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Discover how to create stunning renderings that transition into VR seamlessly using ARCHICAD and Twinmotion.

During this webinar recording, participants will learn:

  • New features of ARCHICAD 22
  • The ARCHICAD and Twinmotion connection
  • Simple modeling techniques for designing in 3D
  • Rendering and visualization techniques
  • Move projects into VR presentations

Three Clicks to Immersive VR Webinar Recording

In this webinar recording, you’ll discover how to enhance your project renderings and unlock the power of Virtual Reality for stunning presentations.

Why are My Library Parts Missing?

Why are My Library Parts Missing?

In ARCHICAD, you can store objects and textures inside the project (so called Embedded Library) or in external locations (so called Linked library). To check and manage the project libraries use the Library Manager.

BIM Server has a New Name

BIM Server has a New Name

BIMcloud enables real-time, secure teamwork between architects, regardless of the size of the design project, the location of the offices, or the speed of the Internet connection

May the CineRender Force Be with You

May the CineRender Force Be with You

Fans of the legendary Star Wars movie franchise know why we’re bringing back this cool rendering! The Last Jedi hit theaters today, so it gives us the perfect excuse to show you our ARCHICAD 18 rendering of the TIE Fighter.  Thanks to the Star Wars movies, the...
SketchUp to ARCHICAD Webinar

SketchUp to ARCHICAD Webinar

What’s in It for Me? Building information modeling (BIM) is now the technique of choice for the building design and construction industry. Firms and solo practitioners looking for a competitive edge need to fully commit to adopting and implementing BIM technologies...
Maximizing the Benefits of Favorites in ARCHICAD

Maximizing the Benefits of Favorites in ARCHICAD

Favorites received a much needed overhaul in ARCHICAD 20. Let’s examine the current state of Favorites and then look ahead to ARCHICAD 21 enhancements that will further supercharge Favorites. Accessing Favorites The three primary ways to access Favorites are via...
Better 3D yields better 2D

Better 3D yields better 2D

Introduction (Constants and Continuous Change) In 2016 we covered the reasons to do BIM (there are only two) and the first task to focus on after making the leap (there is only one): There are only two reasons to do BIM Your first task when switching to BIM Both posts...
Conquering BIM: never do just one thing

Conquering BIM: never do just one thing

Part One: Never do just one thing In my first post about Project Info, I ended with this statement about automation and coordination: “It’s an old ARCHICAD adage that if you’re going to see something more than once, model it. That’s how we...
Intelligent Dumbing (2016)

Intelligent Dumbing (2016)

Good BIM practices require us to include as much information as we know, as early as possible. Often this results in educated guesses, placeholders, and an avalanche of specificity that frightens anyone without the understanding of why we work this way. It is not...
The importance of Project Info – Part 2

The importance of Project Info – Part 2

This is Part 2 of my thoughts on the importance of Project Info; it’s mostly a hodgepodge of ideas that didn’t fit into the previous post. If you haven’t read Part 1, I suggest you start there. Days of Early BIM A long time ago I used to dump all...
The importance of Project Info – Part 1

The importance of Project Info – Part 1

Last summer I wrote an article called Label-mania! Where does your data live? In it I talked about view based data, element based data and project based data. The article focused on linking element based data to automatic labels so that various views (Sections,...
New User Trouble: You don’t know how to click

New User Trouble: You don’t know how to click

About three years ago I felt like a beginner again. After spending most of 2013 researching and writing about ARCHICAD (and moving around the country and taking care of my family), I finally started doing a live project. When one uses ARCHICAD to research, test, and...
Grateful for GIFs? With ARCHICAD, YES!

Grateful for GIFs? With ARCHICAD, YES!

Give Gratitude all Month During the month of November, which is often associated with a period of gratitude, we invite you to extend that gratitude to your favorite software. It is easy – and FREE – to stay current with the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM)...
Forget One Click and It Won’t Work

Forget One Click and It Won’t Work

Here’s the story of the day I forgot how to use the Mesh Tool.   I was making changes to a project, a lake cabin in western Washington done in conjunction with Cary Westerbeck of Westerbeck | Architecture. We needed to adjust the existing site Mesh to properly...
Pen Sets, Part Nine: Graphic Overrides

Pen Sets, Part Nine: Graphic Overrides

This is the ninth post in my endless series on Pens and Pen Sets in ARCHICAD. In this article I’ll cover how Graphic Overrides have affected Pens and Pen Sets and then discuss a number of examples. I’m assuming you’ve read many or all of the previous...
First Fridays for Education – September 2016

First Fridays for Education – September 2016

Back to school, back to ARCHICAD As the temperatures cool and the daylight gets shorter, not only does autumn approach, so does a new semester at school! As you begin or continue your studies as an up-and-coming architect, it is easy – and FREE – to stay current with...

First Fridays for Education – August

Stand Out-Be an ARCHICAD Campus Rep Are you a wiz at learning new software?  Do your classmates usually turn to you with software questions? Flex your BIM software muscles and be an ARCHICAD Campus Rep!  What do Campus Reps do?  Promote ARCHICAD to classmates Give out...

First Fridays for Education – July

Stand Out Among the Crowd The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and GRAPHISOFT want to help you Stand Out and get yourself noticed by potential employers. Learn how to use BIMx to create an interactive, mobile portfolio at the upcoming Grassroots...
Project Preview, ARCHICAD, and BIMx

Project Preview, ARCHICAD, and BIMx

Project Preview is a feature that often gets ignored. It’s not BIG BIM. It’s not even little bim. It really isn’t BIM at all. But it is fun and will increase your enjoyment of ARCHICAD. Project Preview is simply the image associated with the ARCHICAD...
Introduction to ARCHICAD Markers

Introduction to ARCHICAD Markers

Mastering Marker (and thus Drawing) references is a paradigm shift when moving from the old ways to ARCHICAD. Once upon a time, we had to spend hours coordinating all this information. Do the sections on the plans reference the right section numbers on the sections...
Not Every Problem Calls for a Hammer

Not Every Problem Calls for a Hammer

In the previous three articles on ARCHICAD Tools we covered the basic concepts of how to pick the ideal Tool to model various elements in ARCHICAD. If you are just joining us, here are links to those posts: A Tool by Any Other Name — Part 1 A Tool by Any Other Name —...
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