On September 27, 2023, Graphisoft® released Archicad 27, the latest version of its award-winning BIM software.
A brand-new design option solution, updated visualization tools, improved project management workflows, and open, multidisciplinary design collaboration make Archicad 27 your best design option.
This article collects all the new features and improvements implemented in this version of Archicad.
Explore design options the easy way and spend less time on project management — Archicad 27 helps your team stay organized and files streamlined even as the size and complexity of projects continue to grow.
A new, dedicated solution in Archicad 27 supports managing multiple design options in an integrated and efficient way.
Improving the management of complex BIM projects is in constant focus for Graphisoft.
Attribute management processes got faster and easier due to the following new capabilities:
Learn more: Improved Project Management
This experimental feature delivers a long-awaited, innovative capability. It helps users accurately place and move 3D elements on the floor plan, thereby making the whole process faster and more comfortable. Distance Guides supports the positioning of interior structures in relation to surrounding elements, by displaying the Guides during or after element placement.
Going through long lists to find specific items is a time-consuming and inefficient process. Archicad 27 adds Search capabilities to many essential Archicad dialogs to speed this up. The new feature also makes learning Archicad easier for new users.
Archicad 27 adds new ways to organize Graphic Override Rules.
Essential math functions are always at your fingertips in Archicad's Tracker input tool. Now the Tracker supports multiplication and division too, for streamlined input. For example, you can create and move an element copy, then place another at twice the distance. The input field has also been made wider, to show longer values more clearly.
To improve the sustainability and code of Archicad, Archicad 27 has dropped support and compatibility for files older than version 17.
Learn more: Tool and Workflow Improvements
Whether you create your own parametric objects or develop commercial object libraries, you're going to love the new GDL Editor! Better navigation thanks to syntax highlights, shortcuts for editing commands, and last - but not least - dark mode to reduce eye strain. A long-standing wish of object library developers fulfilled!
Learn more: Modernized GDL Editor
Deliver high-impact visualizations quickly and easily thanks to professional out-of-the-box solutions and streamlined connections to other professional architectural visualization solutions. Use your preferred solution to work efficiently and comfortably.
Choose your preferred visualization solution and impress your clients with high-impact images and videos. Archicad delivers versatile and flexible toolsets for professional architectural visualization through the freedom of choice to use other professional visualization solutions like Enscape, Twinmotion, Lumion, Nvidia Omniverse, 5D Render, Cinema4D, and many more.
Archicad now supports import and export of the industry standard FBX file format. Easily add animation and rendering to the model in third-party software - including Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications. You can also choose from a large set of free and commercial models to import from online libraries via the FBX format.
Create real-time visualizations more comfortably with the revamped Archicad - Enscape connection
even on the macOS platform.
Make more informed design decisions on-the-go while modeling in 3D, without creating renderings in external engines. A new, native Physically Based Rendering engine (experimental feature) in 3D views ensures more realistic visualizations while you are modeling.
Learn more: Streamlined Visualization
Collaborate with design teams using Open BIM to implement flexible, intuitive, industry-leading multi-disciplinary design workflows with MEP and structural engineers.
Archicad 27 lets you generate and place Loads much faster.
Archicad 27 lets structural engineers fine-tune connections through manual adjustments, as a complement to the already existing adjustment rules.
Stay in the loop about the latest design changes thanks to the Model Compare tool, developed for multidisciplinary design teams with extensive change management requirements. When comparing Structural views, see a detailed list of the changed parameters.
This year we are bringing a renewed MEP Modeler in terms of interface, modeling, and technology.
Learn more: MEP Modeler Improvements
Graphisoft solutions support design teams in efficient multi-disciplinary collaboration.
Archicad 27 is equipped with the IFC4 file import and export certification issued by the international buildingSMART organization. This ensures consistency and efficiency in data exchange across disciplines and other solutions.
The latest update of this tool allows Archicad users to import Revit 2024 files into their projects.
Graphisoft continues to provide an improved bi-directional data and model-based IFC collaboration solution through the IFC Model Exchange with Archicad for Revit 2024 Add-In.
Learn more: Open BIM Workflow Improvements
Focus on your designs, not the paperwork! Document accurate schedules and element lists with an enhanced visual appearance and formatting. Rest easy knowing that even last minute changes in the design will be automatically reflected in all documentation sets.
Interactive element schedules let you extract and list the right data from your BIM project. Now, interactive schedules are enhanced with improved formatting capabilities, allowing you to deliver easier to understand reports to your clients.
Learn more: Improved format options for Interactive Schedule
Graphisoft is introducing a new, cloud-based software licensing solution for Archicad, BIMx, and BIMcloud SaaS in 2023. The new licensing technology will be provided by 10Duke, a global leader in providing flexible cloud licensing tools for major software developer firms. Many of the Nemetschek group brands are already using it to protect their products. The new technology combined with a new website offers many benefits to customers, including:
Archicad is available on both Windows and macOS. Data exchange between the two platforms is fully supported through compatible file formats and collaboration methods such as Teamwork, so they can be used even in mixed environments.
Hardware recommendations and a summary of the above-mentioned information can be found here:
The file types processed by both Archicad and BIMcloud are listed here:
Import/Export File Formats in Archicad
This article also describes the import and export possibilities and the supported versions of the file formats created by Graphisoft products or third-party applications.
Please note that, to improve the sustainability and code of Archicad, Archicad 27 has dropped support and compatibility for files older than version 17 (Archicad 27 supports files with version 17-27). Therefore, older files can no longer be opened.
To migrate older files (prior to Archicad 17), open and save the project in Archicad version 17-26. Then open the project in Archicad 27.
If you have files older than version 10, you can still convert them. Learn how here: File Converters – Graphisoft.
You can find more information about file version support in this article: Archicad file and protection compatibility - Graphisoft Community
Go to the Downloads page on graphisoft.com to download:
Everything you need to know about Archicad installation (install, add or repair, network installation, uninstall, etc.) can be found here.
Archicad 27 can be activated using one of several license types. Read more about Archicad licenses in these articles:
The Archicad 27 User Guide is filled with useful information about every tool, feature, and function. Take a look!