It's the gold standard in entertainment. Spotlight is tailor-made to meet the needs of designers in the event planning, exhibition, film, theatre and entertainment industries. It contains everything you need to transform your ideas into powerful, successful productions. Whether you design lighting, scenery, sets, live concerts, corporate events, theatrical productions or design exhibits, you can put yourself in the spotlight when you create a spectacular show with Vectorworks Spotlight.
Superior 2D Documentation
Vectorworks software's 2D functionality helps you to produce beautiful drawings and high-quality, professional documentation with ease. Our extensive suite of drawing and editing tools make quick work of any type of project, helping you to define your signature look and meet industry standards. Add gradients, tile and image fills, stipples, and hatching. Easily incorporate digital images and graphics. Use our exclusive sketch rendering technology to change hard-lined drawings into soft, hand-sketched illustrations, blurring the line between clear, accurate technical documentation and compelling presentations.
Creative Modelling Solutions
Exploration is essential for the evolution of design. Vectorworks Spotlight allows you to bring your design ideas into the virtual world to investigate and discover, using an advanced suite of Parasolid-based solids and NURBS surface tools. Push, pull, blend, twist, sculpt, deform, or punch holes. With our intuitive interface, you can design from any 3D view using modes in modelling tools that automatically infer working planes as you move your cursor, and enjoy the superior quality that allows you to manipulate your model with ease. More accurate object information and better snapping make drawing in 3D easy. Plus, integrated graphical scripting capabilities help express anything imaginable.
Flexible Workflows & Project Sharing
With Vectorworks Spotlight, you can move easily from design concept to technical documentation. Work on practically any type of project within a flexible and robust digital environment. Start with any image, sketch, or formal iteration and move easily between 2D and 3D views. Spotlight's collaborative tools allow you to focus on your individual strengths by giving all contributors the ability to work concurrently on the same design. Whether you work in 2D, 3D, or a combination thereof, Spotlight's Project Sharing capabilities enhance your team's ability to work cohesively and produce incredible results across the design process.
Wow your clients with Spotlight's superior graphical control. Featuring opacity tools that allow you to fine-tune line quality, the ability to preserve alpha channels in imported images, and add 2D drop shadows, you can create dynamic presentations that communicate your signature style.
Develop your best designs with digital imagery by importing scans, photos, or web images. Explore the full range of design options by incorporating information from multiple sources with OBJ, STL, 3DS, and SKP import capabilities. Communicate effectively with your production staff and other collaborators who may be using AutoCad or other CAD software. Vectorworks Spotlight offers Lightwright, DWG/DXF, PDF, and GrandMA support for document, data, and model exchange. Plus, previz your designs with our Vision software. Draft your lighting plots and models in Spotlight and simply send to Vision to previsualize and cue your show.
All Vectorworks software packages include Renderworks, the best-in-industry rendering feature set built on the award-winning Cinema 4D render engine. Renderworks provides the tools necessary to visualize your work throughout the design process while producing clear and accurate illustrations with stunning quality.
Previsualise with Vision Software
Previsualise your designs with our Vision software. Draft your lighting plots and models in Spotlight and simply send them directly to Vision for previsualization and cueing of your show – all before you load in.
Create Unmatched Experiences
Focus on a comprehensive design, develop construction detailing, and freely move between 2D and 3D. Best-in-class documentation tools complement an extensive library of signature brand lighting, so you can quickly create light plots, automate paperwork, and visualize your design in rendered 3D views. Easily import venues from facilities managers and hospitality staff, or build them from scratch with easy-to-use tools and numerous resources, quickly creating the room, stage, steps, lectern, video screens, and seating. With built-in, industry-specific objects such as trusses, video and audio gear, and soft goods, coupled with highly capable walls, doors, and windows, Vectorworks Spotlight provides the most complete and versatile 3D capability in the industry.
Entertainment Rigging Analysis Module
The Braceworks™ add-on for Vectorworks Spotlight provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering codes and standards, creating a completely integrated modelling, analysis, and documentation process.
OzCAD produces a special version of Vectorworks Spotlight called Spotlight Australia, which contains Australian libraries, additional tools and commands, along with high quality 2D and 3D entourage libraries for people, vehicles, trees, furniture, hatches, colour palettes, image fills and gradients. For more information, read the detailed descriptions below.
Entourage and Resource Libraries
- Additional hatch libraries
- Additional paving brick, vegetation, stonework and other materials image fills and textures
- Additional colour palette libraries
- Additional gradient fills
- Extensive and new 2D and 3D libraries for people, trees, cars, furniture, etc.
- New 3D tree and people image prop objects for rendering
AnimationWorks allows you to create complex camera or object animations entirely within Vectorworks, then save them as QuickTime movies which can be viewed by anyone who has QuickTime installed. Click here to read more and to see sample movies.
Title Block Tool & Issue Command
The VAA Title Block tool and VAA Revise Issue Print commands provide a complete and flexible system for adding title blocks to drawings, entering issue or revision notes, batch printing and creating or updating a comprehensive transmittal. These tools are designed to speed-up drawing management whilst maintaining more accurate and detailed revision and issue history for the full duration of a project.
In Vectorworks 2008, there are new options which include north points, drawing stamps and custom names for title block symbols.
Australian Colour Libraries
This command provides access to libraries of professional Colour Systems commonly used by Specifiers in Australia. Standard libraries include Dulux®, Taubmans, Porters, Murabond, Colorbond®, Laminex®, Concrete Colour Systems and Cabots®.
3D Tape Measure Tool
Quickly determine distances between points or objects in a 3D model using this new tool. Like its 2D counterpart, it provides a running total length as well as the length of the last segment drawn.
Custom Dashed Line Tool
Useful for boundary lines, piping runs or electrical wiring, this tool is designed to draw straight sided polygons with edges comprising of dashed lines with a cross line or piece of text in the dash space. Once drawn, the polygon can be reshaped with the 2D Reshape tool.
Edit Class Names Utility
Quickly search for and edit multiple class names in one hit with this useful utility.
This tool allows a much greater variety of handrail objects to be drawn as a single piece or as multiple mitred lengths at any angle. It includes a library of predefined types that include glass, wire, timber and aluminium.
Equal Dimension Tool
Replaces the numeric dimension value on a picked dimension with the text ‘EQ’.