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Vectorworks Spotlight

Vectorworks® Spotlight is the industry-leading design software for the entertainment business. It works like you think, facilitating improvisation and creativity so you can transform your designs into award-winning productions. Whether you work in lighting, scenic, event, TV, film, rigging, or exhibit design, Spotlight software balances your process with the need for coordinated, accurate information so you can create unmatched experiences.


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.

Powerful Presentations

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.

Seamless Interoperability

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.

Industry-Leading Rendering

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.

New In 2018

New In 2017


Create dynamic 2D and 3D designs, glide through your projects with a tightly streamlined interface, and access extensive features and resource libraries. Vectorworks Spotlight offers the features you want in a comprehensive, intuitive software that will multi-task just like you do.

2D and 3D architectural objects provide intelligent ways to create sets and scenic elements.

  • Custom tables and chairs
  • Podium and Stage
  • Columns
  • Walls, doors, windows
  • Stairs and ramps
  • Tv’s and Projectors
  • Desks
  • Shelving

Create stunning presentations right out of the box.

  • Unlimited colour choices
  • Gradients
  • Image fills
  • Hatches
  • Color palettes from Pantone®, Resene®, Rosco®, and more

Intelligent 2D and 3D lighting instruments provide flexibility.

  • Create shutter cuts
  • Attach light accessories
  • Use Multi-circuit instruments
  • Layout focus points
  • Draw 2D and 3D light beams
  • Similar object creation
  • Automatic universe assignment

Parametric straight and curved truss objects allow you to design any style of trussing with custom attributes.

  • Chord style
  • Configuration
  • Length
  • Rotation

Sharing your drawings is simple with comprehensive import/export options

  • PDF
  • .skp (Sketchup)
  • .kml (Google Earth)
  • .3DS
  • JPG, TIF, PSD, EPSF and more
  • QuickTime/Quicktime VR
  • . Parasolid X_T
  • .ESP Vision
  • EPSF
  • Lightwright

Paperwork is automatically generated from your designs.

  • Inventory reports
  • Magic sheets
  • Color cut lists
  • Instrument schedules
  • Channel hookups
  • Dimmer hookups
  • Circuit hookups
  • Color schedules

Creating spectacular sets or scenes is easy with custom tools and symbol libraries.

  • Curtain objects
  • Seating layout tool
  • Entourage library
  • Human figure tool
  • Scene and set library
  • Create plot and model view
  • Video Screen Tools

A suite of powerful free-form modeling tools make it easy to design custom objects and shapes.

  • Boolean operations
  • NURBS curves
  • Loft surfaces
  • Extrusions
  • Extractions
  • Protrusions
  • Shells
  • Solids
  • Unfolding surfaces

A custom gobo tool allows you to create your own gobos in addition to gobo catalogs from these manufacturers:

  • Goboland
  • Lee
  • Rosco
  • Gam
  • Apollo
  • High End
  • Entourage Vehicles
  • Entourage Figures

Visualizing scenes is a breeze using a series of commands and rendering options available with the add on, RenderWorks.

  • Manage scenes
  • Animate scenes
  • Create atmospheric effects
  • Volumetric lighting
  • Make presentation boards using non-photo-realistic rendering
  • Render physical light with .ies light distribution files

Intelligent commands to increase productivity and make tasks simpler.

  • Live sectioning tools
  • Label legend manager
  • Photometer
  • Event Room Layout

Extensive instrument symbol libraries from all the major manufacturers

  • Altman
  • Lycian
  • Scenic Elements
  • ARRI
  • Varilite
  • Martin
  • Selecon
  • Chroma Q
  • Wybron
  • Mole-Richardson
  • Steel Shapes
  • City Theatrical
  • Xenotech
  • Morpheus
  • Strand
  • Clay Paky
  • High End
  • NSI Colortran
  • ETC
  • Coemar
  • Lighting Positions
  • Powerline
  • Hardware
  • ESP Vision 3D
  • LSD-Icon
  • Robert Juliat
  • Molding profiles
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Color Kinetics
  • James Thomas
  • Atlas Sound
  • EAW Audio
  • d&B Audiotechnik
  • Meyer Sound
  • Banquet Furniture

Australian Features

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.

Edit Class Names interface

Handrails Tool

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’.