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ARCHICAD 9 compared to ARCHICAD 21
3D Styles
since v21
Publishing IFC
since v21
Hotlink IFC
since v21
gbXML/PHPP Export
since v20
IFC4 Import-Export
since v20
Graphic Overrides
since v20
Surface Lists
since v19
Snap Points
since v19
Snap Guides
since v19
Smart Constraints
since v18
IFC Data Mapping
since v18
BCF Compatibility
since v18
BIMcloud
since v18
IFC Publishing
since v17
PDF/A Support
since v17
Curved Beam
since v17
3D Cutting plane
since v17
Building Materials
since v17
Free 3D Editing
since v16
Morph Tool
since v16
Renovation
since v15
Instant AutoSave
since v15
3D Guide Lines
since v15
3D Editing Plane
since v15
Skylights
since v15
Multi-Plane Roof
since v15
Shell Tool
since v15
Modular BIM Server
since v14
Shadows in Open GL
since v14
64-bit on Windows
since v13
Ruler
since v13
Oriented View
since v13
BIM Server
since v13
Grid Tool
since v12
Autocad 3D solids
since v12
3D Document
since v12
Hotlink Manager
since v12
Curtain Wall
since v12
Pen Sets in Views
since v11
Linked Markers
since v11
PDF Export
since v11
Visual Compare
since v11
Interior Elevation
since v11
Worksheets
since v11
Virtual Trace
since v11
Gradient Fills
since v10
PDF Import
since v10
Drawing Manager
since v10
Complex 3D Zones
since v10
Profile Manager
since v10
Project Organizer
since v10

Project Organizer ARCHICAD 10

The Organizer is related to and opened from the Navigator Palette. It houses essentially the same controls, but has a double-tree structure to make it easier to move and copy views and layouts from one map to the other.

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Slanted Walls, Columns ARCHICAD 10

All Walls, Beams and Columns can be slanted to any angle. A slanted wall or column tilts in one direction; its two faces are parallel to each other.

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Massaro House on Petre Island | Lake Mahopac - New York | Designer Frank Lloyd Wright | Architect of Record Thomas A. Heinz, AIA.

Profile Manager ARCHICAD 10

Complex Profiles are predefined as custom defined walls, columns and beams that can be edited by hand to take nearly any desired shape. Like other construction elements, a Profile’s essential structure derives from its Building Material, although various surface overrides are available on an element‐level basis for profile elements.

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Complex 3D Zones ARCHICAD 10

3D Spaces fit to slanted and profiled wall surfaces, but more than this, walls and columns can be subtracted automatically from the 3D Zones when you need to calculate volumes.

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Drawing Manager ARCHICAD 10

The Drawing Manager lists all types of drawings within a Project file, including Drawings referring to internal and external model views, and, Drawings inserted from other external sources (for instance PDF, DWG, DWF and image files)

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PDF Import ARCHICAD 10

Adobe’s PDF format is the most widely used documentation type, which can be inserted directly into any ARCHICAD project documentation page-by-page.

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NHS Office Complex | Los Angeles, California | PAAstudio - www.paastudio.com

Gradient Fills ARCHICAD 10

The quality of graphics is important for architects: polished drawings and presentations are key factors to winning a job. The purpose of Gradient Fills is to enhance architectural graphics; they are available for 2D fills created with the Fill tool (Drafting fills).

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Game-like 3D Navigation ARCHICAD 10

ARCHICAD 10 introduced a modern, “game-like” way when walking around the building and exploring its interior in perspective projection mode. In Explore mode, use the mouse and the arrow keys of the keyboard for navigation (as when playing a video game on a PC.)

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Automatic Guide Lines ARCHICAD 10

GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD 10 introduced Guide Lines (now called Snap Guides) to greatly simplify and ease graphic element creation, modifying and other input methods. Snap Guides are temporary lines and arcs that appear along existing elements, to assist accurate element placement.

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Parametric Drawing Titles ARCHICAD 10

Parametric and associative Drawing Titles can be placed automatically within Drawings. These smart elements can indicate Drawing information: including Drawing ID, Drawing Name and Scale.

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Massaro House on Petre Island | Lake Mahopac - New York | Designer Frank Lloyd Wright | Architect of Record Thomas A. Heinz, AIA.

Virtual Trace ARCHICAD 11

Providing tighter control, better coordination and better integration of design teams, this industry first innovative technology enables simultaneous development of the 3D model and 2D documents with full coordination and continuous visual feedback.

