ArchiCAD software


80 reviews(4.5/5)
80 reviews(4.5/5)

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.

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 10

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  • Jesse from Spani Developments

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    September 2018

    ArchiCAD very powerful but super hard to figure out!

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    Pros

    I have seen some amazing things done with this program. Id handles 3d assemblies and many other things with apparent ease.

    Cons

    I found it very hard to move to from regular AutoCAD. There were many features i wanted to use that too many many hours of tutorials and manual reading to sort out. Definitely not intuitive.

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  • Israel from Adel Packaging Creations Incorporation

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    September 2018

    Awesome Software!

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    Pros

    Very good drafting software for me. The navigation is okay as well. And the support team has been very accommodating.

    Cons

    You have to practice first on how to use it before you get used to it.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    ArchiCAD makes life easier

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    Pros

    I really appreciate how easy it makes BIM modeling. I was unsure about BIM modeling but ArchiCAD hooked me.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it took me some time to learn how to use ArchiCAD fluently. This may be due to my lack of experience in BIM modeling prior to using ArchiCAD though.

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  • Cateherin from Nueva Prensa

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Ideal for buildings

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    It is used to add construction data, through the software you can see the development of the work. It allows modifying the data that is added.

    Pros

    ArchiCAD is a good tool for those companies that are developing architecture projects. The reason is because it allows specific designs and the development of the work, from the beginning to the end.

    Cons

    You have to add personalized data, so only reliable users should enter. The price is very expensive, which is negative for users.

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  • Kanav from Studio Anew Architecture

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Value for Money & Great Software

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    Day by day i'm started feeling more connected to the software without comprising my design, explaining my design to my clients through this medium (ArhiCAD software) is always makes my confidence level up. It's a good way to start your career. Thank you Graphisoft

    Pros

    As an Architect it is important to have a good tool with you & i guess ArchiCAD is the first choice. as a young and aspiring architect i always wanted give a meaning to my design, This software help me to get a more practical approach to my work from the beginning of my design, I can work in more details of my project while managing it's 3-D model effortlessly. More control over model while drawing in 2-D is a plus.

    The more you will use it more will connect with the software.

    Cons

    not much but the document manager is bit more complicated, it could more user friendly it will make our more easier.

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  • Brandon from Eco Interiors Ltd.

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Perfect drafting solution for residential and small-to-medium commercial projects

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    Pros

    I spent part of my time each day providing drafting support to our designers, and ArchiCAD was an easy program for me to learn even with minimal drafting experience. The support documents and online resources helped me overcome any learning obstacle I came across.

    Cons

    Having installed ArchiCAD on each computer, it was a tad time consuming to installed and license for everyone. But that's really the only negative I can think of, the drafting interface and features are fantastic!

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  • Britney from Eco Interiors Ltd.

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    ArchiCAD is our go to office drafting solution

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    Pros

    - 2D and 3D modelling simultaneously in one software program
    - Exporting to AutoCAD .dwg formats for coordinating with other designers is a big benefit to us
    - The ability to annotate on any axis helps us produce detailed design drawings with ease

    Cons

    - Learning curve if you are used to AutoCAD drafting environments
    - Large files tend to slow down when navigating and manipulating

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2018

    ArchiCAD Review

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    Pros

    This is one of the best app for architectural design. Its simplicity, speed is top notch

    Cons

    Well, as the name implies, it is only for architectural designs

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  • MAYRA SARETH from UAEH

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

    ARCHICAD EXPERIENCE

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    I USE ARCHICAD TO TEACH MY STUDENTS TO USE A CAD SOFTWARE TO DESIGN LAYOUTS.

    Pros


    IT IS AN EASY TO USE AND VERY VERSATILE PROGRAM, I LIKE A LOT THAT THE STUDENT VERSION HAS AVAILABLE

    Cons


    I DO NOT LIKE THAT SOMETIMES THE PROGRAM IS CLOSELY UNEXPECTED

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  • Stuart from Zon Engineering Inc.

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Great drafting program

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    Pros

    I like ArchiCAD for the interface and integrated BIM generation. The number of features included for the price makes it a solid contender in the CAD software market.

