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AutoCAD Architecture 2018 - Description and specifications

 

Streamline architectural design and drafting

 

 

Design and document more efficiently with AutoCAD® Architecture software, created specifically for architects.

 

 


Create architectural drawings, documentation, and schedules quickly and easily. AutoCAD® Architecture software has design and documentation features that help automate drafting tasks, reduce errors, and increase efficiency.

 

Features

 

 

Design

 

 

Roof grip editing

Roof grip editing

Create and modify roof outlines with more control by using grips. When you add a vertex, both edges will have the same properties as the initial edge. When you remove a vertex, the properties of the lower-numbered edge will be used on the resulting edge.

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Architectural renovation

Architectural renovation

Design and produce renovation projects more quickly with building renovation tools. Graphically represent design changes to existing buildings as existing, new, or demolished, and coordinate renovation drawing views.

Preview architectural object styles

Preview architectural object styles

With Style Preview, you can visually confirm walls, doors, windows, and other architectural object styles in the Properties Palette before you use them.

Walls, doors, and windows

Walls, doors, and windows

Create documents and architectural drawings using walls, doors, and windows that mimic real-world behavior and construction. Modify walls and their endcap conditions on a component level for improved handling of common wall conditions, such as angled, cornered, or intersecting fire-rated walls. Insert and place doors or windows into your architectural drawings with more precise control. When you move any wall, all connected walls and spaces automatically update.

Integrated rendering

Integrated rendering

Bring architectural designs to life for impressive client presentations at any stage. Streamlined visualization capabilities are fully integrated into the AutoCAD Architecture workflow. Accelerate architectural design review cycles by publishing directly to DWF™ or DWFx file formats.

Real-time Fillet/Chamfer changes

Real-time Fillet/Chamfer changes

Command Preview lets you see Fillet and Chamfer changes in real time, as you make them, even before the command is complete.

 

Collaboration
 
TrustedDWG™ technology

TrustedDWG™ technology

Help ensure the fidelity of your AutoCAD drawings when you share and save design data.

Project Navigator Check Out

Project Navigator Check Out

Check Out lets you make changes outside of the project structure to avoid frequent, unnecessary xref change notifications. Check Out also helps prevent team members from reacting to incomplete temporary changes or tests. No one else can view your changes until you check the file back into the project structure.

Project Navigator Check In

Project Navigator Check In

When you check in a drawing, it saves automatically and notifies team members of the updated version. Add comments to a new file upon check in to help make sure team members clearly understand your changes. Multiple backup versions are automatically saved, so you can also quickly return to a previous state of a drawing.

Industry Foundation Class (IFC) support

Industry Foundation Class (IFC) support

AutoCAD Architecture provides Industry Foundation Class (IFC) file format support, including recertification from buildingSMART for importing and exporting version 2x3 IFC files. Toolkit enhancements make it easier to migrate changes from one release to another.

PDF support

PDF support

Share and reuse designs easily with PDF support. Produce documents more quickly with smarter, smaller, and more powerful files. All text is searchable, and you can attach PDF files to your drawings for better performance.

Documentation

 

Style browser (enhanced)

Style browser (enhanced)

The Manage Content Library dialog box lets you add a directory to the Content library. When you expand an object node at the bottom of the drop-down list, the contents now scroll upward so you can see all of the objects under that node. A360 has also been added to the Select Drawings dialog box for the Content library so you can share styles among geographically dispersed teams.

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Sections and elevations (enhanced)

Sections and elevations (enhanced)

You can now select objects in top-level Xrefs to edit using the Edit Live Section command. A new Properties setting for the 2D Section/Elevation result will force it to automatically refresh when you open a drawing. In addition, grip states have been added to the Section line so you can modify it.
Create and update 2D sections through dialog box reduction. To create a section, draw a section line. AutoCAD Architecture generates a 2D section, based on the objects that are automatically included within the boundary of the section line. For even greater control, add and exclude additional objects.

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Color-coded version differentiation

Color-coded version differentiation

Visual Compare highlights graphic changes and geometry differences between 2 versions of a drawing. Changes are color-coded to make them easier to see.

Automated property set definitions

Automated property set definitions

Automatically attach property set definitions to architectural objects to complete quantity takeoff calculations more easily. You can attach existing property set definitions to newly created objects and their styles, and easily attach new or modified property set definitions to existing objects.