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Massaro House on Petre Island | Lake Mahopac - New York | Designer Frank Lloyd Wright | Architect of Record Thomas A. Heinz, AIA.

Worksheets ARCHICAD 11

Dramatically improve the design to production workflow. Using the Worksheet Tool you can smoothly transform your model views into highly detailed documents, create 2D documents from scratch or easily merge consultant data into the Virtual Building environment.

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Interior Elevation ARCHICAD 11

Boost productivity and ensure complete coordination with the new dedicated Interior Elevations tool. As live views of the model, Interior Elevations are continuously synchronized and up-to-date.

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Massaro House on Petre Island | Lake Mahopac - New York | Designer Frank Lloyd Wright | Architect of Record Thomas A. Heinz, AIA.

Visual Compare ARCHICAD 11

The ultimate solution for architects to efficiently control coordination of models, views and documents. With Visual Compare you have the confidence that all project documents are synchronized and any differences will be easily tracked.

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PDF Export ARCHICAD 11

ARCHICAD provides streamlined PDF support right out of the box! PDFs created with ARCHICAD can include standard PDF features such as layers, thumbnails, and bookmarks.

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Multistory Hotlinked Modules ARCHICAD 11

ARCHICAD 11 introduced multi-story hotlinked module support making it possible to easily divide multistory buildings into smaller parts. Entire multistory buildings can be hotlinked to site plan.

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Massaro House on Petre Island | Lake Mahopac - New York | Designer Frank Lloyd Wright | Architect of Record Thomas A. Heinz, AIA.

Curved Slanted and Complex Walls ARCHICAD 11

ARCHICAD 11 offered more modeling freedom with new double slanted walls (with faces that are not parallel), curved complex walls and highly accurate quantity calculations.

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Linked Markers ARCHICAD 11

ARCHICAD views can intelligently reference each other when needed, like sections that are referenced from the floor plan and from perpendicular cross sections. These markers are linked by the user to an existing viewpoint, view or drawing whose information is displayed in the marker.

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Pen Sets in Views ARCHICAD 11

ARCHICAD provides Pens & Colors configurations for use in Model views. Pen Sets can be defined and saved with custom-defined names for easier identification. Pen-Sets can be assigned separately to each Project View-Map entry. Pen-Sets can also be defined for drawings that are placed on layouts.

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Story Sensitive Display of Construction Elements ARCHICAD 11

The “Home Story” option ties the construction element to a specific story, regardless of the element’s physical location. The “Show On Story” option can be used to determine where to display the construction element.

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Vörösmarty tér 1 | Budapest, Hungary | Architect: György Fazakas | Consulting architect: Jean Paul Viguier

Curtain Wall ARCHICAD 12

The Curtain Wall tool enables users to easily design and document curtain wall systems. Based upon a flexible hierarchical structure of schemes, physical members and additional accessories, users can easily control & change both the entire system or the smallest detail.

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Partial Structure Display ARCHICAD 12

Partial Structure display enables designers to work and document the information-rich composite structure of walls and slabs while following architectural and structural drawing conventions; showing and exporting only the load bearing (core) structures, instead of filtering these structures out of the whole model one by one.

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Vörösmarty tér 1 | Budapest, Hungary | Architect: György Fazakas | Consulting architect: Jean Paul Viguier

3D Document ARCHICAD 12

The 3D Document allows users to use any 3D view of the model for creating a document where dimensions, annotations and 2D drawing elements may be added. This new level of clarity in communication helps reduce construction issues which can increase cost and lengthen project schedule.

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SAP Office Complex | Budapest, Hungary | STUDIO 100 Architects | www.studio100.hu

Image and translucent fills ARCHICAD 12

ARCHICAD 12 introduced new Fill capabilities, including translucent solid and image fills. These capabilities allow architects to remain in the ARCHICAD environment while preparing documents for competitions and client presentations.

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Nudge/Align/Distribute Elements ARCHICAD 12

Any objects in 2D or 3D can be aligned and distributed by placing elements along a certain path or in a defined pattern. A quick way to move elements on the screen is to use the “Nudge” feature: use Shift + arrow key to move the element left, right, up or down.

