Interface/ Ease of use
Programmer like interface, eg. whenyou want to change the parameters of a door or window poor graphicsFriendlier graphic interface andproperties accessibility. Flexibilitydeveloped through over 20 years of architects' wishes and feedback Technical interface, while user-friendly,still will require extensive training beforeadvanced features can be fullyunderstood.
Course, Medium, and Fine displayoptions can vary the level of detailover many views and is view-specific.Linework can be manually adjusted if desired, however all generalcomponents of a drawing can beindividually set and globally changedbased on “plotted” line weight and“displayed” line weight.“What you see is what you get” whenyou print Improved gradient fills,
line work & fillconsolidation. It Efficiently handles theprocess of cleaning up and fixingdrawings, including an optimizationprocess for 2D drawings fromconsultants.Refresh or non-refresh work inelevation/plan/section/etc. viewssimultaneously.Displays are colorful and representativethrough the interface, can separate manyviews of the model and is possible towork in elevation/plan/section/etc. viewssimultaneously.Creation of coordinated floor plans,sections, and elevations. Automaticcoordination of architectural design andconstruction documentation.
Able to raytrace and render on the fly,however best displayed whenexported to Autodesk 3D Studio Maxand edited with additional software.Improved internal renderer, improvedmaterial selection as it is more mature.High quality must be exported to 3DSand MayaAdvanced ray tracing and modeling.Support of 3D drawings within AdobePDF. The best render images of the threewithout the use of other software.
faster kernel graphical engine, fasteershadow processing, lacks radiositySlower graphical engine, eg. Slowershadow casting and radiosityQuick kernel graphic engine, able tohandle larger drawings with ease.
Fully-parametric solid modeler, "inplace families", can include geometryfrom Revit or other solid modelers.Ability to import that which it cannotbe modeled in Revit, and turn it into aRevit objects. The object can only beedited outside of Revit, but the Revitgeometry behaves like a wall or roof or whatever you assign it to be.Separate package needed to extractquantities.More modeling freedom. New doubleslanted walls, curved complex walls andhighly accurate quantity takeoffs.Organic forms can be modeled inMaxxon Form - a separate modelerlaunched from ArchiCAD, and integrateddirectly into ArchiCAD through add-ons.This allows integrated organic modelingsimilar to Catia. Ore popular in EU thanthe US.High-end integrated rendering andanimation tools, includes radiosity andparticle tracing.Export to STL to support rapid modelmaking and prototyping with 3Dprinters, laser cutters, and stereolithography machines.Support of 3D Web formats, such asVRML, Quickvision, and panoramas.Enforcement of national projectstandards. Automatice re-symbolizationof 3D objects to 2D symbols. Materialdependent hatching/patterning,annotation, and dimensioning
The Most catalogs of information byfar. Autodesk marketing engine isassisting and has more participation of building product manufacturers.A strong base of objects, but less realmarket products in libraries than thecompetition.Some companies provide Bentley libraryitems, but still somewhat limited to user-creation.
Parametric Components, also knownas families, are the basis for allbuilding components designed. Theyoffer an open, graphical system fordesign thinking and form making aswell as detailed design intent atincreasingly detailed levels. Use of Parametric Components for the moreelaborate assemblies, such ascabinetry and equipment, as well asfor the more elementary buildingparts, such as walls and columns. Nospecial programming language orcoding is required for manufacturers.Revit models can be scale sensitive if modeled in GDL (see below) or not(as with paper space).Objects are scale-sensitive, easilymodified (text, dimension lines, etc.),when the plan scale is changed.Changing the scale is as easy. Toolsidentify labels rooms, groups of rooms orany areas that you would like to manageand track. Walls are automaticallyidentified as Zone boundaries, butcolumns, slabs, beams, roofs, lines, arcsand splines can also define the space.Zone space automatically fits to slantedand profiled walls, and the 3D zonespace can be involved in solid operationsfor precise volume calculations.Creation of more complicated GDLObjects ( GDL=Geometric DescriptionLanguage) requires knowledge of script.Which scares away all but the brave. Parametric Cell Studio (
) is amodeling technology known asdimension-driven, feature-based,parametric modeling. It allows users todefine and create parameters, associativebuilding components and assembliessuch as doors, windows, stairs, casework,roofs, trusses, curtain walls, handrails,fixtures, equipment, and others. User-definable labels of objects and spaces.The DataGroup system , when placedinto the model, associates definableattributes with PC Studio components,and drives their parametric dimensionsand variables, which allows unlimitedvariations. Most of the dataset contentdelivered (doors, windows, curtain walls,handrails, and so on) has been createdwith PC Studio.
Material Takeoff tool checks materialquantities in cost estimates, Takeoff simplifies the tracking of materialquantities. As your project evolves,the parametric change engine helps toThe Element ID manager can identifyand group elements according to aspecified criteria, a great resource forautomatic labeling and schedules. Adatabase tracks area, volume, price,Room and component schedules,quantity and cost calculation,specifications.Compatibility with office automation