Bewertet am 16.4.2019
One of the best tools for BIM implementation
As an Architect, I have been able to use ArchiCAD for conceptual designs, detailed drafting, interior layouts as well as generating high-quality elevations, sections and 3D views for all my projects, including presentation drawings. In fact, 3D modelling and rendering have been made simple thanks to ArchiCAD. Visualization, (placing cameras) and gathering documentation are also uncomplicated. Rendering tools are useful and there is no need to get extra plug-ins for performing the same tasks that can be done within the software itself.
I consider ArchiCAD to be better than its counterparts, e.g. Revit mainly because it is uncomplicated to use, with the same functionality at an economical investment.
ArchiCAD is one of the most innovative platforms for BIM available in the market today. It is a powerful software that can cater to the design needs of architects, interior designers as well as landscape and urban planners. One can either import 2D drafts into ArchiCAD and work on the same to prepare a 3D model; or work on ArchiCAD on Plan mode and the software will automatically generate elevations, sections and 3D views. If the building is multi-storey, it is much easier to correct any minor deficiencies in drafting (that can be missed in the plan view) through the 3D viewer, which makes it perfect to use when trying to pinpoint any errors.
There is a wonderful feature in AutoCAD called Solibri Model Checker that can accurately analyse the BIM model to accurately locate errors along with any possible faults in design, and identify areas, where the components used, are clashing. As an Architect, I feel that it is a great tool that can be used to estimate the energy requirements of a building. Moreover, there is a plug-in called EcoDesigner STAR that offers features including energy model visualization, thermal zoning and simulations for energy performance. It is one of the better software I have used for 3D modelling and I never think of switching to any other.
As is with other similar software, ArchiCAD requires a robust system to operate with a high level of RAM especially when rendering. It does tend to slow down the system a bit especially when you are opening a data-rich file. Secondly, there is a steep learning curve with the software, which is easy to overcome with practice.
Apart from these two shortcomings, I have no other major concern that would affect my opinion of this otherwise excellent software.
Bewertet am 21.4.2018
I have solved 3D modelling problems that I had with another software, faster and better
Luis guillermo G.
Kommentare: 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.
Vorteile: 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.
Nachteile: 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.
Bewertet am 2.4.2019
archicad - professional 3D software
Kommentare: for architects it is a perfect fit, which in most situations serves the purpose. When detailing becomes really intense the 3D capabilities require either very profound knowledge or the good old 2d line drawings, which archicad is easy to work with.
Vorteile: every step in the design process is done in 3D. from first design considerations to the detailed design stage we can hence anticipate the outcome inn real time. besides 3D we use the software für traffic planning and urban design, modelling the landscape through data import from the surveyor. it was important to get a good setup implementing our office standard in the software. from design stages to layout and headers we had all customised to our needs.
Nachteile: over the years the software became more sophisticated especially with stairs, windows and automated processes like room tags, lists and so on. it is not that easy to get the team up to the latest standard year by year.
Bewertet am 22.4.2019
An excellent attempt in the field of design
Kommentare: All in all a perfect software for a beginner in the field of design as it will provide the basis of how a structure works through visuals. It can be described as a perfect software suitable for an architect!
Vorteile: The software provides an interface that gives an ease of use to practicing architects as well as architecture students. The features are to the point and can be altered and used as various other elements apart from their original use, for the purposes of design communication. The best feature of Archicad is the ability to edit the structure in 3D at a very acceptable and adequate speed making visualization very simple.
Nachteile: The downside is the layout processing part as well as documentation. It requires a high end RAM space and quite a lot of time to update the drawings as on the working tab. The changes will appear late and it is hectic at times.
Bewertet am 29.11.2017
One of my favourite pieces of software
Kommentare: It allowed me to take my business from one where clients never really understood what it was they were getting to one where they knew exactly what they were going to get.
ArchiCAD is a highly functional 3D CAD / BIM system which will allow you to realise your architectural visions in the best possible manner.
It is relatively intuitive to use and it's use of 3D parametric elements makes modelling a breeze. Once you have mastered the basic 3D CAD capabilities there is also a world of BIM opportunities to discover as well. World class IFC interfaces make it easy to collaborate with other consultants.
