Installing Vectorworks Remote

The Vectorworks® Remote app connects your mobile device to your Vectorworks desktop application using a remote connection plug-in. Different remotes are available, depending on which Vectorworks products you have installed. Interactively use the remotes to view, navigate, and present designs without having to be at your desktop.

Installing the Plug-in Files Using the Installer

To connect the Vectorworks Remote mobile app to the Vectorworks desktop application, you need to first install the plug-in files on your Vectorworks computer.

  1. Download the appropriate plug-in installer for your operating system and Vectorworks version from here.

  2. From your computer's designated download location, open and run the Vectorworks Remote installer (.exe file on Windows and .app file on Mac).

    • The installer defaults the installation language based on the Language settings of your computer. To use a different language, click the default value, and select the desired language from the menu.

    • The installer will automatically detect your Vectorworks user data and preferences folder and Vectorworks installation locations on the hard drive. The plug-in installs to your user data and preferences folder and will not be affected by updates to the Vectorworks software.

    • If the Vectorworks software is currently running, you will be notified to close all running instances of Vectorworks for the installation to continue.

  3. When the installation is complete, click Close.

If you have problems with the installer, try installing the plug-in manually as described in the next section.

Installing the Plug-in Files Manually

Use the instructions in this section only if the installer is not working.

1. The plug-in installer contains the files required for manual installation in a folder named “Vectorworks Remote”.

On Mac:

Copy the Vectorworks Remote folder found inside the installer .dmg and paste it into the plug-ins folder in your Vectorworks user data and preferences folder:

/Users/<Username>/Library/Application Support/Vectorworks/<Vectorworks version>/Plug-ins/

On Windows:

Copy the Vectorworks Remote folder found inside the installer .zip and paste it into the plug-ins folder in your Vectorworks user data and preferences folder:

C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Nemetschek\Vectorworks\<Vectorworks version>\Plug-Ins\

If you changed the location of your user data and preferences folder, navigate to it and place the files there. For help locating this folder, click here.

2. To install the plug-in in a language other than English, you need to use additional plug-in installer files in the folder named 'localization'. Within this folder are the language folders available for your platform:

  • de (German)
  • fr (French)
  • it (Italian)
  • nl (Dutch)
  • no (Norwegian)
  • ja (Japanese)

On Mac:

  • From the localization folder, open the folder for the language you wish to install, and copy the Vectorworks Remote.vwr file.

  • Open the Vectorworks Remote folder that you placed in your user data and preferences folder in step 1.

  • Ctrl-click on Vectorworks Remote.vwlibrary, and select Show Package Contents.

  • Select Contents > Resources, and delete the Vectorworks Remote.vwr file.

  • Paste the Vectorworks Remote.vwr file you copied from the localization folder into the Vectorworks Remote library.

On Windows:

  • From the localization folder, open the folder for the language you wish to install, and copy the Vectorworks Remote.vwr folder.

  • Open the Vectorworks Remote folder that you placed in your user data and preferences folder in step 1.

  • Delete the Vectorworks Remote.vwr file.

  • Paste the Vectorworks Remote.vwr folder you copied from the localization folder into the Vectorworks Remote folder.

Adding the Vectorworks Remote Command to Your Workspace

After the plug-in files have been installed, add the Vectorworks Remote command to your workspace, so that you can manage the server from within the Vectorworks application.

  1. Open the Vectorworks application.

  2. Select Tools > Workspaces > Edit Current Workspace.

  3. In the Workspace Editor dialog box, click the Menus tab. The left side of the dialog box displays all available commands, grouped by category; the right side of the dialog box displays the menus and commands currently assigned to the workspace.

  4. From the Menus list on the right, click the plus sign (Windows) or triangle (Mac) to expand the Tools menu.

  5. From the Commands list on the left, click to expand the Tools command list. Drag the “Vectorworks Remote” item on the left to the Tools menu on the right. This adds the Vectorworks Remote command to the Tools menu.

  6. Click OK to save your changes.

Installing the Vectorworks Remote App

Finally, install the Vectorworks Remote app on your mobile device. Search for “Vectorworks Remote” in the Apple® App Store℠ or Google® Play™ Store and download the app, or click on this link from your mobile device:

play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.vectorworks.remote

itunes.apple.com/us/app/nemetschek-vectorworks-remote/id910133995

Check the Apple App Store or Google Play Store descriptions of the Remote app for up-to-date system requirements of the mobile apps.

Once the app is installed, you can use the Vectorworks Remote command from your Vectorworks desktop application to start the server. Then run the Vectorworks Remote app on your mobile device to connect to the server. Refer to the troubleshooting connection problems guide if you have trouble connecting.