Archicad is a software tool for architects working in the architecture-engineering-construction (AEC) industry for designing buildings from the conceptual phase all through to the construction phase. It is a BIM software developed by GRAPHISOFT, enabling architects to work in a BIM (Building Information Modeling/Management) environment. Archicad works on two platforms: macOS and Windows – with no significant differences between them.
A great building is the result of designers, architects, engineers and contractors working together. We are committed to facilitate open collaboration. Archicad supports more than 40 export and import formats, including classics such as DWG, PDF and XLS as well as the contemporary OPEN BIM formats IFC and BCF. The latter are manufacturer-independent and industry standards.
New Native Survey Point
Streamline your coordination workflows thanks to the native Survey Point in Archicad 25. The Survey Point enables easier, centralized handling of real-world coordinates in all Open BIM workflows. Survey Point supports IFC and BCF file exchange, and also provides better interoperability with conventional (e.g. DWG) file formats.
Easy migration from Revit to Archicad
Re-use previous project files when migrating from Revit to Archicad, thanks to the RFA & RVT geometry exchange functionality. Available out-of-the-box with Archicad 25, with support for Autodesk Revit 2021.
Interoperability with Revit
Better collaboration with engineers using Revit MEP software
Support for Revit file formats up to 2021 is now built in to Archicad. Import RFA as a native Archicad Object and create MEP equipment from Revit Family files. Export a 3D model as Revit 3D geometry and hotlink a 3D RVT model. Archicad now handles Revit’s Discipline filter, so when you hotlink a Revit file, what you see in Revit is what you get in Archicad.
Solibri connection improvements
Solibri is the industry leading code- and constructability checking application. Save time and eliminate the errors in roundtrips thanks to the Archicad-Solibri Connection add-on, free for all users. With the latest improvement, you can select Solibri’s current Selection Basket items in Archicad and view them in the same camera position.
→ Structural Analytical Model Improvements
Generation Rules enhancements
Generation Rules help the structural engineers to avoid heavy manual work on Structural Analytical model. Archicad 25 now comes with a few novelties (such as Improvements of Offset Adjustments and Connection Range, Eliminating Overlapping Parts of 2D Members, and Streamlined Structural Supports.)
New Handling of Structural Loads
Collaborate with structural engineers without data loss. During roundtrip engineers add information to the model, such as loads and loads-related data on their preferred structural analysis tools. When opening the engineer’s SAF model, Archicad 25 correctly displays loads and load data. View and manage loads and load-related information, such as load cases and load combinations. Structural engineers can also adjust or add new loads in the Archicad model.
Automatic Export Mapping of Manufactured Profiles
Save time and effort when exchanging files with structural engineers. When exporting structural elements as part of SAF-based data exchange, Archicad 25 now automatically maps them to manufactured profiles, based on a predefined or customized database.
Great designs shine in the details. To help you excel, Archicad 25 makes work easier in many small ways — offering a significant boost in convenience, accuracy and efficiency.
New residential and commercial furniture
39 new contemporary furniture and decorations objects – such as new modular kitchen cabinets, sofa beds, cloth hangers, curtains, coat racks, tables, chairs, mattresses, and grills are now part of the default Archicad library – totaling over 1,300 parametric objects already.
Quick shift between 2D/3D views
You’re working in 3D, but would prefer to edit a component in 2D? This is now seamless: Simply select the element and open it in any other view. Moving back and forth from 2D to 3D is just as easy.
Take advantage of more precise quantity estimations. With custom-shaped polygonal wall openings, create holes of any shape which exactly fit your MEP elements – resulting in more accurate quantities.
Rhino 6 and 7 connection improvements
Import and export Rhino 6 and Rhino 7 files to leverage the power of the industry-leading free-form organic design tools, then switch to Archicad to continue the design development and documentation processes.
→ Stair Tool Improvements
New Along Chord stair construction geometry method
Define the length of the walking-lines of stairs that comply with specific local standards. The existing Along Arc geometry method is still available.
New tread symmetry combinations for all winder types
A new stair winder option is now available: Turning Point – Asymmetric Going.
Define and edit custom stairs that follow your design intent quickly and easily.
New Stair Landing control
Now the extra landing length can be automatically distributed equally from the landing start or from the landing end. This is useful when an existing staircase must be adapted to changing design environment.
Architecture is about more than just creating professional designs. It’s about communicating intent, and the interaction between space and volume. Archicad 25 offers a range of innovations to make your designs more expressive.
Display of surface textures in sections and elevation views
Communicate your design in life-like detail. Display your surface textures directly in section and elevation views in Archicad without the use of additional editing software.
Realistic soft-shadow and cover fill option on textures
Present your design with accurate, artistic details. Use soft shadows to add contours and depth to your surfaces in section and elevation views. Overlay textures with the pattern fill of your choice. Your client gets a better picture of the model, and you benefit from faster approval.
Native Metal graphics technology for Mac users
3D rendering on Mac is faster than ever. Archicad now uses Metal, Apple’s new graphics API, replacing Open GL. Metal has near-direct access to the graphics processing unit, resulting in faster rendering speeds.
Stay on top of the game with error-free documentation that automatically follows your design and complies with regulations and local standards.
New Graphic Override Options
Enjoy more flexibility in communicating your design. New controls in Graphic Overrides include custom RGB color for both Surface and Fill Background Pen overrides; surface transparency; and off/on display of contours on cut and uncut surfaces in model views.
* Surface Transparency control and Surface RGB color picker coming soon in a future Archicad 25 update
New Labeling option for MEP elements
Automatically display MEP-related information for a smoother MEP documentation workflow.
Supported Operation System:
• macOS 10.15 or later
• Intel Core processor