ArchiCAD Software


 

ArchiCAD by Graphisoft is a building information modeling (BIM) solution designed for architects, designers, interior designers and urban planners. The product caters to small and midsize businesses and is available both in cloud-based and on-premise deployment options.

ArchiCAD features conceptual design, which enables users to calculate floor area in a construction plan. The product also features a visualization module, which allows users to extract still images and animations for a building plan. ArchiCAD’s automatic drawing generation provides users the tools to extract standard documents such as building views, sections, elevations and 3D documents.

ArchiCAD features Solibri Model Checker, which analyzes the building information model to identify potential design weaknesses and clashing components. It also ensures that the designs follow recommended BIM standards. Users can also estimate the energy requirements and costs for a model.

ArchiCAD offers integration with different construction systems, such as Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks, Tekla BIMsight and Allplan Engineering systems.

 

ArchiCAD - 3D Modeling
 
  • ArchiCAD - 3D Modeling
    3D Modeling
  • ArchiCAD - Building model
    Building model
  • ArchiCAD - CAD drawing
    CAD drawing
  • ArchiCAD - Design workflow
    Design workflow
  • ArchiCAD - Plans
    Plans
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 10

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Abinet from Hono Group
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2018

April 2018

ArchCAD make 3D very easy

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If you want to make 3D, look no more.

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- easily can make 3D, from floor plan easily build internal and external walls
- very good rendering
- can work with 3rd party software

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- not much cons but there should be automatic printable view, easily to prepare the blue print. which extracted from the 3D.

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Nidia from Atom Engineering, PLLC
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Great for Virtual Building

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ArchiCAD is very complete, light, intuitive and with excellent quality of representation, even because it is aimed exclusively at Architecture. But I believe that the biggest differential of it for the competitors is the freedom of customization of the project, not limiting it in design depending on the resources or by complexity, being much less bureaucratic. "

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Its does not have a MAC version yet, so you need to run Parallels Windows, that can makes your computer slower

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Scott from Zon Generation Ltd.
Specialty: Solar
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Blows other drafting programs out of the water

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I was skeptical about ArchiCAD at first, however for the minimal amount of drafting I do, this is great!

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I absolutely love ArchiCAD! The ability to create 3D buildings directly from 2D drafting is phenominal! And due to recent changes in the AutoCAD pricing structure, ArchiCAD looks like it may be the go-to drafting program for designers.

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It's not as feature filled as other drafting programs, however given the change in perpetual licensing for competitive software, the value for money of ArchiCAD can't be beat.

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Cassie from Fca
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

April 2018

April 2018

The biggest draw back in compatibility with other drafting programs

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ArchiCAD has a tendency to create complex objects when exporting to other CAD program drawing formats. This can be a challenge for other firms when importing files into their preferred CAD programs.

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ArchiCAD is a good alternative to pricier CAD programs, and it has a user friendly interface that any draftsperson would quickly adapt to.

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It's not as feature filled as other CAD programs which, while that can be a blessing, does provide some challenges when working between programs and/or exporting files for other firms to use.

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Rimi from Self employed
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

April 2018

April 2018

Interesting option but learning curve is issue

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3D visualization features provide a good starting set to work with when modeling your building project.

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Issues with interface being clunky at times and setting up workspace layout at least when compared to other packages.

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Scott from Zon Engineering Inc.
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2018

April 2018

It's a good drafting solution, though it's not as robust as AutoCAD

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ArchiCAD is great for beginning levels of design, however for complex projects and coordination between firms, AutoCAD is a better solution.

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ArchiCAD is good for smaller architecture firms and individual designers. It gets the job done, however the file export and compatibility with other drafting programs (e.g. AutoCAD) leaves something to be desired

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Exporting files to formats for other drafting programs often creates inconsistent entities in the drawings which cannot be read properly by other programs.

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Tim from Prodynamix
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Great Design Software Easy to use!!!

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This software is amazing. It is so functional and very easy to use. It is great for the design environment.

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The main problem is the company size. They are very small and their support is quite limited. This also effects new versions.

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darra from bespoke design, LLC
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Powerful, easily customizable CAD software for your design + construction projects

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Popular in Europe, ArchiCAD is the only BIM software I use in my design practice. The advantage of designing in 2 and 3 dimensions simultaneously allows me to be better at my job and provides an easier way to communicate design drawings to my clients. There is no comparison between ArchiCAD and AutoCAD or Sketch Up.

