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GRAPHISOFT ignited the Building Information Modeling revolution in 1984 with the release of ARCHICAD, the industry-first BIM software for architects and designers. Developed by architects, for architects, ARCHICAD offers an award-winning design suite with 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and other BIM functions from the planning phase through construction to facilities management.

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Luis Guillermo G.
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"Very useful and friendly BIM software"

What do you like best?

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.

What do you dislike?

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.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You should try this software, it's amazing an once you try this you won't like to choose another one. The options and the world you discover is priceless. Another plus is the BIMX models... They're another way to experience the building and to "live it" like you're on it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have solved 3D modelling problems that i had with another software, that make my work fast and better.

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"ArchiCAD edges out Revit in a few key categories..."

What do you like best?

First, Archicad is fast. I currently use Revit in an large professional office and use AC for my side projects on a Mac. The standard navigation, especially in 3D, like other's have mentioned, is a major benefit when working out details in the BIM environment. There are definitely other software options to see the designed space on the fly, but to be able to affect the construction documents in the BIM model with a smooth 3D interface is really nice. Another clear benefit is the project management and view/sheet navigation. Revit is a complete disaster at this. AC, on the other hand, is intuitive, allows for drag and drop, makes publishing happen in seconds, and is just an all around smooth process. Also, changing markers and linked views could not be simpler in AC.

Another huge distinction from Archicad and Revit is AC's Trace function. The ability to show other views/drawings, sheets, etc. ghosted over your current view is a huge time saver compared to Revit. To my knowledge, there is nothing that does this in Revit.

Other notables are the stair and curtain wall tools. They're just better, and the graphical interface when editing each one is fantastic. Also, not least of all, it's cross platform. Macs and Window's PCs can use it without issue, so the overhead of changing your hardware to suit your software doesn't occur.

Remaining items in no particular order:

-pricing is still somewhat more manageable than Autodesk, which is sucking the world dry.

-It can do all types of projects (I added this because for some reason, some people think it's only good for small projects)

-Morph and Shell modeling are pretty good and feels a little like Sketchup and allows for quick schematic design or full fledged objects

-Graphic overrides, demo status, and the simple switches at the bottom of the window make view management easy

-Overall user interface is smooth and easy on the eyes. This might be a function of the Mac's more anti-aliased display, though...

-Favorites make adding notes, objects, or anything else that is regularly added much faster and easier

-Integration with Rhino and Grasshopper is great (Revit can do this too, but it's a little more involved)

-It can connect with Twinmotion (if you have the right graphics card setup)

What do you dislike?

Lack of basic things like keynotes, the ability to easily 3D model custom library objects that are parametric, and the minimal support by other AEC products in the US (i.e. Bluebeam, AR and VR programs besides Twinmotion, etc. It also lacks basic US detail libraries 2D and 3D. Product manufacturers are making their files for Revit only and this could save lots of time if elements were available in AC format as well. And as a result of them not being available for download, we are forced to learn GDL (the scripting language for Archicad) in order to parametrically model library objects. Yes, you can model something in space and save it as an library object. However, if you want to edit that object, you're stuck with a preview of the object and the only way to edit is through the code language. So you end up having to explode it and remake it and save over the object. Perhaps I am missing something here, but I don't see anything out there allowing for ease of modeling custom 3D parametric objects (i.e. cabinets, light fixtures, furniture, custom doors and windows, etc.).

Another major annoyance is it's lack of proper MEP and structural library elements including detailing elements. These come out of the box for Revit and are tailored for your region. That issue also overlaps into regular detail elements that are not included in AC as well. Things like wood and light gauge metal framing elements, connectors, fasteners, and all the stuff I loathe searching the internet for.

Probably the biggest dislike along side the GDL scripting requirement for objects, is the overall lack of industry support whether it be in product objects or other AEC software that is within most firms workflow. They have/had a Bluebeam link of some kind, but since Bluebeam discontinued it's Mac version (it's a NEMETSCHEK company!) Mac users have to find another way.

I would also rate this dislike highly up there: Archicad's overall guides and help, and especially their presence on YouTube, is downright abysmal. There is a new building in Austin, TX that just completed and was done by a local firm using Archicad with a minimal staff, and I have see nothing about it from Graphisoft despite the local Archicad rep staging an in-office meet with the firm to see how they are using it. Graphisoft, if you're listening, please up your game. It's embarrassing.

Other dislikes in no particular order:

-It's not really sold in the US as easily as Autodesk products or others and so you have to go through reps and it's a little cumbersome. Can we have a purchase and download please?

-Again, to harp on it, overall marketing and web presence leaves something to be desired

-Support for real world workflows! I get it, you don't want to show other competitors, but because this is how the world actually works, you get consultants and developers and others on lots of different software, so please show how AC can more easily integrate into ALL the various workflows easier than any other software can.

-Being able to associate objects to other objects in the view like Revit does would be really great.

-Text writing and formatting paragraphs and styles is basically non existent

-Specification integration is truly a complete whiff. Where do people integrate their specs? Word? Ugh. Fortunately it looks like MasterSpec has their cloud version going...

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Know that you can do anything in the program, but it really depends on your current integrated workflows. Check your current software and hardware and see how you would integrate them into AC. In my opinion, if you can make Archicad work, you will be very happy you did. It definitely lacks in some areas, but the overall day-to-day engagement with it is far better than Revit.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quickly generating SD packages and being able to move rapidly into DD and CD phases has been very enjoyable as the elements we use for each phase can translate easily. We typically start with a Sketchup model but have a very rough schematic Archicad model from it to help with initial take-offs and quantities. It really makes the first phases easy.

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Pablo Antonio R.
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"It can really work on it even for architects begginers, it's a really good software."

What do you like best?

