As part of its ongoing strategy to provide customers with the latest technology and improvements, Nemetschek North America announced today that it has updated its entire line of VectorWorks products to version 11.5. VectorWorks, VectorWorks ARCHITECT, VectorWorks LANDMARK, VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT, VectorWorks MECHANICAL, and RenderWorks all have productivity enhancements along with new functionality. This update is available to all current VectorWorks 11 users as a free Web download at, or it can be obtained on CD for a nominal fee.

Paul Pharr, CAD manager, Nemetschek North America, states, "The 11.5 series of VectorWorks products features many improvements in overall stability and functionality, but the highlight of this release is the new hand-drawn sketch effects which give precision 2D drawings an unconstrained, sketched appearance. This new must-have presentation tool is in direct response to user requests to create presentations that look hand-drawn, and it is available in VectorWorks ARCHITECT, VectorWorks LANDMARK, VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT, and VectorWorks MECHANICAL."

Some of the productivity enhancements found in version 11.5 include: the Freehand tool, with new smoothing options that make it easier to create organic shapes; improved 3D; and new automatic lighting. Other changes include better trimming, more accurate polygon offsets, enhanced viewports, and improved support in RenderWorks for QuickTime® VR and Piranesi®. For a complete list of version 11.5 improvements, visit,