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What is Archicad?

Emoke Csikos
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
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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 new version of Archicad is released each year. The latest version is Archicad 25. To download Archicad visit graphisoft.com/downloads.  You can try Archicad in trial or demo mode without purchasing a full license of Archicad.

The Signature Building

Each Archicad version has a signature building, which was designed in Archicad. The signature building is printed on the box in which Archicad is shipped and also appears on the startup screen of the program and in its installer. The Archicad 25 Signature Building is the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, designed by cox graae + spack architects.

Localization

Archicad is available in 27 language versions. These versions are not just translations of the same interface, but their architectural content and tool defaults are optimized for the local market.

Archicad is a stand-alone software that can be used independently. Still, it is tightly integrated into GRAPHISOFT's ecosystem including solutions such as BIMcloud and BIMx for efficient and enjoyable work and smooth collaboration in an OPEN BIM workflow with stakeholders of the AEC industry.

Previous Versions

The Archicad icon was the same from version 15 until version 23. The Archicad versions could be differentiated by their colors. Click on the icons below if you wish to learn more about each version.

If you wish to go on learning about Archicad, continue with reading the article titled Where Should I Start with Archicad.

Get on Board with Archicad

If you want to learn about Archicad's capabilities and concepts, watch the video series titled Get on Board with Archicad.

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