ARCHICAD has been a success because prices is very reasonable if you can manage it without having the industry standard software, also you can make 3D easily and it has much fluency on the model management and all system is very easy and complete. I have to say that this is a good alternative to pricier CAD programs because it's great for smallers architecture firms and individual designers.But with all sincerity, this has been the best architecture design software that I've found.

What do you dislike?

Actually, I haven't visualized many dislikes on this software, but the only thing that I need to say is some functions just seem to be old and out and well... That's all, everything's been good with ARCHICAD.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would like to say that if you want to start your small projects, you need to begin with this software. SUPER RECOMMENDED.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has served me to do great works and designs, I have done all my projects with ARCHICAD and it's been a great experience.

What Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Danny C.
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"Better than Revit for some things (modeling), worse than Revit for others (documentation)."

What do you like best?

- 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.

What do you dislike?

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.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Think about what you're looking for. If you're looking for ease of use, intuitiveness, and modeling prowess..I would go with ArchiCAD. If you're looking for outstanding ease of use during the construction documents phase...go with Revit.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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.

Ivan M.
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"One of the best BIM platforms around."

What do you like best?

Ease of use, intuitive for the most part, price beats Revit by far, you don't "rent" it like revit you own it, works on a Mac. Just to name a few. Basic tools are quick to learn. You can actually draft accurately in 3D. Its layer based so view combinations are endless and renovation filters are fantastic. No hiding and unhiding like in Revit. Unique forms that you might create in Sketchup are possible and easy. It just works with out the back talk!

What do you dislike?

Tools like the new Stair tool are so powerful they can be hard to learn to use. Perhaps to many options on that one. I don't like that the Render function doesn't come stock with a Solo license. I found the Cine Render part of the program to be tricky to use. So I use Artlantis for renderings.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Dont' wast your money on Revit. Archicad has the ability to export and import from Revit so who cares who else is using it. After all how often do you need a 3D model of your HVAC system?

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architecture! Speed of producing a set of construction documents!

Stephanie (Essie) M.
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"ArchiCAD success story BIMx"

What do you like best?

I love that this BIM 3D imaging software can be used on a designer’s Mac book pro or similar Mac product. I love the user interface compared with its competitor (revit) that seems more geared towards engineers rather than designers. This is a product for the dreamer and the designer!

What do you dislike?

I dislike the folder hierarchy on the right hand side that allows for an eventual print. Of course I am still getting use to this.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are getting 3 days of work done all at once. The floor plan created literally created the 3D model at the same time. Then it is only clicks away from being laid onto sheets for print and review. I love the team project too, where multiple people can work on the same project all at once.

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"Best design software for simple and complex projects"

What do you like best?

Archicad is such a user friendly software it makes designing very interesting. The features that archicad has enables one to play around to get the the most suitable design that is aesthetically pleasing and meet their functionality. Archicad enable one to view in 3D mode very easily therefore making it easy to coordinate with the client to how far the design has come and get a visual idea of the end result. It is also very easy to print in Archicad. It also allows drag and drop PDF's which is a very essential ability

What do you dislike?

Archicad is a good software and its hard to dislike however it lacks a very crucial ability I think. The ability to lock down items you know very well will not change for example walls laid down at specific degrees every time you miss click on the wall it moves making you back and forth when one is trying to make progress..

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The best software for beginner as it use friendly and allows a world of imagination due to its multiple features and endless support. It is compatible with most Operating system including Mac computers and very reliable and fast.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company uses Archicad to modify office structures and alter them to our liking. Archicad is fast reliable and compatible every operating system thus making it very user friendly even for beginners and students learning how to design.

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"ARCHICAD, the bet designing tool on BIM platforms."

What do you like best?

-ARCHICAD is the bet designing software on BIM world. This software can do both 2d drawings and 3d modeling. The user can draft ed drawing in a perfectly clear way for better presentation.

-Its high 3D functionalities help the user transform the idea to the design. Creating of the new 3d object for designing enhancement.

-The automated process of conversion of 2d drawings to 3d.

-Easy to customize to be able to produce the best services from it, ARCHICAD can produce high quality of Architectural service when customized by an experienced user.

-File exporting. This software can export its files to other product like AutoCAD for service improvement,

-Quick response from the Technical Support Team. The team is always there whenever needed by their customers on product help.

-Easy 3d rendering. Visualization using ARCHICAD is also very enjoyable activity,

What do you dislike?

Slow running when loading a heavy file project, but ARCHICAD has been doing a good job for our organization and it will always be our most reliable designing software.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The best software in Architectural and even Engineering industries.Easy to get used with a little coaching.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

-Quick drafting of 2d drawing services,

-3d modeling and rendering.

-Production of high quality of Architectural drawings for presentation.

-Business promotion.

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"General review"

What do you like best?

- Good user interface; very clear and also enables quick a lot of user adjustment

- Quick & helpful tech support (local distributor Australia, Central Innovation)

- Teamwork function works very well

- File backups work very well

What do you dislike?

- Too many object settings for each object makes learning curve quite steep

- Not intuitive enough for quick design experimentation (a la Sketchup)

- Not intuitive enough to enable multiple design options in one file - requires many steps such as hot linked modules etc.

- There is no multi-window view in Windows that allows for one view to be viewing the 2D plan and the other to be viewing the 3D view and have them update in real time

- Opening up files take a long time depending on your CPU

- OpenGL quality is not great. Often we don't want to have to go through a full render just to peel off quick 3D views for a client

Recommendations to others considering the product:

- Steep learning curve as each object has a lot of settings

- If the user is coming from traditional 2D workflow then the learning curve will be even steeper

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BIM software is generally the next way the industry is going in regards to combining the 2D and 3D software together. Haven't experienced any other BIM software other than ARCHICAD so cannot comment too much.

