Based on the industry-leading Building Information Modeling technology of ARCHICAD 19, ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016 has been tailored to the needs of smaller architectural practices. ARCHICAD SE 2016 contains all the tools necessary to create the Building Information Model from which the entire architectural documentation is derived.

STAR(T) Edition 2016 introduces a wide array of modeling and productivity improvements focusing on the most requested customer wishes. ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2016 provides the full power of ARCHICAD 19’s BIM-based streamlined documentation workflow, allowing the model to stay live until the very end of the project: it helps keep architects in the state of the creative design flow with as little disruption as possible.

By extending its robust 64-bit and multi-processing technologies with Background Processing, an industry-first in BIM, ARCHICAD takes the next quantum leap in BIM Performance. As a result, ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION now offers lightning-fast response times, making it the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business, offering users a uniquely responsive, fluid work environment, saving a considerable amount of time and effort during their everyday tasks.

To find out more about ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016, check the Version Comparison Chart and take a look at the New Features.


Version Compatibility
STAR(T) Edition 2016 can read files created with:

  • STAR(T) Edition 2006 or newer versions
  • ARCHICAD 8.1 and 9

Where to buy
To purchase ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016, contact an ARCHICAD Reseller.


Training Materials
An introductory level Training Guide package is available to support you throughout your early experiences with ARCHICAD. Download the ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition Interactive Training Guide.

Limitations of ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016 compared to ARCHICAD 19 include
Collaboration limitations: No Teamwork / BIM Server / Hotlinked Modules / XRefs / Reviewer / PMK/EDU file format support / Publisher / STL Export / IFC Publishing
Modeling limitations: No 'Linking Element Heights to Stories' function / Renovation functionality / Curtain Wall
Documentation/Productivity limitations: No Point Cloud Display / No Revision Management / BIMx Hyper-model Publishing / No Renovation / Integrated Energy Evaluation / Conceptual Design with Morph Scheduling / Layered PDF Publishing
Visualization limitations: No CineRender Rendering / LightWorks Rendering / Sketch Rendering
Project Organization limitation: No License Borrowing / NET License
Performance limitation: No Multithreading on Unlimited Cores
To take advantage of the entire range of ARCHICAD features and benefits, you can upgrade at any time to the current, full version of ARCHICAD and continue editing your previous projects with it.

ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016 New Features
ARCHICAD 19's Simultaneous Element Editing skills, Smart Attribute handling and other modeling functions, OPEN collaboration with BCF format support, overall Performance Imporvements and the full range of sophisticated 2D / 3D editing enhancements – and many more – make ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016 the ideal tool of a broad user community. The full feature set makes the STAR(T) Edition 2016 workflow a very smooth one from the very first mass study, right up to the final documentation phase.

To learn more about the new features and compatibility details of ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016, download the Version Comparison Chart.


Background Processing
ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition takes advantage of unused computer capacity by anticipating potential future user actions and preparing for them in the background. This greatly increases the overall responsiveness of the application, so it feels more agile with projects of any type or size. The dramatic difference between GRAPHISOFT’s next-gen technology and standard BIM software can be best witnessed when returning to one’s previous BIM software without background processing.


Smoother, Faster 3D Navigation with OpenGL
STAR(T) 2016 uses a fully-optimized OpenGL engine ensuring a smooth, lightning-fast 3D navigation, even when working with extremely large building models. We know that architects like to use ARCHICAD’s 3D model window for informal client presentations. This model window uses the so-called “OpenGL” engine. And because STAR(T) uses a fully optimized OpenGL engine, you’ll get smoother, faster 3D navigation, free from flickering—even with extremely large models.


Improved Work Environment
The new Tab Bar for multiple viewpoints allows speedier switching among Floor Plans, Sections, Elevations, and 3D windows. This makes accessing different views and overseeing BIM projects much easier. Plus, true full-screen mode makes STAR(T) 2016 feel like the most natural BIM application on the Mac.

Bradford College, UK | Bond Bryan Architects |






PDF Improvements
By implementing a truly WYSIWYG – “what you see is what you get” – solution for saving PDF files in ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016, we ensure that only the visible layers will be included in the created PDF, and the exported layers can later be switched on and off in the PDF viewer.