    Cons

    When we switch to mechanical design, we typically export to .dwg as it's easier to do mechanical drafting in autocad.

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  • Steve from River Rock Designs

    Specialty: Residential remodeling

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    ArchiCAD is jam packed with CADD features!

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    Pros

    ArchiCAD is a great CADD program that simultaneously creates 2D and 3D drawings/model. The real time modelling and ability to fly through your structures provides a new depth to our presentations for clients

    Cons

    While ArchiCAD is great for BIM purposes, exporting a model with a lot of content/layers/families ends up creating a lot of layers when viewing a .dwg file in another program.

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  • Raziya from JTC

    July 2018

    Best for professionals

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    Pros

    This is the most user friendly software an architect could ask for. It's features and functionality are like many other softwares combined

    Cons

    I was just a newbie to cad softwares and I found it really complicated. So basically- not for beginners

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  • James from Dick Clark + Associates

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2018

    We are a small half residential, half commercial architecture firm and use ArchiCAD exclusively.

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    Pros

    ArchiCAD allows the user a great deal of specificity when it comes to the 2D and 3D look of different objects, walls, doors, etc. Used in coordination with BIMx, it is an outstanding tool for combining visualization and documentation.

    Cons

    Given that there is such a high level of allowable customization, it is not as easy to use "out-of-the-box". Without a more highly specified internal, firm-created template, there is a high learning curve to get CDs to look the way you want them to look.

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  • Loreto from CJI

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2018

    Very helpful!!!

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    Pros

    This is a very good drafting software. What I like the most is the lighting effects and its clear interface. At first, it was quite uneasy, but as you continuously use each of its features, will definitely give you a best output.

    Cons

    As of the moment, I do not see any issues or major concerns regarding Archicad. It really helped my work to become easier.

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  • TAHA from JAMEEL TRADING COMPANY

    June 2018

    SMOOTH AND USEFUL FEATURES

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    Pros

    THIS SOFTWARE IS SUITABLE FOR NEW DESIGNERS AS WELL AS PROS WITH USEFUL FEATURES AND VERY EASY TO USE

    Cons

    THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH PRINTING OUTPUTS AND THE PRICE OF THE PRODUCT IS A BIT HIGH FOR THE FEATURES IT PROVIDES

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  • Christiam from I.U.P.S.M

    June 2018

    Application for wonderful 3D design !!

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    Pros

    ArchiCAD has excellent customer service and incredible functionality, is very friendly system and has options to enter from a mobile which has helped me a lot in the university.

    Cons

    I use the program once a week and I have never had any problems, the doubts that I have come to have been answered by your attention team, a very useful tool.

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  • Areane from FSPMI

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Awesome Software!

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    Pros

    Really a must a software. Very helpful for my drafting works, very clear interface and the customer support has been really accommodating.

    Cons

    Needs a lot of practice to learn all the modules and features of the product. But once you learned, it gets easy all along.

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  • Julio Alberto from Cross Out

    June 2018

    with little time of use I opt for a pleasant experience to enter the BIM world

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    I use it as a substitute for revit architecture to perform some jobs that require BIM

    Pros

    is a software that allows you to carry out projects with the BIM method in an agile way with an acceptable interface

    Cons

    I have been using it for a short time and the experience, although positive, has its cons, being a bit rigid software and not very flexible in some commands, I had problems adapting quickly to its use

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  • Hussain from Patrician/ D4

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    June 2018

    Very helpful

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    We switched to ArchiCAD exactly on time of our new project and it was very helpful

    Pros

    Before we switched to ArchiCAD we had difficulties with using the software which our company itself developed.. it's been really helpful after the switch

    Cons

    Only thing is that this software is a bit too expensive compared to other few and single key commands are hard to use

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ryan from Zon Engineering Inc.

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    A solid CADD software program that is great for SMB

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    Overall, we're very happy with ArchiCAD and would recommend this to any SMB focusing on small to medium sized commercial or residential projects.

    Pros

    We starting using ArchiCAD to compare the feature set to other CADD software packages on the market. The value for money of ArchiCAD can't be beat and it has all of the drafting features a person could want.

    Cons

    Exporting to other drafting programs has some interesting quirks, though this could just as easily be blamed on the other programs.

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