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2024 Technology Preview Program

2024 Technology Preview Program:
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Read articles about built-in and 3rd party, classic and real-time rendering solutions, settings, workflows, etc.


Streamlined Visualization

Table of Content CinerenderBasic settingsRedshiftRedshift Renderer Integration in ArchicadIntroducing Physically Based Rendering in Archicad 3D Views (Experimental Feature)TwinmotionDirect LinkHow to install TwinmotionEnscapeInstall Enscape paletteAr...

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Additional Surface Catalog for Forward and SSA Users

Users with an active SSA (Software Service Agreement) may download an exclusive set of 500+ additional surfaces, which are not included with the standard Archicad library. Please follow these steps to download and load the catalog to your project: Fo...

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Renewed Additional Surface Catalog

The Additional Surface Catalog needed an update Our users’ essential wish was to update the Additional Surface Catalog. The previous catalog did not fully support the new rendering capabilities within Archicad with the default settings, which require...


Rendering - Troubleshooting Guide

Known Issues Transparent plane is visible on render of tree Affected version: 18 and newer | Severity: workaround applicable | ID: 174176 Issue The plane of the new tree object is visible with standard engine where there is no modeled background. Cau...

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CineRender – Bitmap Image Rectangles

CineRender R14 has an error sometimes when rendering bitmap images, even with the standard scenes – the transparent rectangle is shown faded around the image. Usually this goes away just as randomly as it came by next time you launch Archicad, but th...

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Virtual Reality (VR) for ARCHICAD

Virtual Reality (VR) technology is becoming an essential part of the project and the design process in the AEC industry. VR enables all audiences to perceive spaces in the easiest way. It is a good tool for communicating the design to clients and als...

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Align View

Align View is an option to set your ARCHICAD model rendering to an imported background photo. It enables the architect to automatically reconstruct the position of a camera in the interior or on the street from a picture taken of it. This feature can...

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Limitations of current Redshift's integration in Archicad

Redshift is currently included as a Technology Preview with a few limitations in Archicad 25. Nevertheless, it brings significant benefits in terms of performance compared to Cinerender. At the current stage of development, the following phenomena ca...

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Get Your Free Twinmotion 2021

What is Twinmotion? It is a cutting-edge, real-time rendering software developed by Epic Games perfect for architectural visualization. Read more about it here. Archicad full license owners with an active SSA (Software Service Agreement) can acquire ...

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What's new in Twinmotion 2021?

Twinmotion 2021 comes with several powerful new features to be able to create and present high-end visualizations. It is great for the entire archviz pipeline from first concept to photorealistic images or videos. So what's new? Phasing in Presenter ...

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Powerful Design Presentations with Archicad

Surface Textures on Section/Elevation/Interior Elevation Views Limitations on graphic representation tools require time-consuming workarounds and the help of external software that breaks the BIM workflow. In previous Archicad versions, displaying hi...

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Going Real-Time with Twinmotion

I think we can all agree: nothing is more important than visualizing architectural projects in photorealistic quality. Easy job, isn’t it? You just have to tediously optimize your 3D model, export, import, numerically set a myriad of rendering parame...


How to create 360° Renders

In Archicad 22 the Cinerender engine introduced the Spherical Camera, making it possible to create 360° renders. What can you use it for? As embedded pictures on websites, combined with BIMx Webviewer's functions, this can become a powerful tool of r...

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Perspective sections in Archicad

Sometimes the best tool to represent the building is a perspective section, allowing an insight into building spaces. We need to use a 3D cut, a 3D document and some simple Model Display settings to do get this right away. Step 1: Create Model In our...

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Graphic Override - Troubleshooting Guide

With this feature, you can display the elements in any model view according to a customised graphical definition, to easily communicate the design to everyone involved. Use Graphic Overrides to create thematic drawings in a semi-automatic way. You do...

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How to create 1 & 2 & 3 point perspectives

One-Point perspective In ARCHICAD we have an option to look to perpendicular of a clicked surface. You can find this option under View/3D Navigation Extras/Look to Perpendicular of Clicked Surface and will be active if you are in a 3D view. Use the "...

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What is OpenGL?

OpenGL is a fast display method for 2D / 3D-like elements developed by Silicon_Graphics. It is optimized for fast interactive navigation among 3D polygons in a fancy and fast way. This makes it especially suited for professional CAD programs. More in...

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Graphical Style: Sketch Rendering 2D and 3D

To introduce your 3D model as an image, Archicad contains more integrated Rendering Engines. This article details the available settings in the PhotoRendering settings window when using the Sketch engine and how to create the sketch look on your floo...

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How to create animated GIFs using ARCHICAD?

For visualising architectural concepts or a design process the usage of animated GIFs is getting more and more popular. No wonder, with a sequence of images you can provide a very clear explanation of your project's fundamental idea. The message of G...

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How to use custom images as default bitmap people

In the Default ARCHICAD Library you can find many different bitmap pictures and an empty custom field. With a few easy steps you can create your own bitmap image. Select a picture Transparent background set up It is recommended that you change the ba...

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Sketch Rendering from Floor Plan

The Tech Tip July 2002 winner, BertNijs , from Belgium found a way to show Floor Plans in the 3D Window inspired Karl Ottenstein to find a way to create a sketchy look of 2D drawings of ARCHICAD (Floor Plans, Section-Elevation Windows etc.) The idea ...

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Artlantis is a popular and easy-to-use rendering application for ARCHICAD and other CAD software. It is developed by the French software company Abvent Among the features of Artlantis are a real-time preview window that shows radiosity (illumination)...

Alpha Channel

Defintion of Alpha Channel in Wikipedia. Alpha Channel in ARCHICAD In 32-bit color images, the Alpha Channel is an extra channel (in addition to RGB components) that can be edited in image editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop. You can use all...

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mtron Graphisoft