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Version

Release

Platform

New Features

ArchiCAD17 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC17_60.jpg

2013

Mac OSX 10.6
Mac OSX 10.7
Mac OSX 10.8
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8

Model-Based Junctions, Building Material, 3D Cutting Plane, Link Element Height to Stories, Core-Based Reference Line, Curved Beam, Floor Plan-Based 3D Document, PDF/A Support, Export to STL Format, Integrated Connections with Google Earth and SketchUp, IFC Improvements, EnergyEvaluation Improvements, Performance Improvements
More info about ArchiCAD 17

ArchiCAD16 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC16BOX_3D_Render_left.jpg

2012

Mac OSX 10.6
Mac OSX 10.7
Mac OSX 10.8
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8

Morph Tool, Transform Existing Elements, Graphical Editing, Integrated Energy Evaluation; Quick Energy Evaluation Report, Easier Library Part Access, BIM Components Portal; Easy-to-Use Rotate Command, Expanded Project Info Dialog, Expanded Teamwork Backup Options; Assign Thermal Properties to ArchiCAD Fills; Faster Hotlink Updates; Improved IFC Collaboration; Smarter DXF/DWG Data Exchange
More info about ArchiCAD 16

ArchiCAD15 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC15BOX_prev3.jpg

2011

Mac OSX 10.6
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8

Shell tool; Complex Roofs; Skylights; Enhanced Model Connections; 3D editing plane; 3D Guide Lines; Renovation; IFC properties as ArchiCAD parameters; Easy Library Migration; Fast AutoSave; 64-bit Mac version, Customer Experience Improvement Program
More info about ArchiCAD 15

ArchiCAD14 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC14_60.jpg

2010

Mac OSX 10.5
10.6 (Intel only)
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

Open Design Collaboration, Teamwork Travel Pack, shadows in OpenGL, Dimension prefix and suffix, new offset functionality, site-survey data import, expanded Find and Select criteria, unlimited skins for composites, new interaction in schedules and indexes, streamlined export of schedules to Excel, streamlined library migration and more details on conflicting or missing parts, 64-bit BIM Server for MacOS (ArchiCAD is still 32-bit on OS X, but is available in both 32 and 64 bit on Windows)
More info about ArchiCAD 14

ArchiCAD13 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC13_60.jpg

2009

Mac OSX 10.5
10.6 (Intel only)
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

New TeamWork concept with BIM Server, annotated schedules, oriented view, embedded objects and libraries, certain library part parameters now in Model View Options, slanted slab edge, roof/slab edge material control, soft insulation, ruler, "fit in window" view setting, improved criteria (filters) for Find & Select and schedules, control of section/elevation boundary (cut) lines, improved DWG exchange, license borrowing (network license)
More info about ArchiCAD 13

ArchiCAD 12 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC12_60.jpg

2008

Mac OSX 10.4
10.5 (PPC and Intel)
Windows XP
Windows Vista

CurtainWall tool, 3D Document, Partial structure display, improved Hotlink management, Multithreading/multicore support, bi-directional drawing markers, nudge/align/distribute elements, reveal options for doors/windows, fill enhancements including image fills, Publish to PMK, multipage schedule layouts
More info about ArchiCAD 12

ArchiCAD 11 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC11_60.jpg

2007

Mac OSX 10.4 (PPC and Intel)
Windows XP
Windows Vista

Virtual Trace, Worksheets, Section/Elevation Tools Separated, Interior Elevation Tool, Linework Normalization, Pen Sets in Views, PDF Export, Quantities of Individual Element Components, XREF Layer Separation, Uncut Line Types, New Curved Wall Types, Link Construction Elements to Stories, Multistory Hotlinked Modules, Single Undo Queue, Long File Names Allowed
More info about ArchiCAD 11

ArchiCAD10/ IntelMac

2006

Mac OS X (Intel)

First version for Intel based Mac

ArchiCAD10 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC10_60.jpg

2006

Mac OSX (PPC)
Windows XP

Integrated layouting including Drawing Tool, Project Organizer, Slanted/Profiled elements, Profile Editor, flexible placement of wall openings, floor plan cut plane, pre-selection, tracker, guidelines, placeable PDF, enhanced schedules and new project indexes, named PenSets, AutoText, on-screen vs model view options, distorted and gradient fills, new menu structure, customizable Work Environment, element snap, numeric input via Tracker, new 3D Orbit and Explore modes, view selected elements in 3D, shaded sections/elevations, story levels in sections/elevations, LCF for libraries, creating custom components (e.g., door panels)

