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ARCHICAD

3D architectural CAD for architects, designers & planners

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ARCHICAD Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

ARCHICAD product overview

What is 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.

Key benefits of using 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.


  • 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.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Email/Help Desk
    Chat
    Phone Support

    Training options

    Webinars
    In Person
    Documentation
    Live Online

    ARCHICAD pricing information

    Value for money

    4.4

    /5

    162

    Starting from

    Free

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

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    ARCHICAD features

    Functionality

    4.4

    /5

    162
    Total Features20 3 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Document Management
    Project Management
    Mobile Access
    Data Import/Export
    Collaboration Tools
    Quotes/Estimates
    Contact Management
    Design Management

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    ARCHICAD users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4

    /5

    162

    Positive reviews

    88%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.06/10
    Rating distribution

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    Pros
    I have been with ArchiCAD since V4 and watched it grow into a great piece of software for our industry. It is used nearly every day and is a great asset in our office.

    BG

    Brendon G.

    ArchiCAD has many great qualities, like their great customer service and mobile access capabilities. It is important for our workflow and it has done wonderfully.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    This software is pretty easy to use right away and very powerful. The 3D design ability is great as well.

    Tp

    Theresa p.

    Cons
    That said, with limited or no support between versions of the same package from the industry standard, coordination can still be a pain.

    FG

    Farral G.

    The inability to create "blocks" is utterly ridiculous and maddening. There are 20 ways to access every objects setting and it will confuse you to no end for the first year.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    Poor and complicated tools, takes longer than the competition.

    HR

    Heliseth Ranse J.

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    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    O melhor software BIM - Archicad

    Reviewed 4 months ago

    Eu uso o Archicad a mais de 6 anos e posso garantir que a minha satisfacção para com este software é mais de 98%... Simplismente espetacular.

    Pros

    Falar do archicad é falar da melhor solução CAD/BIM de hoje amanhã e do futuro mais distante A interface do usuário é espetacular, dinámica e muito intuitiva. Encontrei em um só lugar a opurtunidade de criar a volumetria dos meus projectos, gerar a documentação(Plantas, pormenores, Mapas de quantidade, renderizar etc) este é um grande diferencial entre os varios softwares bim existentes no mercado

    Cons

    Na verdade o programa é muito espetacular que tenho poucos contras em relação a ele em minha experiencia como usuário... Talvez falar de ferramentas em falta: - A integração com motores de renderização mais sufisticados do mercado (V-ray, Corona Render) como motores internos ou addons; - Tutoriais para a modelagem de objectos parametricos; - Os travamentos de vez em quando, o que não verificamos com frequência na mais recente versão(Archicad 24)

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
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    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Developing designs is a breeze

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    Our developed design workflow has sped up. The ability to switch between 2d and 3d visualisations of the space allows us to pick up on issues we wouldn’t normally come across until much later in the design and mitigate them as necessary.

    Pros

    The software sped up our workflow significantly from 2d software and is particularly useful for conceptual and developed design stages where we are continually tweaking the design. The 3d views are particularly useful for understanding design changes as a space. Setting up quick window and door layouts is particularly easy to do and change.

    Cons

    The software works really well at the developed design stage but when it comes to technical design it is very difficult to apply specific products such as windows when the design is not covered by the basic archicad parameters and the company does not yet support the software in its downloads.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    The real BIM

    Reviewed 23 days ago

    Superb software, it is a real advantage with all the potential for improvement you can imagine. Great support and permanent development. It is also supported in MAC

    Pros

    Its a tool created for architecture and it is amazingly agile and powerful. Archicad is definitely a competitive advantage.

    Cons

    Since Archicad is not the industry standard, it sometimes creates conflict with consultants and clients.

    Overall Rating
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    • Ease of use
    • Features
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    • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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    Powerful piece of software that could rival Revit if Graphisoft could shift their approach

    Reviewed 2 years ago
    Pros

    Sometimes I like that archicad is less rigid than Revit. It's easy to create what you want and to get it to look the way it should. Rendering is a breeze. Some of the tools are beyond intuitive. They function exactly the way they should.

    Cons

    This is BIM light. You will be piecing together your model using slabs to represent everything under the sun. You will fudge things with solid element operations that will keep you up at night. Archicad will force you to be inaccurate unless you fight it to your last breath. You'll curse Archicad's lack of ortho snaps. The inability to create "blocks" is utterly ridiculous and maddening. There are...

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    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Archicad herramienta para la arquitectura

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    Comencé a usar archicad ya que llegue a un nuevo trabajo donde solo usaban este software, la verdad me sorprendió lo mucho que facilita algunas labores dentro del diseño de la arquitectura, como los cálculos de escaleras, de techumbre o en un mismo modelo poder obtener rápidamente plantas, secciones y elevaciones, la verdad mi experiencia con archicad ha sido muy grata y lo recomendaría a colegas.

    Pros

    Lo que mas me ha gustado es la facilidad con la que se puede aprender sin necesidad de tomar algún tipo de curso o capacitación (aunque lo recomiendo para un mejor manejo del software), es bastante sencillo el descubrir como utilizar las herramientas y tiene bastantes opciones de edición de estas mismas, su extensa biblioteca facilita mucho el escalar los espacios, y los sistemas para diseño de techo y escaleras sin duda facilitan mucho el diseño de espacios.

    Cons

    Lo que menos me ha gustado es la calidad de las líneas ya que el borde de estas se percibe redondo cuando debería terminar de forma recta, esto le quita un poco de calidad a las entregas ya que se ve un poco sucio a la hora de crear una lamina y posteriormente hay que pasar las laminas por otro programa para mejorarlas. También al copiar y pegar elementos a la lamina a veces el hatch pierde la escala, mas allá de eso creo que es una excelente herramienta.

    ARCHICAD FAQs and common questions

    ARCHICAD has the following pricing plans:
    Pricing model: Free
    Free Trial: Available


    ARCHICAD has the following typical customers:
    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business


    ARCHICAD supports the following languages:
    English


    ARCHICAD supports the following devices:
    Android, iPhone, iPad


    No, ARCHICAD does not have an API available.


    ARCHICAD integrates with the following applications:
    No information available


    ARCHICAD offers the following support options:
    Email/Help Desk, Chat, Phone Support

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