ARCHICAD

3D architectural CAD for architects, designers & planners

About ARCHICAD

Archicad is Graphisoft's architectural BIM (Building Information Modeling) CAD software suite, delivering 2D and 3D drafting and visualization tools specifically for architects, designers and planners. With the software's latest iteration, Archicad builds on legacy features with design tool improvements and the introduction of enhanced design workflow processes. Claiming a greater emphasis on "BIM inside and out", the latest version provides a remastered Façade Design workflow for the design and development of detail, hierarchical curtain wall systems that are both structurally sound and compliant. General performance improvements include GPU-accelerated, 64-bit algorithms for faster 2D panning and zooming, while Parametric Custom Profiles enable greater intelligence to be applied to wall, beam and column profiles within the software's Profile Editor. Expression-based properties allow logical expressions to be used to derive new properties and property values dependent on the element’s own parameters, plus custom graphical labeling and improved IFC import /export are extra update highlights.

In addition, Archicad is then supported by the online BIMcloud collaboration environment. BIMcloud facilitates secured real-time work between teams of architects, BIM managers and IT professionals irrespective of office location, internet connection speed and project scale. Compatible with multiple versions of Archicad, platform features include a browser-based management interface, real-time messaging, role-based permissions, diagnostic monitoring and automated server backups. Moving over to mobile support, the BIMx viewer app for Android and iOS offers native BIM visualization features for rendering and exploring Archicad models. Key features here include the "BIMx Hyper-model" for navigating the integrated drawing sheet and 3D building model, Google Cardboard VR support, fly and walk mode, split view multitasking and more.


Key benefits of ARCHICAD

  • Archicad by Graphisoft is a building information modeling (BIM) suite for architects and planners, promising workflow enhancements and the utilization of Maxon's R19 CineRender engine with 4/5k resolution display support.
  • A remastered Façade Design tool provides a CAD modeling environment for designing internal and external facades, curtain walls, elevations or surfaces with modular structures and repeating patterns.
  • The software's Parametric Profile Editor combines parametric design with graphical profile creation, allowing custom parametric edge profiles (for walls, beams, columns etc) to describe multiple details.
  • The Archicad AI Visualizer, fueled by Stable Diffusion, is a cutting-edge experimental feature in Archicad designed to produce detailed, inspiring 3D visualizations in the initial phases of design.
  • Archicad features also include custom graphical labeling combining drawing primitives with text blocks, IFC import / export enhancements, plus updates to the Attribute Manager and Model View Options dialogs.
  • The BIMx (BIM eXplorer) app for iOS and Android facilitates the presentation of Archicad models, with Google Cardboard VR 2.0 support for immersive 2D and 3D viewing of building designs on leading smartphone platforms.

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    ARCHICAD Software - Archicad AI Visualizer in Archicad
    ARCHICAD Software - The Parametric Profile Editor allows for the generation of wall, beam and column profiles of greater intelligence, with the ability to then apply those profiles across multiple details
    ARCHICAD Software - Expression-defined property values aids architects wishing to define complex data-processing expressions for elements, useful in ArchiCAD for the purpose of tagging or filtering
    ARCHICAD Software - Performance enhancements in ArchiCAD 22 includes ultra-high 4 and 5K monitor screen resolution on Microsoft Windows 10 operating systems, comparable to the retina display on macOS platforms
    ARCHICAD Software - Maxon’s R19 CineRender engine enables tone mapping plus stereoscopic 360-degree or spherical renderings to be performed within ArchiCAD
    ARCHICAD Software - Custom graphical labels can be created using drawing primitives such as lines, arcs and polylines combined with text blocks
    ARCHICAD Software - IFC import and export enhancements include the switch from IFC2x3 to IFC4 when exporting component and material information
    ARCHICAD Software - An updated Attribute Manager dialog allows for instant attribute search, a combined tab for layers and layer combinations, plus support for the edit of multiple attributes at the same time
    ARCHICAD Software - The Model View Options dialog has also been updated, reorganized and revised to match the layout of other ARCHICAD dialogs
    ARCHICAD Software - The BIMx app for iOS and Android devices features the BIMx Hyper-model for 2 and 3D navigation, while also supporting Google Cardboard VR
    ARCHICAD Software - Real time 3D cutaways with instant access to current room-related information can be viewed within the BIMx model viewer app available for iOS and Android devices
    ARCHICAD Software - The remastered Façade Design tool promises an enhanced design environment for creating and detailing Curtain Walls, internal or external facades featuring repeating patterns
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    ARCHICAD Software - Archicad AI Visualizer in Archicad
    ARCHICAD Software - The Parametric Profile Editor allows for the generation of wall, beam and column profiles of greater intelligence, with the ability to then apply those profiles across multiple details
    ARCHICAD Software - Expression-defined property values aids architects wishing to define complex data-processing expressions for elements, useful in ArchiCAD for the purpose of tagging or filtering
    ARCHICAD Software - Performance enhancements in ArchiCAD 22 includes ultra-high 4 and 5K monitor screen resolution on Microsoft Windows 10 operating systems, comparable to the retina display on macOS platforms
    ARCHICAD Software - Maxon’s R19 CineRender engine enables tone mapping plus stereoscopic 360-degree or spherical renderings to be performed within ArchiCAD
    ARCHICAD Software - Custom graphical labels can be created using drawing primitives such as lines, arcs and polylines combined with text blocks
    ARCHICAD Software - IFC import and export enhancements include the switch from IFC2x3 to IFC4 when exporting component and material information
    ARCHICAD Software - An updated Attribute Manager dialog allows for instant attribute search, a combined tab for layers and layer combinations, plus support for the edit of multiple attributes at the same time
    ARCHICAD Software - The Model View Options dialog has also been updated, reorganized and revised to match the layout of other ARCHICAD dialogs
    ARCHICAD Software - The BIMx app for iOS and Android devices features the BIMx Hyper-model for 2 and 3D navigation, while also supporting Google Cardboard VR
    ARCHICAD Software - Real time 3D cutaways with instant access to current room-related information can be viewed within the BIMx model viewer app available for iOS and Android devices
    ARCHICAD Software - The remastered Façade Design tool promises an enhanced design environment for creating and detailing Curtain Walls, internal or external facades featuring repeating patterns