Luis Guillermo G.
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"Very useful and friendly BIM software"

What do you like best?

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.

What do you dislike?

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.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You should try this software, it's amazing an once you try this you won't like to choose another one. The options and the world you discover is priceless. Another plus is the BIMX models... They're another way to experience the building and to "live it" like you're on it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have solved 3D modelling problems that i had with another software, that make my work fast and better.

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"Long time User, still loving ArchiCAD"

What do you like best?

ArchiCAD has a smooth, graphic-oriented interface that provides a variety of ways to draw and edit, from traditional menu commands, keyboard shortcuts, and icon toolbars to intelligent context menus and "pet palettes". The Navigator is a logical organizational tool that handles large projects better than Revit's Project Map. It is Architect-centric, and while structural and MEP modeling tools are available, the system is not bogged down with unrelated engineering functions. It has always been devoted to the "Open BIM" concept, and supports a variety of format to import, export, and maintain real-time links with other software. The Teamwork system for file sharing is solid and robust, thanks to a FREE (for the Basic version) BIMCloud internet-enabled server component. And in general, I've always found the editing and production tools to be more consistent and intuitive than in any other design software.

What do you dislike?

ArchiCAD lacks a few feature sets, including an automatic Keynote database extraction system, an expandable Phasing/Options manager, and an easy way to transfer standard details into a project. The Revision/Change Manager, as well as the new Stair and Railing tools, while impressively flexible, are too complex to set up and customize.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't be afraid of using an underdog product. Revit has market share because it spends more money on marketing, and less on product development. You have options, and ArchiCAD will open up a whole world of design freedom.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

After years of working on multiple software platforms, I'm finally working at a firm that has focused on ArchiCAD for 25 years, just as I have always wanted. It can be used from early conceptual design (even on graphics to win the proposal!) through design development, modeling, rendering, visualization, information analysis, construction documents, revisions, and construction administration. It's home base for all of our projects, from small T.I.'s to hospital towers and high school campuses. The simple licensing and dual-platform (Mac and Windows work identically) make administration easy and expandable. All this for a much lower annual cost than most competitors.

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"Nimble but powerfull"

What do you like best?

The speed and easy of working in the program. Moving from sketching to draft to final project is a uninterrupted workflow and the one that I think is the main reason for looking at ARCHICAD. It handles like a intuitive modelling application but can still be used in large scale projects.

The simple publishing workflow is also really a huge timesaver, especially in the late phases where time is running low.

IFC support and administration is definitely one of the best in the market. You can pretty much export exactly the model you want.

Many functions seem to exactly where they need to be when working through the project - really love most parts of the UI and UX.

What do you dislike?

Some functions just seem dated and stuck in time forever not getting any developer love. No in project blocks, cannot select something in 3D and see it in 2D, no multiply viewports, no spelling of shortcuts, no easy way of controlling building part types and other automation features you might find elsewhere.

Would really help ARCHICAD to move forward with more highgrade plugins or even an app-store to make the many but quite obscure developers visible to the everyday users.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get a great template and/or training or you will be fighting the program to get started. Use the helpcenter (right click on anything > help) look in the Youtube channel.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Large scale projects with full MEP, visualisation, design proposals, interior design, object creation, collaboration between offices, classification of models, model checking and design validation, models for VR/CAVE, presentation models on mobile devices, retail design and shop drawings.

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"The tool of choice for architects"

What do you like best?

Intuitiveness, ease of use, amazing results. Basic tools offer complex opportunities for design. Listing and export functions are powerful and comprehensive. The workflow is architect-oriented, offering familiar solutions even for newbies. Interface is clean and clear. Teamwork is very powerful and safe, I have never lost time or data.

What do you dislike?

No option for split-screen views in PC environment. Would love to see more 3D modelling functions for existing tool,: the wall and slab tools in particular. Editing composites and shapes on-screen would be nice. Modelling constraints is a big wish.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Keep up the good work!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Teamwork for out-of-office teams, construction documents based on real-world equivalent of objects and materials.

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"Could be Gold but seem to be happy with silver or bronze"

What do you like best?

- One software to keep everything together

- its fun to use the software, cause it feels comfortable to use

- Easy handling if you once understand the concept

- every state of a project can be done in Archicad

- file back up is genius

- teamwork is a very nice system

- full bim support

- speeding up every project

- drawing publisher is super fast

- ifc support

- interoperability with other software is very high (3dsmax, rhino, sketchup, solibri etc.)

- grasshopper connection

- good community, there is always someone from Graphisoft answering or solving the important question

- education program

- good Windows and macOS software

- BIMx

- linking of all drawing is working very good

What do you dislike?

- GDL is an uncommon language to program things

- some tools need to be rethought cause the concept behind them is oldschool

- interoperatibility with renderengines

- colorless interface; hard to manage with big projects

- layer manager is very rudimentary

- to many concepts for the tools; most of the tools are working in its own way

- shortcuts had to be rethought too

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Overall its the best software we have seen for a long time.

Its working, its helping and is solving problems.

Just give it a try. You would be amazed by the outcomes.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can solve a whole project in our office with one software in a enormous speed. In 2D and 3D at the same time. We start from the first phase of gathering information in 2D then we go for the first design in 2D and 3D and then we end with facility management, every thing is in one piece of software, which is very good. No matter how big the project is, from resident architecture in small scale and big scale to industry buildings. Even redevelopment is easy to do in Archicad.

The speed of Archicad is very good and the concept of the software is overall genius but it also has its idiosyncrasies which sometimes can be annoying because it feels like the solution would be so easy, just do it.

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"Probably the best on offer"

What do you like best?

A mature but still rapidly advancing product with a long pedigree, and about as intuitive and powerful as it is possible for a BIM package to be within the current state of the art. From what I have seen/experienced; faster, more powerful, more intrinsically scalable for large projects, and more pleasant to use than all the alternatives.

