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Graphisoft Ships ArchiCAD 8

Latest release gets new drafting tools By Dave Nagel
Graphisoft today released ArchiCAD 8, the latest version of the company's CAD tool. The new version gains a number of new features, including drafting tools and implementation of OpenGL in a 3D window. It supports Macintosh and Windows.

ArchiCAD 8 includes new, customizable tools for detailing and drafting. For 2D work, the program now includes a Detail Tool. For 3D work, it includes new solid operations based on Boolean geometry. It also implements OpenGL in a 3D window for viewing instant results.

Other new features include:

  • An element info palette;
  • Zero depth section;
  • Close/distant section elements;
  • Customizable section/elevation markers;
  • A PDF printer driver;
  • Localized libraries;
  • Real-time pan and zoom;
  • A customizable sketch renderer;
  • Individual texture positioning;
  • Reference levels;
  • Interactive element schedule.

Graphisoft also says the new version gains a streamlined interface and and faster navigation. ArchiCAD 8 supports Macintosh and Windows. Pricing varies. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected]com.

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