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Hints of ArchiCAD 17

I’m always keeping an eye out for news about the future of ArchiCAD

While Graphisoft like most technology companies keeps most of their forthcoming features as closely kept secrets (for good reason), there are hints about the future. For instance, it’s not too late to sign up for the Eco Designer Star webinar. If you can’t wait to watch the webinar, you can follow that link to read some inside information about the forthcoming add-on to ArchiCAD.

Today I caught wind of some other forthcoming changes

ArchiCAD 17 will only support 64-bit systems. This isn’t too big of a surprise since ArchiCAD has been only 64-bit on Macs since ArchiCAD 15. This news is just the PC version catching up. And really, you should be using a 64-bit system these days anyways to get the best performance and have access to more than 4 GB of RAM. Seriously, it’s 2013. In related ArchiCAD on the PC news, ArchiCAD 17 will run on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (but Vista won’t officially be supported). You’ll notice that Windows XP is not on that list. For all the gritty details about the discontinued 32-BIT support, how this affects the connections between ArchiCAD and Sketchup (hint: don’t worry) and to learn what other effects 64-bit only ArchiCAD 17 will have, read this ArchiCADwiki article.

A big thanks goes out to Illauszky Endre of manuBIM for sharing this on Twitter today. Say your thanks by following manuBIM on Twitter. Not familiar with what manuBIM is doing for our ArchiCAD and BIM community? Here’s a guest post Illauszky Endre wrote for Shoegnome. And two articles I wrote on BIM Engine about some manuBIM objects: floating dimension object and ceiling editor.


  • January 9, 2013

    patrick may

    another reason I’m glad to be working on a mac… its pretty tiring keeping track of what mircrosofts latest flop is… I’ll stick to my Mac osx ‘snow lemur’ edition.

  • January 11, 2013

    Yaser Harara

    I really think Graphisoft should lessen the tools in future versions, as the most I hate about adding more is missing the idea of “Less is More”, besides the most thing I hate about the “Morph” tool!
    They really should have worked on making modeling with walls, roofs, openings (Oh and don’t forget the stair lame tool) better, instead of adding the shell and morph, I’m sure it would have been a little more work, But Nooo, making a new tool is much easier!

    Everybody makes new tools, Cadimage, Cigraph, ..etc.
    It’s about making the existing tools better, which hasn’t happened since 11.

  • January 14, 2013

    Yaser Harara

    Thanks very much Jared,
    I never thought of it like this, and I think you have a good point in all what you said here!

  • January 15, 2013


    Maybe we should start an Archicad Revolution Page or something

  • January 28, 2013



    Tell the people in Graphisoft, to improve the library creation and make them graphical ….

    I want to make the Revit people jealous

  • February 7, 2013


    Note: Support for GDL Software Tools such as the GDL Web Publisher/Control (GWC) and GDL Object Adapter (GOA) technologies will be ceased with the release of ArchiCAD 17.


  • February 7, 2013


    The gdl web control for example is the browser plugin that allows you to view gdl objects on bimcomponents.com

    So the question is, if the people at graphisoft will make a new plugin or will something more radical change in Archicad 17?

  • February 16, 2013


    I’m wondering when Trimble will buy Graphisoft and expand development.

      • April 1, 2013


        let alone Cinema 4D (instancing, AR render engine, deformers, etc)

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