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Archicad Start Edition 2022

Gabriela Freitas
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
Archicad Start Edition (SE) 2022 is a professional BIM solution with critical features most smaller practices need. Read this article to learn more about its capabilities.

 

 

Archicad Start Edition 2022 was released on February 17th, 2022. Based on the technology of Archicad 25,  Archicad Start Edition (SE) 2022 is a professional BIM solution with critical features most smaller practices need.

Serving as a base for the latest Archicad Start Edition, Archicad 25’s robust, well-tested engine satisfies the needs of a smaller practice. Archicad Start Edition 2022 provides the full power of Archicad 25’s BIM-based streamlined documentation workflow, allowing the project model to stay live until the very end of the design documentation phase: it helps keeping architects in the state of the creative design flow with as little disruption as possible. (To take advantage of the entire range of Archicad features and benefits, upgrade to the full version of Archicad at any time and continue editing all your previously started projects with it.)
Archicad Start Edition 2022 is a BIM solution for smaller architectural practices that contain all the features of Archicad 25 that are critical for them but those features that have little or no importance for them are omitted.

Archicad Start Edition 2022 is not available on all markets.
To purchase Archicad Start Edition 2022, contact your Archicad reseller.

Find information about the previous versions of Start Edition in this article.

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Archicad Start Edition 2022 Compared to Archicad 25

 

Modelling

The SE contains all the necessary tools to create a proper Building Information Model, with everything you need in the residential scale, like profiled or composite structures, priority-based junctions, the Shell tool, the Morph tool, and GDL objects. 

Limitations:

- No Curtain Wall  

- No Point Cloud data import and visualization 

- No MEP Modeling 

- No PARAM-O add-on 

 

 

Documentation

 The complete 2D feature set of Archicad is part of the SE package: model-based documentation, 2D tools, layout books, etc.  There are no limitations in this area.

 

Visualization

Archicad Start Edition provides basic visualization techniques like real-time shaded 3D environment, a simple rendering engine (the so-called basic engine), 3D Styles, and the ability to save BIMx Hyper-models. 

Limitations:

- No advanced (Cinerender) photorealistic rendering  

- No Sketch rendering 

 

Interoperability

Latest IFC, BCF, DWG, and DXF file exchange capabilities to enable full model-based and hybrid coordination workflow with consultants.

Limitations:

- No STL export  

- No Rhino export/import  

- No Grasshopper-Archicad 

- No Solibri Connection

 

Collaboration

The Archicad Start Edition doesn’t contain any Teamwork feature because it’s intended for solo architects. It provides full control of IFC Preferences and Managing Classifications in IFC Import/Export. 

Limitations:

- No Teamwork 

- No Hotlinked Modules 

- No XRefs 

- Limited External Drawing support 

- No Collision Detection 

- No Structural Analytical Model workflow 

- No 3D Model Compare 

 

Productivity Tools

The main difference between Archicad Start Edition and Archicad Full version is productivity. You can do everything with the SE version, but you can work faster with the Full.

Limitations:

- No Renovation 

- No Publisher 

- No Revision Management 

- No Link element height to stories 

- No Import element property data from Excel 

- No JSON-Python API for Archicad 

- No Energy Evaluation 

- No Physical Model Check 

- No Export/Import Issues via PDF markup

 

Perfomance

The Archicad Start Edition 2022 is configured to manage small-scale projects with rapid software reaction, but it’s not ideal for large-scale projects.

Limitations:

- Multithreading capable algorithms use max 2 cores of the CPU 

 

 

 

 

Check the new features comparison chart below to see the exact differences between Archicad 25 full version and Start Edition 2022.

 

Archicad 25 new features available in Archicad Start Edition 2022

 

New feature of Archicad 25 

Type 

Included in SE2022 

Navigation Improvements 

Workflow 

yes

Create Polygonal Openings in any 2D or 3D view 

Modeling 

yes

Stair Improvements - New tread symmetry combinations for all winder types - New Stair Landing contro... 

