An architectural BIM CAD software for Windows PC

Archicad

Archicad

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Archicad helps you design and implement your architectural projects faster than ever! No more waiting for views to load. GRAPHISOFT has extended its robust 64-bit and multi-processing technologies with background processing - an industry first for BIM. So ArchiCAD now offers lightning-fast response times and this turbo-charged update to The app makes it the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business.



Innovation has been a key differentiator for Archicad since the beginning. The program introduces the highly-anticipated Stair Tool, featuring GRAPHISOFT’s patent-pending Predictive Design™ technology. The app delivers a number of other, important functional improvements in the fields of visualization, OPEN BIM, performance, and productivity making this version one of the strongest in GRAPHISOFT’s history.

Designing stairs is one of the most complex tasks in architecture. The software Stair Tool offers the most optimal stair designs to choose from in the context of the specific building. Complex yet configurable railing systems can be created that are associated with Stairs, Slabs, Walls, Roofs, or Meshes. The program integrated CineRender - based on MAXON’s Cinema 4D v18 rendering engine - offers architects high quality, photo-realistic rendering in the BIM context. An app design model can be described as a central BIM database that stores all project data and makes it accessible to any project stakeholder.

External IFC model content created by consultants - such as Structural or MEP engineers - can be placed as hotlinks into the app design projects as protected reference content. With the evolution of BIM as the de facto workflow, architects increasingly receive consultant information in a BIM format. Uniform Rich Text Format is introduced in all text-related tools: texts, labels, dimensions, interactive schedules.

Key Features

BIM Modeling: Archicad's core strength lies in its BIM modeling capabilities. It allows users to create intelligent 3D models of buildings and structures, including walls, roofs, floors, doors, windows, and more. This approach enables architects to work in a data-rich environment, making changes and revisions more efficient.

Collaboration: The software promotes collaboration through its Teamwork feature. Multiple team members can work on the same project simultaneously, making real-time collaboration a breeze. Teamwork also tracks changes and manages project versions to ensure a smooth workflow.

Visualization: The software offers impressive visualization tools, including rendering and virtual reality integration. Users can create stunning 3D visualizations and walkthroughs to present designs to clients or stakeholders effectively.

Documentation: It simplifies the creation of construction documentation. It generates detailed floor plans, sections, elevations, schedules, and construction details automatically from the BIM model. This helps save time and maintain accuracy.

Add-Ons and Extensions: It supports a wide range of add-ons and extensions, allowing users to extend its functionality. From energy analysis to structural engineering, you can customize the software to fit your specific needs.

Highlights

Shadows in Open GL 3D View
The software greatly improves in-model visualization with shadow casting in 3D OpenGL views. Live 3D views of the BIM model in addition to being work-views also become a standard basis for communicating the design intent with clients.

Extended Options for Doors & Windows
This program offers users increased control over model-based sections and details of doors and windows. An extended set of Reveal and Wall Closure setting options make the creation of refined details a fully automatic process.

Dimension Text Prefix & Suffix
Model-based annotation is key to an effective BIM workflow. Custom prefixes & suffixes added to associative dimensions - while keeping their real measured values - can boost documentation productivity by an order of magnitude.

Improved Handling of Schedules
The software introduces standard spreadsheet editing techniques to improve productivity in Schedule and Index windows. Quantity take-offs can now be exported to Excel with graphical information included for WYSIWYG results.

Direct Import of Site-Survey Data
Site survey data coming directly from theodolites can now be imported into the app with a single click. XYZ coordinates automatically convert into an Archi CAD Mesh element providing an accurate 3D model of the environment.

What`s NEW

It empowers you to excel in every phase of your project, from design and visualization to collaboration and documentation. It's the ultimate BIM software with a user-friendly interface, making it the most efficient choice on the market. With the app, your primary focus can remain on your core strength: creating outstanding architectural designs.

Create
Unleash your creative potential with Archicad, the foremost BIM software crafted by architects, for architects. Concentrate on what you do best – designing exceptional architecture – thanks to robust algorithmic design tools and support for extensive models.