What do you dislike?

Not substantially cheaper than the opposition

Built-in architectural visualisation rendering is only average - would prefer a high end integrated game engine renderer, such as Unity was included by default, rather than relying on separate visualisation packages or plugins (competing platforms are no better to be fair)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Trial Revit first, then you will form a much deeper appreciation for ArchiCAD

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BIM modelling, architecture design, visualisation and documentation

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"'' Best beginner software for architectural designs''"

What do you like best?

Archicad as an architectural software is the best when it comes to individual designs and serves its purpose even for small for small firms. Its is user friendly and makes it very easy for beginners when using the software. It has labelled its tools and demonstrates the features available once the cursor is placed on a particular tool or item. Its 3D abilities are impressive since one can visualize their design and makes it very easy to explain to a client what the final product will resemble like. Its very impressive how Archicad can handle complex to very simple designs.

What do you dislike?

The software is quite good but it has delayed in terms of catching up with the new technologies coming up in the market. Its features are quite called and has stuck to what was being used back then whereas clients today want what is trending thus making it hard for designers to fulfill this requirements when the software lacks them

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is the best user friendly software and very easy for beginners as well

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Archicard has enabled us to tackle renovation renovations in the office since we design the office environment to our liking and this makes us save on coats and have the ability to play around with the numerous features that Archicad has had to offer to has been quite a journey and one that we enjoy. Being in the know about available techniques one can use and features and tools one can use we have managed to brain storm and come up with suitable solution that are aesthetically fulfilling and have serve the function to which it has been designed to serve.

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"Great"

What do you like best?

I like that it gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to graphic representation of architectural drawings. Very user friendly and shortcut keys allow for quick modeling. The Explorer feature is one of the best for navigating through 3D. The new rendering mechanism that was obtained in Archicad 20 is amazing!

What do you dislike?

That being said about the freedom of graphics. The numerous amounts of settings can be a bit overwhelming at times. and Other times you don't know which setting you're looking for

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great for modeling on Mac Computers. Definitely under appreciated in the US. New Rendering tools are fantastic!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We pretty much do all of our drawings using Archicad. We've come so far with this program and we are now able to standardize it in our office making it easier for new employees to come and learn it quickly.

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"The Best BIM software for Architects in the design industry. "

What do you like best?

Its a very flexible software in terms of BIM. The interface is so easy that you can understand the menus. Open BIM makes it better in all ways since you can take advantage by transferring to other software or importing objects created in Autocad, 3dsMax, SketchUp. Rhino, etc. Also the way you can work on 3D is almost like playing video games. Uses less processing power than Revit and presenting projects through BIMx mobile app make a huge impression on your clients

What do you dislike?

I would like to have some better free form tools that allow you things like NURBS and Lofting shapes. Also the ability to turn that shapes into building elements like Walls, Shells, Curtain Walls, Slabs and so on. The Curtain Wall need to be improved in the basic geometry generation since it can not generate double curved CW system. Grasshopper should run directly in AC without having the connection through Rhinoceros. I know AC is not intended for Engineering but it would be nice to have some library objects like steel frame connections that sometimes are needed for architectural detailing.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Start with basic projects and then when implemented correctly in the 1st project jump to larger projects, one step at the time. Also work deeply on creating a template that matches your company requirements.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we are getting faster results with less people, we are able to focus more in the Design itself that creating the documentation, since AC almost generates it automatically.

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"More Intuitive than Revit"

What do you like best?

Templates are easy to set up and keep projects uniform across the office. Pricing for BIM server and seats are reasonable.

What do you dislike?

Some features are overly complicated and some features don't provide enough parametric ability. To change an object or make a custom object, it often requires coding knowledge. Pricing for individual licenses are expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're not 3D modelling, this will be over-powered for you. Lots of rendering 'scenes' make it easy to make even basic and massing models nice.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're able to standardize the look and branding of our drawings as well as making the office as efficient as possible. In-house CAD admins are able to provide consistent training to the team and solve problems quickly.

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"Robust, takes commitment to learn features"

What do you like best?

I do interior design and work with architects that use this program. I like the Cinerender rendering, the lighting effects I can get and the surfaces.

What do you dislike?

The program has gotten more complex over the years, and is more advanced than I need. If I wasn't working on files the architects create, I would find a different program. However, if you need or want a true BIM solution, this is a good choice. The sales and service through a local group (Boston for mine) is great. I would definitely recommend the ArchiPlus subscription if you can afford it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A good solution for residential design, but probably at it's best for multi units and commercial design.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can with a great deal of accuracy show clients what their interiors will look like. I can create lighting plans, show before/afters with the renovation filter and render pretty detailed materials.

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"Having a great experience with ArchiCAD"

What do you like best?

I like how its easy to learn how to use this software and start modelling.Again rendering is very fast with ArchiCAD.Likewise I like how is easy to work on Both 2D and 3D hence easy to visualize various structures in 3D.Likewise,it allows quick designing thus producing drawing sets easily.Finally,its highly customizable to meet our needs.

What do you dislike?

It's an amazing software that works best to suit all our design,modelling and architectural needs thus it requires skilled personnel to navigate its advanced features.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend this software greatly without hesitation for planning,designing,BIM modelling and for architectural works.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's has become a great software for BIM modelling,visualization and architectural activities.

Speeds up our projects.

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"Excellent BIM Product!"

What do you like best?

I love that you are able to "ghost" over your working drawing any other drawing in the file, even images and be able to change the setting of those drawings per view. It is very good with bring CAD drawings into the platform and excellent at 2d drafting and 3d modeling unlike Revit which falls behind on the drawing side.

