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Frequently Asked Questions

When will ArchiCAD 17 ship?

ArchiCAD 17 will be released on June 1, 2013, with shipment to customers beginning within a few weeks after the official release. Following a tight release schedule, all 26 local versions are planned to reach the market by the end of Q3 2013.

What are the System Requirements for ArchiCAD 17?

Please visit our Support page for detailed information on the system requirements for ArchiCAD 17.

What will happen with my existing MEP Modeler license in ArchiCAD 17?

The GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler add-on's compatibility upgrade will be available as a free download to all GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler users who upgrade their ArchiCAD license to v17. No functional developments in this compatibility update will be released.

What should engineers do with the Revit IFC I/O plug-ins in AC 17?

The free downloadable add-ins for Revit Structure and Revit MEP, developed by GRAPHISOFT, help map architectural and engineering models through the IFC-based export/import process between Revit and ArchiCAD. These add-ins are created for Revit and in this sense are independent from ArchiCAD releases.

How does ArchiCAD 17 advance OPEN collaboration?

ArchiCAD is certified for the IFC 2x3 Coordination View Version 2.0 export, making ArchiCAD among the very first to achieve this certification, and it is also 100% COBie compliant (buildingSMART alliance January 2013 Challenge, Washington, US).
The Coordination View was the first Model View Definition developed by buildingSMART International and is currently the most widely implemented view of the IFC scheme. Its main purpose is to allow sharing of building information models among the disciplines of architecture, structural engineering, and building services (mechanical).
The COBie (Construction-Operations Building information exchange) specification requires the support of the IFC 2x3 Basic FM Handover View from the design applications. The FM Handover standard is an extended version of the Coordination View (developed by buildingSMART) that defines the general requirements for design applications to enable the handover of facility management information. The support of COBie is important for our users' works not just in the US, but also in the UK and all other English-speaking countries.

What are the differences between the different versions of ArchiCAD?