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Flexibility, ease of use and depth of project customization. Design in 2 and 3 dimensions simultaneously. Import and export projects with AutoCad, etc.

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Not as popular as AutoCAD, fewer free and for fee objects available. Deep knowledge is required to unlock all of ArchiCAD’s powerful features.

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May 2018

May 2018

Best software to start in 3D

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I love the simplicity with which I can design a house in minutes with the minimum of 3D modeling knowledge.

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Rendering quality need some improvements, and heavy scenes lead always to crashes and makes us lose a lot of time.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Farral from FDG Architects

April 2018

April 2018

Great program for architectural design

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This package is feature rich and is well supported. While there are nowhere as many users, at least in the US, as there are for the industry standard, it seems to me gaining in use - probably because of marketing to students. Cost is much more reasonable if you can manage without having the industry standard software.

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It is harder to collaborate with many engineers and other consultants that typically use the industry standard. It does support files created with other CAD packages, but it will never be as seamless as having everyone on the same platform. That said, with limited or no support between versions of the same package from the industry standard, coordination can still be a pain.

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Emmah from GREEN KENYA CORPORATION LIMITED

April 2018

April 2018

Simplicity and innovation at its best

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Creating 3d models of designs is one of my best hobbies, and archicad has helped me alot through the simple and offline/standalone design. I can do it even when on vacation

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Archicad is quite expensive compared to other computer aided design software but one really does get the value for their money

Review Source: Capterra
 

Blake from Hart Homes

April 2018

April 2018

Takes some getting used to, but pair this with artlantis and you're sure to impress!!

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Great program, the initial capabilities of this software allow you to create anything you need for your project including structure and facade. Juvenile looks but really performs great, comparative to all other modeling programs.

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It tends to lag on me from time to time, but that may be due to my computing specs. All in all still a great capable program.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Shubham from Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

April 2018

April 2018

Great tool for architects and civil engineers

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This is a great tool for architects and civil engineers. It is perfectly designed to do the required job in a convenient manner.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Theresa from Architecture

March 2018

March 2018

Useful software that is widely used

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

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This software is a little expensive and the customer service is not the greatest. The interface could also use an update.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kristina from Architecture by Kristina
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Great Design Software Easy to use!!!

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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

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Good user interface; very clear and also enables quick a lot of user adjustment. Flexibility, ease of use and depth of project customization. Design in 2 and 3 dimensions simultaneously. Import and export projects with AutoCad, etc.

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Too many object settings for each object makes learning curve quite steep. Not intuitive enough for quick design experimentation (a la Sketchup). Opening up files take a long time depending on your CPU.

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MIGUEL from AYESA

March 2018

March 2018

The most intuitive tool to learning BIM and 3D modeling.

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Menus, interface and process showed are the most intuitive and easy to learn. It is the best way to start in this kind of software from zero.

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Others marks have the monopoly in the industry and their formats, extensions and process are almost mandatory for hardworkers.

Review Source: Capterra
 

EMMA from ICON architecture

March 2018

March 2018

This software has been replaced by Revit at many firms.

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The versatility and capabilities are great because of the many 3d options to see plans, sections, elevations, etc.

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This software has been replaced by Revit in many firms because of some of the more specific features that are not as user friendly.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Matthew from Government Administration

March 2018

March 2018

Decent little architectural application with some nice features

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The main thing that I like the best with this software, is that the GUI is extremely user friendly and very easy to grasp. I was able to know how to get around this software within minutes of using it. I love visualization enhancement is the new 3D Surface Painter that enables users to apply different materials in a timely manner to model surfaces using drag-and-drop.

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Most functions just seem old and out dated. The developers need to work on this. No spelling of the shortcut functions and no simple way of controlling building part types and other automation features you might find elsewhere.

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March 2018

March 2018

Very good for 2D and 3D modeling.

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I like how easy it can be to add details to models going from 2D to 3D and vice versa. Modeling can be a bit unusual, but it's easy to learn to use it.

