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START Edition 2018

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Based on the industry-leading Building Information Modeling technology of ARCHICAD 21, ARCHICAD START Edition 2018 has been tailored to the needs of smaller architectural practices. The feature set in START Edition 2018 includes all the necessary tools to create a BIM that is data-rich and able to produce all floor plans, sections, elevations, 3D views and details for a project. Now, serious modeling and interoperability enhancements are also included within START Edition 2018.

Serving as a base for the latest ARCHICAD START Edition, ARCHICAD 21’s robust, well-tested engine satisfies the needs of a smaller practice. ARCHICAD START EDITION 2018 provides the full power of ARCHICAD 21’s BIM-based streamlined documentation workflow, allowing the model to stay live until the very end of the project: it helps keep architects in the state of the creative design flow with as little disruption as possible.

To find out more about ARCHICAD START Edition 2018, check the Version Comparison Chart and take a look at the New Features.

Version Compatibility

Version Compatibility

START Edition 2018 can read files created with:

  • START Edition 2006 or newer versions
  • ARCHICAD 8.1 and 9
Where to Buy

Where to buy

To purchase ARCHICAD START Edition 2018, contact an ARCHICAD Reseller.

Limitations of ARCHICAD START Edition 2018 compared to ARCHICAD 21

Modeling limitations:

  • No Curtain Wall
  • No Point Cloud data import and visualization

Documentation limitations:

  • None

Visualization limitations:

  • No advanced (CineRender) photorealistic rendering
  • No Sketch Rendering

Interoperability limitations:

  • No STL export
  • No Rhino export/import
  • No Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection

Performance limitations:

  • Multithreading capable algorithms use max. 2 cores of the CPU

Architectural collaboration limitations:

  • No Teamwork
  • No Hotlinked Modules
  • No XRefs
  • Limited External Drawing support
  • No PMK file format support
  • No BIM Server support
  • No Collision Detection

Productivity limitations:

  • No Graphic Overrides for design communication
  • No Renovation
  • No Publisher
  • No Revision Management
  • No Link element heights to stories
  • No Import element property data from Excel
  • No Integrated Energy Evaluation
  • No Conceptual Design with Morph Scheduling

Licensing limitations:

  • No License Borrowing
  • No NET license type

To learn more about the new features and compatibility details of ARCHICAD START Edition 2018, download the Version Comparison Chart.

To take advantage of the entire range of ARCHICAD features and benefits, you can upgrade at any time to the current, full version of ARCHICAD and continue editing your previous projects with it.

ARCHICAD START Edition 2018 New Features

Stair Tool

Stair Tool

Designing stairs is one of the most complex tasks in architecture. ARCHICAD 21’s new Stair Tool evaluates thousands of design options and offers the most optimal stair designs to choose from in the context of the specific building. By doing the heavy lifting in the background — making sure the stair complies with global and local design standards — this tool turns what is usually a painful task into something fun.

Railing Tool

Railing Tool

The new Railing Tool can be used to create complex, associative railings for Stairs, Slabs, Walls, Roofs or Meshes. The configurable Railing Pattern Editor offers unique railing patterns speci c to each design project. Railings can be created with a single click based on pre-de ned rules and standards.

3D Styles

3D Styles

New 3D Styles allow you to save 3D window settings and include them in your views. Changes to 3D Styles will automatically be applied to any views that use them.

Building Materials and Custom Profiles to GDL Elements

Building Materials and Custom Profiles to GDL Elements

Building Material and Profile (created in Profile Manager) attributes now can be used in the GDL elements. So, in those library parts where these parameters are available, users can assign Building Material and/or Profile attributes instead of just a combination of Surfaces, Fills and pre-defined geometry. Also, Building Material quantities or used Profile types can be labelled and scheduled from such library parts.

Element Classification Management

Element Classification Management

ARCHICAD START Edition 2018 introduces a flexible way to classify elements and spaces for better support of national or company standards and for unprecedented interoperability between project stakeholders. Classifications for construction elements or zones can be handled in a centralized way within the scope of the project using the new Classification Manager function.