ArchiCAD ® 17
New Features Timeline
ArchiCAD 17
ArchiCAD 16
ArchiCAD 15
ArchiCAD 14
ArchiCAD 13
ArchiCAD 12
Modeling
Doors/Windows Fit to Slanted and Complex Wall Surfaces + + + + + +
Complex Multi-story Elements + + + + + +
Priority-Based Dynamic Wall-wall Intersection on Floor-plan + + + + + +
Reshaping Elements in Any View + + + + + +
Curved/Profiled/Complex Walls/Columns + + + + + +
Curtain Wall Editing in Any View - Reference Line, Height + + + + +
Slab/Roof Edge Custom Settings + + + + +
Use Any Number of Layers in Composite Elements + + + +
Shell Tool + + +
Multi-Plane Roof + + +
Model Element Connections Management + + +
Associative Skylights + + +
Morph Tool + +
Solid Morph Operations and Object Smoothing + +
Link Element Heights to Stories, Adjust Walls to Slab Core +
Core-Based Reference Planes for Walls and Slabs +
Curved Beam +
Anchor Door/Window Reveal to Wall Core +
Priority-Based Junctions +
Visualization / 3D Exploration
3D Zones Geometry Fit to Complex Elements + + + + + +
Virtual Tracing - Reference Layer among all Views, Layouts + + + + + +
Transparency in OpenGL + + + + + +
Partial Structure Display + + + + + +
Oriented View - Rotate the entire view + + + + +
Ruler - Easier Editing and Layout Creation + + + + +
Context Sensitive Smart Cursor + + + + +
Shadows in OpenGL + + + +
Input Constraints Functionality + + + +
3D Editing Plane + + +
3D Feedback with Working Plane, 3D Guidelines + + +
Snap to Surface in 3D Window + +
Move and Elevate in One Step + +
Smart 3D Feedback for Rotate and Split Commands + +
Display Story Info on Guidelines +
Easily Editable Real-Time 3D Cutting Planes +
Documentation
Automated Parametric (GDL) Associative Titles + + + + + +
Worksheet Tool + + + + + +
3D Document: Dimensioned and Annotaded 3D Views + + + + + +
Symbolic "Soft" Insulation - Improved Drafting Quality + + + + +
Interactive, Annotated Door/Window Schedules + + + + +
Automatic Dimensioning + + + + +
Scale Dependant Detailing + + + + +
Layout Book + + + +
Dimension Text Prefix and Suffix + + + +
Convert Surveyor’s Data into ArchiCAD Mesh + + + +
Interactive Schedule into Excel + + + +
Simple Export of Different Plan Types + + +
Renovation Feature, Element-level Statusing + + +
Import Site Survey Geometry as Morphs + +
PDF/A Publishing Support for archiving +
Export ArchiCAD Model to STL (Stereolithography) Format +
Floor Plan-Based 3D Document +
MORPH Listing 'by Story' for Conceptual Design / Mass Modeling +
Integrated Connections with Google Earth, SketchUp +
BIMx Available for All ArchiCAD Users +
Productivity / Project Management / Performance
Pre-selection: Hover-Over-Element Information Highlight + + + + + +
Integrated Layouting Replaces PlotMaker + + + + + +
Virtual Trace References as Underlay in Any View or Layout + + + + + +
Support for 3D Connexion Space Navigator Device + + + + + +
Quantities of Individual Element Components + + + + + +
License Borrowing + + + + +
Native 64-bit ArchiCAD on Windows OS + + + + +
Offset Functionality + + + +
Native 64-bit ArchiCAD on MacOS + + +
Assign Thermal Properties to ArchiCAD Fills + +
Easily Share/Access Objects via the BIM Components Portal + +
Integrated Building Energy Evaluation + +
Multiple Thermal Blocks, Building Systems, Operation Profiles +
Building Materials incl. Surface, Priority, Thermal Property, etc. +
Background Processing Support, Optimization of Multi-core CPUs +
Copy Any Element in Section and Elevation Views +
Communication / Integrate with Engineering
AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/Export + + + + + +
XREF Layers Arranged Separated + + + + + +
Save as PDF Command + + + + + +
Standard Steel Profile Database + + + + +
Element Classification (Type, Function, Position) + + + +
Partial Structure Display by Load-Bearing Function + + + +
IFC Translators, Export of 2D Elements + + + +
"Detect IFC Model Changes" Function + + + +
IFC Data Integrated as Native ArchiCAD Data + + +
"Merge to IFC Model" Function + + +
"IFC Scheme Setup" Function + +
IFC Data: Classification Reference, Space Occupant, Actor + +
Rules for Automated IFC Classification and Property + +
Access to IFC Data (ODBC Driver/ArchiCAD API) + +
Support of IFC 2x3 Coordination View v2.0 (Export) +
Support of IFC 2x3 Basic FM Handover MVD (COBie) +
IFC Data: IFC System and IFC Time Series Schedule +
Multilevel ('Sub') Hierarchy for IFC Assignments +
Editable IFC Type Product Entities +
Element Assignment to IFC Site or IFC Building +
IFC Publishing Function +
Library
Library Container Files (.lcf) - File Storage Format + + + + + +
Objects Saved Embedded in the Project + + + + +
Model View Options for Library Parts + + + + +
Embed Only Necessary Library Objects + + + +
Library Migration + + + +
Library Management + + + +
Intuitive Search Function Finds Library Parts in All Active Libraries + +
Improved Options for Displaying Stairs and Railings +
Enhanced Interface and Listing for RoofMaker +
Door/Window Placement with Clear Feedback +
Dimension Label Includes Element's Elevation Data +
Teamwork / BIM Server
Teamwork Extended to Documentation Process - Layouts + + + + + +
BIM Server - Model Based Team Collaboration + + + + +
Reservation Methods + + + + +
Instant Team Communication + + + + +
Remote Project Management + + + + +
Delta-Server for Fast and Safe Data Exchange in Teamwork + + + + +
BIM Server® Performance Monitor + + + +
Control Over Client-Server Technology + + + +
64-bit BIM Server on MacOS + + + +
Portability and Remote Access + + + +
BIM Server Optimized: Autosave Backup, Faster Performance + + +
BIM Project Backups to Restore BIM Server-related Data + +
PLN Format Backups to Quickly Recover Data in ArchiCAD + +