BIMx User Guide for ArchiCAD 17

GRAPHISOFT BIMx lets you create an interactive walk-through model out of your ArchiCAD project. The functions needed to create and share a BIMx model, and to view it on your computer, are included in ArchiCAD 17.

Clients will experience a professional, 3D project presentation and benefit from a real-time exploration of the architectural design, without having to install any architectural software.

You or your clients can explore this presentation in several ways:

BIMx 3D Model Format: for BIMx Desktop Viewer or Mobile Devices

Save the ArchiCAD model in BIMx Model (.bimx) format.

You can view the BIMx 3D Model on your computer, using the desktop BIMx application included in ArchiCAD 17.

Clients can view the model using the free BIMx Desktop Viewer application, downloadable from http://www.graphisoft.com/downloads/bimx/bimx_desktop.html

You can share the BIMx 3D Model to the Cloud at bimx.graphisoft.com

You can open and explore the BIMx 3D Model on iPad or other mobile device

BIMx Hyper-Model Format: for Mobile Devices Only

Create a BIMx Hyper-model out of a Publisher Set, using either ArchiCAD’s Publisher or the wizard launched from File > Publish BIMx Hyper-model.

You can save the resulting file (.bimx format) and then transfer it to a mobile device

You can publish the Hyper-model to the Cloud at bimx.graphisoft.com

The BIMx Hyper-model file is compatible with BIMx applications for iPad and other mobile devices, but cannot be viewed using the desktop BIMx application.

Both the BIMx 3D Model (saved from the ArchiCAD file) and the Hyper-model (created from a Publisher Set) use the .bimx format.

However, unlike the BIMx 3D Model, the Hyper-model can include the project’s full documentation set. Use a mobile device to view this 2D/3D documentation, within a logical and interconnected structure, on the mobile device.

For more information on BIMx Hyper-model features, see bimx.graphisoft.com.

Each of these topics is detailed below:

Save ArchiCAD Model as BIMx 3D Model

Share BIMx 3D Model

Open BIMx 3D Model in Desktop Application

Save or Upload BIMx Hyper-Model

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Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements Hardware/software requirements for GRAPHISOFT BIMx are the same as for ArchiCAD 17. BIMx for ArchiCAD 17 is available for both MacOS and Windows in 64-bit versions only. (The free downloadable BIMx Viewer package also…

BIMx License Options

BIMx License Options BIMx with FULL ArchiCAD AND Software Service Agreement (SSA) Unlimited use of full BIMx functionality Unlimited storage space for public models Option to password-protect uploaded BIMx projects Option for private…
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Save ArchiCAD Model as BIMx 3D Model

Save ArchiCAD Model as BIMx 3D Model 1. Open the project in ArchiCAD and check the consistency of the model and the surface textures before starting the save process. For tips on optimizing these, see BIMx: Notes on Model Size, Textures and Shadows…
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Share BIMx 3D Model

Share BIMx 3D Model You can share your BIMx model with other members of the BIMx community or with partners, using GRAPHISOFT’s online model sharing service. All you need is to sign in once, using your GRAPHISOFT account. If you don’t have an account…

Open BIMx 3D Model in Desktop Application

Open BIMx 3D Model in Desktop Application The BIMx Desktop Viewer is a native Mac/Win application that allows you to explore the BIM Explorer model on desktop computers and notebooks, using the render mode of your choice. It is downloadable from…

Save or Upload BIMx Hyper-Model

Save or Upload BIMx Hyper-Model A Publisher Set can be saved as a BIMx Hyper-model file, and/or uploaded to the Cloud, straight from ArchiCAD’s Publisher. The resulting BIMx file can then be downloaded by anyone who wishes to view the model…

BIMx: Notes on Model Size, Textures and Shadows

BIMx: Notes on Model Size, Textures and Shadows These tips are intended for optimizing the ArchiCAD model before saving it in BIMx format. If your BIMx model is going to be viewed on hand-held devices such as the iPhone, further optimization of the…
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BIMx Menu Commands

BIMx Menu Commands This section explains the commands of the BIMx menu, used when viewing a BIMx 3D Model in the BIMx Desktop application (or the free BIMx Desktop Viewer). After you have saved the ArchiCAD model to BIMx, you will view and…

BIMx Navigation Tools and Shortcuts

Fly Mode vs. Walk Mode The F key toggles between Fly Mode and Walk Mode. The Walk Mode provides you with a more realistic viewing experience including the following features: Opening recognition to distinguish the solid building structures such as…

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Use the BIMx Hyper-Model Wizard

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Use the Publisher to Create a BIMx Hyper-Model

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Save or Upload BIMx Hyper-Model

Save or Upload BIMx Hyper-Model A Publisher Set can be saved as a BIMx Hyper-model file, and/or uploaded to the Cloud, straight from ArchiCAD’s Publisher. The resulting BIMx file can then be downloaded by anyone who wishes to view the model…

Open BIMx 3D Model in Desktop Application

Open BIMx 3D Model in Desktop Application The BIMx Desktop Viewer is a native Mac/Win application that allows you to explore the BIM Explorer model on desktop computers and notebooks, using the render mode of your choice. It is downloadable from…
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Share BIMx 3D Model

Share BIMx 3D Model You can share your BIMx model with other members of the BIMx community or with partners, using GRAPHISOFT’s online model sharing service. All you need is to sign in once, using your GRAPHISOFT account. If you don’t have an account…
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Save ArchiCAD Model as BIMx 3D Model

Save ArchiCAD Model as BIMx 3D Model 1. Open the project in ArchiCAD and check the consistency of the model and the surface textures before starting the save process. For tips on optimizing these, see BIMx: Notes on Model Size, Textures and Shadows…
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