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STAR(T) Edition

Based on the industry-leading Building Information Modeling technology of ARCHICAD 18, ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 has been tailored to the needs of smaller architectural practices. ARCHICAD SE2015 contains all the tools necessary to create the building information model from which the entire architectural documentation is derived.

STAR(T) Edition 2015 introduces a wide array of modeling and productivity improvements focusing on the most requested customer wishes. ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2015 provides the full power of ARCHICAD 18’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.

Enhancing overall performance with improvements to computing speed and power come from GRAPHISOFT's commitment to expanding the possibilities available to the architect. Designers will also benefit from exchange workflow enhancements, improvements in Attribute handling and overall smart constraints to help architects stay in the design flow.

IFC Support ensures the smoothest workflow in collaboration with engineers. The support for BCF format allows even 3D view intricate Mark-Ups to be sent to consultants.

To find out more about ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2015, check the Version Comparison Chart and take a look at the New Features.

Version Compatibility

Version Compatibility

STAR(T) Edition 2015 can read files created with:

  • STAR(T) Edition 2006 or newer versions
  • ARCHICAD 8.1 and 9
Where to Buy

Where to buy

To purchase ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2015, contact an ARCHICAD Reseller.

Training Materials

Training Materials

An introductory level Training Guide package is available to support you throughout your early experiences with ARCHICAD. Download the ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition Interactive Training Guide.

Limitations of ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 compared to ARCHICAD 18 include

  • Collaboration limitations: No Teamwork / BIM Server / Hotlinked Modules / XRefs / Reviewer / PMK/EDU file format support / Publisher / STL Export / IFC Publishing
  • Modeling limitations: No 'Linking Element Heights to Stories' function / Renovation functionality / Curtain Wall
  • Documentation/Productivity limitations: No Revision Management / BIMx Hyper-model Publishing / No Renovation / Integrated Energy Evaluation / Conceptual Design with Morph Scheduling
  • Visualization limitations: No CineRender Rendering / LightWorks Rendering / Sketch Rendering
  • Project Organization limitation: No License Borrowing / NET License
  • Performance limitation: No Multithreading on Unlimited Cores

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 STAR(T) Edition 2015 New Features

ARCHICAD 18's Simultaneous Element Editing skills, Smart Attribute handling and other modeling functions, OPEN collaboration with BCF format support, overall Performance Imporvements and the full range of sophisticated 2D / 3D editing enhancements – and many more – make ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 the ideal tool of a broad user community. The full feature set makes the STAR(T) Edition 2015 workflow a very smooth one from the very first mass study to the final documentation.

To learn more about the new features and compatibility details of ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2015, download the Version Comparison Chart.

Enhanced Mark-Up Features

Enhanced Mark-Up Features

The re-designed Mark-Up palette interface with status and style information allows the creation of Mark-Ups in 3D Views as well as the Floor Plan. 3D Views can be saved, including cutting planes and camera views – as Mark-Up Entries. Create and save Screenshots in the Mark-Up palette and export all data to consultants in BCF format.

Enhanced PDF-based Data Exchange

Enhanced PDF-based Data Exchange

ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 offers a smooth, PDF-based workflow and improved PDF-based data exchange by introducing BIM-related intelligence and data hierarchy into Adobe’s Portable Document Format. STAR(T) Edition 2015 can directly export the documentation set in PDF/A (archive) format and, in addition to supporting PDF import and export, also provides advanced handling of layers and drawing elements in an intelligent way, making PDF truly collaborative data. The PDF Attribute conversion options allow users to fine-tune the representation (pen, font conversion and attributes) of the imported PDF files; 3D project content can also be included in the exported PDF sets.


Natural Constraints

Smart constraints work the way architects think. Composite structures can connect easily with a single command. Adjusting the core of adjoining composites to connect leaves no residue, only the cleanest junctions. Now, multiple selected elements can be edited simultaneously with a single process and real-time visual feedback – even if this means cutting a hole in every slab of a high-rise. Smart model constraints combine and work on convenient solutions to keep architects in the creative flow.


