2018-S3-L4: Advanced Reporting & Publishing | August 20 to September 16, 2018

A 4 week masterclass on advanced skills with Vectorworks Spotlight

4 week advanced skills course

starts Monday August 20, 2018



Enrollment closes Monday August 13, 2018

This is a four week comprehensive, project-based, online training approach to learning professional report generation and publishing skills with Vectorworks Spotlight.Through guided lectures, supporting exercises, and online manuals you will develop an understanding of tools, menus, and commands, and workflows used to create and organize a design model within Vectorworks Spotlight design software.

This masterclass excels far beyond intermediate workflows and develops a solid understanding and familiarity of using Vectorworks Spotlight Reporting and Worksheet creation capabilities in advanced workflows.

Study will also be focused on developing an advanced understanding of Publishing and Export capabilities of Vectorworks Spotlight.

Advanced Reporting & Publishing | Vectorworks Spotlight Masterclass is an immersive learning experience engineered to provide a multifaceted understanding of the advanced capabilities of Vectorworks Spotlight as a Database Reporting & Document Publishing tool.

This masterclass is designed for Vectorworks Spotlight 2018. Measurement standards are shown in imperial units.

The video lectures, text, and exercises are complementary of each other. Consuming and practicing the variety of learning material provided is supportive of a complete learning experience. It is also important to reflect upon the lessons with the instructor and fellow participants. Vocalizing and practicing what you learn from the lessons will help you to reinforce your understanding of the subject matter, test your assumptions, and expose some areas you may need to review or practice again.

We begin the masterclass by understanding and practicing control and management of the reporting functions. Every object created within Vectorworks Spotlight contains information that can be counted, calculated, and reported. Possessing an intuitive understanding of this previously hidden world of data will allow you to flex the power of your event design as an information model.

Moving beyond the ability to simply produce inventory reports, Vectorworks has the robust capability to create detailed customizable and dynamic worksheets that will be updated as you iterate your event model.

Developing a solid understanding of how to control this robust reporting engine within Vectorworks Spotlight will allow you to design, iterate, and model with access to more information about how your decisions affect equipment supply or demands on external suppliers and vendors.

Creating all these reports can be great for personal or internal knowledge, but the next challenge comes with representing this data in a legible format that you are proud to present.

Fundamentally, we publish documents with Vectorworks Spotlight to communicate our intentions.

The second half of the masterclass focuses heavily on the power of publishing tools. After building a robust understanding of getting documents out of various printers and plotters, we move our focus toward publishing for digital consumption including PDFs, 3D viewing, and optimizing for in-field devices like iPads and cell phones.

Additionally, we address the need to publish or export to a variety of file formats for communication across software platforms. Learn to export for CAD users, 3D Model coordination, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, and other formats.

Creating an impressively detailed event model in the computer is only part of the challenge, extracting the information within that model and representing it accurately and legibly is truly where you begin to extract and leverage the value of your advanced understanding of Vectorworks Spotlight software.

Attend and participate online, at your office, from your home, favorite conference room, or on the road to your next gig from your mobile device.

Enrolled participants in this 4 week masterclass can expect to:

  • Generate instrument & equipment inventories from the event model
  • Count and categorize multitudes of staging and scenic elements
  • Calculate areas, lengths, volumes of model elements & materials
  • Customize worksheets for desired calculations and/or graphic qualities
  • Manage a library of worksheets and custom reports within the Resource Manager
  • Generate and deploy custom formulas within worksheets
  • Organize, present, and publish reports
  • Output seating schedules
  • Create publishing, printing, and plotting standards
  • Optimize presentation documents for common devices
  • Understand a multitude of export formats and their uses


Your Instructor

Jacob Dale
Jacob Dale

Jacob bridges two decades of industry experience and dual professional degrees in Entertainment Design and Architecture. He has been using Vectorworks as an essential 3D design, CAD, and rendering tool since the 20th century.

Jacob has served as a training consultant to professionals ranging from major motion picture set designers and live entertainment lighting designers to leading architecture firms.