Brand new Guide Lines, Snap Guides and Snap Points provide permanent graphical aid for accurate element creation and editing. Listing enhancements help users accurately schedule the area of any skins from composite structures by listing skin areas in interactive schedules. Annotation improvements like the Pointer for Dimension Texts and Automatic Labels help ease the tedious work of documentation.


Leading the Way in OPEN BIM
ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016 supports highly iterative coordination with engineers and consultants and delivers several IFC-related improvements.

STAR(T) 2016 allows users to import the IFC model exactly as it looked in the original application in which it was created: “perfect geometry, minimal attributes.”

IFC Spaces will always be converted to editable ARCHICAD Zones by retaining their original geometries; ability to override materials and representation styles of IFC model elements; IFC data mapping with library part independent GDL parameters; customizable property update function; and faster IFC data handling in IFC Manager.

Collision detection now works with all imported IFC MEP elements as well. Improved collision detection performance makes STAR(T) 2016 a unique BIM authoring tool with full-fledged interdisciplinary coordination capabilities.


Surface Painter
ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2016 enables intuitive, drag-and-drop editing of the building model surfaces in 3D -providing instant visual feedback.

Creative design is instantaneous and may also be truly impressive during client presentations. Intuitive drag-and-drop building model surface editing in 3D provides instant visual feedback. SE 2016's new Surface Painter lets designers change model surfaces in the 3D window with a single click, using a floating palette.







