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Lightwright is Compatible With Vectorworks 2016 and later, Almost...

Lightwright 5 and 6 work great with Vectorworks 2016 and later, except for Vectorworks’ new Project Sharing feature. It is unlikely that Data Exchange will ever work with Project Sharing.

Lightwright 6.0.12 is Available Now

This is a CRITICAL UPDATE that adds some new features, makes a few changes, and fixes important bugs, including problems with work notes, export to Eos, and Layouts. For complete details, refer to the Release Notes.pdf in Lightwright's Help menu.


If you have more than one kind of Work Note paperwork, the Work Note Distribution window now shows a pop-up menu of the available kinds.

The Work Notes window has a new menu command, "Edit/Set Find to Current Cell" that makes the currently selected cell the Search cell (shown by boldface and a heart) for the note. The keyboard shortcut is Cmd+F, and there is also a contextual menu command.


The Work Notes window no longer hides some columns when the Category tab is active.

The content of the Work Notes window now reflects the current Short setting.

Limits now work when a family header row is chosen as a condition entry. "Is" and "Contains" will match if the worksheet row entry is a member of the family. "Is Not" and "Does Not Contain" will match if the worksheet row entry is not a member of the family.


Student licenses require version 6.0.1 or later.


Lightwright Touch and Lightwright 6

West Side Systems has a new release available on the iOS App Store that is compatible with Lightwright 6.

Lightwright 6's minimum system requirements are the bare minimum you need to run Lightwright 6. Lightwright 6 may creak along with a slow processor or hard drive, and the larger your monitor, the more pixels it has to push. A fast SSD will help opening and closing files, but a fast processor, plenty of RAM, and a fast graphics chip are really needed for a good experience.

I've also found that for some reason the Mac version draws the screen faster than the Windows version. My personal experience has also been that Windows 10 is significantly faster than Windows 7 or 8.

Maybe it's time to consider a new laptop?...;)

Lightwright 6 Needs Serious Horsepower

Lightwright 5 is NOT compatible with macOS Sierra

I knew this would happen eventually, but not exactly when. Lightwright 5's time on the Mac just ran out. LW5 is built with tools that were current in 2009, but cannot be used to build modern Sierra-compatible apps. I can't move it to the current tools without breaking mountains of code, which is one very big reason why LW6 had to be released this year!

New Lightwright Forum

Kevin Barry (B'way production electrician) put together an online forum for Lightwright users to help each other, show each other labels, and puzzle out shortcuts and other ways of using Lightwright. Forum membership is free, and signing up is easy and secure. To join, point your web browser at

Lightwright 6 and Eos

Using Lightwright with Vision 2017

Vectorworks 2017 uses the Vectorworks Instrument Type field to specify the Manufacturer Model for Vision. This means you cannot modify the instrument type name in Lightwright, it must be whatever Vision needs. As a practical matter, you will need two copies of your .vwx file: One for using Data Exchange with Lightwright, and the other for Vision. Vectorworks is hoping to fix this in Vectorworks 2018.

ETC recently released a new video that shows some of the ways Lightwright 6 connects with Eos.

Click here to check it out!

Public Beta

A public beta of Lightwright 6.0.13 is available for anyone to try. It includes a couple of new features and a whole lot of bug fixes.

Click here to go to the beta page