Is archiCAD easy to learn?

  • Hello everyone,

    archiCAD is an extremely convenient and familiar software for technical people, especially those working in the mechanical field. This is really a very useful tool to assist in their work, I wonder if this software is easy to use? Hope everyone let me know.

    Thanks everyone.

  • MyrtleHayes , while others using ArchiCAD for years may also chime in and post their Feedback, I would say that the learning curve may be steeper compared to getting into SketchUp for example, but arguably afterwards ArchiCAD may offer more complex and useful functionalities - I'd also say that like riding a bicycle it takes some time to get into first, but once it clicks I'm sure the software becomes easy to use as well. This should generally apply to any software, skill and so forth. I hope my thoughts help a bit. :)


    And remember that there are of course tons of free tutorials online which you can look into, and you can also always check out our knowledge base here to learn more about how Enscape plays together with AC.

  • Hello everyone,

    archiCAD is an extremely convenient and familiar software for technical people, especially those working in the mechanical field. This is really a very useful tool to assist in their work, I wonder if this software is easy to use? Hope everyone let me know.

    Thanks everyone.

    Hello,

    I've been using ArchiCAD for about 4 years, and I was the first person in the office to learn it. I was already familiar with Revit, so I understood many of the core mechanics, but many of my co-workers who work primarily in AutoCAD were not able to make the leap. The learning curve is a bit steep at first, but there is a helpful community of ArchiCAD users that I reach out to regularly. Check out this link when you get a chance!

    https://archicad-talk.graphisoft.com/index.php

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20 GHz, 16.0 GB Ram, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Windows 10

  • ArchiCAD is not the easiest software, but it is much more user-friendly and accessible than e.g. AutoCAD. However, you try to do quite complex things (create a 3D model of a building) from the very beginning in ArchiCAD, while in a first AutoCAD course you usually draw a few 2D lines... which obviously is easier to do.

  • In 2010, settled on Mac after switching from PC, Microstation, 3dsMax, ... background.

    I seriously tried all Nemetschek Allplan (ok not Mac), Archicad and Vectorworks.

    (And FormZ, Sketchup and such things)


    Archicad was strange and new too, but with a few of their tutorials I was able to rebuild

    my parent's house in 3D pretty easily. I really liked Archicad. Similar with Allplan, which

    I worked with before in an office.

    Just with Vectorworks, I was not even able to move things in a controlled way :)


    Somehow I finally bought VW in 2014 anyway.

    Mainly because i misunderstood or misinterpreted VW's Feature Set.

    But I decided to go through it, got comfortable with it after 3 or so years and now it is

    a love and hate. Some more love percentage now since VW's latest versions.

    As I do mainly Visualization and BIM, I still think it is the right App for me.


    But if I would do real architectural planning, I would have switched to Archicad in a

    second.

  • Graphisoft having a very comprehensive training portal at https://learn.graphisoft.com/. The the entry level training programs are free to access and are very comprehensive.

    I have been using Archicad for nearly 15years and find it very intuitive.

    As other said, if you've never used a BIM platform before it may be a bit daunting - but once you get a handle on the concepts it's very powerful.


    ArchiCAD is primarily developed for Architects, but the last couple of releases have had a strong increase in functionality for Structural and MEP consultants.