ARCHICAD

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GRAPHISOFT ignited the Building Information Modeling revolution in 1984 with the release of ARCHICAD, the industry-first BIM software for architects and designers. Developed by architects, for architects, ARCHICAD offers an award-winning design suite with 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and other BIM functions from the planning phase through construction to facilities management.

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ARCHICAD review by <span>Benjamin C.</span>
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General review

What do you like best?

- Good user interface; very clear and also enables quick a lot of user adjustment

- Quick & helpful tech support (local distributor Australia, Central Innovation)

- Teamwork function works very well

- File backups work very well

What do you dislike?

- Too many object settings for each object makes learning curve quite steep

- Not intuitive enough for quick design experimentation (a la Sketchup)

- Not intuitive enough to enable multiple design options in one file - requires many steps such as hot linked modules etc.

- There is no multi-window view in Windows that allows for one view to be viewing the 2D plan and the other to be viewing the 3D view and have them update in real time

- Opening up files take a long time depending on your CPU

- OpenGL quality is not great. Often we don't want to have to go through a full render just to peel off quick 3D views for a client

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Steep learning curve as each object has a lot of settings

- If the user is coming from traditional 2D workflow then the learning curve will be even steeper

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BIM software is generally the next way the industry is going in regards to combining the 2D and 3D software together. Haven't experienced any other BIM software other than ARCHICAD so cannot comment too much.

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ARCHICAD review by <span>Luis Guillermo G.</span>
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Very useful and friendly BIM software

What do you like best?

How to begin this review? This software is so delightful! Actually, this software is my first option on BIM world. The render engine quality is amazing and very likely and customizable. This is an AMAZING OPTION, an AMAZING PRODUCT, the best choose.

What do you dislike?

The dislike about this software? Actually i have minimum dislikes, the only thing I'd recommend to the developers of ArchiCAD would be that the document generator could be more friendly, like other drawing CAD applications, that would make more easier the process of finishing the tasks. Oh, and another thing that I don't find very likeable is that the IOS verson of the bimx is more practical than the pc one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should try this software, it's amazing an once you try this you won't like to choose another one. The options and the world you discover is priceless. Another plus is the BIMX models... They're another way to experience the building and to "live it" like you're on it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have solved 3D modelling problems that i had with another software, that make my work fast and better.

What Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution do you use?

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ARCHICAD review by <span>Bram L.</span>
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Nimble but powerfull

What do you like best?

The speed and easy of working in the program. Moving from sketching to draft to final project is a uninterrupted workflow and the one that I think is the main reason for looking at ARCHICAD. It handles like a intuitive modelling application but can still be used in large scale projects.

The simple publishing workflow is also really a huge timesaver, especially in the late phases where time is running low.

IFC support and administration is definitely one of the best in the market. You can pretty much export exactly the model you want.

Many functions seem to exactly where they need to be when working through the project - really love most parts of the UI and UX.

What do you dislike?

Some functions just seem dated and stuck in time forever not getting any developer love. No in project blocks, cannot select something in 3D and see it in 2D, no multiply viewports, no spelling of shortcuts, no easy way of controlling building part types and other automation features you might find elsewhere.

Would really help ARCHICAD to move forward with more highgrade plugins or even an app-store to make the many but quite obscure developers visible to the everyday users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a great template and/or training or you will be fighting the program to get started. Use the helpcenter (right click on anything > help) look in the Youtube channel.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Large scale projects with full MEP, visualisation, design proposals, interior design, object creation, collaboration between offices, classification of models, model checking and design validation, models for VR/CAVE, presentation models on mobile devices, retail design and shop drawings.

ARCHICAD review by <span>Dave T.</span>
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Could be Gold but seem to be happy with silver or bronze

What do you like best?

- One software to keep everything together

- its fun to use the software, cause it feels comfortable to use

- Easy handling if you once understand the concept

- every state of a project can be done in Archicad

- file back up is genius

- teamwork is a very nice system

- full bim support

- speeding up every project

- drawing publisher is super fast

- ifc support

- interoperability with other software is very high (3dsmax, rhino, sketchup, solibri etc.)

- grasshopper connection

- good community, there is always someone from Graphisoft answering or solving the important question

- education program

- good Windows and macOS software

- BIMx

- linking of all drawing is working very good

What do you dislike?

- GDL is an uncommon language to program things

- some tools need to be rethought cause the concept behind them is oldschool

- interoperatibility with renderengines

- colorless interface; hard to manage with big projects

- layer manager is very rudimentary

- to many concepts for the tools; most of the tools are working in its own way

- shortcuts had to be rethought too

Recommendations to others considering the product

Overall its the best software we have seen for a long time.

Its working, its helping and is solving problems.

Just give it a try. You would be amazed by the outcomes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can solve a whole project in our office with one software in a enormous speed. In 2D and 3D at the same time. We start from the first phase of gathering information in 2D then we go for the first design in 2D and 3D and then we end with facility management, every thing is in one piece of software, which is very good. No matter how big the project is, from resident architecture in small scale and big scale to industry buildings. Even redevelopment is easy to do in Archicad.

The speed of Archicad is very good and the concept of the software is overall genius but it also has its idiosyncrasies which sometimes can be annoying because it feels like the solution would be so easy, just do it.

ARCHICAD review by <span>Victor M.</span>
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Great

What do you like best?

I like that it gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to graphic representation of architectural drawings. Very user friendly and shortcut keys allow for quick modeling. The Explorer feature is one of the best for navigating through 3D. The new rendering mechanism that was obtained in Archicad 20 is amazing!

What do you dislike?

That being said about the freedom of graphics. The numerous amounts of settings can be a bit overwhelming at times. and Other times you don't know which setting you're looking for

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for modeling on Mac Computers. Definitely under appreciated in the US. New Rendering tools are fantastic!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We pretty much do all of our drawings using Archicad. We've come so far with this program and we are now able to standardize it in our office making it easier for new employees to come and learn it quickly.

ARCHICAD review by <span>Adrienne d.</span>
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Robust, takes commitment to learn features

What do you like best?

I do interior design and work with architects that use this program. I like the Cinerender rendering, the lighting effects I can get and the surfaces.

What do you dislike?

The program has gotten more complex over the years, and is more advanced than I need. If I wasn't working on files the architects create, I would find a different program. However, if you need or want a true BIM solution, this is a good choice. The sales and service through a local group (Boston for mine) is great. I would definitely recommend the ArchiPlus subscription if you can afford it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A good solution for residential design, but probably at it's best for multi units and commercial design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can with a great deal of accuracy show clients what their interiors will look like. I can create lighting plans, show before/afters with the renovation filter and render pretty detailed materials.

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