I enjoy as well the teamwork capabilities that ArchiCAD has. I think they are much better and streamlined than Revit. ArchiCAD allows you to communicate and manage a job through its platform instead of resorting to another program. The way that the program handles pages and publishing is absolutely awesome. Being able to set different drawing sets for different purposes such as contractor vs client sets is a must!! This is something i have not seen in Revit yet.

What do you dislike?

I would like the 3d capabilities to be developed more. There are a lot of good things like the custom profile tool which is excellent, however it needs more customization through all 3D drawing objects (i.e. columns, beams, slabs and roof objects).

The files can start getting very large if you are not careful with the 2d elements and multiple copies and views for the same things. Keeping the file as clean as possible with mostly 3d elements and less lines would make your work easier, it is possible to edit 3d components to look like it was drafted with multiple 2d lines, it takes more time at the beginning but it is worth it!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Keep your file size small by using mostly 3d components!

Make a favorites objects for streamline usage and quick drawing

Make sure you develop a good template with your must haves!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When used properly it is extremely efficient in product construction documents quickly since all of the drawings such as elevations, plans and sections are produced straight from the floor plans and 3d model.

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"ArchiCad for single practitioner"

What do you like best?

I have been using this software for over 22 years and I still have fun using it. ( This is more important than most people think ) The ability to customize the look and feel of the drawings was very important to me coming from a hand drafting beginning.

The logic in the program has always worked in a way that was intuitive to me and therefore fairly easy to learn and use. I appreciate that ArchiCad has been an industry leader in implementation of IFC and working towards interoperability with other programs.

I design custom residential homes and find the precision and ease of designing complex roofs to be very beneficial.

What do you dislike?

I have always wanted making of objects to be easier. I do not want to or have the time to learn GDL. To be fair this is becoming less important as more manufacturers are making custom objects available.

ArchiCad still needs a better Stair tool. There are 3rd party add-ons that I have tried and they work more or less well but this is critical in any Architectural design product at this level.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I still believe that ArchiCad is the easiest software of it's capabilities to learn and is fun to use.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to use the Teamwork function to expand my capacity when I need more staff on larger projects or when I have a tight schedule. It is best in class.

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"Easy Workflow for Architects"

What do you like best?

Easy to learn & model

Better Design Coordination

Best Algorithmic Design support (Rhino-Grasshopper)

BIMx is great for presentation. People love it!

Always up-to-date / Several New features each year

Import options are great.

Stair tool is highly capable to design almost anything.

View Map is great for documentations. It helps you to create several drawings for each subject (ceiling drw, press drw, etc) by combinations.

Morph Tool, 3d Styles & Graphical Overrides are almost working like SketchUp in AC.

What do you dislike?

These are my wishes:

Easier Custom Parametric Object Design (Alternative UI to Manipulate & create GDL)

Vray for ARCHICAD or Corona Support

Edit-In-Place for Hotlink

Cloud Storage for Preferences & Custom Objects

More interoperability tool for fabrication softwares.

OPEN BIMx - Other Disciplines / Integration of IFC to cloud.

What's New Window for new versions and updates.

Revit and Allplan like dimensioning (updating dimensions modifies model)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

BIM is coming bu it is not a Winter :) ..and if you are not sure about BIM, it is definietly better& more productive than CAD. ARCHICAD is the most architectural BIM software for architects.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I mainly used for Consept Design and Permission Drawings. Working both on 3D & 2D increases the control over any project.

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"The Archicad Platform"

What do you like best?

I love the 3D modeling capabilities. The tools provide a more creative platform. Everything in this program is integrated and the more information you feed it, the better it becomes.

What do you dislike?

Because there is so much information that can be added, the program can take a little longer to load. As with any other program, it has glitches once in a while. I like some features of other programs that could be adopted into Archicad. Other than that, there’s not much I don’t like about the program.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We model in 3D so it is easier for the team and client to visualize the final product. We have been able to collaborate with our contractors through BIMX which uploads all our work from Archicad. It’s one of the best tools I have used!

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"ArchiCAD Review From A Veteran User"

What do you like best?

Modeling in 3D from the start is the best

What do you dislike?

Detailing and interior elevations of custom homes is tedious.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Getting started is a breeze, but customizing it to fit your firm’s standards or integrating with hand drawn staff is interesting.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is the essential CAD tool for our office, we use nothing else except the occasional

photoshop.

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"BIM Manager on large hospital projects"

What do you like best?

The new Archicad 20 user interface is very clean and provides for ample screen real estate. Setting up large teamwork projects is very straightforward. Our BIMCloud teamwork server can handle large files with many users working at the same time, across five office locations seamlessly.

The addition of visual favourites makes the management of office standards extremely simple.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the fact that the stair builder tool is not as straightforward as it could be and that the process for making GDL objects requires a large amount of coding experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very easy to learn and when you know it well enough can save many hours of time from having to manually produce 2D Documentation.

Publish your 3D model and documentation using BIMx and you will immediately impress your client.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used Archicad and BIMCloud to seamlessly connect multiple smaller companies, spread across four countries, to create detailed BIM models for a 70,000sq.m hospital project. It has also provided the ability to separate users into various groups an control access to specific files, making it easier to connect with consultants.

BIMx is also a great tool to present projects to clients straight from your smartphone in a lightweight package, even if it is a 70,000sq.m building.

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"Archicad"

What do you like best?

I really like the fact that it takes all the functions I need in one prgram. I do not need to make a bunch of different sketches, I am able to have all the materials and things I need in a single file. It has everything that I need for school projects. .

What do you dislike?