Nachteile: There is not a lot to actually dislike about ArchiCAD, maybe if anything its tendency to crash occassionally. (But generally it is easy enough to recover from near where you left off...)
Bewertet am 30.4.2018
Great program for architectural design
Vorteile: 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.
Nachteile: 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.
Bewertet am 16.10.2018
High end Designer Software
Kommentare: Overall, my experience with ArchiCAD was awesome. I would recommend it to designers
Vorteile: I have used this software for my design needs for the last one year and the value I have gotten from it it insurmountable! The software offers a nice practical 2D and 3D experience when doing the models. It also offers numerous tools which when combined, one is able to bring out an excellent image just like a pro. With proficiency with the software, one is able to maneuver so fast and with so much ease that the software actually reduces the time required for a drawing by more than 70%. It was easy for me to learn the operations as they all are practical and well organized on the screen.
Nachteile: Some starters may find it challenging to work with the numerous tools the software offers. It also requires some advanced skills and knowledge about designs.
Bewertet am 29.8.2018
Value for Money & Great Software
Day by day i'm started feeling more connected to the software without comprising my design, explaining my design to my clients through this medium (ArhiCAD software) is always makes my confidence level up.
It's a good way to start your career. Thank you Graphisoft
Vorteile: As an Architect it is important to have a good tool with you & i guess ArchiCAD is the first choice. as a young and aspiring architect i always wanted give a meaning to my design, This software help me to get a more practical approach to my work from the beginning of my design, I can work in more details of my project while managing it's 3-D model effortlessly. More control over model while drawing in 2-D is a plus. The more you will use it more will connect with the software.
Nachteile: not much but the document manager is bit more complicated, it could more user friendly it will make our more easier.
Bewertet am 6.7.2019
RESIDENTIAL DESIGN MODEL QUICK AND BEAUTIFUL
Stephen olawale J.
Kommentare: ARCHICAD is best for my presentation 3D modeling, but not best for my rendering, if i have enough time to create a more realistic picture i employ other rendering engines compatible with archicad.thanks
Vorteile: I ones had challenges with my PC storage that made me install a version of archicad, i had an urgent presentation and all i have was Archicad,my 2d Autocad drawings were allowed to import into Archicad. I was able to generate 3D models quickly, with a beautiful roof generated after selecting all my roof boundaries with slope definition, Archicad rendering might not be the best but its really beautiful and presentable that day, it saved my presentation that’s day.
Nachteile: I really don't have anything against this application, it’s really a good software, just that its rendering engine needs to be upgraded to give a more realistic 3D picture, and it slows down the PC, while carrying out modelling operations AND rendering on PC with low RAM installed, i had to upgrade my PC RAM so i can enjoy ARCHICAD.
Bewertet am 14.3.2018
Powerful, easily customizable CAD software for your design + construction projects
Kommentare: 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.
Vorteile: Flexibility, ease of use and depth of project customization. Design in 2 and 3 dimensions simultaneously. Import and export projects with AutoCad, etc.
Nachteile: Not as popular as AutoCAD, fewer free and for fee objects available. Deep knowledge is required to unlock all of ArchiCAD’s powerful features.
Bewertet am 13.7.2018
We are a small half residential, half commercial architecture firm and use ArchiCAD exclusively.
Vorteile: 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.
Nachteile: 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.
Bewertet am 20.4.2018
Great for Virtual Building
Vorteile: 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. "
Nachteile: Its does not have a MAC version yet, so you need to run Parallels Windows, that can makes your computer slower
Bewertet am 24.8.2016
The Best BIM software
Kommentare: as an architect and professor in the University of the Visayas. I'm happy we purchased 20 licenses(Archicad 18) and i was amazed about the performance and the intuitive of the said software. Right now i'm happy because some of my students are working abroad and they're using archicad in australia and singapore. Keep it up!!!
Antwort des Softwareanbieters
von Graphisoft an 24.8.2016
Thank you for your positive review. It's always great to hear from our users and it's good to know your students are getting on well with ARCHICAD.
Bewertet am 15.5.2019
I wish the world of architecture relied on ArchiCAD
Vorteile: What I love about ArchiCAD is how much more integrated with the thinking mind design process it is. This software can be used starting with the design process all the way through CDs. Its competitor (though hardly one in the US) functions very poorly from a rough design standpoint. ArchiCAD on the other hand allows you to make quick, beautiful diagrams without creating a super heavy file.
