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Graphisoft is proud to announce the launch of the product preview phase of our software development for Archicad 26. This is in lieu of an expanded Beta period. This year, we changed our product Beta process to make it more streamlined, efficient, and effective. However, recognizing the need for customers to try our upcoming release in advance and in order to collect your feedback, our product preview will be launched at the start of our Beta period when all languages of the preview software are ready - INT, USA and GER, around April 14th.
If you would like to participate in the preview, please submit your request here.
Feedback regarding the product preview can be provided through the Jira Service Desk, available after registration.
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Thank you very much for your interest!
Product Success Team
Will it be compatible with Twinmotion direct link? Because now AC25 doesn’t work, although AC 24 does syncs with direct link Twinmotion.
That is a question for Twinmotion (Epic) - they are the ones that provide the link (add-on).
There is no 'Direct Link' for Archicad 25 - you now have to use the 'Datasmith' add-on.
I assume it will be the same with 26, but the add-on probably won't be released until 26 is out.
Thats extremly nice. But they can have it; i think that if Graphisoft begins to focus on this kind of stuff for Archicad they (and of course, we) are going to regret it. But who knows, i wasnt able to conect to the Graphisoft forum where they discussed the future of Archicad.
@jl_lt It seems that Graphisoft is interested in developing Archicad Structure as well to meet its goals through the concept "Building together!" If so, the company will be under the obligation to integrate a complete structural package to better attract the market segment it envisions to that end.
I agree with you @Mjules. Graphisoft's development of Archicad has always been good for us as users. Never taking away functionality but just adding more. Looking at how Archicad evolved since I started using it on version 6.5, i's flexibility has always stood out for me. This approach gives us more freedom to work the way we want to and continuously opening multiple new opportunities for us in the industry. Archicad will always be For Architects and I have absolutely no issue with Archicad also becoming For Engineers. We are actually starting to work with Quantity Surveyors, getting them involved on our models via the Archicad interface (Archicad For Quantity Surveyors). If other users don't need / want to use all the functionality, that's up to them.
I am excited to see where Archicad will take us in the next 5, 10+ years.
@jl_lt @DGSketcher Don't blame Graphisoft if it wants to take this direction. This strategy will really help it compete with Revit in North America in which architecture is not a simple conceptual approach. Architecture in both the U.S. and Canada is a mixture of practice and project management, programming and analysis, project planning and design, project development and documentation, construction and evaluation. The architect works on sustainable, structural strategies as well as on the different building and HVAC systems. Architecture is very complicated in those countries.
Not because some people or countries like to complicate things it means better architecture, it is just more complicated.... But i wont go further than that. The point is, why jump into a niche they wont win and is already saturated with dedicated structural solutions?? More specifically, why try to compete with Revit in the one thing that it blows you out of the water?
So an architect needs to model rebar for some reason? use revit d*mn it! thats what its good for. Instead, Graphisoft, who havent been able to handle properties from a central file yet, would like to compete in structural design? really, how do you think thats going to end? But hey, they might surprise us.
Architecture is complicated because there is a combination of laws, statutes, and codes that regulate its practice, including establishing the requirements to obtain a professional license as an architect. These laws aim to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public relating to the practice of architecture. These laws define professional conduct and misconduct of architects as well. Performing architectural services below the standard of care is punishable by laws, so is the lack of the qualities, education, and experience needed for a particular task. As a transverse discipline, architecture is not easy to practice, and architects need transversal skills to collaborate with different professional bodies. They are called upon to collaborate with the mechanical and structural engineers throughout the design process. In the past, this collaboration seemed mostly confrontational, but with contemporary technology and global culture, this collaboration should be much easier nowadays. If Graphisoft's intent is to facilitate this collaboration through Archicad, I support all efforts in this direction.
Furthermore, competition does not mean negative struggle. I see fair competition, here, as a way for companies to boost the progress of their BIM software, which would represent a gain for customers.
@Mjules So who else do we blame? Ok so there are companies who love this idea, but there are also a lot of users who really don't need fully integrated multi-disciplinary software. Archicad was an architectural tool, it has already bloated with SAM and the prospect of having it carry rebar and other engineering detail tools has me starting to look at more architecturally focussed options, and that's after 27 years of using Archicad. Irrelevant tools, complex workflows, messed up data sources, a visually horrible interface, bugs, missing functions and failures of CAD basics are all taking their toll and making my ROI look a bit depleted. It shouldn't be about competition with Revit, it should be about listening to the user base and keeping their business. Happy customers = Growth.
@DGSketcher I understand your point, but architecture becomes a transverse discipline. I didn't agree with the Graphisoft structural components in Archicad before. Currently, a self-respecting architect who does not want to go to jail for bad practices must understand or master how the different building systems work. The architect needs effective work tools to help him or her in his/her practices.
I agree with you that all of us need to be happy. It should be the Graphisoft's main goal for us and that's what I want too. Practicing architecture becomes so complicated that the company is forced to also adapt for the different markets as well.