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Bi-Directional Drawing Title Referencing ARCHICAD 12

Back Reference allows you to add Layout ID information to the Drawing Title: specifically, the ID of one or more Layouts that contain a Drawing that shows the source marker of the current Drawing. Thus, the Back Reference function is useful if the current Drawing is based on a Section, Elevation, Interior Elevation, Detail or Worksheet.

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Multicore processor support ARCHICAD 12

ARCHICAD was the first application to fully exploit the benefits of today’s standard multi-core processors during the most frequently used BIM modeling and documentation operations such as creating 3D views, sections and elevations as well as panning and zooming in 2D on large floor plans and layouts.

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Autocad 3D solids ARCHICAD 12

The ACIS import option converts AutoCAD 3D Solids, Regions and Bodies into GDL Objects. With Attribute Purge, when you save an ARCHICAD file as DWG, only those ARCHICAD attributes will be included which are actually used in the project.

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Grid Tool ARCHICAD 12

The Grid Tool allows you to place Grid elements individually or in a Grid System; it is a regular tool in the ARCHICAD Toolbox. Grid elements are part of the model and serve as an editable framework for placing multiple elements or for identifying locations in the model.

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BIM Server ARCHICAD 13

ARCHICAD 13 introduced the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server – a first of its kind solution for model based team collaboration. Industry-first Delta Server™ technology reduces network traffic to a minimum for instant and reliable data-exchange both within the office and over the Internet.

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Oriented View ARCHICAD 13

In ARCHICAD, your project lines up just the way you need it: simply rotate the view on screen to a perpendicular position. Now you can edit diagonal wings comfortably, while your annotations adjust automatically to the final layout orientation.

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Embedded Objects and Libraries ARCHICAD 13

Project specific library parts can be saved into the ARCHICAD project file itself, eliminating the “missing library part” phenomenon that occurred whenever library parts were not loaded with the project.

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Ruler ARCHICAD 13

This editing aid gives instant, dynamic feedback on the cursor’s vertical and horizontal position in ARCHICAD. Guide lines can be placed with a single click on the Ruler. The Ruler provides great productivity improvement in arranging drawings on layouts.

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Load-Bearing Classification ARCHICAD 13

ARCHICAD 13 supports the classification of BIM elements as either load-bearing or non loadbearing structures, for more accurate export to programs used by structural engineers.

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Standard Steel Profiles ARCHICAD 13

"While exchanging data with structural engineers using the IFC standard, it’s helpful to use standard elements as your profile Columns or Beams. The structural engineering programs will recognize and identify such standard elements accurately and completely, without requiring any settings adjustments. Thousands of standard steel profiles are available from within ARCHICAD.

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64-bit on Windows ARCHICAD 13

"As the natural next step after introducing multi-processor support in ARCHICAD 12, ARCHICAD 13 were the first version available on Windows with native 64-bit support.

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Annotated Schedule Drawings ARCHICAD 13

Door and window previews can be associatively annotated right in the interactive schedule window. This feature alone saves significant drafting time for the documentation team.

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Filter DWG Elements by Layer ARCHICAD 13

ARCHICAD 13 made significant progress in the development of the DWG I/O. New features included improved layer management and the ability to export multiple layouts into a single DWG file.

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Roof/Slab Edge Custom Settings ARCHICAD 13

To further refine interconnection of intelligent modeling elements in ARCHICAD, the slant angle and material of slab/roof edges can be adjusted with complete freedom to match joining elements.

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Microsoft Hungary Headquarters Office Building | Vikár & Lukács Architects | www.vikluk.hu

IFC Reference Model Version Tracking ARCHICAD 14

For best in class coordination workflow with Engineers, ARCHICAD allows architects to compare IFC model versions and to import only differences, displaying design changes with color codes in the architectural model context.

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Teamwork "Pack & Go" ARCHICAD 14

Take Teamwork projects anywhere, saving all necessary files and libraries of Teamwork sessions into a transportable data package for further edits without the need for physically access to the BIM Server from any remote computer.

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Element Classification ARCHICAD 14

Element Classification extends ARCHICAD construction element data by adding three properties that are key to accurate model exchange: IFC Element Type, Structure Type and Position. These parameters are integral parts of the Building Information Model, and so can be used with Find & Select and the Interactive Schedule.

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BIM Server Performance Monitor ARCHICAD 14

The BIM Server performance monitor function provides project leaders and CAD/ BIM managers with powerful management tools to get all the necessary information for decisions required for an optimal Teamwork project workflow.