Modeling 

yes

PARAM-O Improvements 

Add-On 

no

Load Handling in Structural Analytical Model 

Open BIM 

no

Automatic Export Mapping of Manufactured Profiles 

Open BIM 

no

Custom Alignment of Replacement Profile (1D Members) 

Open BIM 

no

New Offset Adjustments/2D Cutback Improvement 

Open BIM 

no

Connection Range Improvements 

Open BIM 

no

Support for All Released SAF Versions 

Open BIM 

no

Create Structural Supports - Streamlined Input 

Open BIM 

no

Native Survey Point 

Workflow 

yes

RFA and RVT Geometry Exchange 

Open BIM 

no

Archicad - Solibri Connection  

Open BIM 

no

Surface Textures on Sections/Elevations/Interior Elevations Viewpoints 

Visualization 

yes 

Surface Based Fills 

Visualization 

yes

Modular Kitchen Cabinets 

Modeling 

yes

Life-Like Interiors 

Modeling 

yes

Track Changes and Model Compare improvements 

Workflow 

no

Object Settings Elevation and 3D Previews free rotate 

Workflow 

yes

Updated Line popup 

Workflow 

yes

Updated Surface and Fill Settings - Realistic soft shadow and cover fill option on top of textures 

Visualization 

yes

Support for Rhino 6 and 7  

Modeling 

no

Export Building Material Classifications as IFC Classification References 

Collaboration 

yes

Native Metal graphics technology replacing Open GL on macOS 

Visualization 

yes

Archicad Survey Point Supported in RVT Workflow 

Collaboration 

no

Redshift by Maxon rendering engine – faster, GPU-based rendering 

Visualization 

no

Zones appear on Section/Elevation/Interior Elevations 

Documentation 

yes

Label Zones with auto-text and/or GDL based Labels, just like other elements 

Documentation 

yes

Schedules: control Merge Uniform Items per fields on a more granular level 

Documentation 

yes

Additional Graphic Override Improvements 

Workflow 

yes

New transparency control for custom RGB Surfaces overrides 

Workflow 

yes

Option to hide contours in model views of Cut and Uncut parts of elements 

Workflow 

yes

Update properties in hotlink modules 

Workflow 

no

New command to check for the overlap of linear elements - Partial overlap check on linear elements: line, polyline, arc, wall, beam, column 

Workflow 

no

Graphic Override 

Workflow 

yes

 

Technical Information

 

Hardware and Software Requirements

 

Hardware and software requirements are modified from time to time. For up to date information on system requirements, please follow this link: www.graphisoft.com/support/system_requirements/

 


File Compatibility

 

Archicad Start Edition 2022 will be able to open files that were created with:

  • Start Edition 2006 or newer versions
  • Archicad 8.1 and 9

 

Start Edition 2022 files can be opened with:

Saving projects files:

Files created in Archicad Start Edition 2022 can be saved as:

  • Archicad SE 2022 Solo Project (*.pln)
  • Archicad SE 2022  Project Template (*.tpl)
  • Archicad SE 2022 Archive Project (*.pla)

 


Installing

 

In the following steps, we take you through the process of installing the Archicad program at a stand-alone workstation. Archicad Start Edition is available by electronic delivery or on DVD, depending on your market. For details, contact your distributor.

 

Electronic Delivery

Download Archicad SE 2022 to your computer, then proceed with the installation.

Install from DVD

Insert the Archicad SE 2022 DVD into your computer’s DVD-ROM drive. To avoid performance issues, it is recommended that you first copy the installer from the DVD to your computer and install the program from there.

 

Macintosh users

1) Go into the “Mac” folder.

2) Copy the Archicad-Start-2022....dmg file to your computer.

3) Double-click the dmg file.

4) In the appearing volume, double-click the ArchicadInstaller.app to start the installation wizard.

Windows users

1) Go into the “Win” folder.

2) Copy the Archicad-Start-2022....exe file to your computer.

3) Double-click the exe file to start the installation wizard.

 

After that, follow the detailed installation instructions to install Archicad Start Edition 2022. If you encounter any problem during installation please check this page.


