ARCHICAD New Features

List of new features and feature improvements since ARCHICAD 17 (released in 2013).

ARCHICAD 20 New Features

Graphical Favorites

Favorites – the option to save and apply named settings to an AC element – has long been a powerful feature of ARCHICAD. Yet many …

PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY

The ARCHICAD 20 package implements a series of independent enhancements to reduce apparent stability issues and enable a smoother …

NURBS Definition in GDL

A definition for NURBS has been introduced in GDL language. As a result, complex models created in Rhino as NURBS and imported to …

Two-Point Perspective

In 3D perspective view, users can switch from the default three-point to a temporary two-point perspective in any camera position, …

IFC Improvements

ARCHICAD 20 has improved its current IFC-based workflow with new geometry and data sharing possibilities for the reference model …

DWG Improvement

By implementing higher-precision geometric algorithms, the export of Layouts to DXF/DWG format has been improved.
Exported …

SMALL INTERFACE CHANGES

Apart from thematic feature developments and performance improvements, ARCHICAD 20 contains a number of fixes, UI changes and …

ARCHICAD 19 New Features

PERFORMANCE

New Background Processing for Nearly Instant Model Views. With background processing, ArchiCAD 19 takes advantage of the processor’s unused capacity to build up different model views in advance. Background processing also utilizes your hardware more…

Surface Painter

Use the new Surface Painter palette to change element surfaces (either model elements or GDL objects) in the 3D window. With Surface Painter, creative design is instantaneous, and makes for impressive presentations. “Paint” Elements Directly in 3D…

Snap Points and Guide Lines

ArchiCAD 19 has overhauled its Guide Lines function to better match the way you work, making precise input even more intuitive. The new Snap Guides give you on-the-fly input help when and where you need it; while the Guide Lines are placed…

Tab Bar on Windows and Mac

Switching among different open windows is now easier and faster than ever! ArchiCAD 19 introduces the Tab Bar, placing any number of opened windows at your disposal. The design is specific to each OS. Tab Bar on Windows Tab Bar on Mac Switch…

Expanded Surface Catalog

In ArchiCAD 19, the automatically loaded Standard Surface Catalog has been expanded to include a much wider array of popular surfaces. In all, the Standard Catalog now contains more than 500 surfaces – that is, 200 more than in ArchiCAD 18. New…

Dimensions Improvements

Automatic Pointers for Easy-To-Read Dimensions Dimensioning narrow structures close to each other can make it difficult to read plans, because the dimension numbers are too crowded. Until now, users have solved this by dragging the dimension texts away…

Label Improvements

Add Multiple Labels to Any Element As of ArchiCAD 19, you can link any number of labels to each element – even elements in Hotlinked modules. This feature gives you much greater freedom to label any element as needed. For example: Label a single…

Publish Layers to PDF from Layout

ArchiCAD 19 lets you export layouts (not just model views) with their drawing layers to PDF format. In the resulting PDF document, you can show or hide content by layers, or navigate among layers. Whether you are publishing model views or layouts, what…

List Skin/Component Area in Interactive Schedule

When compiling a bill of quantities, users can now list all components, regardless of which ArchiCAD tools were used to model them. Schedule the areas of any composite structure by skin Schedule the areas of profile elements by components…

Schedule of Finishes

Newly introduced Surface Lists let you schedule the total exposed area of a surface (as well as their other properties, e.g. color or hatching). You can define exactly what counts as exposed, depending on your Surface List Scheme Settings. In the follow…

Displaying Point Clouds

Projects involving renovation typically require digital modeling. For this purpose, 3D scanners generate point cloud files, such as a historic room interior with all its volutes and ornaments. Now such point cloud files can be placed in your ArchiCAD…

IFC Import Improvements

Exact Geometry Import Since the introduction of priority-based connections and Building Materials, connecting elements automatically affect each other’s geometry based on their priority. As of ArchiCAD 19, users have the option to avoid this when…

MEP Improvements

Improved Collision Detection in MEP Modeler Environment Collision detection now works for all elements classified as MEP-type in Element Settings (Tags and Categories > Element Classification), and not just for MEP Modeler elements. As a result…

BIMx Export Improvement

Control Element Info for Mobile Users When you publish an ArchiCAD project in BIMx Hyper-model format, the file’s recipient, viewing the BIMx model on a mobile device, sees the project’s 3D and 2D information – including certain element information…