Nachteile: What I dislike about the file is simply that it doesn't quite have all the perks of BIM - clash detection add ons, etc. It is a more simplified version of BIM, which is why i love it (doesn't feel as clunky, and feels more intuitive) but is more difficult to use to collaborate with structure, mep, civil, etc.
Bewertet am 15.3.2018
Easiest way to use when using architectural designs.
Kommentare: experience and skills
Vorteile: 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.
Nachteile: so far, the least thing i like about this software is its compatibility with other engineering functions; structural, mep and other stuff.
Bewertet am 19.8.2016
Most awasome software
Kommentare: I have been used it for five years now. It was difficult to learn it but atleast now Im good alhamdulillaah
Vorteile: Free form modeling
Nachteile: It needs very powerfull machine
Antwort des Softwareanbieters
von Graphisoft an 22.8.2016
Thank you for your feedback about ARCHICAD. It's always great to hear from our users. We value your business and loyalty to our software.
Bewertet am 1.6.2018
Not quite for beginners to BIM
Kommentare: 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
-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
-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
Bewertet am 17.11.2017
I use Archicad on daily basis and it's a great intuitive tool for architects
Vorteile: It is easy to use from day one, it is flexible to adapt to your office's needs and the 3d model is detailed enough to send it forward to the visualisation team
Nachteile: There are few plugins compared to similar prodcts, so for example I cannot use Archicad for daylight simulation in LEED and BREEAM projects
Bewertet am 3.10.2017
Kommentare: I have most benefits to use this software in my work.
Vorteile: I use this software from 1990 and it was and it is the quickest cad for architectural design. I am very satisfied with this product.
Nachteile: the compatibility with the older versions of software is the only problem of this software and the price medium-high
Bewertet am 26.10.2018
ArchiCAD is a life saver design tool for Simple Architecture
Kommentare: ArchiCAD is an impressive tool for use in the design of small scale projects. It is very optimized in that from floor plan layout to final design takes short duration. You can design a complete project with all the details exportable to various formats. It comes with a good built in library with more available for free on their website. Overall, a powerful tool for Architectural Design.
Vorteile: It comes with drag and drop style tools that are easily programmable. The conversion from a 2D layout design to 3D and Floor plans is automated. It comes with built in Libraries that can easily provide finishing details and realistic proportions of final design. Very good for Quick Design jobs under time constraint.
Nachteile: The rendering of 3D models is very poor in Quality. Additional Render tools are required which come separately at additional cost.
Bewertet am 21.8.2018
ArchiCAD is our go to office drafting solution
- 2D and 3D modelling simultaneously in one software program
- Exporting to AutoCAD .dwg formats for coordinating with other designers is a big benefit to us
- The ability to annotate on any axis helps us produce detailed design drawings with ease
- Learning curve if you are used to AutoCAD drafting environments
- Large files tend to slow down when navigating and manipulating
Bewertet am 29.12.2018
For those who hate autocad, here is a great alternative
Vorteile: ArchiCAD is, for me as an architect, a pleasant experience in the world of the CAD that does not oblige me to think too much as an engineer, but rather as a designer. The software is complete, enjoyable to the eye and to the touch, and noteworthy when it comes to saving time and hair! Yes, as you can see, I don't like so much his most feared competitor!
Nachteile: Sometimes, as often happens in the universe of the CAD, it gets tricky to use to reach your point. Tutorials are always useful to overcome level and know more about how these software think.
Bewertet am 27.3.2018
Great Design Software Easy to use!!!
Kommentare: 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
Vorteile: 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.
Nachteile: 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.
Bewertet am 5.6.2018
ArchiCAD has all the features we need and is easy to access from anywhere on mobile, which we love.
Vorteile: 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.
Nachteile: 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.
Bewertet am 3.10.2018
Has been one of the most easiest programs to use specially coming from Autodesk to ArchiCad
Kommentare: ArchiCad is simple and straight forward.
Ease of use integration into other Programs like lumion & twinmotion
Import & export to other program formats
Nachteile: there is not much to critisize about due to the program is stryt forward, however there is a bug problem that causes the program to shutdown when you are doing big projects.