ArchiCAD 9 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC09_60.jpg

2004

Mac OSX
Windows2000
Windows XP

Docking Palettes, Library Part Search, Quick Selection, Improved Pet Palettes, Parameter Transfer, Independent Detail, Intelligent AutoSave, Advanced Fill/Line Categories, Line Weight, Text Rotation, Section Transparency, XREF Dialog, Rich Text, LightWorks rendering engine, Work Environment Customization

ArchiCAD 8.1

2003

Mac OSX
Windows2000
Windows XP

Enhanced Composite Structures, Wall End Tool, Automatic Clean Intersections at Walls, Keyboard Shortcut Customization, Header/Footer Option for Print, Print Marquee, Arrangement of Print Area, Hyperlinks in PDF (Win), Window Background Plan, Support QuickTime Image Format

ArchiCAD 8 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC08_60.jpg

2002

Mac OS9/OSX
Windows NT4
Windows 2000
Windows XP

OpenGL, Solid Element Operations, Navigator, Layout Book, Editable Library Hotspots

ArchiCAD 7.0 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC07.0_60.jpg

2001

Mac OS8/9/OSX
Windows98
WindowsNT4
Windows 2000
Windows XP

Publisher, Reviewer, Mark-Up, Library Manager, Library Browsing Controls, Library Status Report, Skylights, Structural Grid, Wall Wizard, Favorites Palette, Quick Views in 3D, Construction Simulation, Element ID MAnager, Freehand Spline Tool, Zone Stamp Rotation, Plot Setup, Section Line Display

ArchiCAD 6.5 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC06.5_60.jpg

1999

Apple Macintosh
Windows 95
Windows NT
Windows 2000

Beam Tool, Round Columns, Roof Generation and Trimming in 3D, Gravity and Hole Adjustment for Meshes, Editing in 3D, 3D Zones, Vectorial Hatches and Sun Shadow in Sections/Elevations, Extended Find&Select Options, Ghost Story, Additional Special Snap Points, Trimming at Intersections, Figure Tool, Circular Arcs in Dimensioning, Custom Label Type, Hotlinked Modules, More DXF/DWG Conversion Options

ArchiCAD 6.0 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC06.0_60.jpg

1998

Apple Macintosh
Windows 95
Windows NT

New Wall Types, Mesh Tool, Composites for Roofs, Trimming Elements to Roof, Editing in 3D, New Relative Construction Methods, New Snap Points, Magic Wand, Ellipse Generation, Explode, Boolean, Creating Patches, Symbol Hatch, Resize, Updating Zones, Rotated Grid System, Elevation and Gravity Control

ArchiCAD 5.1 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC05.1_60.jpg

1997

Apple Macintosh
Windows 95
Windows NT

Team Work

ArchiCAD 5.0 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC05.0_60.jpg

1996

Apple Macintosh
Windows 95
Windows NT

Zone Tool, Column Tool, New Wall and Roof Construction Methods, Editable Sections, 3D Textures, Splines, Intelligent Cursor, QuickTime VR, New Software Development Kit

ArchiCAD 4.55

1995

Apple Macintosh
Windows 3.1
Windows 95

First version to appear on both platforms

ArchiCAD 4.5 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC04.5_60.jpg

1994

Apple Macintosh

Smarter Text Editing, Extended Arc/Circle, Line, Window/Door, Label Tool, Merge Projects, Camera Tool, Custom Axonometries, Lamp Tool, Import Pictures, Handling of Alpha Channel, Sections/Elevations generated from Floor Plan, PlotMaker improvements, Mesh

ArchiCAD4.16 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC04.16_60.jpg

1993

Windows 3.1

First Windows version

ArchiCAD 4.1

1992

Apple Macintosh

ArchiCAD 4.0 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC04.0_60.jpg

1991

Apple Macintosh

Rendering

ArchiCAD 3.4

1990

Apple Macintosh

ArchiCAD 3.3

1989

Apple Macintosh

ArchiCAD 3.1

1988

Apple Macintosh

ArchiCAD 3.0 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC03.0_60.jpg

1987

Apple Macintosh

Colors

ArchiCAD 2.0 http://archicadwiki.com/ArchiCAD%20versions?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=AC02.0_60.jpg