Improved IFC Support

ARCHICAD Start Edition 2015 supports highly iterative coordination with engineers and consultants and delivers several IFC-related improvements including professional scheme-driven data management and data mapping, and high-quality (certified) export processes.
ARCHICAD Start Edition 2015 supports the major international IFC 2x3 standards (Model View Definitions): Coordination View (1.0 and 2.0, Surface Geometry), Basic FM Handover View, and Concept Design BIM 2010. Support for these standards improves a wide range of interoperability workflows with consultants and other disciplines.
SE2015 supports a wide range of IFC data types: IFC assignment types (for example IFC System) with multilevel (‘sub’) hierarchy, base and custom quantities, IFC Type Product entities, Door/Window Lining and Panel properties, Space Containment relation, Site context elements, etc. Of course, all IFC data management can be done on a user-friendly interface.

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ARCHICAD 18© and STAR(T) Edition
New Features Comparison Chart
SE 2015
SE 2014
SE 2013
Complex, Multi-story Elements + + + +
Floor-plan Display Options for Construction Elements + + + +
Multi-Plane Roof + + + +
Element Connections Management + + + +
Door and Window Vertical Anchor + + + +
Profiled, Slanted Walls, Columns, Beams via the Profile Manager + + + +
Doors/Windows Fit to Slanted and Complex Wall Surfaces + + + +
Curved Profiled Walls and Complex Elements + + + +
Shell Tool + + + +
Core-Based Reference Line for Component Structures + + +
Automatic Model-Based Junctions + + +
Air Gaps in Composite Structures: Correct Display & Handling + +
Building Materials: Expanded Properties & Tags + +
Edit Multiple Elements Simultaneously w/ Visual Feedback + +
Composites Without Cores + +
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 + +
Sketch Rendering +
CineRender (Basic/Advanced) Rendering +
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 + +
Interior Elevation Improvements + +
Renovation Feature, Element-level Statusing +
BIMx Hyper-model Publishing +
Revision Management +
Workflow – Productivity – Project Management - Performance
Integrated Layouting, Layout Book + + + +
Support for 3D Connexion Space Navigator Device + + + +
Markup Tools + + + +
Supersafe Autosave + + + +
Single, Unified Undo Queue for the Entire Project + + + +
Access Thousands of Objects via the BIM Components Portal + + + +
Easy Creation of Custom Library Parts with Modifiable Attributes + + + +
Graphical Project North Definition + + + +
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 + +
Easier Attribute Management/Handling + +
Project Publisher +
Project Reviewer +
(Multi-story) Hotlinked Modules +
License Borrowing +
NET License +
Integrated Building Energy Evaluation +
Multithreading Available on Unlimited Number of Cores +
Communication, I/O; Interoperability - PLN, PLA, TPL, MOD File Import
AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/Export + + + +
Merge/Save as... PDF Command + + + +
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 + + +
Enhanced Mark-Up; 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 + +
Complex and Composite Geometry Export/Import Enhancements + +
IFC Publishing +
Export Multiple Layouts into Single DWG +
Save Exploded DWG Drawings to a Single Layer +
DXF/DWG External Reference Support (Xref) +
EDU / Trial File Format Support +
PMK File Format Support +
Export Model to STL Format +
ARCHICAD 18 File Open|Save +|+ -|- -|- -|-
EDU File Open|Save +|- -|- -|- -|-
SE 2012 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|- +|-
SE 2013 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|- +|+
SE 2014 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|+ -|-
SE 2015 File Open|Save +|- +|+ -|- -|-
Model View Options for Library Parts + + + +
Embed Only Necessary Library Objects + + + +
Library Migration, Library Management + + + +
Keyword Based Search Function Finds Library Parts + + +
Double-Quick Library Loading Times, Faster 3D Handling + + +
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 +
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 +