000

$670

$1,775

Vectorworks Landmark

$2,895

$2,895

$200

$2,000

$670

$1,775

Vectorworks Spotlight

$2,895

$2,895

$200

$2,000

$670

$1,775

Vectorworks Designer

$3,733

$3,733

$262

$2,620

$868

$2,265

Vectorworks Braceworks

$5,195

$1200

Vectorworks Vision Pricing

Product

Cost

Vectorworks Vision

$375

Vectorworks Vision plus

$1,225

Vectorworks vision unlimited

$1,895

Vectorworks also offers upgrades to more recent versions for a lower price. The table below shows the costs of upgrading to 2019 from 2016, 2017, and 2018 for Vectorworks products.

Product (2019 version)

Cost of upgrade from 2016

Cost of upgrade from 2017

Cost of upgrade from 2018

Vectorworks Fundamental

$1,561

$1,041

$728

Vectorworks Architect

$2,195

$1,485

$1,045

Vectorworks Landmark

$2,195

$1,485

$1,045

Vectorworks Spotlight

$2,195

$1,485

$1,045

Vectorworks Design

$2,865

$1,895

$1,345

Other discounts

Vectorworks can be bought in bundles at reduced prices. The bundles available vary by reseller. A bundle may be two separate licenses such as a single license and maintenance, for a particular product. It may also be two different products.

Resellers may also offer periodic discounts to customers. Furthermore, Vectorworks offers free student versions of their software packages to students.

Are there alternatives to Vectorworks?

Having gone through the pricing of Vectorworks’ products, recall that this is a cost consideration. In this vein, you may wish to consider Vectorworks alternatives.

Because Vectorworks has various products, there is no single fully integrated alternative to all the products. However, each product has its own industry rival.

  • AutoCAD could be a suitable alternative to Vectorworks Fundamental and in part an alternative to Vectorworks Architect.
  • Revit is a BIM software that rivals both Vectorworks Architect and Vectorworks Landscape.
  • Draftsight and ArchiCAD are also strong industry rivals of Vectorworks.

If you’re unsure how Vectorworks stacks up against the competition you can visit our popular comparisons of AutoCAD vs Vectorworks, AutoCAD vs Draftsight and Solidworks vs Fusion 360.

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