Nautical Museum | Designed by Nikola Rubic

ARCHICAD® 19 and STAR(T) Edition
se2014         se2015        se2016      Archicad 19                                                                                                           New Features Comparison  Char
Complex, Multi-story Elements + + + +
Floor-plan Display Options for Construction Elements + + + +
Multi-Plane Roof + + + +
Element Connections Management + + + +
Door and Window Vertical Anchor + + + +
Profiled, Slanted Walls, Columns, Beams via the Profile Manager + + + +
Doors/Windows Fit to Slanted and Complex Wall Surfaces + + + +
Curved Profiled Walls and Complex Elements + + + +
Shell Tool + + + +
Core-Based Reference Line for Component Structures + + + +
Automatic Model-Based Junctions + + + +
Air Gaps in Composite Structures: Correct Display & Handling + + +  
Building Materials: Expanded Properties & Tags + + +  
Edit Multiple Elements Simultaneously w/ Visual Feedback + + +  
Composites Without Cores + + +  
Link Element Heights to Stories +      
Curtain Wall Tool +      
Visualization / 3D Exploration
Internal Rendering Engine + + + +
Virtual Tracing - Reference Layer among all Views, Layouts + + + +
3D Zones Geometry Fit to Complex Elements + + + +
Partial Structure Display + + + +
3D Feedback with Working Plane, 3D Guidelines + + + +
3D Editing Plane + + + +
Snap to Surface in 3D Window; Move & Elevate in One Step + + +  
Real-Time Editable 3D Cutting Planes + +    
Sketch Rendering +      
CineRender (Basic/Advanced) Rendering +      
3D Document: Dimensioned and Annotaded 3D Views + + + +
Interactive, Annotated Door/Window Schedules + + + +
Scale Dependant Detailing + + + +
Interactive Schedule Data Export to Excel + + + +
External Drawings (PDF/DWG/Image from/to SE) + + + +
Import Site Survey Geometry as Morphs + + + +
Floor-plan Based 3D Document + + + +
Interior Elevation Improvements + + +  
Renovation Feature, Element-level Statusing +      
BIMx Hyper-model Publishing +      
Revision Management +      
Publish Layers to PDF from Layout +      
Control Published Per-Element Info Content for BIMx +      
Workflow – Productivity – Project Management - Performance
Integrated Layouting, Layout Book + + + +
Support for 3D Connexion Space Navigator Device + + + +
Markup Tools + + + +
Supersafe Autosave + + + +
Single, Unified Undo Queue for the Entire Project + + + +
Access Thousands of Objects via the BIM Components Portal + + + +
Easy Creation of Custom Library Parts with Modifiable Attributes + + + +
Graphical Project North Definition + + + +
Building Materials, Smarter Attribute Management + + + +
Conceptual Design with Morph Scheduling + + + +
Duplicate Elements in Section and Elevation View + + + +
Background Processing Support for Faster Performance + + + +
Flexible Editing of Placed PDF Drawings + + +  
PDF-Based Data Exchange – Optimized Export, with Layers + + +  
Easier Attribute Management/Handling + + +  
Surface Painter + +    
Snap Points and Guide Lines + +    
Tab Bar on Windows and Mac + +    
Mac Interface: Unified Window Mode with Docking Palettes + +    
List Skin/Component Area in Interactive Schedule + +    
Schedule of Finishes + +    
Appearance and Speed Improvements for Dimensions and Labels + +    
MEP Improvements in Collision Detection, Classification + +    
Predictive Background Processing for Nearly Instant Model Views + +    
Optimized OpenGL Engine for Smoother, Faster Navigation + +    
Project Publisher +      
Project Reviewer +      
(Multi-story) Hotlinked Modules +      
License Borrowing +      
NET License +      
Integrated Building Energy Evaluation +      
Multithreading Available on Unlimited Number of Cores +      
Communication, I/O; Interoperability - PLN, PLA, TPL, MOD File Import
AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/Export + + + +
Merge/Save as... PDF Command + + + +
Convert Surveyors Data into ARCHICAD Mesh + + + +
Integrated IFC Import/Export Engine, Property Management + + + +
Building Element Classification for MEP and Structural Engineering + + + +
Data Exchange with Structural Software + + + +
Save Elements to Common DWG Blocks + + + +
Google Earth and SketchUp Connection + + + +
IFC Support for Multiple Standards + + + +
PDF/A Export + + + +
Enhanced Mark-Up; 3D Screenshots + + +  
BIM Collaboration Format (BCF)-Based Data Exchange + + +  
Scheme-Driven IFC Data Management and Export + + +  
ARCHICAD BIM Parameters & Quantity Mappings to IFC Data + + +  
Certified Import and Export of IFC 2x3 Coordination View v2.0 + + +  
Complex and Composite Geometry Export/Import Enhancements + + +  
Exact IFC Geometry Import; Attribute Handling/Overrides + +    
ID Management of IFC Spatial Elements + +    
Better Import of MEP Models w/ Automatic Detection/Conversion + +    
Streamlined IFC data mapping of Library Part Parameters + +    
IFC Publishing +      
Export Multiple Layouts into Single DWG +      
Save Exploded DWG Drawings to a Single Layer +      
DXF/DWG External Reference Support (Xref) +      
Point Cloud Display +      
Export IFC Data to BIMx +      
EDU / Trial File Format Support +      
PMK File Format Support +      
Export Model to STL Format +      
ARCHICAD 19 File Open|Save +|+ -|- -|- -|-
EDU File Open|Save +|- -|- -|- -|-
SE 2014 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|- +|+
SE 2015 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|+ -|-
SE 2016 File Open|Save +|- +|+ -|- -|-
Model View Options for Library Parts + + + +
Embed Only Necessary Library Objects + + + +
Library Migration, Library Management + + + +
Keyword Based Search Function Finds Library Parts + + + +
Double-Quick Library Loading Times, Faster 3D Handling + + + +
Simlified Door/Window UI + +    
New and Improved Label Types + +    
Teamwork & BIM Server
Teamwork Extended to Documentation Process - Layouts +      
BIM Server - Model Based Team Collaboration +      
Reservation Methods +      
Instant Team Communication +      
Remote Project Management +      
Delta-Server for Fast and Safe Data Exchange in Teamwork +      
BIM Server Performance Monitor +      
Control Over Client-Server Technology +      
Portability and Remote Access +      
BIM Server Optimized: Autosave Backup, Faster Performance +      
BIM Project Backups to Restore BIM Server-related Data +      
PLN Format Backups to Quickly Recover Data in ARCHICAD +      
BIMcloud Control Icon: Single Entry Point for Server Management +      
Network Diagnostic Tool for all BIMcloud/BIM Server components +      

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