Field Template Releases SoftSymbols V3 For Vectoworks 2010

field_templates_v3Seems like Steve Shelley has been quite the busy man lately. First he updates his book, A Practical Guide to Stage Light and releases his second edition. Now he releases his latest version of SoftSymbols Version 3 for uses with Vectoworks 2010.

SoftSymbols™ is a CAD-based theatrical lighting symbol package created in the VectorWorks® environment. Shelley designed the symbols with the patented icons used to create his award-winning series of Field Templates™.

Each hybrid symbol contains a Spotlight Light Info Record that lists default beam spread, color frame size, wattage, and candlepower information. SoftSymbols™ mimics the Spotlight structure—the symbols are organized in the same folders, and all the symbols are in 1/2” scale (if you’re drafting in metric, keep reading! Version 3 breaks the data scale code!) SoftSymbols™ is designed for Spotlight, and can be converted to AutoPlot.

SoftSymbols™ V3 includes

  • Data Conversion Plug-ins, so that ONE SET of symbols can be used for either Imperial or Metric scales!
  • SoftData©, a 92 page PDF spreadsheet displaying data extracted directly from every resource.
  • Shelley’s Section Collection, the series of 2D symbols that exist no where else.
  • More than doubles the number of symbols in other fixture libraries
  • Has all the latest up-to-the-minute symbols
  • Has web and phone contact info for every manufacturer
  • Reflects complete manufacturer’s product lines

For more information or to purchase your copy of SoftSymbols V3, visit Field Templates website at  The full version of SoftSymbols for Vectorworks 2010 runs $120. USD and is available for both the Mac and PC.