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ArchiCAD 11.0

ArchiCAD 11.0



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Published by rajesh advani
New features of ArchiCAD 11.0
New features of ArchiCAD 11.0

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Published by: rajesh advani on Jul 12, 2007
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The all new power packed ArchiCAD 11.0
ArchiCAD, although the software was not new to me. but when I started looking foran alternative to popular drafting software being used in most of the offices in India.I came across the new version of it! then ArchiCAD 9.0.The concept itself was killer,
software by Architects, for Architects
, soundssomething like fundamental on which Indian democracy is based. Isn’t it!Parametric software, allows your entire focus on design and takes up all the pains of co-coordinating between different drawings.Architects, have always believed in the concept of “
visualizing a building as awhole” 
, but it was not seen happening during the process of design in their offices,may be a limitation with available software.ArchiCAD was here to solve this issue.
It’s a BIM, Building InformationModelling.
 The main concern of Graphisoft is to allow Architects’ to
“focus on design” 
, ratherthan tweaking around 2D drawings! or fighting day and night with contractors andengineers for solving the conflicts.And soon followed version 10 and now version 11.0.As compared to version 9.0 there has been tremendous development in thesoftware, majorly its interface, which has become more intuitive. Architects,although, willing to migrate to this new technology, were not able to devote time forlearn this new software. But I found, many features that I loved in that popularsoftware, are now also available with ArchiCAD 10. Say for instance “polar tracking”,which saved lot of my drafting time; with ArchiCAD 10 it came as improvedsnapping,
 “The power of snap” 
. Tracker and guidelines are some more featureswhich made drafting experiences easy for Architects.So if you have not upgraded to ArchiCAD 10 from 9.0, don’t do it. Its time for jumping to version 11.0 and if you have still not invested in the new power packcalled ArchiCAD, keep waiting till the prices reach the sky. I would like to remind youabout the pricing issue also, price of ArchiCAD in India is almost 30% of its actualprice in the international market. Still thinking? Keep reading this article, you fill findmore reasons for migrating to ArchiCAD.
So what’s new in ArchiCAD 11.00?
To quickly summarize we have a small list of new powerful features:1.
Virtual Trace / Visual Compare2.
Interior elevations3.
Complex geometry4.
Line work and fill consolidation5.
Quality documentationSo how does it help Architects, isn’t that the question in your mind? I will try toanswer it, let’s begin with Virtual Trace!
Virtual Trace (VT)
So like me, you were also trained to place a sheet containing “plan view” below theSection sheet for the sake of reference? Then VT is for you. May be some of you loveto work with 2D drawings but create model with the reference of the section. VT isfor you too.Virtual reference is like a drawing placed below transparent sheet, which can bedisplaced, rotated etc.etc.Above all, you also have total control over reference’s colour and intensity your forbetter visibility. Further decide what you want to see and what you don’t want to seeas a reference. Isn’t it a game? “Trace and reference” dialogue box, further makes the process easy. Download thetrial version of ArchiCAD and get started to experience the power.Further more, you can switch between active and reference drawings with simpleclick of a mouse button.This powerful feature, can be further exploited for creating professional lookinglayouts, for example, wouldn’t you like your plan, section and elevation viewsproperly aligned to each other on your sheet. Use virtual trace and get theprofessional looking documents with few clicks only.Splitter option is like sliding a active tracing sheet for better view of reference sheetunderneath. I am sure most of us would love to only slide the onscreen sheet forfirst few minutes. It’s so enjoyable.So, there is no reason, why should there be any conflict between two drawings!Unless you were simultaneously watching fashion TV while creating these drawings inArchiCAD!
Interior elevations
It’s different from creating sections. Architects and Interior designers would definitelylove this feature as it can be efficiently used for creating unfolded elevation views of the interior spaces!ArchiCAD has a dedicated tool that is optimized for creating interior elevations of interior spaces.Your interior elevation view line may be rectangular, polygonal or rotated and iseasily editable also.So next time, you may just want to present an unfolded view of your entire schemeinstead of four or five different elevations.
Complex geometry
If you are version 10 user, you have already enjoyed the feature called slantingwalls, if not, version 11 has more to offer, when it comes to complex wall geometry.Just imagine, you wanted a complex geometry around a curved path (to put itsimply, compare it to “extrude to path” in AutoCAD). ArchiCAD 11.0 allows that too.So one more feather in the cap!
Line work and Fill consolidation
Still stuck to that old powerful cad software? Good that you have started callingthose DWGs to ArchiCAD for modeling purpose at least. Are you shocked to see morethan billion lines overlapping each other, or number of dashed and dotted linesmaking your life difficult?Use line work consolidation feature to simplify the process, it takes care of overlapping objects, split lines and overlapped special line types imported fromsoftware like AutoCAD!Now fill consolidation, though it is clubbed with line consolidation here, it is adifferent command altogether and also pops up a new setting dialogue box. Use it forfine-tuning fills and hatches for better editing experience.
Quality Documentation
ArchiCAD says “Pen Sets are assigned to the views (as a result model views will beWYSYWYG (what you see is what you get)”. This simple means that you get to seethe document as it is going to be printed or published and thus allowing easierediting of the selected pens used in the project.These were only few of the features that would impress the user. Apart from allthese, there are few improvements like visually better PDFs (without having to installamyuni PDF writer), AutoCAD 2007 support and last but not the least, drag a modeldirectly from 3D warehouse of google (plug-in required, available on Graphisoftwebsite) in ArchiCAD project (restricted to pan view).With all this, I am sure most of the Architects are thinking of migrating to ArchiCAD.No doubt, you will need initial training, and that’s also freely available in the form of interactive videos from Graphisoft website.Need one more good reason to migrate, here it is. ArchiCAD is made available tostudents and teachers at no cost, yes, no cost. So you don’t have to worry abouttrained man power.Very soon I am planning to post some tutorials on this blog, which will definitely helpmost of the beginners.
Copyrights: Rajesh Advani.The document or its content shall not be printed / published, distributed without the written permissionfrom author.You may contact me at advanirajesh@gmail.com

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