ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2012

by GRAPHISOFT and Katalin Götz · updated: 02.14.2012

See also: StartEdition

ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2012 was released on January 16, 2012. Based on the industry-leading Virtual Building technology of ARCHICAD 15, ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2012 has been tailored to the needs of smaller architectural practices. ARCHICAD SE2012 contains all the tools necessary to create the building information model from which the entire architectural documentation is derived.
STAR(T) Edition 2012 introduces a wide array of modeling and productivity improvements focusing on the most requested customer wishes. SE2012 provides the full power of ARCHICAD 15’s sophisticated 3D guidance and modeling features such as the Complex Roof and Skylight tools.


STAR(T) Edition 2012 supports the following operating systems:

can read files created with:

  • STAR(T) Edition 2007 or newer versions
  • ARCHICAD 8.1 and 9

START(T) Edition 2012 files can be opened with:

  • Future Star(T) Edition versions

START(T) Edition 2012 protection key:

Version Comparison

Check the new features comparison chart to see the differences between ARCHICAD 15 Full and StartEdition versions: Version Comparison

New Features in STAR(T) Edition 2012


Complex Roofs
Model any conventional roof structure with just a few clicks. Create complex roofs that includes multiple planes and several roof levels. Edit the roof geometry as an integrated whole or edit any plane individually, giving maximum ease in creating complex structures.


Intelligent Element Connections
In ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2012, associative, intelligent connections mean modifying an element changes all connected elements as well, giving in-place feedback and management for all Solid Element Operations and Roof Trims.


The enhanced Skylight Tool gives more control and ease when applying Skylights in any Roof structure. Skylights are now associative, meaning they adjust automatically when the Roof geometry changes. The new Skylight interface is like that of Doors/Windows.


3D Editing Plane
Define element positions on a visible plane and use Guide Lines in 3D to modify them precisely. Grid lines, Grid Snap and Rotated Grids can now be used in 3D as well. Move the Editing plane or change its orientation and the projection methods of elements.


Sophisticated 3D Feedback
Get a feel for the position of selected items in space. Hidden parts of selected items are dimmed, making their 3D position easier to grasp. Special editing lines like Wall Reference Lines and Roof Pivot Polygons appear automatically for instant recognition.


Guide Line Improvements
Choose, drag or delete Guide Lines on the fly during modeling or modifying an existing model. Better feedback means faster editing in 2D and 3D due to the highlighting of main and dedicated directions and the X-Y axes tracking.


Library Content and Management Improvements
Automatically use the latest library part version when consolidating earlier ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION libraries (SE2009 or SE2010). Backward compatibility is also supported.


64-bit ARCHICAD on MacOS
Boost your performance with ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2012, now a 64-bit program on Mac with multiprocessor support. Beginning with ARCHICAD START EDITION 2012, the 64-bit version is available only for MacOS.


Supersafe Autosave
ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2012 offers a new Supersafe Autosave mechanism that saves new data instantly in a background project, making the autosave process unnoticeable, even with large-scale projects.


Customer Experience Improvement Program
The Customer Experience Improvement Program is designed for customers to take part in improving the user experience of ARCHICAD by providing anonymous data on their experiences and interaction with the program.

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