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Review: Functions and use of ArchiCAD

Do you use or would like to learn how to use ArchiCAD? Then this is for you!


    ArchiCAD is the BIM pioneer software par excellence, here we present a complete review of the program.


    Today in Arquinétpolis we will talk about modeling in 3 dimensions, this time we will discuss and talk about the ArchiCAD program, a pioneering program in developing a technology that currently leads the management and modeling in Architecture and is: The BIM.

    What is ArchiCAD?

    The ArchiCAD program is developed by the company Graphisoft, is a CAD and BIM software that is currently available for Mac and Windows operating systems. The software allows designs based on intelligent objects or that contain important information for the construction and that are also projected in 3D.

    Programs like ArchiCAD facilitate the work in 3D and 2D at the same time, being able to save time in stages of the architectural project and allowing to update automatically and in real time all the modifications instantaneously and without the need for the user to have to be manually modifying all the plans or views.


    ArchiCAD allows users to create and create «virtual buildings» with constructive elements such as walls, ceilings, doors, windows and furniture, as well as a large variety of customizable objects and furniture that is already «default» in the program. While working with the 2D design or drawing, the program automatically generates the elevations and sections of the model and updates them in real time.

    ArchiCAD has an online store of objects and furniture that developers and furniture companies have made available to users, this allows an exchange and flow of objects developed by the community, in the case of companies dedicated to furniture design so regular elaborate virtual versions of the products they put on sale.


    The program works with extensions DWG, DXF, IFC as well as with the SketchUp program, you can import and export files from ArchiCAD to programs such as AutoCAD, 3ds Max and SketchUp. This represents a great advantage for all Architects and Designers who, after 3D modeling, seek to render or elaborate their architectural renders in other programs or platforms.

    The program allows you to edit the construction elements in their height, length, width, thickness, as well as some other particular parameters of each element. This element is also fundamental for every Architect and Designer, since it gives greater creative liberators for the design as well as to personalize many of the elements found in the software.

    Work in the Cloud

    ArchiCAD also allows you to save your work and share it in the cloud so that you can accept collaborations in real time and from any location and distance, you can share the intelligent data of the model and do not need add-ons or additional software facilities for this purpose, which makes it much more practical for large work groups.


    The interface of the ArchiCAD program is composed of toolbars and drop-down menus, this makes learning and familiarizing with the program very easy, besides these bars and menus can be customized according to the user’s needs. It also has an internal browser of projects in which the user can see how the project is being composed in views and plans.