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START Edition 2019

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ARCHICAD START EDITION 2020 is a professional BIM solution offering critical features most smaller practices need.

You’ll enjoy the full power of ARCHICAD 23’s BIM-based streamlined documentation workflow, allowing the project model to stay live until the very end of the design documentation phase — keeping you in the creative design flow with as little disruption as possible.

Take advantage of the entire range of ARCHICAD features and benefits by upgrading to the full version of ARCHICAD at any time, and keep working on your previously started projects.

To find out more about ARCHICAD START EDITION 2020, check the Version Comparison Chart and take a look at the New Features.

Version Compatibility

Version Compatibility

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2020 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 2020, contact an ARCHICAD Reseller.

To learn more about the new features and compatibility details of ARCHICAD START EDITION 2020, 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.

START EDITION 2020 NEW FEATURES

MODELING

The advanced Column and Beam Tools allow faster and more accurate modeling of construction details and quantity estimations for columns and beams.

Coordinate your projects with all key stakeholders using the brand-new Opening Tool to create voids, recesses and niches, and share them using IFC.

PERFORMANCE

Optimized raw performance, reduced file sizes and faster opening of projects make ARCHICAD START EDITION 2020 more responsive than ever!

Switch instantly between tabs, open multiple projects with one click, and enjoy reduced rebuilding time of model views.

PRODUCTIVITY

Boost your productivity with the new Startup Dialog and the Action Center.

Start your work in an instant, without any interrupting messages. Activate the desired design views with Tab Previews. Search in Work Environment.

OPTIMIZED WORKFLOWS

ARCHICAD START EDITION 2020 offers optimized workflows thanks to the updated Info Box panels of the Zone and Label tools, simplified Shell and Morph Input Dialogs, Text Label Pointer Lines options and Unique IDs in View Settings.

Create Sun Study animations displayed with customized date and time options and location stamp and get live feedback from Sunlight Settings about the cast- and self-shadows.

DOCUMENTATION AND LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS

Display Beams and Columns using various projected and symbolic views and cover fills. Ramp, Elevator and Window library parts offer richer options.

ARCHICAD 23 and START EDITION®
Feature Comparison Chart
ARCHICAD 23
SE 2020
SE 2019
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 + + +
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 + + +
Advanced Column and Beam Tools + +
Opening Tool + +
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 + + +
Renewed, built-in Surface Catalog + +
Sketch Rendering +
CineRender Engine R20 +
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 + + +
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 + + +
Improved 2D Representation and Documentation Improvements for Columns and Beams + +
Improved 2D representation of certain hidden element types + +
Floor Plan Representation Improvements of Connected Slabs + +
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 + + +
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 + + +
Optimized raw performance + +
Reduced file size + +
Faster opening of projects + +
Faster IFC import-export + +
Instant switching between tabs + +
Reduced rebuilding time of model views + +
New Startup Dialog + +
New Action Center + +
Open multiple project with one click + +
Activate the desired design views with Tab Previews + +
Simplified Shell and Morph Input Dialogs + +
Updated Info Box panels of the Zone and Label tools + +
Sunlight Settings provide live feedback about the cast- and self shadows + +
Sun Study animations displayed with customized date and time options, and location stamp + +
Text Label Pointer lines options + +
Unique IDs in View Settings + +
Integrated Software Key Activation & Deactivation + +
Delete and Replace Dialog Improvements + +
Search in Work Environment + +
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 +
Curtain Wall Enhancement with fixed window or louver sash +
Curtain Wall Profiled Edge Panels can be moved to any position +
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 + + +
IFC Schema Compatibility and Import Improvements + +
IFC Schema Filtering + +
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 +
Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD live connection +
ARCHICAD 23 File Open|Save +|+ -|- -|-
EDU File Open|Save +|- -|- -|-
SE 2017 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|-
SE 2018 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|-
SE 2019 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|+
SE 2020 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 + + +
New Detail Level Geometries for Generic Library Parts + + +
New Detail Level Settings for Library Parts in the Model View Options + + +
Enhanced Ramp Library Part + +
Enhanced Elevator Library Part + +
Window Library Element Improvements + +
Teamwork & BIMcloud Basic
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 +
Improved Performance of Teamwork Element Reservation +
* Blubeam connection is part of the US ARCHICAD package only, all other versions must download and install the free add-on.