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Microsoft Hungary Headquarters Office Building | Vikár & Lukács Architects | www.vikluk.hu

Shadows in Open GL ARCHICAD 14

ARCHICAD 14 greatly improved in-model visualization with shadow casting in 3D OpenGL views. Live 3D views of the BIM model in addition to being work-views also become a standard basis for communicating the design intent with clients.

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Microsoft Hungary Headquarters Office Building | Vikár & Lukács Architects | www.vikluk.hu

Direct Import of Site-Survey Data ARCHICAD 14

Site survey data directly coming from theodolites can be imported into ARCHICAD with a single-click. XYZ coordinates automatically convert into an ARCHICAD Mesh element providing an accurate 3D model of the environment.

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Export Schedule into Excel ARCHICAD 14

You can save Interactive Schedules in Microsoft Excel format. Save as Excel format supported on MacOS as well as Windows. Export graphics and text formatting from Schedule to Excel for WYSIWYG results. Save as .xls file even if you do not have Excel installed on your computer.

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Spreadsheet Editing in Schedules ARCHICAD 14

ARCHICAD 14 introduced standard spreadsheet editing techniques to improve productivity in Schedule and Index windows. Quantity take-offs can now be exported to Excel with graphical information included for WYSIWYG results.

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Modular BIM Server ARCHICAD 14

In many companies, the life of a Teamwork project will easily last beyond the time the next ARCHICAD version is released; you may be running Teamwork projects in several different ARCHICAD versions. The “Modular BIM Server” enables you to run Teamwork projects in as many ARCHICAD versions (13 and up) as you need to, from a single server machine.

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SHELL | ARTechnic architects | www.artechnic.jp

Shell Tool ARCHICAD 15

Shell Structures help to design a wide range of architectural shapes, including revolved, extruded and ruled geometries. Shell is a natural BIM element that fits organically into the design and documentation workflow with features including polygonal openings on any surface, in-place profile editing or solid element operations correctly projected on floor plans, as well.

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Multi-Plane Roof ARCHICAD 15

Multi-Plane Roofs help to model any conventional roof structure with just a few clicks. The Multi-plane Roof is a single element despite its multiple planes. When you edit one of the planes, the rest of the planes are automatically adjusted to the new geometry. You can edit each plane separately if needed.

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Wells Cathedral | Gothic nave | modeled in ARCHICAD

Intelligent Element Connections ARCHICAD 15

ARCHICAD offers automatic connections between building structures and elements where such connection helps the creation and maintenance of the BIM model while preserving the flexibility architects need.

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Skylights ARCHICAD 15

The Skylight tool’s interface is similar to the interface of Doors and Windows. Skylights can be freely placed into both Roofs and Shells even Ruled Shells. Placed Skylights will automatically orient themselves to the slant of the surface and can be freely moved later.

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Massaro House on Petre Island | Lake Mahopac - New York | Designer Frank Lloyd Wright | Architect of Record Thomas A. Heinz, AIA.

3D Editing Plane ARCHICAD 15

ARCHICAD provides Editing Planes to help element creation and modification in the 3D window. Editing Planes help architects find their way in 3D naturally, providing temporary visual feedback and geometry constraints for editing.

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Walter Netch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill | USAFA Cadet Chapel | El Paso County, Colorado

3D Guide Lines ARCHICAD 15

3D Guide Lines offer a dynamic 3D drafting workflow that provide the context for 3D editing. With 3D guidelines, working in the virtual space becomes very similar to conventional architectural sketching on paper.

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IFC Properties as Native ArchiCAD Parameters ARCHICAD 15

In ARCHICAD, IFC Properties management is a natural part of the BIM workflow. Features, such as editing IFC properties in the Elements’ Settings dialog, simplify IFC workflow by an order of magnitude. Transfer IFC properties among elements, views and projects just like any other native ARCHICAD parameters.

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Instant AutoSave ARCHICAD 15

The Autosave function controls a number of options protecting you against losing work in case of a program or system crash, power outage or sudden termination of the program. Instant Autosave runs transparently in the background so no interruptions to the work process occur.

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Juan Enrique Nieto Julián | Royal Seville tobacco factory

Renovation ARCHICAD 15

ARCHICAD expands the design scope to renovation and refurbishment projects with native BIM design and documentation workflow support all the way through. The Renovation feature provides visual feedback on the status of each element at a particular stage of a renovation project.

