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START Edition 2019

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ARCHICAD START Edition 2019 is a professional BIM solution with critical features most smaller practices need.

Serving as a base for the latest ARCHICAD START Edition, ARCHICAD 22’s robust, well-tested engine satisfies the needs of a smaller practice. ARCHICAD START EDITION 2019 provides the full power of ARCHICAD 22’s BIM-based streamlined documentation workflow, allowing the project model to stay live, until the very end of the design documentation phase: it helps keep architects in the state of the creative design flow with as little disruption as possible.

To take advantage of the entire range of ARCHICAD features and benefits, upgrade to the full version of ARCHICAD at any time and continue editing all your previously started projects with it.

To find out more about ARCHICAD START Edition 2019, check the Version Comparison Chart and take a look at the New Features.

Version Compatibility

Version Compatibility

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2019 can read files created with:

  • START EDITION 2006 and newer versions,
  • ARCHICAD 8.1 and 9
Where to Buy

Where to buy

To purchase ARCHICAD START Edition 2019, contact an ARCHICAD Reseller.


Modeling limitations:

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

Documentation limitations:

  • No

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 BIMcloud Basic 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

Licensing limitations:

  • No License Borrowing
  • No NET license type

To learn more about the new features and compatibility details of ARCHICAD START Edition 2019, 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.


Faster & Smoother 2D Navigation

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2019 introduces significant performance improvements, focusing on a smooth and truly responsive 2D panning and zooming navigation experience for projects of any size. Generation of complex element fills, cut- and cover surfaces are “GPU-accelerated.” Multiple cores of the computer’s CPU are further enhanced with a patent-pending algorithm to utilize the changing needs of continuous – panning or zooming – navigation in the background. Ultra-high – 4K and 5K – resolution monitors offer much sharper display of details on both macOS and Windows.

Expression Defined Property Values

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2019 allows you to use logical expressions to derive new properties and property values that depend on the element’s own parameters. This new function greatly enriches the information – or “I” component – of BIM. Its automatic workflow lets you define any calculation rule as an element property value and updates it automatically, without time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry.

The results can be used in ARCHICAD for tagging or filtering elements, and presented in any graphical, tabular or model output, governed by mathematical, logical and text handling operations – like the functions found in standard spreadsheet programs. For example, property values containing a valid URL will become a live URL hyperlink in the Interactive Schedule, providing quick access to any linked website or online data.

Industry-leading OPEN BIM Workflow

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2019 supports the import of geometry representation of double-curved, complex geometry elements, the non-uniform rational basis splines (NURBS) from IFC4 files.

Properties and quantities of components (composite skins, complex profiles, multibody object parts) can be exported for quantity take-off and cost estimation applications. During import processes, filtered or all IFC properties can be mapped to ARCHICAD Properties; thus, the imported properties can be used as criteria for graphic override and collision detection or as data for the new expressions, schedules and labelling. Also, the layers of IFC model elements can be mapped to existing ARCHICAD Layers, preventing the import of unwanted layers to the ARCHICAD project.

Productivity Enhancements

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2019 introduces various productivity enhancements. Thanks to the improved performance of Morph Elements, simplified Selections Palette with a modernized interface, updated dialogs of Model View Options and Attribute Manager, and priority-based Selection Highlights of walls on floor plan, ARCHICAD ensures more efficient design and editing workflows.

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2019 now allows multi-selection supported by Work Environment lists, selection of Overhead Elements in floor plan by their outline and automatically detected logical zone by the "Reference line" algorithm. The interface for Sun Study and Create Fly-Through dialogs have also been updated, in addition to a new algorithm developed for calculating the sun position.

Documentation Improvements

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2019 offers new features for documentation. Rich Text in GDL-Related Texts is now available. Re-association of a Label to another element using Cmd or Ctrl + Click is possible, and Security Options for PDF are also enhanced. Interactive Schedule supporting the Multi-selection editing and Custom Graphical Label is available as well.

ARCHICAD 22 and STAR(T) Edition®
Feature Comparison Chart
SE 2019
SE 2018
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+++
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+++
Custom Geometry Modifiers in Profiles++
Stair and Railing Tool Further Enhancements++
3DM (Rhino File) Import-Export+
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 R19+
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+++
Rich Text in GDL-Related Texts++
Reassociation of a Label to another element using Cmd/Ctrl + Click++
New System Autotext for today's date++
Multi-selection editing supported by Interactive Schedule++
Enhanced Security Options for PDF++
Custom Graphical Label++
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, Smart 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 Smoother, Faster Navigation+++
Surface Painter+++
Flat User Interface+++
Vectorial Icons+++
Graphical Favorites+++
Retina Display Fully Supported on Mac/td>+++
User-Defined Element Properties+++
Touch Bar Support for Apple MacBook Pro+++
Advanced parameter transfer between elements+++
Distribute Along Path+++
Section/Elevation Depth Control+++
High Resloution Support on WIN++
Improved Performance of Morph Elements++
Smooth Pan and 2D Navigation for Vectorial Model Views++
Simplified Selections Palette with Modernized Interface++
New Work Environment Option++
Selection of Overhead Elements in Floor Plan by their outline++
Element Transfer Settings Home Story definitions updated++
Automatically detected logical zone by the "Reference line" algorithm++
Updated interface for Sun Study and Create Fly-Through dialogs++
New algorithm for calculating Sun position++
Multi-selection supported by Work Environment lists++
New Info Box command for all Library parts to "Reset to Default Settings"++
Trackpad support for Mac++
GRAPHISOFT ID - Unified Login++
Updated Model View Options Dialog++
Updated Attribute Manager Dialog++
Introduction of Decimeters in Project Preferences / Working Units++
Priority-based Selection Highlights of Walls on Floor Plan++
Expression Defined Property Values++
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 Property 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+
Element Transfer Settings: New options for Curtain Wall+
Collision Detection Enhancements+
Curtain Wall Renewal+
Communication; I/O; Interopereability - PLN, PLA, TPL, MOD File Import
AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/ExportDWG/DXF+++
Convert Surveyor’s Data into ARCHICAD Mesh+++
Integrated IFC Import/Export Engine, Property Management+++
Building Element Classification for MEP & 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+++
Layer Mapping at IFC Model Import++
Import of NURBS Geometry from IFC Files++
Import of IFC Properties as ARCHICAD Properties++
Export of Component Quantities and Properties to IFC++
Bluebeam Connection**+
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 22 File Open|Save+|+-|--|-
EDU File Open|Save+|--|--|-
SE 2016 File Open|Save+|-+|-+|-
SE 2017 File Open|Save+|-+|-+|-
SE 2018 File Open|Save+|-+|-+|+
SE 2019 File Open|Save+|-+|+-|-
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+++
New Detail Level Geometries for Generic Library Parts++
New Detail Level Settings for Library Parts in the Model View Options++
Teamwork & BIMcloud Basic
Teamwork Extended to Documentation Process - Layouts+
BIMcloud Basic - 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+
BIMcloud Basic Optimized: Autosave Backup, Faster Performance+
BIMcloud Control Icon: Single Entry Point for Server Management+
Network Diagnostic Tool for all BIMcloud/BIMcloud Basic components+
Easy Management of Teamwork Libraries+
Complete and automatic server backups/restores+
Support multiple ARCHICAD versions on a single server+
Improved Performance of Teamwork Element Reservation+