ARCHICAD 19

by Dániel Alexander Kovács · updated: 07.27.2015


ARCHICAD 19 was announced on May 5, 2015. ARCHICAD 19 is now faster than ever! No more waiting for views to load. GRAPHISOFT has extended its robust 64-bit and multi-processing technologies with background processing – an industry first for BIM. So ARCHICAD now offers lightning-fast response times and this turbo-charged update to ARCHICAD makes it the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business. See the product page on GRAPHISOFT site


Faster than Ever


Compatibility

See System Requirements for ARCHICAD 19


ARCHICAD 19 can open or import the following file formats: See all the file formats that can be used with ARCHICAD here.

  • ARCHICAD projects (.pln, .pla, .bpn) from ARCHICAD 8.1 or newer
  • ARCHICAD Teamwork (ARCHICAD 12 and earlier) file formats (plc, .pca, .plp, .plc, .bpc)
  • ARCHICAD Project Template (.tpl)
  • ARCHICAD 2D Lines (.2dl)
  • Module File (.mod)
  • ARCHICAD object (.gsm)
  • PlotMaker layout Book (.LBK) and drawing (.PMK) files
  • IFC 2×3, IFC 2×3 compressed, IFC 2×3 XML, IFC 2×3 XML compressed – 2D and 3D content
  • DWF – up to v5.5 – 2D content
  • DXF
  • DWG (2000 to 2013) – 2D and 3D content
  • DGN (Microstation Design file) v7 – 2D content
  • 3DStudio (through the “3D Studio In” goodie tool) – 3D content
  • C4D (Cinema4D R14+ files through the Cinema 4D add-On) – 2D and 3D content
  • SKP (Integrated Connections with Google Earth, Sketchup) – 2D and 3D content
  • KMZ (Integrated Connections with Google Earth, Sketchup) – 2D and 3D content
  • STL (Stereolitography)
  • PDF
  • BCF (BIM Collaboration Format)
  • All Images (.bmp, .dib, .rle, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .png, .hdr, .exif, .lwi)
  • HPGL File (.plt)
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile (.emf)
  • Windows Metafile (.wmf)
  • Surveyors’ data (.xyz)
  • Point Cloud File (.xyz, .e57)

ARCHICAD 19 can save or export the following file formats:

  • ARCHICAD 19 Solo Project file (.PLN), Project Archive (.PLA), and template (.TPL)
  • ARCHICAD 18 Project (.PLN) file
  • ARCHICAD Module (.MOD) file
  • ARCHICAD object (.gsm)
  • ARCHICAD object script (.GDL)
  • ARCHICAD 2D Lines (.2DL)
  • ARCHICAD drawing file (.PMK) through the publisher when publishing Views
  • PDF, PDF/A
  • EMF, WMF
  • DXF
  • DWG (2000-2013 format, 2D and 3D)
  • DWF – up to v5.5 – 2D content
  • DGN – v7 – 2D content
  • IFC 2×3, IFC 2×3 compressed, IFC 2×3 XML, IFC 2×3 XML compressed
  • 3DStudio 3D studio file
  • SKP (Integrated Connections with Google Earth, Sketchup)
  • KMZ (Integrated Connections with Google Earth, Sketchup) – 2D and 3D content
  • C4D (Cinema4D R14+ files through the Cinema 4D add-On) – 2D and 3D content
  • OBJ Wavefront file (3D)
  • EPX Piranesi File (3D)
  • FACT ElectricImage file (3D)
  • VRL VRML file (3D)
  • STL Stereolithography file (3D)
  • LP Lightscape file (3D)
  • ATL ArtLantis Render Studio file (3D)
  • U3D file (3D)
  • BCF (BIM Collaboration Format)
  • various image formats (BMP, JPG, PNG, GIf, TIF)

See all the file formats that can be used with ARCHICAD here.


License Types

ARCHICAD 19 comes with several license types:

    • Commercial license requires a CodeMeter Hardware-based or Software-based protection key
    • Trial license is a fully functional 30-day license that can be downloaded from http://myarchicad.com and comes with a license number
    • Demo version does not require neither a protection key nor a license number. All save/export options are disabled, but printing is possible.
    • Education license is available through http://myarchicad.com. A 1-year license number is available upon approval.
    • Pay-Per-use (PPU) license requires a hardware key. PPU license lets you run ARCHICAD for the number of hours purchased. (not available on all markets)
    • Rental license requires a Hardware-based protection key. A Rental license lets you run ARCHICAD for 1,3, or 12 calendar months.
    • License Borrowing – available from ARCHICAD 16 – when a temporary ARCHICAD Commercial license is borrowed from a multi-license CodeMeter Hardware-based or Software-based protection key.

Note: ARCHICAD 19 no longer supports Wibu key protection


New Features

For detailed description and videos of new features, see the product page on GRAPHISOFT site

Performance Improvements

  • Background Processing generates nearly instant model views
  • Up to 70% less time to open BIM-based 3D views (based on model complexity)
  • Smoother/faster 3D navigation with OpenGL

Modeling Improvements by Architects for Architects

  • Point-Cloud Support
    • Faster, error-free building surveys by using the latest 3D scanner laser-survey technology
    • ARCHICAD 19 can read the most commonly used point-cloud file formats
    • Using point-clouds eliminate errors due to manual data input
  • Interactive 3D Surface Painter
    • Drag-and-Drop editing of the building model surfaces in 3D
  • New Guide Line System
    • Smart Guides makes modeling workflow much smoother and easier
    • Smart Guides and snap points appear automatically
    • Fast and Easy-to-use Permanent Guide lines

Intuitive Workflow Enhancements

  • Work Environment Improvements
    • Brand New Tab Bar for faster and more Intuitive workflow
    • Drop-down Navigator and Tab Bar leave more space for the model window
    • Unified user interface has been implemented into the Mac OS X version
    • Full Screen mode Support for Mac OS X
  • Several Label Tool Enhancements
  • Various Dimension Tool Enhancements
  • Listing Enhancements
  • PDF Improvements

Other Improvements

  • OPEN BIM
    • Various Dimension Tool Enhancements
    • Improved Collision Detection
  • Library Enhancements
    • Enhanced Graphical Interface for Door Selection Settings window
    • New Playground Library Parts
    • New Bathroom Library Parts
    • New Mitered Gutter Library Part
    • Gutter Object Graphical Interface Enhancements
    • New Three-Sash and Six-Sash Windows
    • Updated Flat Panel TV
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