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Easy Library Migration ARCHICAD 15

"Backward compatibility of library elements is a useful feature for architectural practices who wish to transfer project files between different ARCHICAD versions. From ArchiCAD 15 projects can be saved back in the previous version’s format with Object Libraries included. Library parts will be matched and automatically replaced with their earlier equivalents.

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Chimneys of Palau Güell in Barcelona | Antoni Gaudí

Morph Tool ARCHICAD 16

Use the Morph tool to create freeform elements within ARCHICAD, so you don’t have to import special shapes from other programs. The Morph tool is fully integrated into ARCHICAD, and works with a familiar logic and interface. Morph elements can be created from scratch simply by drawing a 3D polygon or by converting any existing ARCHICAD BIM element.

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Vennesla Library & Cultural Center | Norway | Helen & Hard | www.hha.no

Cloud-Search for BIM Components ARCHICAD 16

ARCHICAD 16 fundamentally changed the possibilities the average user has to obtain custom BIM components for their ARCHICAD projects. ARCHICAD’s modeling capabilities, connected to a cloud-based BIM component database, allow users to create, search, upload, and download custom BIM components of their choice. The fully-integrated web portal makes sharing BIM components a core community function.

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Vennesla Library & Cultural Center | Norway | Helen & Hard | www.hha.no

Integrated Energy Evaluation ARCHICAD 16

ARCHICAD offers the best BIM-integrated workflow for sustainable design straight out of the box. No need to spend money on a separate solution to start evaluating your design ideas. ARCHICAD turns the architectural building model directly into a building energy model, utilizing the state-of the-art automatic model geometry analysis function.

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Climate Data Access ARCHICAD 16

The Integrated Energy Evaluation technology allows architects to perform reliable and dynamic energy evaluations of their BIM model within ARCHICAD, relying mainly on BIM geometry analysis and accurate hour-by-hour online weather data of the building’s location.

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IFC 2x3, Coordination View 2.0 Support  ARCHICAD 16

ARCHICAD 16 was the first ARCHICAD version to support IFC 2x3 Coordination View 2.0, which was the most implemented view of the IFC format then.

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Vennesla Library & Cultural Center | Norway | Helen & Hard | www.hha.no

Support for Multiple IFC standards (Model View Definitions) ARCHICAD 16

The purpose of “view definition” is to provide a coordination format between the various disciplines, such as Architectural, Structural and MEP, during the design phase of a Project. By supporting IFC data types such as Classification Reference, Space Occupant and Actor, IFC export can comply with other IFC model view definitions.

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Save Custom IFC Property Schemes ARCHICAD 16

Besides managing IFC data, you can use schemes to assign rules to IFC data, which map ARCHICAD property, parameter and quantity values with IFC data values. Mapping rules are also stored in the scheme’s .xml files.

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Search and List any IFC Property ARCHICAD 16

The fact that IFC properties are native ARCHICAD properties means that all well-known ARCHICAD editing workflows can be used when working with them: search for them using Find & Select, list them in Interactive Element Schedules, assign them with one click to any element, or filter them by model visibility in the IFC Manager.

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Story Sensitive Display of Library Parts ARCHICAD 16

ARCHICAD 16 was the first version to offer the option for different displays by stories for various library parts.

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Free 3D Editing ARCHICAD 16

Handy improvements in 3D editing take the guesswork out of 3D input while modeling. Place new objects at any clicked point, surface, or edge, or move and elevate elements in one step with the familiar drag command to shorten 3D editing time.

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Priority Based Connections ARCHICAD 17

ARCHICAD’s Priority Based Connections put a real ROI on the work invested in the creation of the Building Information Model, by automatically providing construction documentation level sections and details. ARCHICAD users can develop structurally correct details and simplify the modeling and documentation of buildings, even when the design contains an unprecedented level of detail.

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Building Materials ARCHICAD 17

The appropriate and consistent use of building materials is crucial not only when developing the final construction documentation sets, but also when creating building energy analysis reports. New, intelligent building materials ensure correct graphical representation of materials in sections (cut fills), element surfaces in 3D views, and thermal properties throughout the building energy evaluations.

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3D Cutting plane ARCHICAD 17

Architects can define 3D cutaway sections of the model graphically in the 3D window, using one or more cutting planes in any location. This greatly improves not only the 3D editing processes, but also the visualization of large complex models, displaying only relevant parts of the building in 3D view.

