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archicad vs revit (in my opinion)

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hey there, In my office I use archicad for everything...
6 months earlier I decided to try revit so i had revit 2011 and did some interesting stuff with it, and came upon these points about revit vs archicad

Editing of shapes/splines (e.g. Slabs, fills, lines….etc):
Archicad: very easy! You just click on an edge or node and a spline editing toolbar appears, in archicad this is done very quickly.

Revit: you go into a 2d editing mode where you use 2d drafting tools (offset, trim, line, circle….etc) to draw the spline or the shape you want.

Library parts Objects creation:
Archicad: I have to admit first that I had no training in this topic. Though it's very complex and knowledge-based and process to create an object or a lib. Part in archicad. Of course there are objects that you can create fairly easy like simple doors or so, but if you want to add parameters or functionality to you objects. There has to be programming and scripting done (e.g. creating something like the "Partition Panel "that has a number of panels and accessories on/off switches…).
Revit: I'm surprised to find that objects (families) creation in revit is something that is as easy as drafting... You just create a model, add dimensions, link/constrain them to specific parameters and make your object work like magic; actually, this is the most attractive feature in revit along side with it's 3d massing tools that is yet to be discussed.
I can say that archicad is a user friendly building modeler and non user friendly objects editor/creator. Whereas revit is a non user friendly building modeler (as to be discussed bellow) and a user friendly object creator/editor! Very strange fact...Eh

• 3d Modeling
Archicad: archicad's strong point is its flexibility. You can very quickly create a building model with high level of detail and finishing. However, there is organic architecture which is a zone that I cannot cross using archicad's modeling tools. Is NOT capable of creaing organic shapes whatsoever unless with a help of a 3rd party add on like cigraph's archiform.

Revit: wonderful!!!! I only have to say that I can play with these revit's massing tools in forever!

• 3d window 3d navigation
Archicad: 3d window use 'exploration' rather than 'zooming'. Archicad makes you feel like you are holding a camera and going through the model. There is the feature of 3d explore which I like to play with when I have clients in it impresses them and makes them understand the design better.
The 3d window uses openGL engine to enable the user to see raster materials applied to objects this helps a lot with the modeling and decision making.
The 3d modes are shading, wire frame, hidden line (internal engine only)
Shadows are enabled in openGL in version 14 which is great although I didn’t try it yet.
Vector patterns are enabled via the use of enternal 3d window engine.

Revit: Its default 3d projection is an axonometric view!!!! . I HATE axonometric VERY MUCH and I think that parallel projections are best suited for mech. Engineers or some industrial designers, its use in my opinion in architecture should be limited to descriptive views (sectional 3ds…etc). You can add perspective view via cameras which suks. To make it worse; the 3d navigation is via 2d zoom, meaning that you navigate in your model like you are zooming in a picture.
In the previous versions, the display of real textures preview in 3d window didn't exist up until version 2011 of revit, which had a big entrance via enabling not only the display of textures, but also the display of ambient occultation. There is also several display modes like hidden line, shaded with edges, shaded without edges
Vector patterns are present through all the versions of revit

To be continued………
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My office has converted to Revit lately, so I can give my opinion. And I think it's very simple. Revit tools especialy for the american market, is superior than Archicad, but it's a pain to learn it and use it,even if you have tons of experience on BIM. On the other side the usability and way finding of Archicad is times better than Revit.

I don't think that Archicad is that far from Revit, and if developers will put some enphasis on improving and adding some tools, and one in a while answer to the costumers wish lists, they should be able to pass Revit easily.

The merge of both platforms would make a killer application.

That's my opinion.
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i have a bit of experience helping developing "content" for both.
and yes pro & cons on both sides. AC has the custom user interfaces in the objects which is great, compared to Revit's standard parameter lists.
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Very interesting, unbiases and thoughtful insight to these two programs.
Keep on sending the comments..!
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first off all thanks for the quick replies.....

• User interface and work environment
Archicad: simple, descriptive, user friendly. I've been using Archicad since ver.8.1. I only had to watch interactive training guide to learn the program's interface. UI is organized into customizable toolbars and pallets with descriptive graphics. I don't have to memorize what this particular text box does, I only have to see the graphics near it to know its task.
Keyboard shortcuts can easily be made for every task and view in Archicad. There are no (can't-be-ignored) error messages, no hidden commands.

Revit: new interface changes introduced in Revit version 2010. Then it's been changed again in version 2011. I can describe this UI changes as disaster. I see myself switching between tabs multiple times to create something that is simple. This new interface increases the number of mouse clicks per task which slows down the process. I used to like the old UI better because it was simple (not as simple as Archicad's)
I hate this new 'ribbon' type UIs first introduced by Microsoft in Office2007 (Although I only like it in Office.) and I see many programs *unsuccessfully* trying to switch to this method. The most things I like about a program is the constant user interface that only have slight changes (like 3dsmax) although sometimes having big changes.
Keyboard shortucts is now changeable in version 2011 which is great. However, not every thing can have hotkeys (e.g. there is no keyboard shortcut for opening plan view or section view)..This needs to be fixed.
When I have this messages at the lower right corner, I feel like I's in some kind of a C++ interface (which does not enable you to continue when there is syntax error). Although it's descriptive and useful; but it's the most intimidating non-user-friendly feature of revit. It only sits there as an evidence that modeling/drafting in revit is no simple task.

• Design modeling:
Archicad: as mentioned not a super star organic modeler. But when I want to build more (down-to-earth) architecture; Archicad is my best friend 😉
Cannot import from other applications (sketchup, rhino, 3dsmax, autocad…etc) as a native feature. I can import .3ds files using 3dstudio-in addon. I can only import 2d from autocad.
I can have section views with segmented section line, though archciad setions/elevation are veeeerrrry slow to generate.
I can save elements settings as favorites.

Revit: excellent building modeler. I can model everything in my imagination. I can natively import models from other applications (sketchup, rhino, 3dsmax, autocad…etc) and have them somehow translated into building elements. This is the feature that I'm dreaming to have in Archicad.
I cannot have section views with segmented section lines. Setions/elevations are realatively fast to generate.

to be continoued
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yes i'd say the "ribbon" works great in office, but not as well in CAD/BIM software. It is easy for people who are learning, but after that i think being able to see everything in a toolbox is faster....
Erika Epstein
sdb wrote:
i think being able to see everything in a toolbox is faster....
I agree, it defeats the purpose of the graphic shortcut when you have to scroll. Faster to open the main toolbox with a shortcut key than scroll.
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Erika wrote:
sdb wrote:
i think being able to see everything in a toolbox is faster....
I agree, it defeats the purpose of the graphic shortcut when you have to scroll. Faster to open the main toolbox with a shortcut key than scroll.
Yes in archicad I have the toolbox, so I can instantly click any tool. Whereas in revit it takes at least 2 (shortcut keys aside). I like the ribbon in office,but not sure if it is the best idea for software when you are having to change tools a lot more often....
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sdb wrote:
Yes in archicad I have the toolbox, so I can instantly click any tool. ....
Yes. Thats exactly why we have the QAT toolbar in Revit
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kiwicodes wrote:
sdb wrote:
Yes in archicad I have the toolbox, so I can instantly click any tool. ....
Yes. Thats exactly why we have the QAT toolbar in Revit
yes i see they've updated that for Revit 2011, i'm sure that will help speed it up!

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