updated 12:10 pm EDT, Mon May 7, 2007
ArchiCAD 11 due in mid-May
Graphisoft has announced that it will ship ArchiCAD 11 in mid-May, the latest release of its virtual building modeling solution. The update offers improvements in coordination, control, and virtual building functionality to enhance design, collaboration, and drawing generation. Virtual trace allows live coordination among all model views, drawing views, and layouts. Visual compare extends the functionality of virtual trace by enabling users to find differences between model and drawing views in the ArchiCAD work environment as well as drawings imported from external consultants. The International, German, and U.S. editions of ArchiCAD 11 are due to ship in mid-May, while localized versions are scheduled to ship shortly afterward (pricing and system requirements were unavailable).
Control improvements include a worksheet tool to provide a dedicated environment for editing 2D drawings generated from models, as well as intelligent markers to provide a unified logic for creating cross-references between traditional architectural views.
Curved slanted walls are designed to increase modeling freedom, and interior elevations enable users to create un-folded interior model views of complex rooms. Auto-placement rules allow users to place interior elevations of a room on a layout in an organized fashion with a single drag-and-drop operation.
Multi-story hotlink modules allow users to more efficiently create and maintain multi-story building parts such as staircases, mechanical engineering shafts, or entire building units. Updates on multi-story buildings are also significantly faster, according to Graphisoft.
The update features DWG 2007 as well as Google 3D Warehouse support, enabling users to download 3D models from the Google 3D Warehouse for use in projets and publish designed to the Warehouse while enabling the model to be displayed in Google Earth.