It seems a bit hard to use when you first start but when you really start getting into it, it's fine. I do not like the rendering. I don't think it is of good quality. The lighting is not good either so I could not use it for professional projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's really good for architecture students as you can have all the drawing that you need for your study project in one file and you can export it in different ways and can also do sections and 3D visualizations easily. If you are a student or an educator you can get a free 1-year license from Graphisoft which is very nice. In other cases you can start with a 30-day trial license, also for free. That can help you decide if that's the right program for you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's great if you're a student that is starting out. I do not use it anymore, but if you are starting out, I would recommend using this program as it is simple to use and is great start. Later on when quality becomes an issue, I would not suggest using it.

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"Good software but takes learning"

What do you like best?

The support from the graphisoft team is phenomenal, if you have any issues while working - their support team help and ensure that you're all sorted as quickly as possible.

What do you dislike?

When working with some 3rd parties with different software, it can be difficult to settle on what to use as a medium for sharing data. This is more an industry issue than the software but something to take note of.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ArchiCAD allows us to work in BIM as a team and deliver projects more effectively.

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"ArchiCAD User in a Small Architecture Firm"

What do you like best?

ArchiCAD is -or at least aims to be- an all inclusive program for architects. It has tools for taking a project from scratch to presentation. And this is what makes ArchiCAD a great tool for small companies. It is also very useful in terms of Building Information Management: it allows a simulation of a built environment, and gives solutions for calculations regarding climate, energy and materials.

What do you dislike?

Having grown with great momentum in the 90s and early 2000, the development of the software feels somewhat slow. Though there has been great improvements with each update, like the addition of a new render engine, and morph modelling, they all have been very eclectic, and modular, instead of the whole program being 'developed'. Also, collaboration tools can be improved, seeing as ArchiCAD is used in highly collaborative practices.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Compared to other options on the market (mainly Revit), ArchiCAD is easier to use, and in general a simpler software in terms of achieving the end result. Whilst arguably not being as complex as its competitors, ArchiCAD is great in terms of efficiency.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ArchiCAD makes it easier to manage all sorts of data inside one program: drawings, sketching, documentation and presentation. In a small size company, this is very beneficial.

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"Great easy-to-use BIM"

What do you like best?

I really appreciate the fact that it combines all functions in one software. I don't need to make several different drawings, I can have all the materials and constructions in one file. It has all the functions that I need so I can't complain. Maybe it could be better but for what I use it it is more than enough. I made all kinds of projects in it - starting from a staircase to a football stadium. For renders I usually export the model as an stl file for example and open it in 3ds max to add textures and light and get a good quality image.

What do you dislike?

It seems a bit complicated in the beginning but once you get a hang of it the problem is solved. Rendering lacks quality though, you can apply materials and textures but the lighting options are not that broad and the picture could be better.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's really good for architecture students as you can have all the drawing that you need for your study project in one file and you can export it in different ways and can also do sections and 3D visualizations easily. If you are a student or an educator you can get a free 1-year license from Graphisoft which is very nice. In other cases you can start with a 30-day trial license, also for free. That can help you decide if that's the right program for you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this mostly for students projects.

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"One of the easiest and best BIM tools available"

What do you like best?

ArchiCAD is a BIM software, that means it is used as an all-purpose tool for Architects as it offers visualisations in terms of design, MEP and structural and climatical analysis. An added bonus is that many people can work on the same model at a time. The good things about ArchiCAD is that you do not have to worry about the appearance of your technical drawings. The only things you care about is the design and information you put into your model. The rest is taken care of by the Software.

What do you dislike?

A major dislike for this tool is that unlike Revit which supports real-time changes, ArchiCAD does not change in real time. Let's say you have changed the plan, It's only until you open the 'section' or 'elevations' that the changes are made. This can cause a major upset for people who like working in multi-screened layouts.

Another drawback is the importation of files from 3d modeling Softwares is not sophisticated. Detailed models would never be able to be imported into ArchiCAD. The only solution is to model it out in ArchiCAD.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I strongly recommend people to learn ArchiCAD. It not only eases your workflow but also impresses your clients.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in an Architecture firm which uses ArchiCAD. Most of the buildings we make are multi-storeyed and large scaled projects. To be frank, ArchiCAD saves a lot of time by making everything together. Just imagine the time that went into making different sets of drawings.

Another advantage that I see is that now we can identify many more mistakes with this tool as compared to visualising it in 2D CAD.

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"Best BIM program atm"

What do you like best?

It is an all in one solution for every architecture project. From services, drafting, initial design to high end rendering. The best feature is its 3D navigation that allows to edit everything on 3D. Also its available for free to students.

What do you dislike?

The morph tool could be a bit more user friendly. Also is really difficult if you want to design a spiral form that progressively expands in diameter

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Setting your own pens and working correct with your stories will save you lots of time at the end

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Well since its an all around solution I don't have to switch between programs all the time in order to finalise a project and also only need a licence for one program.

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"Archicad at a large construction company"

What do you like best?

Comphrensive attribute controls

BIM cloud technology allow multiple users to work on the same project concurrently

Quality documentation

Quantity Calculations

What do you dislike?

There are too many features! You will never use the whole package.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Large scale deployment of CAD software, responsible for 4000+ projects a year.

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"ArchiCAD user for the last 18 years"

What do you like best?

Model once in 3D to get all the 2d drawings and scheduling information you need.

What do you dislike?

Limited support for previous versions of the package.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very intuitive. Smooth learning curve. One can be up and running with the software within 2 weeks. Lots of online tutorials and discussion forums. Built by Architects for Architects. Allows you to do more. First and leading BIM software in AED and keeps setting the benchmark higher. A recent major updated has improved the GUI tremendously. .

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architectural Projects. Faster turn-around times of the various stages of a project. Easier appreciation by Clients of what product they are paying for.

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"A mature and flexible architectural BIM system"

What do you like best?