Visualize
It provides a suite of professional architectural visualization tools that transform your conceptual designs into captivating images of future buildings. Breathe life into your models, inspire your audience, and engage stakeholders with your visionary designs.

Collaborate
Whether you're collaborating with local team members or global partners, it ensures seamless teamwork on projects of any scale and complexity. Open standards and workflows guarantee effortless collaboration, regardless of the software your fellow team members use.

Document
It offers comprehensive, ready-to-use documentation tools paired with a potent publishing workflow that aligns with local BIM requirements. This enables you to focus on your designs, leaving the paperwork in the background.

You can use the FREE trial license to explore the full potential of the program. Trial Licenses are available with different functionalities for Professionals and for Students, Teachers, and Academic institutions.

How to Use

Start a New Project: Create a new project by defining project settings, including location, units, and project type.

Building Design: Begin by modeling the building's structural elements, including walls, floors, and roofs. Use Archicad's intelligent objects to add doors, windows, and other building components.

Interior Design: Add interior details, fixtures, and furnishings to complete the design.

Collaboration: Utilize the Teamwork feature to collaborate with colleagues on the same project. Track changes and coordinate efforts seamlessly.

Visualization: Create stunning visualizations using rendering and virtual reality features to present designs effectively.

FAQ

What is the pricing for Archicad?
Pricing for Archicad varies depending on the version and licensing options. It is typically offered on a subscription basis. Visit the official website for the most up-to-date pricing information.

Can Archicad import/export files from other CAD software?
Yes, it supports a wide range of file formats, allowing users to import and export designs with other CAD software, enhancing collaboration.

Is Archicad suitable for small architecture firms?
The program is suitable for architecture firms of all sizes, from small practices to large corporations. Its scalability and collaboration features make it adaptable to different team sizes.

Does Archicad offer cloud-based collaboration?
Yes, it offers cloud-based collaboration through its BIMcloud platform, allowing team members to work on projects from anywhere with an internet connection.

Is Archicad available for Mac and Windows?
Yes, Archicad is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems.

Alternatives

Autodesk Revit: A popular BIM software known for its comprehensive building design and documentation capabilities.

AutoCAD: Draft and edit 2D geometry and 3D models for Windows PC.

Vectorworks Architect: Offers BIM, 2D drafting, 3D modeling, and rendering tools in one package.

SketchUp: Known for its intuitive 3D modeling capabilities, particularly for conceptual design.

Pricing

Professional use   
  • Anyone can apply with a GRAPHISOFT ID
  • Valid for 30 days
  • Full modeling capabilities
Educational use
  • Available only for Students and Teachers with a valid student or teacher ID
  • Valid for 1 year, and can be extended till the end of your studies free of charge.
  • Full modeling capabilities
Minimum System Requirements
  • Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5, Apple M1
  • 4 GB VRAM DirectX 11
  • 16 GB RAM
  • FHD+ (1920X1080)
All major plotters, printers, and digitizers can be used with Archicad. Driver support is provided by the operating system.

Fast internet access is essential for tasks such as connecting to a user’s Graphisoft ID, using the License Manager Tool, accessing BIMcloud from a remote location, and downloading updates for the app.

To utilize Archicad 27 for commercial purposes, either a cloud license, a CodeMeter software key, or a CodeMeter hardware key is required.

PROS
  • Powerful BIM modeling capabilities
  • Effective collaboration tools
  • Robust visualization and rendering features
  • Efficient construction documentation generation
  • Support for add-ons and extensions
CONS
  • Learning curve for beginners
  • Pricing may be a barrier for some users
  • Resource-intensive, requiring capable hardware
Conclusion

It stands as a comprehensive and robust BIM software solution for architects and building professionals. Its strength lies in its ability to facilitate precise 3D modeling, collaboration, visualization, and documentation. While there is a learning curve, the software's potential for efficiency gains in architectural projects makes it a valuable investment for firms of all sizes.

To determine if Archicad is the right fit for your needs, consider exploring its trial version and consulting with the Archicad community for insights and best practices. Overall, it continues to play a pivotal role in revolutionizing architectural design and construction processes.

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