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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Loreto from CJI
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2018

July 2018

Very helpful!!!

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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.

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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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Areane from FSPMI
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Awesome Software!

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

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

June 2018

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.

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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.

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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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Marlene from MFR Architects
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Not quite for beginners to BIM

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As any beginner to any new program, once you take the time to learn and adapt to the program, this will be a very nice program to use for architects and interior designers, or anybody interested in learning and using a BIM program

Pros

-It has a very clear user interface
-You do not need a plugin rendering machine, as this one is built into the program
-Fantastic rendering tools
-You can work on your project from start to finish ( 2D plans to 3D)
-Lighting effects achieved are great
-Great for both Mac and Windows
-Good customer service
-Easy to use once you have taken the time to learn it

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-Not for a beginner to BIM - much dedication needed to learn the program
-A little on the pricey side
-Layer management is not so good
-Not much of a selection of blocks
-Settings are not that straight forward - you can spend hours trying to figure it out

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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.

Pros

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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Raziya from JTC

July 2018

July 2018

Best for professionals

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

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

Review Source: Capterra
 

James from Dick Clark + Associates
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2018

July 2018

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

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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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TAHA from JAMEEL TRADING COMPANY

June 2018

June 2018

SMOOTH AND USEFUL FEATURES

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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

Review Source: Capterra
 

Christiam from I.U.P.S.M

June 2018

June 2018

Application for wonderful 3D design !!

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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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Julio Alberto from Cross Out

June 2018

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

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

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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

Review Source: Capterra
 

Hussain from Patrician/ D4
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Very helpful

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

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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

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

Review Source: Capterra
 


June 2018

June 2018

ArchiCAD has all the features we need and is easy to access from anywhere on mobile, which we love.

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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.

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At first, we were worried about the length and administration of software training. However, the program scales up incredibly well for all company sizes , making training a breeze.

Review Source: Capterra
 


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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

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
 

Luis Guillermo from Paraulata Digital C.A

April 2018

April 2018

I have solved 3D modelling problems that I had with another software, faster and better

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The first hand benefits obtained from using ArchiCAD, are way importants.

The way of getting familiar with the work ambient is so easy, the palletes and menus are very easy to configure, and once you get familiar with it, the worflow is almost intuitive, being this a highlight because it increases the productivity on many levels.

Another thing that is so beneficial is the project management and organization features availables on this software. It allows me to do changes, revisions and modify many things with few clicks.

I can extend on this review explaining on so many levels how this software has helped me to increase my productivity, even with my social networks, because it has helped me increase the amount of likes on my instagram profile given the quality of the renders produced on this application, but the reading could get so extense that I prefer to resume it on few words: you all should definitely try this software, and you'll see how amazing it is.

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How to begin this review? 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. This is an AMAZING OPTION, an AMAZING PRODUCT, the best choose.

In its features, this software it's an adventure, the more you enter the menus and options, the more you get enchanted.

One of the best things on it, it's the fluency on the model management and the views, the control on every level of the model, the customizability on the menus.

Frankly, this is a great option.

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The dislike about this software? Actually i have minimum dislikes, the only thing I'd recommend to the developers of ArchiCAD would be that the document generator could be more friendly, like other drawing CAD applications, that would make more easier the process of finishing the tasks. Oh, and another thing that I don't find very likeable is that the IOS verson of the bimx is more practical than the pc one.

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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

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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