This is certainly a short review of some of the best architectural software.
Autodesk products: AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Revit
AutoCAD is essential and the most used system software. It is SECOND and 3D CAD design tool, but commonly used for 2D architectural planning. From version 2007, every new version is big improvement in 3D building, significantly bettering the work with solids and making. There is special version for architects – AutoCAD Architecture, which combines tools for architectural drawing with familiar AutoCAD working environment.
3dsMax is one of the most popular 3 DIMENSIONAL modeling, rendering and movement software. With 3dsMax you can create complex 3D IMAGES architectural models from SECOND plans. It is good option to use 3dsMax in conjunction with AutoCAD: at the same time taking features of powerful 3dsMax modeling tools and AutoCAD precision. geometra Giovanni Riva
Revit Architecture is the solution for parametric modeling (Building Information Model). By designing the building model in 2D, 3 DIMENSIONAL or both simultaneously, you can create plans, parts, and table layouts. Autodesk Revit can be used independently or in line with the AutoCAD. The main difference between the Revit Architecture and AutoCAD is that Revit works together 3D parametric architectural models.
Graphisoft products: ArchiCAD, Artlantis
Similarly to Revit Structure, when you create building in ArchiCAD, you avoid draw and cut lines like in AutoCAD. Rather, you nearly create wall space, set doors and house windows through adding other building elements. Every aspect has smart architectural parameters that you can alter anytime. The most basic factor in ArchiCAD is wall. Additional architectural elements (stairs, light beams, columns… ) are smart 3D objects also. It can be parametric variable, and you will easy adapt it.
Artlantis is not ArchiCAD plug-in nevertheless the stand-alone rendering application developed especially for architects and designers. By default, ArchiCAD has installed the Artlantis export plug-in so you can export the model in the Artlantis record format. You can copy the geometry, textures, point of view cameras, the sun, lamps and layers.
Rhino THREE DIMENSIONAL (+ Grasshopper 3D)
Rhino is different from most 3D packages in truth it is more like a CAD program. This is well-known that AutoCAD is made for mathematically exact construction. However, problem is when the object is not only for ruse, but also for the visualization and representation. To get this reason Rhino great choice if you desire a modeling tool that is both accurate as CAD, and that has a good visualization.
The best-known and many popular plug-in for Rhino is Grasshopper 3 DIMENSIONAL (ex Explicit History). Grasshopper is generally created for exploring various forms with parameterization and algorithms with minimal familiarity with programming and scripting, however, you desire a great deal of mathematics knowledge.
ProgeCAD offers a fully compatible a large number of times cheaper replacement for AutoCAD. ProgeCAD user interface is much like AutoCAD one. Choices, toolbars, status bars and shortcuts are almost the same. For that reason, AutoCAD users won’t have problem to work in progeCAD.
Also there is Architecture version, cheaper substitute to Revit and ArchiCAD. ProgeCAD Architecture is of 2D and 3D executive tool that uses DWG as the native format in conjunction with BIM approach. ProgeCAD Architecture offers a library of SECOND and 3D parametric things and blocks.
Right now there are two major competition in CAD world – Autodesk AutoCAD and Graphisoft ArchiCAD, and perhaps they are commonly used CAD software by can be.
When you create model in AutoCAD, obviously you render in 3dsMax, and once you create model in ArchiCAD you render in Artlantis. 3ds Max is a lot harder to learn than Artlantis.
ProgeCAD is many times cheaper alternative to AutoCAD, but with less comfort. Also progeCAD Buildings is cheaper option to Revit and ArchiCAD.