You can learn more about Jacob on his LinkedIn profile:

Email Jacob directly: [email protected]

Who Should Participate

Those who work in events, AV, lighting design, scenic design, film and anyone interested in upgrading their entertainment design workflow with Vectorworks Spotlight should participate in this masterclass.
Join us if you have solid intermediate skills with Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software and are looking to raise your game to the next level with report generation, worksheet manipulation, and publishing techniques.

Enrollment in this Masterclass includes:

  • Weekly batches of project based training exercises and pre-recorded video lectures
  • Commenting and discussion feature integrated within each lecture where enrolled participants can discuss, ask questions, share screenshots about the lecture and related assignments with the instructor and other enrolled participants
  • Weekly Group Q&A Livestream Webinars with Masterclass Instructor and fellow enrolled participants
  • Periodic skills quizzes
  • Lecture-integrated supportive text and image based digital workbooks
  • Downloadable exercise files in .VWX 2018 format (when appropriate)
  • Downloadable supporting worksheets (when appropriate)
  • Downloadable shortcut reminders & tip sheets (when appropriate)
  • Personalized masterclass completion certificates
    • available in PDF format to participants that complete and submit all lectures, quizzes, and assignments by official masterclass conclusion date
    • Instructions on how to list Tangably masterclass completion credentials on LinkedIn and other professional networks
  • Enrolled Participant Reporting
    • At the end of each masterclass Tangably provides a custom report summarizing enrolled participant completion rates.
  • One year of member access to the Tangably Network
    • A professional online private network for Vectorworks software professionals - members can discuss tips & tricks, post & view job listings, post classified ads, participate in LIVE chat discussions, message other members directly, view and RSVP to a calendar of industry events + webinars + training opportunities


Enrollment closes Monday August 13, 2018


Industry Expertise

This course is a 4 week instructor-guided exploration and practice of the tools and workflows used in Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software by industry professionals. It is taught by an Industry Expert Instructor with two decades of experience utilizing Vectorworks Design Software on real-world projects.

Project Based Instruction

This course is designed as project-based training. Each course module will focus on using tools and workflows within Vectorworks Spotlight software to build on a digital model of a project grounded on real-world constraints and simulated client demands and requests.

Comprehensive Training

Whether you are new to the industry looking to get a handle on the state of the art software, or an industry veteran that has decided to take your design workflow to the digital world, this course will propel you forward in your practice.

State-of-the-art Professional Skills

Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software is used by a majority of professional designers in Live Entertainment, Lighting, Audio/Visual, Major Motion Pictures, Television, Theatre, Corporate Event, and Exhibit Design.


Tangably Advanced Reporting & Publishing | Vectorworks Spotlight Masterclass builds on the Tangably Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced 3D Modeling & Resource Mgmt Masterclasses. If you are unfamiliar with concepts such as advanced drawing, advanced modeling, and advanced file organization, it’s a good idea to complete Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced 3D Modeling & Resource Mgmt Masterclasses before embarking on Advanced Reporting & Publishing.

Additionally, before considering this masterclass you should comprehend:

  • drafting concepts including:
    • plan and elevation projections
    • scale vs. actual size
    • drawing units
  • basic mouse and keyboard operations
  • operation of a Mac or Windows Operating System

Participants must provide or have access to their own computer or workstation with the most recent version of Vectorworks Spotlight software and installed latest Service Pack release (currently Vectorworks 2018, Service Pack 2).*

A two button mouse with a scroll wheel, trackball with left and right buttons, or a multi-touch input surface is recommended.

Download a FREE 30-Day Trial of Vectorworks Spotlight 2018 at

*PLEASE NOTE: Tangably is not affiliated with Nemetschek Vectorworks and does not sell or distribute Vectorworks Spotlight software. Therefore, if you are enrolling in a Tangably Masterclass or Tangably Training Program, it is your responsibility (or your employers) to secure or plan to acquire a fully functioning copy of current Vectorworks Spotlight software (valid throughout the duration of instruction) before enrolling.

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Enrollment closes Monday August 13, 2018