Wall dimensioning

Wall dimensioning

With AEC Dimensions, you can dimension any wall and all of its components according to your own standards. Dimensioning includes wall stud centerlines and faces. Associative dimensions automatically update as your designs change, eliminating time-consuming manual updates.

Space tagging and documentation

Space tagging and documentation

Automatically tag every room in your architectural drawing, complete with room areas. If you change the bounding elements, spaces update automatically. This saves time and helps make documentation more accurate. Space definitions can include offsets from bounding elements based on preset rules or rules you define, enabling area calculations that reflect a variety of industry standards, including BOMA, DIN, and SIS.

Room documentation

Room documentation

Use the Roombook feature to apply multiple finishes to a surface. Roombook calculates walls, floors, and ceilings, as well as room circumference and furnishing elements, for better room documentation. Easily create a detail schedule for each surface and export the data to an Excel spreadsheet, or export a DWF™ file to Quantity Takeoff cost estimating software.

Architectural drawing creation and annotation

Architectural drawing creation and annotation

Document and annotate architectural drawings faster with an extensive library of detail components and powerful keynoting tools. Automate the creation of architectural details and maintain consistent annotation. Generate keynote legends when your details are complete.

Annotation and unit scaling

Annotation and unit scaling

Change drawing units and object tags, text, and other annotation scaled objects to keep the same relative appearance and size.

Customization

 

Profiles

Profiles

A new option called Create Type will appear when you add architectural building objects such as walls, curtain walls, railings, slabs, and roof slabs. This lets you draw regular polygon shape boundaries much faster and more accurately. You can easily create shapes like rectangle, circle, polygon and free-shape polylines for these objects.

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Easier style access

Easier style access

The Styles Browser palette lets you browse styles for many objects from a variety of sources and libraries. Dynamically search and select preferred styles. Import preferred styles and assign the selected style to the object in the drawing.

Streamlined user interface

Streamlined user interface

A sleek user interface offers enhanced desktop organization, a large drawing window, and easy access to tools and commands. Find your favorite tools faster, locate less frequently used tools more efficiently, and discover new features more easily. The user interface design is consistent across many Autodesk products.

Customized scheduling

Customized scheduling

Easily customize the look of out-of-box schedule styles to meet your company's standards. Create new schedules from scratch, complete with your required calculations. Schedules link directly to your designs and can update instantly to reflect design changes. Group, format, and subtotal similar data at different levels, and export grouped and subtotaled schedules to Excel.

Easy changes to block instances

Easy changes to block instances

As your design changes, you can make changes to your components more easily. Assign block instances a different definition without recreating the block.

Display order by layer

Display order by layer

Set order for layers in a list, and apply the display order for objects on each layer. Preview changes to make sure they're predictable.

System requirements for AutoCAD Architecture 2018
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (Desktop OS)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
Note: AutoCAD Architecture 2018 is not supported on the 32-bit version of Windows 10
CPU Type 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
Memory For 32-bit version:
  • 2 GB (3 GB recommended)
For 64-bit version:
  • 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
Display Resolution 1360x768 (1920 x 1080 or higher recommended) with True Color.

High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Windows display adapter capable of resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 and manufacturer-recommended for high resolution applications with True Color capabilities and DirectX9. DirectX11 compliant card recommended.
Display Card Windows display adapter capable of 1920 x 1080 with True Color capabilities and DirectX® 9. DirectX 11 compliant card recommended.
Disk Space Installation 10.0 GB
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
Digitizer WINTAB support
Media (DVD) Download and installation from DVD
Browser Windows Internet Explorer® 9.0 or later
.NET Framework .NET Framework version 4.6
ToolClips Media Player Adobe Flash Player v10 or up
Network Deployment via Deployment Wizard.

The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.

Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.

In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server® 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2008 R2 Server editions.

Citrix® XenApp™ 7.6, Citrix® XenDesktop™ 7.6.

 

Additional Requirements for Large Datasets, Point Clouds, and 3D Modeling
Memory 8 GB RAM or greater
Disk Space 6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
Display card 1920 x 1080 or greater True Color video display adapter; 128 MB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; Direct3D®-capable workstation class graphics card.

 

Note: 64-bit Operating Systems are recommended if you are working with Large Datasets, Point Clouds and 3D Modeling and required if you are using the Model Documentation or Point Clouds.