Smart Parameter Transfer

Smart Parameter Transfer

New Element Transfer Settings can be saved into sets and are now used, not just by Favorites, but also by Parameter Transfer (Inject) to allow modification of only certain element parameters, available on-the-fly directly during inject or when applying favorites.

Macbook Pro Touch Bar support

Macbook Pro Touch Bar support

The Touch Bar is a Multi-Touch enabled strip of glass built into the keyboard for instant access to essential tools, right when you need them. ARCHICAD now introduces a new way to interact with your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Distribute Along Path

Distribute Along Path

This new command allows fast placement of similar elements along polygons - such as lamps adjacent to a road. Use the new Random Placement option to scatter trees over an area.

Handling of Dashed Polylines

Handling of Dashed Polylines

The handling of Dashed Polylines at corners has been improved — now corners are displayed with proper dashes regardless of where the polyline starts or ends. Corners will display correct endings, even after stretching.

Magic Wand Graphical Feedback

Magic Wand Graphical Feedback

The updated Magic Wand provides graphical feedback on the results of an ongoing operation, saving you editing time.

Improved Text Styles and Rich Text Formatting

Improved Text Styles and Rich Text Formatting

These options are now available for all text related tools - such as Dimension and Label Tools – to help you create professional-looking detail documents and drawings much faster.

Improved Section and Elevation Depth Control

Improved Section and Elevation Depth Control

These improved controls, editing options and enhanced Range features help architects to fine-tune the position and determine the exact range of sections and elevations.

