- First of all, it runs on a Mac. That's nice.
- It's also much more intuitive to use when you're modeling, especially in 3D which Revit is horrible in. Things like doors and windows can be adjusted graphically in 3D and not via property dialog boxes with dimensions.
- The BIMx app for the iPad is amazing, letting you have a hyperlinked set of drawings, including sections and elevations, at the palm of your hand.
- Synchronization with apps like BlueBeam and Twinmotion are awesome.
- Printing is much easier and more controllable than in Revit (try stopping a print once you hit "print" in Revit...good luck)
- Drag and drop PDFs into the file is fantastic. Revit doesn't let you import PDFs. Weird.
- ArchiCAD gives you a lot of detailed control over every little thing you could ask for.
That detailed control is also a double edged sword. It's sometimes frustrating to have to "tell" archicad every little thing, whereas in Revit, it automates some of things it assumes you want to do. This is a longer topic so I'll just leave it at that. There are however lots of things that drive me crazy about ArchiCAD.
- Layers. I get it....that's built into the system and it's not going away, but the 'layer' concept is so 1980's. Revit's framework of 'families' is much better.
- Because of layers, you can't just hide one or two objects at any given time...like when you're modeling and you want to see something in a particular way. Heck, Doors and windows don't even have a layer setting...really confusing given the layer framework of ArchiCAD in the first place. You end creating tons and tons of layers.
- No multiview windows. It's so frustrating that I can see a wall I select in plan and in section or 3d at the same time. Basic thing to me.
- Keynotes aren't built in that correspond to a keynote legend on your sheets. We have to spend money on a plugin to do that. Revit has it built in.
- Lacks ability to "lock" certain things or relationships that you know you're not going to change. For example, locking two walls together that you know will always and forever be 20' apart for some reason.
- I miss click on a wall and changing it's size with the temporary dimension. Archicad doesn't do that.
- The align tool in archicad is weak compared to revit. Given how often we do this when modeling and laying out our project, it's really frustrating.
- Both ArchiCAD and revit have terrible text tools. Still waiting for bullet lists on both.
- The new stair tool is atrocious. Look to revit for how to do this right.
- When you create a zone (a "room" in Revit), they don't show up in Sections or Elevations....what? So when doing our documents, we have to manually type in the name of each space.
- Here's a big one: Callouts or detail views are not 3D....they're 2D when you create them. You constantly have to "re-build" from the 3d model if you change something...but wait...it gets worse...if you've added dimensions, notes, etc to that detail and you "rebuild" you lose all that work.
The thing we like most about ArchiCAD is that it's fast, reliable, and we can use it on a Mac. We also love the BIMx tool and its connectivity to Twinmotion. However, if Revit ever came to Macs (and not via Parallels...that's a mess)...we may consider going back to it.