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Curved Beam ARCHICAD 17

Use the Beam tool to create beams that are curved on a horizontal plane. This way, beams can serve as support structures along curved walls. Such wall/beam intersections will automatically be shown correctly in sections (no need for solid element operations to represent them).

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PDF/A Support ARCHICAD 17

Industry standard PDF/A file format for project documentation archiving is natively supported in ARCHICAD. PDF/A documents can be published with a click from the Navigator eliminating the need for the use of any external applications.

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Element Association to Story Height ARCHICAD 17

The height of walls, columns and zones can be linked to a particular story in the project. This way, if the story height changes, the height of all linked elements will also be updated automatically. Architects will still have the option to assign fixed heights to elements, and to define the base elevation height to a given reference level. This ensures that designers will stay in full control of their project.

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Multifunctional dwelling complex on Mosfilmovskaya street | Moscow, Russia | Sergey Skuratov Architects | www.skuratov-arch.ru

Background Processing ARCHICAD 17

ARCHICAD 17 took the next step in multicore processing: industry-first background processing supports the creation and manipulation of large complex models and faster generation of complex model details.

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Vennesla Library & Cultural Center | Norway | Helen & Hard | www.hha.no

BIMx in Every ARCHICAD Installation ARCHICAD 17

"ARCHICAD includes a fully functional license for GRAPHISOFT BIMx and a professional account to the cloud integrated model sharing service, enabling architects to explore, communicate, and share BIMx projects like never before."

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Multifunctional dwelling complex on Mosfilmovskaya street | Moscow, Russia | Sergey Skuratov Architects | www.skuratov-arch.ru

IFC Publishing ARCHICAD 17

Views can be published to all of the IFC formats. For each Publisher item, you can vary the Translator, so that IFC models with various content can be exported with just one click to the different professions.

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Morph Volume and Area by Story ARCHICAD 17

ARCHICAD 17 introduced new Morph scheduling features supporting conceptual design and mass modeling. Architects can list the volume and surface area of single Morphs separately by story. This data provides valuable input at the conceptual stage about the useful area of the planned project.

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Guggenheim Museum | New York | Frank Lloyd Wright | Modeled in ARCHICAD, rendered with CineRender

Integrated CineRender Engine ARCHICAD 18

"The integration of CineRender, MAXON’s world-class CINEMA 4D rendering engine into ARCHICAD, ensures high quality, photo-realistic renderings to a much wider range of designers.

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Revision Management ARCHICAD 18

During the course of an ARCHICAD project, you will probably issue several sets of Layouts at different times. Revision Management helps you keep track of changes, Layout revisions, and Issues throughout the full project cycle. The Revision Management solution is integrated into the entire BIM workflow, providing solutions for 2D, 3D or any kind of hybrid workflows.

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Multifunctional dwelling complex on Mosfilmovskaya street | Moscow, Russia | Sergey Skuratov Architects | www.skuratov-arch.ru

BIMcloud ARCHICAD 18

GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud is an all-round cloud-based collaboration solution providing the complete software layer necessary for deployment on premises as a private cloud solution or in the public cloud as a cloud service. By design, GRAPHISOFT’s BIMcloud is suited for even the most stringent enterprise-level workflow and security requirements to provide a suitable solution for companies where collaboration is a critical part of conducting everyday business.

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Embed 3D Content in PDF ARCHICAD 18

U3D (“Universal 3D”) is a file format for 3D data. It is a standardized three-dimensional data format with the purpose of facilitating 3D data exchange among programs of various kinds. Adobe Acrobat supports this format from version 7.0, so within a PDF document 3D models can be represented, not only as static images but as real 3D objects. You can navigate through the model, set view options and save preset views.

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BCF Compatibility ARCHICAD 18

"ARCHICAD supports highly iterative coordination with engineers and consultants with full BCF support. The BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is an open file format that allows the addition of textual comments and screen-shots on top of the IFC model layer for better communication between the coordinating parties. ARCHICAD integrates BCF information natively into the BIM model in the form of ARCHICAD Mark-Up entries.

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IFC Data Mapping ARCHICAD 18

"Thanks to the standard requirements, ARCHICAD 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, etc. Of course, all IFC data management can be done on a user-friendly interface.

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PDF-based Data Exchange ARCHICAD 18

ARCHICAD offers smooth PDF-based workflow and improved PDF-based data exchange by introducing BIM related intelligence and data hierarchy into Adobe’s Portable Document Format. PDF-A archive format support, attribute conversion, advanced handling of layers and drawing elements makes PDF a true collaborative data format.