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This software can be tricky to use, but once you get the hang of it and know where everything is, it's a breeze.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jasfer from Vectordata, Inc. CEBU Philippines

March 2018

March 2018

Easiest way to use when using architectural designs.

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experience and skills

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basically everything, from its interface, to its functions. most user friendly BIM software i used. its has its own unique functions and combination of various softwares.

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so far, the least thing i like about this software is its compatibility with other engineering functions; structural, mep and other stuff.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mario from The Eisen Group

February 2018

February 2018

One of the most common used, but not the best on my opinion.

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The most beneficial thing could be the ability to manage layers.

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I've used ArchiCAD in the past to do some 3D modeling and rendering visualization for architectural projects. However, in my experience using other 5-8 software on the same line, I think ArchiCAD in one of the most basic ones. You'll be able to create a project from scratch and do a fair/good quality rendering if you know how to use it.

You would also, learn how to be organized with layer management.

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The compatibility with 3D model formats (the most known like 3DS, FBX, and OBJ don't really work great, as some of the textures may be missing during the export-import process.

Also, their customer service, can be a little painfull, just to get answers to common issues. You'll spend 30-45 minutes, to get a not much-convinced answer, that you could probably find by looking in the web.

I do not have a great experience with this software, but I think maybe it is a good software for those who are more involved in the Interior design or students to start in the industry because it gives you the tools to understand other software.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Maria Carolina from FEIBO SERVICIOS INDUSTRIALES, CA
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Excellent product, easy to use to integrate construction disciplines.

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Excellent for integrating construction disciplines in 3D and avoiding problems when installing

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My experience is mainly in MEP and I like how easy it can be to adjust the default components in the libraries, without the need to add a new one. With other BIM softwares it is more complicated to adjust the dimensions of these components.

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It really is a software that I like a lot and I would recommend it on the competition, what I like the least could be a little the interface that does not look so modern, but as Softaware I do not have negative criticism.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Tony from AW2 Arkkitehdit Oy
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

One of my favourite pieces of software

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It allowed me to take my business from one where clients never really understood what it was they were getting to one where they knew exactly what they were going to get.

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ArchiCAD is a highly functional 3D CAD / BIM system which will allow you to realise your architectural visions in the best possible manner.
It is relatively intuitive to use and it's use of 3D parametric elements makes modelling a breeze. Once you have mastered the basic 3D CAD capabilities there is also a world of BIM opportunities to discover as well. World class IFC interfaces make it easy to collaborate with other consultants.

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There is not a lot to actually dislike about ArchiCAD, maybe if anything its tendency to crash occassionally. (But generally it is easy enough to recover from near where you left off...)

Review Source: Capterra
 

Francesco from L Arkkitehdit

November 2017

November 2017

I use Archicad on daily basis and it's a great intuitive tool for architects

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It is easy to use from day one, it is flexible to adapt to your office's needs and the 3d model is detailed enough to send it forward to the visualisation team

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There are few plugins compared to similar prodcts, so for example I cannot use Archicad for daylight simulation in LEED and BREEAM projects

Review Source: Capterra
 

Antonio from Restaurants
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

October 2017

October 2017

Archicad forever

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I have most benefits to use this software in my work.

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I use this software from 1990 and it was and it is the quickest cad for architectural design. I am very satisfied with this product.

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the compatibility with the older versions of software is the only problem of this software and the price medium-high

Review Source: Capterra
 

Anna from https://mytaskhelper.ru

April 2017

April 2017

I do not know how the designers worked before ArchiCAD

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I have enjoyed using ArchiCAD for about 5 years and I wonder how the designers could work in those days when such software did not exist. ArchiCAD helps to master the basics of design, and in the future it is convenient to use the package to create more complex designs. In the program all modules work perfectly, the functional is sufficient for designing complex designs.

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expensive

Review Source: Capterra
 

Lindon from -

February 2017

February 2017

I work with ARCHICAD, I satisfied all except the price

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The program is a powerful, functional well laid out, easy to use interface and intuitive. The only negative - the high cost of the professional package.

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Mark from MarkAllSoft

February 2017

February 2017

Convenient and useful program

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We are taught during training to design the structure on paper. Now, with the advent of modern powerful software and a good computer work much easier. ARCHICAD - one of these programs, without which it is almost impossible to create high-quality documentation.

Review Source: Capterra