Architecture Design Software Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Pjr17, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Pjr17, Dec 17, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011
  2. alicat macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2007
    whats wrong with sketchup? :)
    many architects and designers are using it including myself. if you are student, archicad offers free software from their website.

    Which software depends where you are working or want to work. Some countries have a high preference for ArchiCad, Vectorworks, AutoCAD (PC) Microstation, amongst many others

    So the next question is what do you wish to produce?

    Are you trying to do 3D work, (Rhino, 3d Studio Max, etc) which both archicad and vectorworks and sketchup all do well, sketchup is really easy to use in this manner, or are you after documentation software which all of the above are good at as well, but you need to build in 3d in archicad to generate default drawings which you further work or Vectorworks which is in reverse. Are you after 2d drafting then defo vectorworks but it is pricy, though they do have a discounted student version as well.

    under $100 mmm... you might be able to find a generic design house program, but I would stick to the sketchup
  3. Pjr17, Dec 19, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

    Pjr17 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2008
  4. drichards macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2008
    I use Ashlar's Graphite and Cobalt software. I'm an industrial designer who's found good work with interior designers lately. Ashlar's stuff isn't exactly cheap, but its worth it to me. I moved into Ashlar after leaving Autocad2008 about a year ago, their products are more suited to my needs and their support is better imo. I did try archicad and I wanted to try vectorworks but I didn't have the time. Ashlar's sofware was very intuitive to me. I've never used sketchup, never even seen it demonstrated, so I don't know how that would compare to what I use...

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