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    Tony
    Tony
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    • Industry: Architecture & Planning
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    One of my favourite pieces of software

    Reviewed on 2017/11/29

    It allowed me to take my business from one where clients never really understood what it was they...

    It allowed me to take my business from one where clients never really understood what it was they were getting to one where they knew exactly what they were going to get.

    Pros

    ArchiCAD is a highly functional 3D CAD / BIM system which will allow you to realise your architectural visions in the best possible manner.
    It is relatively intuitive to use and it's use of 3D parametric elements makes modelling a breeze. Once you have mastered the basic 3D CAD capabilities there is also a world of BIM opportunities to discover as well. World class IFC interfaces make it easy to collaborate with other consultants.

    Cons

    There is not a lot to actually dislike about ArchiCAD, maybe if anything its tendency to crash occassionally. (But generally it is easy enough to recover from near where you left off...)

    David
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    • Industry: Architecture & Planning
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    ARCHICAD is the most mature and stable BIM solution available

    Reviewed on 2022/02/16

    Overall, it has been a great experience. There are always stumbling blocks with complex software,...

    Overall, it has been a great experience. There are always stumbling blocks with complex software, but we've done a good job of producing what we need with very tight deadlines.

    Pros

    Very flexible for designers. We can produce the same deliverables in multiple ways depending on how we need to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes too flexible, especially for newer users learning the software.

    Danushka
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    • Industry: Architecture & Planning
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    A Software favourite

    Reviewed on 2020/10/31

    It permitted me to take my business from one where customers never truly comprehended what it was...

    It permitted me to take my business from one where customers never truly comprehended what it was they were getting to one where they knew precisely what they planned to get.

    Pros

    ArchiCAD is an exceptionally utilitarian 3D CAD/BIM framework which will permit you to understand your design dreams in the most ideal way. It is moderately natural to utilize and it's utilization of 3D parametric components makes demonstrating a breeze. Whenever you have aced the fundamental 3D CAD capacities there is likewise a universe of BIM occasions to find too. Elite IFC interfaces make it simple to work together with different experts.

    Cons

    There isn't a great deal to really detest about ArchiCAD, perhaps on the off chance that anything its propensity to crash occassionally. (Be that as it may, by and large it is sufficiently simple to recuperate from close to where you left off...)

    Uwe
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    • Industry: Architecture & Planning
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Great software for anydesign orientated architectural practice

    Reviewed on 2023/10/18

    We recently made the switch from another CAD software to ArchCad and our overall experience is very...

    We recently made the switch from another CAD software to ArchCad and our overall experience is very positive. Great support from the ArchiCad team too.

    Pros

    Easy switch between 2d and 3d information. Good render function. Great for teamwork. Easy to get qauntities.

    Cons

    Cost are high. There should be a plugin for price calculation of design based on location and complexity. No plugin yet for Enscape for Mac users

    Alex
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    • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    2D and 3D design application

    Reviewed on 2022/11/08

    Pros

    the creation of a 2D plan is easy and fast because there are predefined walls, you just have to enter the dimensions

    Cons

    archicad has some bugs and limitations and does not have its own rendering engine

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    ARCHICAD offers the following pricing plans:

    • Pricing model: Free Version
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    ARCHICAD has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

    ARCHICAD supports the following languages:

    Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

    ARCHICAD supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

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    ARCHICAD offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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