Uninstalling

 

Windows:

To uninstall Archicad Start Edition 2022 from Windows, it is best to use the “Programs” or “Add or Remove Programs” utility, accessible from the Control Panel.
You can also browse to your Archicad Start Edition 2022 folder and execute the uninstaller in the Uninstall.AC subfolder.

macOS:

On a Mac, navigate to the “Uninstall.AC” folder in your Archicad Start Edition 2022 folder, and select the “Uninstall.app” application.

The Uninstall Wizard will remove files which were installed by the Archicad Installation Wizard. CodeMeter and associated components are not removed.

The uninstaller will not remove any files you have created in the Archicad main folder - e.g. Archicad project files that you saved into the Archicad main folder.

For Silent uninstall check the Install Guide.


 Licensing

 

When you start Archicad, the program automatically checks to see if you have a license available. If so, you are ready to work. To update, download and otherwise manage your license keys, use the License Manager Tool. The License Manager Tool is automatically installed to your computer as part of the installation of Start Edition. It is also available for download at:

www.graphisoft.com/downloads/licensing/

Hardware Key

The Hardware Key (Dongle) contains your license information on a USB stick. Before you start using the latest version of Archicad Start Edition, this Hardware Key must be updated. For the update process, start the License Manager Tool (LMT) and follow the directions. See: https://help.graphisoft.com/lmt/. Now you are ready to use Start Edition 2022.

 

Note: After updating your license key to Archicad Start Edition 2022, you can still use all earlier Start Edition versions. (To run SE 2008 or SE 2009, you must have its latest hotfix installed.)

 

Software Key

The Software Key is a software-based license. Using the License Manager Tool, a software key can be downloaded from the License Pool to a local client Computer. To download a software key, start the License ManagerTool (LMT) and follow the directions.See: https://help.graphisoft.com/lmt/.

 

If you are using a single license and plan to work on a different computer, you should upload the software ey to the License Pool, so that you can access it from a different location. (Internet connection is required.)

 

 

Demo Mode

 

When you start Archicad, the program automatically checks to see if you have a license available. If you don’t have a license at all, you can continue in Demo Mode. Demo Mode gives you full functionality except file saving. Use Demo mode to open, view and try out functions.The unavailable commands and menu items are disabled, and the Archicad title bar changes to Archicad SE 2022 Demo. Your Archicad program may also be restricted to Demo mode for the following reasons:

 

  • No key is attached to your computer
  • All of your Archicad licenses are in use
  • Your Hardware Key is defective
  • CodeMeter service is not running

 

 

Lost or Defective License Key

 

In case of a lost or defective License Key, contact your local Archicad distributor.

 


Add or Repair Archicad Start Edition 2022

If you already have Archicad Start Edition 2022 installed, and start the Installation Wizard, you are given two options:

1) Add will add new features to your current installation. You will see all available features in a list and you can check features to be added to your current installation.

2) Repair will reinstall Archicad Start Edition 2022 with the features of your current installation.

 

  • The Repair process will revert your Archicad Start Edition 2022 version to its default settings. After Repair, you must reinstall the latest Archicad Start Edition 2022 and Library updates.
  • Project files you saved into the Archicad SE 2022 folder will not be deleted or overwritten by the repair process.

Updates for Archicad Start Edition 2022

To check for available updates of your localized version of Archicad SE 2022 or Archicad SE 2022 libraries, start Archicad SE 2022 and do any of the following:

  • Use Help > Check for Updates
  • Open the Action Center (File > Info > Action Center) and select the Updates item to see notifications on any updates available for download.
  • For automatic checking: Set the Check for Updates options in Options > Work Environment > Network and Update. You will be notified if a new library or program version matching your Archicad language version is available, which you can then download. The Check for Updates command takes you to the Graphisoft update website. If there is a new update patch available, the web page will automatically offer you the updater package that fits your current Archicad installation. You can find other downloadable materials (example files, goodies etc.) at: www.graphisoft.com/downloads/

 

Note: If you have an updater patch installed and use the Add/Repair function of the Archicad SE 2022 Installer, you will be prompted to re-apply the updates after the modification or repair is carried out.


Find information about the previous versions of Start Edition in this article.

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KUBUS
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I'm looking for a total Comparison between Archicad 25 and STAR(T) Edition versions. Like there was for Archicad 24.

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