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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

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

    Training options

    Videos
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
    Documentation

    ARCHICAD pricing information

    Value for money

    4.2

    /5

    194

    Starting from

    Free

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

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    ARCHICAD features

    Functionality

    4.4

    /5

    194

    Total features

    57

    4 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Document Management
    Project Tracking
    Data Import/Export
    Subcontractor Management
    Mobile Access
    Reporting & Statistics
    Project Management
    Customizable Templates

    ARCHICAD users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.5

    /5

    194

    Positive reviews

    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
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    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.27/10
    Rating distribution

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    64

    19

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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.
    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.
    This software is pretty easy to use right away and very powerful. The 3D design ability is great as well.
    Cons
    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.
    That said, with limited or no support between versions of the same package from the industry standard, coordination can still be a pain.
    Poor and complicated tools, takes longer than the competition.

    Overall rating contenders

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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    one of the best in the BIM world

    Reviewed 5 days ago
    Pros

    The sober and uncluttered interface makes it easy to use. Management of several data in the same program. Perfectly adapted for medium-sized companies. File sharing, 3D visualization of prototypes. It is possible to make more elaborate presentations and convince partners and collaborators more easily.

    Cons

    Limited functionality for non-paying versions. Requires enough time to master the GDL programming language to create parametric objects. Basically, it is difficult to master all the features and sometimes the services of an expert will be required.

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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    Great coordination Program

    Reviewed 8 days ago

    The business problem ArchiCad solve was time management. Having multiple people working on the same file simultaneously allows for fluidity in the modeling and design process.

    Pros

    The biggest pro for this program would have to be how advanced it is with team coordination

    Cons

    Some of its features take more time in advance to set up before using efficiently

    Overall Rating
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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 3 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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    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    a cutting-edge tool for architecture

    Reviewed a month ago

    It is ideal to implement the BIM methodology

    Pros

    user interface and ease of implementation

    Cons

    poor connectivity with other modeling software, internal rendering leaves a lot to be desired in terms of image quality and post production

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    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Critical Analysis on Archi Cad compare to Other Cad software's

    Reviewed 22 days ago
    Pros

    The most Likeable part while I am using Archicad is "Its Most user-friendly software I ever come across, its easier, to use Compare to other Cad Software's in the market, Powerfully Presented 3D modeling along with its BIM features, on the same time its much easier to use with other Features like MEP,BIM,Structure, Project management Tools. Over all I am much happier while using this Software then Other Cad software.

    Cons

    The only Missing part or I would like to say, a Most difficult part is when you Export Archicad Pln file to Convert into Dwg, It always Gives problem who are using on Auto cad, no matter how well you set it up, I think Arch cad should make more easier way and make user friendly while Importing File to Dwg.

    ARCHICAD FAQs and common questions

    Q. What type of pricing plans does ARCHICAD offer?

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


    Q. Who are the typical users of ARCHICAD?

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


    Q. What languages does ARCHICAD support?

    ARCHICAD supports the following languages:
    Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish


    Q. Does ARCHICAD support mobile devices?

    ARCHICAD supports the following devices:
    Android, iPad, iPhone


    Q. Does ARCHICAD offer an API?

    No, ARCHICAD does not have an API available.


    Q. What level of support does ARCHICAD offer?

    ARCHICAD offers the following support options:
    FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Email/Help Desk, Chat, Phone Support

    Common ARCHICAD comparisons

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