Network Diagnostic Tool

Whether you are accessing server-based libraries, or using BIMcloud/BIM Server for Teamwork on large files, a secure and reliable server connection is imperative for efficient work. The new Network Diagnostic tool, built into ArchiCAD 19, provides an…

Simplified Door/Window UI

Graphical Interface: Better than Ever The controls of Door/Window Settings – until now, overly complex and often redundant – are much friendlier. In ArchiCAD 19, finding and setting Door/Window parameters is more intuitive and therefore much faster…

New and Enhanced Library Parts

New library parts, or additional types for existing objects, have been created in the ArchiCAD library of the International package. Please note: Some new Library Part developments are available in certain localized libraries only (where applicable…

New and Improved Label Types

The Label tool is significantly improved in ArchiCAD 19. (See Label Improvements , above.) Given the simplified Label placement logic, and the ability to attach any number of Labels to a single element, the ArchiCAD 19 Library contains an entirely new…

Other Library Part Improvements

Enhanced Graphical Interface (Selected Library Parts in the International package) Settings dialogs of selected library parts (see list below) have gotten a facelift in the form of a better graphical interface. All parameters available on the more…

ARCHICAD 18 New Features

Expanded Tags and Categories for Building Materials

Expanded Building Material properties: ID, Description, Manufacturer. Additional Physical Properties for use in a building’s Total Life Cycle energy analysis: Embodied Energy, Embodied Carbon. Improved and expanded criteria for Surface…

Other Enhancements

More Intuitive Wall Surface Assignment: New option to “End Surfaces: Override using Adjoining Walls” (instead of having to override edges manually). Morph has new option to remove the automatic outline (its 2D and 3DD display is identical to…

Rich Default Content; IES Support

Extensive collection of preconfigured lights and photorealistic C4D surfaces. Wide selection of typical lights and light sources provided as default library content, all C4D light effects supported. Load content from lighting manufacturers…

Intuitive Change Management

New Change Tool: Create Change entry with one click; add an optional Cloud and/or Marker. Link or unlink elements from Change. Changes are added to the correct Layout Revision, automatically. Show/Hide Change markers on Layouts…

Intelligent Layout Revisioning

New Layout Revision is created automatically as soon as a new Change appears on a Layout compared to its last issue. Layout’s Revision History (a customizable GDL Object) is automatically updated with latest Layout-specific Changes. Add…

More Export Options to PDF

Export visible layers when publishing project views in PDF format. In the resulting PDF document, you can show or hide content by layers, or navigate among layers. Image compression options reduce file size. Exclude ArchiCAD Project…

Flexible Editing of PDF Drawings in ArchiCAD

Show or hide Drawing content by its PDF Layer. Explode and edit graphical and text elements from a placed PDF Drawing. Avoid Attribute Creep: Attribute conversion options and Pen/Font overrides give you full control over incoming…

Improved Hotlink/ XREF Management

Relink any single instance of a Hotlink Module: this can support work with design variations. For example, if you have two different Modules in the project representing two different room layouts, you can now re-link any single instance to the other…

Attribute Handling

Attribute Management: new option to overwrite attributes by Name, reducing the need to keep index numbers in a fixed order. When transferring attributes from left to right in Attribute Manager, you now have more options for including any…

Interior Elevation Improvements

More consistent input logic, better graphical feedback. Define a limited range that automatically reaches to Room Boundaries. Click and drag boundary line to fine-tune the view’s horizontal range.    &nbsp…

Enhanced Mark-Up Features

Create Mark-Ups in 3D views as well as Floor Plan. Save 3D views, including cutting planes and camera views, as Mark-Up Entries. Create and save Screenshots in Mark-Up palette. Re-designed Mark-Up comment interface with status…

Other Enhancements

Dimension Line editing: Ctrl (Cmd)+Click to instantly delete individual nodes. New option in Drawing Settings to include or omit the scale within Autotexts and Indexes…

More Flexible and Transparent Messaging

Attach the current view together with its settings (e.g. Cutting Planes, Layers) to your message: the recipient can apply the sent view settings to match yours and open a preview of it. All Teamwork message types are now modeless (the palette…

