ARCHICAD START EDITION
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ARCHICAD Start Edition is a version of ARCHICAD targeted very small architectural studios with 1-2 employees who require a strong BIM program with free modelling tools and IFC exchange.
With ARCHICAD Start Edition you get almost everything you would expect of a modern BIM program. Very few things are missing in ARCHICAD Start Edition compared to the full version of ARCHICAD. This includes Curtain Wall (glass facades), Hotlinked Modules (act a little like Blocks in AutoCAD), (TeamWork/BIM Server (collaboration in the same file), CineRender/Sketch Render (visualisation), energy calculation and BIMx (BIM viewer for iOS and Android). On the other hand, the price for ARCHICAD Start Edition is significantly lower than the full version. However, as many buyers in time want to upgrade to a full version of ARCHICAD, you only pay for the difference in price the first three years after purchasing ARCHICAD Start Edition. Read about the differences between the versions here >>
ARCHICAD Start Edition is sold without a service agreement, so any support and upgrades must be purchased as a supplement.
With ARCHICAD Start Edition you can still easily build a complete BIM project from DWG underlay or on top of fellow consultant’s IFC models. The project is built in 2D and 3D with layer structure and a built-in library of more than 2,000 objects is included. The drawing material for the entire project can be set up in layouts, along with large extracts and inventories. The overall project can be delivered as 2D drawings in PDF format and a 3D model in IFC format.
ARCHICAD Start Edition is in no way a case of compromising on BIM – on the contrary, it is a case of harvesting the lowest hanging fruits with a good BIM workflow.
Read more about ARCHICAD START Edition on their international product page