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Overview

ARCHICAD from GRAPHISOFT is an architectural CAD and building information modeling software for architects, interior designers...

MicroStation is a 3D architecture software that helps businesses in the oil and gas, construction, mining, manufacturing,...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$

250

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

90

57

18

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

62

64

16

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
91%
would recommend this app

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.

Pros

Overall it's a great software for professionals and not so much for beginners since it provides features and functionalities which is the best.
It is so useful and helpful. We can get our drawing quickly I believe that Bentley's R&D is one of the best learning software in our company.
I love the ability to create an extremely complex and intricate design by utilizing microstation software.

Cons

That said, with limited or no support between versions of the same package from the industry standard, coordination can still be a pain.
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.
Poor and complicated tools, takes longer than the competition.

Cons

There are no prompts which explain what you are doing wrong, instead the program just crashes, leaving the user to wonder what he has to do to make the program work.
Administration can seem confusing as there are so many different options.
It has been a struggle as of late but from past experience i believe the bugs will all be worked out.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review6 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review6 days ago

Key features

  • Total features20
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • Bills of Material
  • CAD Tools
  • Chemical Management
  • Civil
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Component Library
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Custom Development
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Analysis
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Electrical
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Image Editing
  • Interactive Content
  • Labeling
  • Landscape Design
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Mechanical
  • Mobile Access
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Presentation Tools
  • Project Management
  • Project Templates
  • Project Workflow
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reference Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Virtual Tour
  • Total features39
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • Bills of Material
  • CAD Tools
  • Chemical Management
  • Civil
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Component Library
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Custom Development
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Analysis
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Electrical
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Image Editing
  • Interactive Content
  • Labeling
  • Landscape Design
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Mechanical
  • Mobile Access
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Presentation Tools
  • Project Management
  • Project Templates
  • Project Workflow
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reference Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Virtual Tour

Integrations

  • Total integrations2
  • Autodesk Construction Cloud
  • Box
  • CMiC
  • DocuSign
  • Dropbox Business
  • FOUNDATION
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • ProEst
  • Procore
  • ProjectSight
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • STACK
  • Sage 300 Construction
  • Viewpoint
  • Xero
  • Total integrations1
  • Autodesk Construction Cloud
  • Box
  • CMiC
  • DocuSign
  • Dropbox Business
  • FOUNDATION
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • ProEst
  • Procore
  • ProjectSight
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • STACK
  • Sage 300 Construction
  • Viewpoint
  • Xero