Apart from thematic feature developments and performance improvements, ARCHICAD 21 contains a number of fixes, UI changes and renamed controls, all aimed at improving your user experience in small but useful ways. These include the following.

Interactive Schedule Enhancements

Several smaller interface and usability enhancements in the Interactive Schedule:

Formatting options rearranged and cleaned up into panels

New zoom factors available (up to 500% zoom)

New selection highlight to improve clarity

In Scheme Settings dialog: Multi-select is available for Criteria (previously available for only Schemes and Fields)

New Information panel: gathers all relevant warnings and information of a selected item (previously showed only limited information in the header). Appears only when relevant.


Control Sun Position by Date and Time

Set the Date and Time for Cameras and in the 3D Projection Settings directly, and save it to views.

Previously, setting the date and time in the Sun Settings would only update the Sun Altitude and Azimuth, without storing the corresponding date and time settings. Now, the Date and Time settings are stored and remembered. If you update Project Location, the sun will automatically update to show the correct sun position for that date and time.

Saved 3D views indicate the stored date and time or the custom sun position

Sun Settings dialog has been greatly simplified and renamed to Sunlight Settings

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Changed Management of IFC Translators

IFC Translator settings (previously saved in XML files) are now part of the template file used to open IFC files in ARCHICAD.

Reorganized IFC-Related Commands

With the new Translator and property mapping logic for IFC, command names have changed as follows in ARCHICAD 21:



IFC Translator Setup

IFC Translators

IFC Manager

IFC Project Manager

IFC Scheme Setup

Property Mapping for IFC Export
(Translator Setting)

IFC Options

IFC Local Preferences

New Pet Palette Command for Editing Curved Polyline/Edges

Use the Insert New Node to Arc command from the pet palette.


Use Renovation Status as Criterion in Graphic Override Rules

When you define Graphic Override Rules, you can now include the elements’ Renovation Status as a criterion.

Built-in Renovation rules remain unchanged, with a fixed set of criteria.

However, the new Reno Status criterion in Graphic Override Rules allows you to further distinguish overrides for certain subsets of Existing/New/To be Demolished elements.

For example, define a rule to override only existing walls, but not the existing windows they contain.

Cursor Snapping on Text Box

Text Box (used with Text, Label or Dimension) now provides cursor snapping to the edge and to edge centerpoint.

Other Renamed or Changed Options

Favorites Parameters are now stored in Element Transfer Settings

The (formerly Internal) Rendering Engine is now called Basic Rendering Engine

Due to expanded Curtain Wall editing possibilities, the Design > Modify Curtain Wall > Boundary Editing in Section command has been removed from the default Work Environment. (You can add this command to the menu by customizing your Work Environment.)The Work Environment Autosave option is now called Saving to Recovery File

The Fog control (formerly in the Sun dialog box) is now a PhotoRendering effect, available in PhotoRendering Settings for the Basic Rendering Engine

Edit Selected Composites/Profile: combined command, with an icon added (can be put into a customized Tool Bar)

Commands for choosing 3D Engine (Vectorial vs. OpenGL) now available from 3D Styles dialog only (Engine is saved with 3D Style)

Filter and Cut Elements in 3D: command now also available from View Settings

Former Identification and Property Label is now called Property Label. The ID display options for this Label (as well as for Zone Stamps) have been changed to:

Element ID (formerly Compact Element ID)

Hotlink ID (formerly Master ID)

Hotlink and Element ID (formerly Full Element ID)


Improved wording of Work Environment customization dialogs and Tab Bar view menu items, for better consistency

Updated interface for Grids and Background dialog box