It has a very well thought-out approach to modelling, with flexible, parametric objects, extensive presentation capabilities for finishing drawings in 2D and 3D, efficient publishing workflow, advanced TeamWork collaboration and excellent IFC support. Priority based connections and building materials make the models well-formed and usable, with little drafting tricks. Models can be assembled as modules and it integrates well with other applications. And it runs on Windows and OSX.

What do you dislike?

The SDK is hard to get into and GDL is not for all end users. Rendering was weak till version 17. Add-ons are limited and seem to phase out quickly if not commercially viable. Still not as "accepted" as main competitor Revit. Stair module is limited and a wide range of legacy issues (different "engines") which are a burden for new users. The longevity of the software often shows in different places, which make new users confused and will also frustrate experienced users.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Still innovating after more than 20+ years on the market. Stubborn on some levels, but very clever on others. The only real BIM software running on OSX as well. First and foremost oriented to architectural design. Good supporter for OpenBIM and IFC.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architectural design, historical reconstruction with good integration of drawings and models. Good model export to visualisation and animation software. We currently started to develop custom Add-ins in my company, based on client demand.

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"The best BIM software for Architecture Projects"

What do you like best?

Archicad is extremely user friendly, great flexibility in 3D personalisation, and interchange with other softwares for rendering.

The libraries are quite good but the best is the easiness to personalise any detail of your project.

I particularly like the ability to share and edit projects with co-workers.

Listings for working Drawings are extremely time saving

Very good organisation of files and export abilities.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is the inability of the software to handle complex projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its better than Autcad Architecture and Revit for sure.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main advantage of Archicad is its ability to easily compile all information regarding a project. Business wise this is a great advantage due to its time saving factor.

In our company for example, we've estimated that, passing from Autocad to Archicad as saved around 30% of project work time.

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"Architect Friendly for BIM"

What do you like best?

It's a very logical program where you use building elements to create the building model. It helps you to understand yourself how your project is built, and incorporate the proper materials into the project file.

What do you dislike?

It can be a little finicky and hard to select elements that overlap. Some of the standard shortcut keys don't make sense and so they need to be adjusted.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

GraphiSoft has a great YouTube channel and video learning series for beginners and more advanced tutorials.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ArchiCAD is great for file sharing projects. Its greatest advantage is showing the client a model they can visually understand. Sometimes previously clients had a difficult time reading 2D plans and corresponding them to their elevations and sections.

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"OBJECTS CREATING LEADING SOFTWARE."

What do you like best?

-Master in all kind of designing and drawing.

-Easy deployment process.

-For either 2d and 3d drawings and plans, ARCHICAD is the perfect product

-Exporting files to another app like Atlantis for more 3D editing.

-Experienced support team, always ready to help their clients.

What do you dislike?

Nothing else apart from its higher price.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is Architectural software for designing and planning and also creating of new personal objects.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

-Creativity improvement.

-Sharing of designing ideas and skills.

-Production of high quality documents.

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"Using ArchCAD for 7 years for wooden single house design and detalisation"

What do you like best?

Well optimized both 2D and 3D performance;

Very reliable/stable software, not crashing so much, if crashes latest backup is always done;

Yearly software improvements are innovative and usefulness;

OpenBIM - works with IFC very well;

Project hierarchy tree and publishing possibilities are very vast. Can publish many file formats out of project with one press of button;

Quite good visualization possibilities build inside ArchiCAD.

What do you dislike?

Very hard to make new parametric objects, GDL programming is too complex for regular designer, need to hire additional GDL programmers to make custom ArchiCAD objects. This is one of biggest disadvantage of software.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

ArchiCAD and REVIT are main construction design software names that I used before, but I prefer more ArchiCAD because of its innovations and work speed.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Trying to use as much BIM possibilities in program. This is very good software for BIM.

2. Using for making IFC files and importing data in other CAD programs.

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"Essential"

What do you like best?

Commands

Simplicity

BIM construtive concept

User frendlly

Fast preview and fast adjustments preform

What do you dislike?

The internal rendering engine still poor

The 2D worksheet layout and dwg export formats

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend Archicad as an essential architectural software as it is the most complete, fast and easy to use. Also could have good results and interaction with other tools

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This awesome tool allow-me to work faster and test my designs in many different ways.

The volumetric form and the materials are crucial to attain the final work desired for the clients.

With archicad it is possible to have a complete idea about the constructive system and a control of all parts of the architectural process.

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"Down to earth"

What do you like best?

the best feature in archicad is the rapidity in extracting information such as structural considerations. Nonentheless, substracting sections and elevations from the existing model is also very efficient, being able to make changes in real time.

What do you dislike?

I think that the software is quite rigid, therefore putting a tight chain on the freedom of design. This is problably not essential in 'real life', however when it comes to students, and developing their design awareness, I feel that this is not an ideal tool to use because it limits one's possibilities quite much

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very fast for standard buildings, however if you are interested in crazy designs, I would suggest a different software then maybe and export to Archicad from there.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a student so I cannot accurately speak about business involvement. However, during my internship I have heard constructing architects and architects talking about the benefit of using archicad for interdisciplinary approaches

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"To manage architecture projects"

What do you like best?

I like the workflow you have with it. You can draw lines of your house in elevation or plan and see your 3D model making itself. As everything is linked, all your drawings get update automatically.

What do you dislike?

I don't like some automation features, you have not the same freedom as in a drawing software such as autocad where you draw line by line. this negative point is the price to automatization and instant updates of all your technical drawings

Recommendations to others considering the product:

ArchiCAD is a good software, it is equivalent to Revit. However it is a complex program, and you would need time to manage all the capabilities it offers. However you can manage all the aspect of an architecture project with it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am analyzing the urban plan, to integrate new building inside that match with the existing one and the existing context. Analysing tool about building you are conceiving is useful as you can check if the specificities could be appropriate.

