ArchiCAD 15

This review takes a detailed look at the new release of Graphisoft’s BIM application for architectural design, which is focused on the theme of “design freedom” and has new tools and features that greatly expand ArchiCAD’s ability to model freeform buildings while still retaining the BIM nature of the model. These include a brand-new Shell tool that is capable of modeling a broad spectrum of forms, a revamped Roof tool that allows quick modeling of complex roofs, and several interface enhancements that make 3D modeling easier and more accurate.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2011/ArchiCAD15.html

2 thoughts on “ArchiCAD 15

  1. New features are very good, ArchiCAD is my favorite Architectural software.

    But Graphisoft has ignored the rendering part of its software, especially in the aspect of speed and the utilization of multi core or multi cpu or multi threaded computer systems. I have a core I7 six cores system with 12GB memory, and ArchiCAD (lightworks or internal engine) during my tests utilizes only 15% of its processing power during rendering, also it is slow (150 minutes). In contrast Artlantis, 3ds max, and Revit utilize 100% during rendering, the results are fast (30 minutes), and of good quality.

    I can relate this with our local saying that YOU EAT THE WHOLE COW AND YOU LET ALL THE CREDIT TO GO TO SOMEBODY ELSE BY FAILING TO FINISH THE TAIL.

    ArchiCAD lets most of its modelling credits go to Artlantis, 3ds max, etc. by failing to improve its rendering engine.

  2. ArchiCAD models import beautifully into Sketchup, and Vray works beautifully inside Sketchup. I’m getting a lot of visualization work from ArchiCAD users because of the relatively poor in-application rendering.

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