ArchiCAD vs Revit

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  • There are technical similarities and differences. People will argue passionately for and against technical pros and cons of how easy / better / faster their favorite tool picks and clicks. These kinds of technical differences are distracting and don't matter. You might as well watch a religious debate or Mac vs PC. Here's what's important depending on your business needs:

    1. Building. How does the tool create, edit and manage core building elements and relationships (walls, floors, roofs, stairs, etc)?
    2. Content. How does the tool create edit and manage building content (furniture, fixtures, equipment, doors, windows, etc)?
    3. Documentation. How does the tool create and maintain documentation (plans, schedules, elevations, sections, details, etc. ). Is documentation integrated or exported?
    4. Collaboration. How does the to manage multi-user workflow? Do multiple users work on the same project and use simultaneously or on separate files or a combination of both?
    5. Ecosystem. Is there a readily available ecosystem / community of end users, content creators, manufacturers, etc that you can hire/leverage for 1-4? Is the community growing or shrinking? Is the community curious and enthusiastic or incurious and disgruntled?

    Once you consider these factors you'll be able to decide which technology ecosystems is better for your business.

  • Revit has a well documented API. Thats why there is Rhino,Inside for Revit, Vray for Revit and many other 3rdpart goodies.

    Archicad has no good API yet, that why, there aren't much of those things.

    As well there is a lot more of BIM content for Revit out there.

  • Having worked with both professionally for years, Revit is generally the superior product, but some complications come with that.

    Revit is a little more complicated but more powerful because of it.


    Without getting into the thick of it, ArchiCAD is somewhat closer to Sketchup, and some would find it much better for concept design within the package, whereas Revit is more difficult to quickly fab things up in that regard.

    ArchiCAD is also closer to AutoCAD in documentation methods/style so AutoCAD users may prefer that, but it again comes with an efficiency 'cost' to change your inherent knowledge/workflow.

    Revit manages the licenses a hell of a lot better, and the collaboration tools are much better also (reserving, send/receive etc).


    Some things that ArchiCAD is a lot weaker in than Revit:

    - Object/Family creation and modification, you largely have to rely on the 'baked-in' models and making new ones is a lot harder than Revit. Albeit both are complicated.

    - Levels, in particular the way they are displayed and handled in various views.

    - Layers. Layers should NOT be part of the package. Especially the layer order options in ArchiCAD which are ridiculous.

    - Transferring standards between drawings

    Lastly, ArchiCAD feels a lot smaller. There are far fewer professionals working with ArchiCAD and the community is a lot smaller than anything AutoDesk, so support and the like generally are slower and you get less eyes on it to help you.