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Powerful Architecture and Design CAD

ArchiCAD is a computer-aided design program created by Graphisoft. The graphics and design program helps architects and designers to make information modeling. It is very flexible and adaptive for handling various kinds of design projects.

Multilevel Design Tools

ArchiCAD is a professional grade computer-aided program to accommodate everything needed by architects. It can be used by students, teachers, entrepreneurs, professionals and institutions in the field of architecture and design. The building information modeling program provides faster modeling process via raw performance optimization, more streamlined workflows and reduction of file sizes. It can develop construction details and estimate the number of materials needed. Expert designers can make complex models, at the same time make the documentation to meet any graphical and representation standards. Any kind of structures can be displayed in projected and symbolic views as well as cover fills. The program features Opening Tool that interprets any kind of voids, recesses, and niches into graphical openings across the virtual model. This is important when it comes to sending documentation and reports to the project coordinator, engineers, and consultants. They can model, schedule, document and share the Openings for inspections. This program is available for collaboration among project members. It allows constant checking of code and constructability during the project. Any kind of changes are detected and users are notified for faster round-trip collaboration. Users can capture and manage whatever their clients requested for developing design alternatives. The program has dRofus database and Grasshopper Deconstruct Component for handling shared data into readable planning rules and design references. The other integrated productivity features are a better user interface, R20 CineRender engine, convenient attribute management, extensive view settings, more options for Text Label Pointer Lines, tweaked Curtain Wall, and seamless integration of the Software Key Activation and Deactivation.

Additional Training Package

ArchiCAD comes with an extensive packaged called MyARCHICAD. It offers architecture designing tools both for learning and teaching building information modeling through the “implementation” approach by Graphisoft. MyARCHICAD features the creation of a centralized “virtual” Building Information Modeling. It allows retrieval of information as well as generating associative documentation based on the virtual model. Users can access ArchiCAD, its add-ons and some training materials. They will receive the latest designing methods, as well as try some of the free trial add-ons for enhanced workflow. MyARCHICAD comes with 4 license options for students, teachers, entrepreneurs, professionals, and institutions. They can begin with a 30-day trial to test ArchiCAD before applying for full-year extensions.

An Alternate CAD Choice

ArchiCAD is an ideal CAD program for those who want to try something else other than AutoCAD. It lets them focus more on designing, managing design changes, evaluate any design alternatives and collaborate with fellow project members.

PROS

  • Easier modeling workflow
  • Opening tool
  • Supports collaboration tools

CONS

  • Competes against more universal CAD programs
  • Not beginner friendly
  • May require large system resources

Also available in other platforms



User reviews about ArchiCAD

  • Nexus Cafe

    by Nexus Cafe

    Its more user friendly and i recommend it to be used compared to softwares


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