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Archicad 26 is here!

Noemi Balogh
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You know that Archicad is not for doing structural analysis (I mean the calculations)? It can be used to automatically generate a Structural Analytical Model and loads, which can then be exported to the Structural Engineer's Structural Analysis software for the calculations. So, the SAF file format is for export/import with Structural Analysis software. You do not perform Structural Analysis calculations in Archicad.

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Have you seen GS's attempt at Mac dark mode? Another half hearted attempt at delivering an update... 🙄

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Eduardo Rolon

License manger is not updating keys so installing 26 will only let you work in Demo mode.

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For me too. It says my key is up to date... | actively using: AC25-26 INT | Rhino7-WIP | macOS @ apple silicon / win10 x64

No license update either!!!!      What's up with that? 

@Eduardo Rolon wrote:

License manger is not updating keys so installing 26 will only let you work in Demo mode.

They have fixed it, as my key updated an hour ago.   I tried the License Manager Tool earlier today with no success.  This time, I just launched AC 26 after installing and it ran the license update process successfully.


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Eduardo Rolón AIA NCARB
AC26 US/INT -> AC08

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Mine doesn't update yet. 

Archicad 4.1 to 26 Apple Silicon
you can't build a line
Mac Studio
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Each engineering department or firm will use its own software for structural analysis and from what I gather the software they most prefer is in the Autocad stable.


The software company that owns Archicad also have their own S/A software. So it’s only right for them to have model share facilities. And you are definitely going to get better model transfer with software in the same stable.


I personally could be happy with a start edition of Archicad if it had the render engine in it as well as dwg transfer because I only do low rise housing.


I think a product just up from ASE and below Archicad full with teamwork and for a dedicated developmental team to work Just on that platform, would be great.


Of course all those developmental improvements should be incorporated into the full commercial version of Archicad.


I believe it would be in the best interests of everyone who is not designing sky scrapers that Archicad commercial should have its own developmental team working on improvements.


That way we avoid the current dissatisfaction of new features.


I also think the subscription price would be much less for an intermediate version of Archicad.


Just my thoughts.

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@mthd I remember there could be a Start Edition of Archicad that you can explore from the following hyperlink:


You can take a look at it to see if that version could fit your needs.


I like your post. It's wise to have different Archicad versions for different organizational structures in the field. The AEC industry includes Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. I also agree with you that Graphisoft, through Archicad, must support that industry. 


To that end, and, in my opinion, Graphisoft is in the right direction. Furthermore, every firm or everyone can choose the profile he or she wants to use depending on his/her role in the team:




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I would like to answer you, but according LMT I can't update my licenses (already payed with suscription) to try the new functions, and I'm too old to spend my time in demo mode


Archicad 4.1 to 26 Apple Silicon
you can't build a line
Mac Studio
iPad Pro


In any case, very good should be the new textures to make the cost of SSA worthwhile, the rest of the "new features" are of an interest very close to zero


@Noemi Balogh You mean there was new features? All I am seeing is minor workflow changes / improvements that should have been properly implemented years ago. Enough with all the inter-departmental IT competition, we need practical solutions that help us as designers not being fed a stream of irrelevant IT jargon. Bring us live demo's of tools that genuinely help the workflow and you might start to win back your customers. Hint: Start with the user wish list!

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Sure there are "new" features.


You can now customize your kitchen cabinets in eleventy gajillion new ways.

Plus, you can now stretch circles (...couldn't we already do that?)




This is like that time they released a new version and one of the "new features" touted was a new playground library object.


I wonder if the person who complied that list was anywhere nearly as embarrassed doing it as I was for them reading it.


I agree. The circle "feature" is really ridiculous

It's 2022 and we still can't draw regular polygons in Archicad (pentagons, hexagons, heptagons,...etc.) or create hexagrids or tri-grids, but they're busy celebrating being able to stretch or offset circles as a "new feature".


'Shaking my head'. got together with 'Facepalm' and had a child they named 'Eye-roll'.


Now we know the main feature for 27! 😂

Windows 10

more like Archicad 37.


......but only for SSA users and Key Clients.




By the way, another worrysome development is ataching normal features to SSA, as it is taking us slowly but steadidly to a susbcription model. A rendering engine attached to a subscription??? Library park maker only to subscribers??? Blimcloud basic left behind in development in favour of BIMcloud and Blimcloud as a service?? Basic learning documentation only free for Forward???


It seems to me we are the famous frog:




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