Reservation and Feedback Changes

ArchiCAD’s Teamwork features are designed to eliminate the possibility of data conflict, while ensuring a smooth user experience. Building on this logic, Teamwork in ArchiCAD 18 contains several changes to preempt possible conflicts in the following…

Labeling IFC Data

Parameters from “Tags and Categories” panel (Element Settings dialog), including all IFC data (e.g. Structural Function and Position classification, fire rating, acoustic rating, Zone classification) of any ArchiCAD element can be displayed in the model…

Better Export of Composite/Complex Elements

Improved Collision Detection Air skin is flagged to not participate in collision detection: NO collision occurs. Define Building Material according to whether it “Participates in Collision Detection”, so you can export composite elements that…

IFC Quality Improvements

Import/Export Quality Certification With IFC developments for version 18, ArchiCAD became the first architectural software certified for both import and export of IFC 2×3 Coordination View 2.0…

Improved Revit 2015 Connection

The GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD Connection Add-In for Autodesk Revit 2015 software (including Revit Structure, MEP and Architecture) is available free from the GRAPHISOFT website. The Add-In improves the IFC model-based and bi-directional data exchange between…

Publisher Improvement

Naming of Publisher items is now easier and more flexible. Multi-select and rename several Publisher Items at once. New Autotext options (including Revision Number) for item names support any local file naming conventions. Smart…

BIMx Desktop Features

BIMx desktop application now supports the Hyper-model format, allowing you to browse 3D models within the Hyper-model file. (Like the free mobile BIMx app, the desktop version does not support 2D documentation.)…

Library Enhancements

General Library Developments Simplified Settings The settings dialog boxes for the Door, Window, Corner Window, Object, Stair, Lamp and Wall End tools have been simplified to eliminate confusion over duplicate settings on the Parameters and Custom…

ARCHICAD 17 New Features

Automatic Model-Based Junctions

Ability to configure all construction elements so that when they intersect or collide, their display accurately and automatically reflects their construction – particularly in section views, used as the basis for detail drawings. Most of the junctions of…

Link Element Height to Stories

Enable the height of walls, columns and zones to be linked to a particular story: when the story position changes, the heights of the linked elements are automatically adjusted. This way, you do not have to manually adjust element heights every time the…

Core-based reference line

For walls and slabs: Option to assign a reference line-plane not just to either side of the wall, but also to either side of the wall’s core skin, or to the top/bottom of the slab core. This way, when the user edits the wall or slab (e.g. adds skins or…

Curved Beam

Use the Beam tool to create beams that are curved on a horizontal plane. Thus, beams can serve as support structures along curved walls. Such wall/beam intersections are automatically shown correctly in sections (no need for solid element operations to…

More Intuitive Element Creation in 3D Window

In the 3D window, element input takes place at the elevation at which you click; the input plane snaps to the corresponding story level in space. (The “current story” option for defining element location in 3D is eliminated.) In 3D window and in Section…

Anchor Door/Window Reveal to Wall Core

Anchor the Door/Window reveal to either the Wall face or the Wall core. For example, you anchor a window to a composite Wall’s core. If you later make changes in the composite structure (e.g. thicker insulation), the reveal depth is automatically…

Building Material

The new “Building Material” attribute, which combines cut fill, surface material, priority, physical properties and pens, is defined globally, then applied to any construction element, simplifying the user interface and allowing the same cut fill to be…

Easily Editable 3D Cutting Plane

Define 3D cutaway sections of the model graphically, using one or more cutting planes in any location. Instead of setting controls in a dialog box, simply drag an icon to create graphical cutting planes in the floor plan, Section or 3D window, then…

Improved Door/Window Placement

New intuitive feedback removes the guesswork when you are placing a new opening into a Wall. Ghost previews of each option let you know exactly what you are going to get in terms of: opening location anchor point reveal side opening direction Even…

Easy Access to Composite/Profile Settings

Select any Composite or Profile element in any view, then right-click to access the relevant Composite or Profile Settings directly.      In Composite Settings: Simplified UI consolidates all settings within a single table format Drag skins to…

Floor Plan-Based 3D Document

With a single click, create a 3D Document based on the Floor Plan: a section view, based on a horizontal cut plane in the Floor Plan window. Define the projection by setting a cut plane height and the projection direction either upwards (toward the…

Improved Zone Creation and Editing

New Zone input methods New Rectangle/Rotated Rectangle options when drawing a manual zone. Keep Zone Area Fixed while Editing Use new “Fixed Area” option in pet palette to offset the Zone in a way that keeps its area unchanged.     

