Publish the Virtual Building™ with ArchiCAD 7.0!
New release delivers tools for efficient and consistent document management; uses power of Virtual Building™ to increase productivity in the architects' most resource-intensive phase
BUDAPEST, March 22, 2001 - Graphisoft today announced that it will ship the latest version of its pioneering 3D model-based architectural CAD solution in late spring. While the previous two releases focused on improving design functionality, ArchiCAD 7.0 is aimed at helping architects to communicate their designs fast and effectively, meaning fewer changes, fewer mistakes, less repetition, and higher productivity.
"Like any business, architectural offices are always looking for ways to improve efficiency. We saw that our clients needed increased control over the workflow, and this version gives them that control by automating procedures for distribution and review of project documents," states Graphisoft President and CEO Gábor Bojár. "Because many of our clients are working with partners at great distances, we exploited new Internet technologies to boost productivity at the client review and collaboration stages."
Maintaining ArchiCAD's legendary ease of use and intuitive interface, this version also addresses areas that are central to streamlining everyday work: easy placement of complex design elements, accurate and automatic documentation, and immediate access to product information. ArchiCAD 7.0 full feature set is being unveiled this week at CeBIT, Europe's largest information technology trade show, held in Hannover, Germany.
More flexibility and speed in design phase
To give architects more time to focus on the creative process, Version 7.0's new design tools make adding complex elements faster and easier, and the Virtual Building data richer. For example, intelligent skylight and corner window objects can now be placed in one easy step. Complex 3D timber and steel trusses and girders can be designed in minutes with TrussMaker.
When building additions, making renovations, or working with interiors, architects and their clients can make better design decisions by "placing" Virtual Building model in the existing environment. Version 7.0's Align View function accurately aligns the Virtual Building model with a background photo.
Managing the Virtual Building data
"With ArchiCAD's new ProjectXChange functionality, large office will gain significant control over the workflow," says Bence Kovács, Graphisoft's director of product marketing. "While smaller offices will appreciate having an integrated tool for the creation and updating of documents linked to the Virtual Building."
For firms of any size, speed is key when processing the Virtual Building data into design documentation. Project Publisher batch publishes Virtual Building data with one click into convenient sets that comprise floor plans, 3D views, movie files and quantity take-offs, for printing, saving to disk or uploading to an ftp site; sets are automatically updated to include all subsequent changes made to the project file.
Files output by Publisher can be opened, reviewed and redlined in Project Reviewer, a free Java-based viewer embedded in all published documents, allowing partners to monitor the progress of the design, from anywhere at anytime. No copy or knowledge of ArchiCAD is required, as Project Reviewer opens files in Internet Explorer or Netscape.
Files redlined in Reviewer can be merged smoothly back into the Virtual Building model thanks to Project Mark-Up, which has been developed to handle redlining activity in ArchiCAD using ArchiCAD's standard construction tools, as well as a special redlining palette.
"As more and more project management, communication and collaboration is done on the Web, having the ability to create document sets, and to review and mark-up work remotely using ProjectXChange is a significant benefit to ArchiCAD users," enthuses David Russo of Architectural Data Consultants. "They will undoubtedly find a wealth of uses for this powerful functionality, to streamline the process of how their firms share information and to ensure that it is done productively."
Clever tools for documentation
ArchiCAD 7.0 introduces interactive door and window schedules. Users can update the geometry from the schedule or the building model, and changes are reflected in both. "Thanks to ArchiCAD's true integration, ArchiCAD users can feel secure that their documentation is precise and consistent with the model," Kovács says.
For improved presentations, prepared Microsoft Excel and Word documents can be embedded in the new OLE-enabled PlotMaker; the ArchiCAD Spellchecker corrects text in dimensions, label texts, even in library elements.
ArchiCAD's Construction Simulation tool introduced to CAD the 4th dimension: time. Builders will benefit from the ability to create construction task lists, or import time sheets from Microsoft Project, and even animate the Virtual Building model to show various construction or demolition phases.
Internet-enabled library management
ArchiCAD's radically improved Load Libraries dialog offers easy access to up-to-date building product information. GDL objects can be simply dragged from a manufacturer's Web page onto the floor plan; the new History tab page automatically logs the objects' Internet address for quick updates.
"Having direct access to objects on the Web through the Library Manager is a great leap forward," says Russo. "The accuracy of models and drawings often depends upon having the right objects for inclusion in the work. Where the users were once limited to their own libraries and the parts which they themselves could fashion, ArchiCAD 7.0 now allows objects to be added directly into a project from on-line libraries and remote sites, making it easier to create more precise work."
German, English and French versions of ArchiCAD 7.0 will be available through Graphisoft's Distributor Partners beginning in late spring, with other localized versions released throughout the remainder of the year. This version will run on Windows 95/98/ME and NT/2000; MacOS 8.6-9.1 and support Apple's latest operating system, OS X.