1986

Apple Macintosh

Integrated 2D and 3D module

Radar CH

1984

Apple Lisa

Separate 2D and 3D module


ArchiCAD file and hardware protection compatibility


Read indicates which is the earliest file format that the program can read

Write indicates which is the oldest file format the program can write

Protection indicates the oldest Archicad version that runs with the protection
key supplied with the program


Version

Read

Write

Protection

ArchiCAD16

8.1-

15

6.5r5-(WK) 10-(CM)7

ArchiCAD15

8.1-

14

6.5r5-(WK) 10-(CM)7

ArchiCAD14

8.1-

13

6.5r5-(WK) 10-(CM)7

ArchiCAD13

8.1-

12

6.5r5-(WK) 10-(CM)7

ArchiCAD 12

8.1-

11

6.5r5-

ArchiCAD 11

8-

10

6.5r5-

ArchiCAD10/IntelMac

6.5-

106

6.5r5-

ArchiCAD 10

6.5-

9-

6.5r5-

ArchiCAD 9

5.0-

6.0-

6.5r5-

ArchiCAD 8.1

5.0-

6.0-

6.5r5-

ArchiCAD 8

5.0-

6.0-

6.5r5-

ArchiCAD 7.0

4.1-

5.0-

6.0r5- 6.5r4-5

ArchiCAD 6.5

4.1-

5.0-

4.16-(Win)3 6-(Mac)4

ArchiCAD 6.0

4.1-

5.0-

4.16-(Win)3 5.1-(Mac)4

ArchiCAD 5.1

4.1-

5.0-

4.16-(Win)3 5.0-(Mac)4

ArchiCAD 5.0

4.1-

5.0

4.16-(Win)3 4.55-(Mac)4

ArchiCAD 4.55 (Win&Mac)

4.1-

4.55

4.16-(Win)3

ArchiCAD 4.5 (Mac only)

4.1(Mac)-

4.5

4.5

ArchiCAD 4.16 (Win only)2

4.16

4.16

4.1

ArchiCAD 4.12 (Mac only)1

1.x-

4.12

4.1

  • Versions earlier than 4.12 existed only on Mac. They could read file versions from 1.x- and could not write earlier file versions
  • 4.16 was the first Windows version. This could not read Macintosh files, but there was a converter tool that ran on Mac and converted Mac archive (PLA) files to windows format and 4.16 Windows files to Mac format.
  • From 4.16 till 6.5r4 on Windows platform the Sentinel protection key was used. The sentinel key could run earlier Archicad versions also protected by Sentinel. (e.g. a 6.5 key could run Archicad 4.16)
  • The Mac protection key (type Microguard for versions 5 and 5.1 and type Rainbow Sentinel for versions 6.0 and 6.5) was not backward-compatible,
    however the Archicad Install CD contained the previous ArchiCAD version recompiled to run with the new protection key

  • From ArchiCAD 7.0, WIBU protection key was used on both platforms. WIBU is platform-independent, the same key works on Windows and MAC.
    The ArchiCAD 7.0 CD contained a special version of Archicad 6.0 (r5/v5), Archicad 6.5 (r4/v4), which runs with WIBU key.

  • Since ArchiCAD 10 MacTel version is the first ArchiCAD on this platform, it can not save earlier file formats. More on this topic: MacTel ยป FAQ

  • CodeMeter protection key was introduced in ArchiCAD 13 as an alternative to WibuKey. CodeMeter keys can run ArchiCAD 10, 11 and 12 with the CodeMeter Enabler tool.


Converting old files

Archicad 7.0 - which runs on any platforms with any WIBU key - can open files from version 4.1. Older files have to be opened and saved with Archicad 4.12, then they can be opened with ArchiCAD 7.0.

INT and USA versions of ArchiCAD 10, ArchiCAD 9 and ArchiCAD 7 may be downloaded here. These special conversion versions are ready-to-run installations, and also include the libraries.

For Mac users, note that the programs are for PPC, not Intel. If you are using Snow Leopard, and do not have the Rosetta environment installed which allows running these older PPC programs, you will be prompted by Snow Leopard to install it. If you are running Leopard or Tiger, no extra action is required. Also note that while you can run ArchiCAD 9 by simply opening the disk image (dmg) file, ArchiCAD 7 will not run unless you copy the contents of the disk image onto your disk, such as into your Applications folder. These versions will run with a WIBU protection key only; they will not run with a Codemeter key. Even with a WIBU key, you may need to download the file WkMAC.LIB from here and install it as directed.


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