Smarter Attribute Management

After migration to ArchiCAD 17, using file merge or working with hotlinks, you may need to get rid of the unneeded attributes (e.g. layers, line types, fill types). A new workflow for attribute management helps save you time and prevent costly mistakes…

Better Management of Hotlinked Modules

Now you can define a custom Master ID to every Hotlinked Module instance. For example, if your hotlinked module is a hotel room, then R213 would be the Master ID for the 13th room hotlink on the second floor. Once this instance is placed in the host…

PDF/A Support

As of ArchiCAD 17, it is possible to save or publish views, layouts, publisher sets or the entire project in PDF/A format, a standard format for archiving purposes. This feature uses PDF Technology powered by PDFTron. See PDF Options

Export ArchiCAD Model to STL Format

Support for STL file format (Stereolithography) is built into ArchiCAD 17: you can directly save the ArchiCAD model as an STL file. An STL file carries only the surface geometry of a 3D model, divided into triangles, without any additional information…

Integrated Connections with Google Earth, Sketchup

Open or merge models from Google Earth (.kmz) or Sketchup (.skp) directly into ArchiCAD, or save the ArchiCAD models in either of those formats: the related add-ons are now fully integrated in ArchiCAD and require no extra downloads Use File > File…

One-Step Renovation Status Update for All Elements

When a renovation project is finished, you will need to update all elements’ renovation status: for example, those that were “To be Demolished” can now be deleted; those that were “New” are now “Existing”. In earlier versions, this process required…

Conceptual Design

New Morph scheduling features support conceptual design and mass modeling. List the volume and area of Morphs separately by story (even as the multi-story Morph remains a single element). These data provide valuable input at the conceptual stage about the…

Saving Elements to Common DWG Blocks

Until now, multiple instances of a single GDL Object – if they used varying parameters – were saved as separate DWG Blocks. As of ArchiCAD 17, such GDL objects will be saved as a single DWG Block. This way, you only have to edit a single block in AutoCAD…

Easy Creation and Visualization of Thermal Blocks

A project’s Thermal Blocks are defined by the user; their geometry consists of one or more ArchiCAD zones. Each Thermal Block (e.g. Stairwell, Office, Basement, Technical Area) typically has its own energy characteristics and needs. Define thermal blocks…

Streamlined Management of Structure/Opening Data

Use the Model Review Palette’s new Tree View to browse, edit and visualize the Openings/Structure data, organized by Thermal Block Properties panel provides editable list view Openings page provides individual analysis (listing, editing and…

Model-based Solar Irradiation Study

Model-Based Solar Irradiation Study determines precise solar gain through each individual opening in the building envelope Graphical Solar Analysis feedback for each opening        Solar analysis also considers shading effects of building…

Custom Operation Profiles

Define custom Operation Profiles (in addition to default profiles) to fine-tune occupancy according to local regulations or to match actual building usage Hourly scheduling for the entire reference year guarantees accurate input of occupancy patterns

Assign Multiple Building Systems

In ArchiCAD 17, assignment of MEP systems is available for each thermal block separately – not just for the project as a whole. The resulting Energy Simulation thus presents a more realistic picture of the project’s energy demand

Library Enhancements

Please note: Some new Library part developments are available in certain localized libraries only (where applicable, this is indicated in the descriptions below). General Library Developments Objects Labels Zone stamps General door/window developments…

ArchiCAD Performance Improvements

Faster Navigation with OpenGL When navigating in large projects in the 3D window using Open GL, an improvement in 3D engine processes has speeded up navigation: up to ten times faster. Improving SEO Performance If your project contains a large number of…

Integrated ArchiCAD Help Center

Find the information you need faster! The new Help Center is a search site, accessible directly from ArchiCAD, that replaces the current offline Help. Type your query into the Search field: the ArchiCAD Help Center instantly pinpoints the material you…

Improved Tool Settings Interface

• Updated user interface for Geometry and Positioning panel of all construction element tool settings • More descriptive graphics in Tool Settings, which change depending on top link and offset…

Duplicate Elements in Section

The following element creation commands are available in section views, from the pet palette as well as the context menu: • Drag a copy/Drag Multiple Copies • Mirror/Mirror a copy…