ARCHICAD ® 21 and START Edition
Feature Comparison Chart
ARCHICAD 21
SE 2018
SE 2017
Modeling
Complex, Multi-story Elements + + +
Floor-plan Display Options for Construction Elements + + +
Multi-Plane Roof + + +
Priority Based Connections + + +
Profiled, Slanted Walls, Columns, Beams via the Profile Manager + + +
Curved Profiled Walls and Complex Elements + + +
Shell Tool + + +
Morph Tool + + +
Automatic Model-Based Junctions + + +
Edit Multiple Elements Simultaneously w/ Visual Feedback + + +
Composites Without Cores + + +
NURBS Definition in GDL + + +
Sketchup v2016 Support + + +
Stair Tool using "Predictive Design" Technology + +
Railing Tool associative with Stairs, Slabs, Meshes, Roofs and Walls + +
Building Materials and Custom Profiles to GDL Elements + +
3DM (Rhino File Support +
Link Element Heights to Stories +
Curtain Wall Tool +
Visualization / 3D Exploration
Internal Rendering Engine + + +
Virtual Tracing - Reference Layer among all Views, Layouts + + +
3D Zones Geometry Fit to Complex Elements + + +
Partial Structure Display + + +
3D Feedback with Working Plane, 3D Guidelines + + +
3D Editing Plane + + +
Snap to Surface in 3D Window; Move & Elevate in One Step + + +
Real-Time Editable 3D Cutting Planes + + +
Two-point Perspective + + +
3D Styles + +
Monochrome Model Visualization + +
Sketch Rendering +
CineRender Engine R18 +
Documentation
3D Document: Dimensioned and Annotaded 3D Views + + +
Interactive, Annotated Door/Window Schedules + + +
Scale Dependant Detailing + + +
Interactive Schedule Data Export to Excel + + +
External Drawings (PDF/DWG/Image from/to SE) + + +
Import Site Survey Geometry as Morphs + + +
Floor-plan Based 3D Document + + +
BIMx Hyper-model Export + + +
Element Previews in Schedules + + +
Text Style Favorites + +
Autotext-based Labels + +
Workflow – Productivity – Project Management - Performance
Integrated Layouting, Layout Book + + +
Markup Tools + + +
Supersafe Autosave + + +
Single, Unified Undo Queue for the Entire Project + + +
Easy Creation of Custom Library Parts with Modifiable Attributes + + +
Building Materials, Smarter Attribute Management + + +
Conceptual Design with Morph Scheduling + + +
Duplicate Elements in Section and Elevation View + + +
Background Processing Support for Faster Performance + + +
Flexible Editing of Placed PDF Drawings + + +
PDF-Based Data Exchange – Optimized Export, with Layers + + +
Easy Attribute Management/Handling + + +
Snap Points and Guide Lines + + +
Tab Bar on Windows and Mac + + +
Mac Interface: Unified Window Mode with Docking Palettes + + +
List Skin/Component Area in Interactive Schedule + + +
Schedule of Finishes + + +
Predictive Background Processing for Nearly Instant Model Views + + +
Optimized OpenGL Engine for Smooth, Fast Navigation + + +
Surface Painter + + +
Flat User Interface + + +
Vectorial Icons + + +
Graphical Favorites + + +
Retina Display Fully Supported on Mac + + +
User-Defined Element Properties + + +
Touch Bar Support for Apple MacBook Pro + +
Advanced parameter transfer between elements + +
Distribute Along Path + +
Section/Elevation Depth Control + +
Multithreading Available on Unlimited Number of Cores +
Project Publisher +
(Multi-story) Hotlinked Modules +
License Borrowing, NET License +
Integrated Building Energy Evaluation +
Mass Import of Element Data +
Revision Management +
Publish Layers to PDF from Layout +
Publish Element Information for BIMx hyper-models +
Renovation Feature with Element-level Statusing +
IFC Publishing +
PDF Markup Import +
Integrated Collision detection between model elements +
Communication, I/O; Interoperability - PLN, PLA, TPL, MOD File Import
AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/Export + + +
Convert Surveyors Data into ARCHICAD Mesh + + +
Integrated IFC Import/Export Engine, Property Management + + +
Building Element Classification for MEP and Structural Engineering + + +
Data Exchange with Structural Software + + +
Save Elements to Common DWG Blocks + + +
Google Earth and SketchUp Connection + + +
IFC Support for Multiple Standards + + +
PDF/A Export + + +
3D Screenshots + + +
BIM Collaboration Format (BCF)-Based Data Exchange + + +
Scheme-Driven IFC Data Management and Export + + +
ARCHICAD BIM Parameters & Quantity Mappings to IFC Data + + +
Certified Import and Export of IFC 2x3 Coordination View v2.0 + + +
Exact IFC Geometry Import; Attribute Handling/Overrides + + +
ID Management of IFC Spatial Elements + + +
Advanced Import of MEP Models w/ Automatic Detection/Conversion + + +
Streamlined IFC data mapping of Library Part Parameters + + +
IFC4 Import-Export + + +
Survey Point Definition + + +
Full Control of IFC Translators + +
Element Classification Management + +
Export Multiple Layouts into Single DWG +
Save Exploded DWG Drawings to a Single Layer +
DXF/DWG External Reference Support (Xref) +
Point Cloud Display +
EDU / Trial File Format Support +
PMK File Format Support +
Export Model to STL Format +
Criteria-based Graphic Overrides for Design Communications +
Export to gbXML +
Export to PHPP +
IFC Hotlinks, Classification and Property Management in Hotlinks +
ARCHICAD 21 File Open|Save +|+ -|- -|-
EDU File Open|Save +|- -|- -|-
SE 2016 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|-
SE 2017 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|+
SE 2018 File Open|Save +|- +|+ +|-
Library
Model View Options for Library Parts + + +
Embed Only Necessary Library Objects in the Project + + +
Library Migration, Library Management + + +
Keyword Based Search Function Finds Library Parts + + +
Double-Quick Library Loading Times, Fast 3D Handling + + +
Simplified Door/Window UI + + +
No Character Number Limit in Lib Part Names + + +
Embedded Libraries Extracted into Virtual File System + + +
OpenGL Previews in Object Settings + + +
Teamwork & BIM Server
Teamwork Extended to Documentation Process - Layouts +
BIM Server - Model Based Team Collaboration +
Reservation Methods +
Instant Team Communication +
Delta-Server for Fast and Safe Data Exchange in Teamwork +
Control Over Client-Server Technology +
Portability and Remote Access +
BIM Server Optimized: Autosave Backup, Faster Performance +
BIMcloud Control Icon: Single Entry Point for Server Management +
Network Diagnostic Tool for all BIMcloud/BIM Server components +
Easy Management of Teamwork Libraries +
Complete and automatic server backups/restores +
Support multiple ARCHICAD versions on a single server +