I have been using Vectorworks for a decade now, and it always struck me as an efficient, easy to use CAD tool. But within the last 2 years I experienced countless performance issues working on sheet layers with viewports, annotations and dimensions. This even with relatively simple 2d geometry and no heavy files. I am a freelance 3d designer, and worked with VWX on windows and Mac on a variety of machines with a variety of versions.
Version 2018 and 2019 are so painfully slow working on sheet layers, that work takes me multiple times longer. I was looking at this with regret and stomach ache, since in a business where time is so precious, nobody can afford a painfully ineffective workflow like this. Whats wrong with Vectorworks?
Today I installed VWX 2019 on my four months old MacBook Pro I7 with 16MB Ram. I was unable to work on sheet layers of a 2d file, every command was delayed massively. Even accurate scrolling was impossible on a sheet layer.
Having to work like this is a thoroughly nerve-wrecking experience. And it is costing me jobs. I didn't hit my deadline today and I have to explain my clients why the work doesn't get done in a reasonable time. Should I tell them, Vectorworks isn't able to produce a program that does what it did 10 years ago? A Program that runs miserably on a state of the art laptop? The answer is yes, but my clients wouldn't be interested in hearing this answer.