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"Archicad User Review "

What do you like best?

Ease of use and very intuitive interface.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of bugs and software crashes a lot

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

allows me to quickly design and produce drawings sets

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"One of the best software for architects"

What do you like best?

An intuitive interface, easy-to-use, functionality, the possibility of creating BIM model, interoperability with other programs, the possibility of team work on the project, a large set of tools, the ability to trace a bitmap image, a large number of object libraries and add-ons.

What do you dislike?

The absence of the possibility of using high-poly models when rendering using integrated rendering engine, difficulty in building a difficulties in creating a complex plastic architecture model, the lack of possibilities of parametric modeling, poor communication between the old and new versions of the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are an architect who develops various types of buildings, performs technical drawings and creates bim model for cooperation with other project participants then this software is for you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architectural design, the execution of technical drawings. I realized that this is the best software to perform these tasks.

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"all building plans are possible with archicad"

What do you like best?

archicad has the easiest keyboard shortcuts ever.

it is the best software for making building plans without struggle.

most of the renders done with archicad are the best.

What do you dislike?

for a machine to handle archicad it has to have the best features hence an ordinary machine cannot handle it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

just stop those manual staff and td like staff throw away drawing boards and use archicad

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i don't know what to say archicad has impacted our design lives because we used to draw manually but now its digital hence design is now easier and fast.

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"ArchiCad forget the rest and only use the best"

What do you like best?

I thing that I like the best with Archicad, is that it is very user friendly and very easy to learn. I was able to learn how to use this software within hours of using it. You can not go wrong with it. I love visualization enhancement is the new 3D Surface Painter tool that allows users to quickly apply different materials to model surfaces in a 3D view using an intuitive drag-and-drop operation. In addition to being a great software, having the ability to have multiple views open in tabs is awesome.

What do you dislike?

It is very hard to dislike this software. The only thing that comes to mind is if I want to import point cloud data in ArchiCAD, I had to rely on third-party tools like Point-Cab.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I hope that they improve the ability to not use third party software to perform certain tasks.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems that I am solving using Archicad is being able to build my room design in a very efficient manner.

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"ArchiCAD review"

What do you like best?

As I'm an interior designer, the key function of archicad is a possibility to built fast the space and export it for 3Ds Max. Also I like adjustable collections of furnitures and stuff like that for creating furnished plans. Saving set of architecrural drawings as pdf is also quite easy. So working with drawing itself and sheets for export/printing are quite convenient.

What do you dislike?

The pop-up box with functions like move & rotate drives me crazy. All in all, communication comfort with the programme is real bad. Also, drawing curved lines is impossibly hard thing to do. Another highly important thing which shocked me is how inaccurate the program is targeting and counting measurements/dimensions.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's quite ok software for working on architecture drawings/plans for interior design.

Matteo A.
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"From Revit to Archicad"

What do you like best?

The most interesting part is the 3D output, the possibility to manage and share the project with the client through the BIM server and BIM cloud and the rendering potentials of the new Archicad 18.

Also the sharing possibility and the network working is a great plus.

Everyone involve on the project can share the same model and work on it.

What do you dislike?

Well what I dislike I still have to face it. So far the program is looking so gigantic to manage in all his functions that I still have to learn how to use it well before start to dislike something.

All the parts that are giving me problems are mainly due to the lack of knowledge on the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need to start from the scratch and imagine to buy a new tool for your work, archicad will be a secure top level choice that will improve your work.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The potential of working with Archicad 18 are so many. From the model building, on which architects, eng., interior designers and all technical issue can be face and solve on the same platform till the fact that it's so easy to show the client the results and deliver a 3D feedback at any stage of the work. So the visual part plays a big role.

John S.
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"Great virtual reality program"

What do you like best?

My clients can virtual see their home designs before it actually gets built.

What do you dislike?

Virtual reality is limited to google cardboard goggles; it has lots of potential for advanced VR goggles.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do not mess with sketchup and give your clients nothing but the best.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We design all homes, new and remodel, in 3D modeling for scale, special relationships and siting on properties especially water front lots.

Jennifer B.
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"Easy, intuitive, great for beginner drafter and designers"

What do you like best?

I appreciate the ease of using ArchiCAD, the program is straightforward with many options to customize tools, graphics and to embellish design. Linking drawings to source views, smart tools, control over building materials, surfaces, ease of dimensioning, notation, etc. The functionality of the view and layout structure is useful for users who are not familiar with a project to be able to enter a file and navigate quickly and efficiently to find what they are looking for. The ability to set up layer combinations, model views, and even dimension preferences which can vary by view are very helpful in quickly setting up views and allows for consistency between multiple project files (via attribute manager).

What do you dislike?

Some tools lack basic common-sense functions and require work-arounds, for example, source section markers can only be placed in plan view and not elevations. Detail markers convert to 2D line drawings that are not auto-rebuild with the model.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

In my experience, users who have no prior experience on other CAD software (namely Revit and AutoCAD) pick up the software much faster than those who are converting from other software. All softwares are different in their own ways and while some options function better than competitor software, there is also room for improvement on ArchiCADs behalf. Additionally, ArchiCAD used to supply a tutorial book with the older versions which are no longer supplied. Though I have never been to a AC training session, I would HIGHLY recommend new users plan to attend a session or rely heavily on other AC users with vast knowledge of the software to guide and train them. The online support is useful for very basic steps, but having another user to learn tips, tricks and troubleshooting will go a long way.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

New interface/plug-in between ArchiCAD and Revit makes the design coordination with consultants using Revit incredibly easy and beneficial. Being able to explore the progressive model in 3D is essential in demonstrating concepts, hurdles and conflicts to clients and consultants alike without requiring additional steps to build a model in an external source.

Kate from G2

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