Reviews (1-4 of 4)
February 21, 2020
Score 10 out of 10
ARCHICAD is our key application for design work and used by all teams to produce their drawings. It was implemented over ten years ago and was purchased for the production of our CAD work.
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We use ARCHICAD for both small and large scale projects and have success in it. Constant investment in training and hardware is required to ensure that you make the most of the product, but this is true of all CAB /BIM products these days.
March 23, 2020
Score 9 out of 10
ARCHICAD has been used for all types of architectural projects, such as building, urban planning, lighting, landscaping, interiors and others, whether in large or small projects.
- In addition to allowing you to work more efficiently, ARCHICAD makes teamwork easier and can be used to design just about anything related to architecture.
- It runs on Mac and Windows.
- Interface could be improved in a modern way.
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ARCHICAD can be used for all types of architectural projects, such as building, urban planning, lighting, landscaping, interiors and others, whether in large or small projects. It is widely used by architects and also by other professionals in the field, such as engineers, designers and more.
July 07, 2019
Score 10 out of 10
I'm working at a firm that has focused on ArchiCAD for 25 years. It can be used from early conceptual design (even on graphics to win the proposal!) through design development, modeling, rendering, visualization, information analysis, construction documents, revisions, and construction administration. It's home base for all of our projects, from small T.I.'s to hospital towers and high school campuses. The simple licensing and dual-platform (Mac and Windows work identically) make administration easy and expandable. All this for a much lower annual cost than most competitors.
- ArchiCAD has a smooth, graphics-oriented interface that provides a variety of ways to draw and edit, from traditional menu commands, keyboard shortcuts, and icon toolbars to intelligent context menus and "pet palettes."
- It has always been devoted to the "Open BIM" concept and supports a variety of format to import, export, and maintain real-time links with other software.
- The Teamwork system for file sharing is solid and robust, thanks to a FREE (for the Basic version) BIMCloud internet-enabled server component.
- The Navigator is a logical organizational tool that handles large projects better than Revit's Project Map.
- It is Architect-centric, and while structural and MEP modeling tools are available, the system is not bogged down with unrelated engineering functions.
- I've always found the editing and production tools to be more consistent and intuitive than in any other design software.
- ArchiCAD lacks a few feature sets, including an automatic Keynote database extraction system, an expandable Phasing/Options manager, and an easy way to transfer standard details into a project.
- The Revision/Change Manager, as well as the new Stair and Railing tools, while impressively flexible, are too complex to set up and customize.
- It is an underdog product. Revit has a market share because it spends more money on marketing, and less on product development.
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ArchiCAD works great through the entire design process and even provides basic rendering capabilities with the CineRender plugin. However, advanced rendering, animation, or AR/VR is better suited for exporting to dedicated software, like Cinema 4D or Twinmotion. The same could be said for advanced analytics, like energy modeling or algorithmic design. Nonetheless, ArchiCAD is the best platform for actually developing the building model.
July 02, 2019
Score 9 out of 10
ARCHICAD is the primary tool we use for the production of construction documentation, design coordination, and visualization processes.
- Design modeling: the user interface allows for a pretty intuitive and integrated creative process. It's great for exploring and communicating ideas, and in cases where the process is not inhibited by the need to switch to different software for different stages of work, such as when moving to develop the design in detail. It also allows for a much more seamless process when changes are requested, so that all material from initial visualizations all the way through to detailed design information are all always in sync and up to date. No redundancy of effort is triggered through the logistics of needing to pass the design through multiple software platforms (eg SketchUp => Revit =>AutoCAD) as each design iteration evolves.
- Design documentation: it's reasonably clear that ArchiCAD has the best implementation of BIM in the architectural domain, compared with the nearest rival Revit, and is unmatched for design development and coordination between disciplines, supporting large multidisciplinary teams who can all work simultaneously via the cloud or a local server on the same integrated model.
- Somewhat responsive developers: unlike some others, if an issue is reported, there seems to be a fair chance of the developers engaging with the user and for the issue to be addressed in a subsequent update.
- The Site Mesh tool could be enhanced by auto contour line generation and regeneration, surveyor break lines for cutting/controlling mesh triangulation, and allowing concavities in mesh surface without resorting to SEO. Built-in roads, sidewalks, retaining walls, etc. that modify surface appropriately and intelligently would also be great. Note there are paid 3rd party plugins addressing some of these, but I think these should not be necessary as these requirements are integral to most projects on sloping sites.
- It could do with enhanced case by case control of materials' priority vs SEO, and other junction resolution methods for composite slabs, walls, columns, beams, and roofs.
- Currently, a universal rule-based approach for the whole project may work for 90% of junctions, but it then leaves 10% of cases quite hard to resolve satisfactorily without workarounds.
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ARCHICAD is well suited for Architects and engineers (with appropriate 3rd-party add-ons). It's less suited for specialist visualization artists who will play no further role in building design or construction documentation.
ARCHICAD Scorecard Summary
ARCHICAD is a 3D architectural design application and BIM from Graphisoft, a Nemetschek Group company headquartered in Budapest.
Categories: Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
ARCHICAD Technical Details