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Multifunctional dwelling complex on Mosfilmovskaya street | Moscow, Russia | Sergey Skuratov Architects | www.skuratov-arch.ru

Import/Export IFC Quality Certification ARCHICAD 18

With IFC developments for version 18, ARCHICAD became the first architectural software certified for both import and export of IFC 2×3 Coordination View 2.0.

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General Light Sources ARCHICAD 18

ARCHICAD provides lamp objects enhanced with parallel light, area light and window light sources. The standard, IES Light format can also be assigned to ARCHICAD’s lamp objects, ensuring manufacturer-specific photometric distribution for lighting. General lights include special effects such as Visible Light and Noise parameters.

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Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex | Canada | architectsAlliance | www.architectsalliance.com

Smart Constraints ARCHICAD 18

Smart Vertical Model Constraints work the way architects think. The ability to link elements to neighboring stories gives architects the speed and power to modify the building height, the height of single, or multiple stories, and never worry about inconsistencies. Walls, columns and zones can all follow those changes in floor height.

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Point-Cloud Support ARCHICAD 19

ARCHICAD reads point-clouds, providing faster, error-free building surveys by using the latest 3D scanner laser-survey technology. So you can align your design with automatically-generated, 100% accurate point-cloud 3D geometry information.

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Bradford College | UK | Bond Bryan Architects | www.bondbryan.com

Interactive 3D Surface Painter ARCHICAD 19

ARCHICAD enables intuitive, drag-and-drop editing of the building model surfaces in 3D – providing instant visual feedback. ARCHICAD’s Surface Painter lets designers change model surfaces in the 3D window with a single click, using a floating palette.

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Bradford College | UK | Bond Bryan Architects | www.bondbryan.com

Tab-based Navigation ARCHICAD 19

Tab-based navigation, familiar from the Web, makes accessing different views and overseeing BIM projects much easier.

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Predictive Background Processing ARCHICAD 19

ARCHICAD takes advantage of unused computer capacity by anticipating what you might do next and preparing for those actions in the background. This “second guessing” greatly increases the overall responsiveness of the application, so it feels more agile with projects of any kind or size.

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Bradford College | UK | Bond Bryan Architects | www.bondbryan.com

Optimized OpenGL Engine ARCHICAD 19

Starting from version 19, ARCHICAD uses a fully optimized OpenGL engine resulting in smoother, faster 3D navigation, free from flickering—even with extremely large models.

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Permanent Guide Lines ARCHICAD 19

ARCHICAD 19 has overhauled its Guide Lines function to better match the way you work, making precise input even more intuitive. Guide Lines (and Guide Circles) are drafting aids which help you find special points and projections, to ensure precise input in both 2D and 3D windows. Unlike Snap Guides, Guide Lines are explicitly placed by you. They are always “permanent”, that is, they remain in place until you remove them.

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Snap Guides ARCHICAD 19

Snap Guides give you on-the-fly input help when and where you need it. Relevant Snap Guides (lines or arcs) are offered automatically during your input (you don’t have to click to find them), based on the current context

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Snap Points ARCHICAD 19

Snap Points are temporary hotspots that appear at particular intervals (defined by you) on elements, to help you place and draw new elements more accurately. With ARCHICAD 19’s new Snap Point option, the “best division to distance”, the ideal division will be automatically calculated, producing equal parts as close as possible to the distance you specified.

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Surface Lists ARCHICAD 19

The Surface Lists is the third type of interactive Lists, alongside Element Lists and Component Lists. Surface Lists let you schedule the total exposed area of a surface (as well as their other properties, e.g. color or hatching). You can define exactly what counts as exposed, depending on your Surface List Scheme Settings.

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IFC Data Mapping of Objects ARCHICAD 19

One of the great data management features of ARCHICAD is mapping project properties and schedule data in the IFC Scheme Setup Dialog to IFC Properties for IFC export fulfilling different documentation standard requirements. ARCHICAD 19 offers a new capability that enables you to create mappings used by multiple GDL Objects or object types faster.

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Flat User Interface ARCHICAD 20

ARCHICAD offers a fresh and clean user interface maximizing the available working area with crisp and clean icons that look sharp on any screen resolution. ARCHICAD’s interface provides a large, clean workspace free of visual noise.

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Graphical Favorites ARCHICAD 20

Graphical Favorites speed up everyday design development work by providing visual feedback on saved element settings with automatically generated, colored 2D or 3D thumbnail previews - available for every Tool.

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User-Defined Element Properties ARCHICAD 20

An ARCHICAD model can be described as a central BIM database that stores all project data and makes it accessible to any project stakeholder. ARCHICAD 20 introduced ARCHICAD Element Properties: a robust foundational technology for future BIM data management in the ARCHICAD environment.

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Nordre Jarlsberg Brygge | Norway | Rift AS, Oslo, Norway | www.rift-studio.com

Graphic Overrides ARCHICAD 20

With this feature, you can display the elements in any model view according to a customized graphical definition, to easily communicate the design to everyone involved. Use graphic overrides to create thematic drawings in a semi-automatic way. You don’t have to spend time on supplementary 2D CAD work or “idle” presentation drawings. Instead, enjoy the benefits of associative 3D/BIM content.

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NURBS Definition in GDL ARCHICAD 20

A definition for NURBS has been introduced in GDL language. As a result, complex models created in Rhino as NURBS and imported to ARCHICAD as GDL objects can now be adjusted through a GDL settings parameter. This development improves the display of imported NURBS-based geometries in ARCHICAD, where models are naturally segmented. ARCHICAD users can better control the representation of each individual imported object, depending on its purpose in the model.

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IFC4 Import-Export ARCHICAD 20

ARCHICAD supports the import and export of the Model View Definitions, which are developed for multi-disciplinary 3D mode-exchange workflows. The latest IFC4 Model View Definition introduces two separate directions for coordination between different disciplines: the IFC4 Reference View and the IFC Design Transfer View.

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Mass Import of Element Property Data ARCHICAD 20

Import Property Values is an easy, semi-automatic function to import data from an Excel worksheet to the corresponding ARCHICAD Property value fields. With this feature, ARCHICAD users can eliminate the tedious and error-prone task of entering the consultant’s data manually.

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Rhino Import-Export ARCHICAD 20

ARCHICAD is able to read and write the native Rhino (3dm) file format, enabling a “reference model” workflow between the two applications.

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Two-Point Perspective ARCHICAD 20

In 3D perspective view, users can switch to a two-point perspective in any camera position, maintaining the original position and viewing angle. As a result, all 3D vertical edges become vertical in perspective projection.

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gbXML/PHPP Export ARCHICAD 20

ARCHICAD’s built-in Energy Evaluation function is designed to support interoperability with external building performance analysis applications. In ARCHICAD 20, new gbXML and PHPP export options make it easier to transfer BIM data directly to building performance evaluation tools.

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Charles Perkins Centre | Australia | fjmt | francis-jones morehen thorp | fjmtstudio.com | Photo © Keira Yang Zhang

Next-gen Stair Tool ARCHICAD 21

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.

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Yale University Art Gallery Staircase | Louis Kahn

Next-gen Railing Tool ARCHICAD 21

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 specific to each design project. Railings can be created with a single click based on pre-defined rules and standards.

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Macbook Pro Touch Bar support ARCHICAD 21

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.

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Element Classification Management ARCHICAD 21

ARCHICAD 21 introduces a flexible way to classify elements and spaces for better support of national or company standards and for unprecedented interoperability between project stakeholders.

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Microsoft Hungary Headquarters Office Building | Vikár & Lukács Architects | www.vikluk.hu

Publishing IFC ARCHICAD 21

When defining IFC model content as a Publisher item, each saved Publisher item can use the exact settings needed to output the desired content. You can vary the element content and visibility settings (Layer Combination, Structure Display and Graphic Override), and fine-tune the property schemes and classification system mappings as well as geometry conversion settings.

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Project modeled in ARCHICAD | ©BIMES, Dubai

Integrated Collision Detection ARCHICAD 21

"With the evolution of BIM as the de facto workflow, architects increasingly receive consultant information in a BIM format. To help architects fulfil their role as lead coordinator of the model, Collision Detection allows two groups of elements to be compared through user-defined criteria sets.

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Building Materials and Custom Profiles to GDL Elements ARCHICAD 21

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.

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Smart Parameter Transfer ARCHICAD 21

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.

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3D Styles ARCHICAD 21

New 3D Styles allow you to save 3D window settings and include them in your views. Change to 3D Styles will automatically be applied to any view using them.

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