ArchiCAD plug-in for the creation of objects
One of the main need of the ArchiCAD users designers is the possibility to create free shapes or custom objects. In order to fulfil these needs, Cigraph developed ArchiForma 1.0, the successful object modeler tool for ArchiCAD.
- simple 3D primitives;
- 3D forms generated from 2D outlines (groups of lines, arcs, lines and arcs, fills);
- editing functions (holes, cutting, rotating);
- miscellaneous tools, which include instruments for editing elements, saving and general editing.
With the hole, cutting plane and rotate commands, even the most minute details can be sculpted to get the desired shape.
Let's start with the new graphic interface and the four new kinds of extrusion tools:
- the traditional one (Vertical extrusion);
- the Ruled extrusion;
- the Twister Extrusion;
- the Bend extrusion.
The Ruled Extrusion needs two ArchiCAD Fills which describe the bottom and the top faces. The resulting solid is generated by the connection of these two polylines in the 3D space.
The Twister Extrusion needs only an ArchiCAD Fill which describes its base: it generates a solid coming form the extrusion of this polygon around a vertical axis (the shape can also be resized along this path).
The last one, the Bend Extrusion, it's similar to the first one, the Vertical Extrusion, but the final prism can be bent.
All these solids coming from the extrusion tools, can be edited both in the Plan and in the 3D window by using the ArchiCAD Editable GDL Hotspots. You simply need to select and drag the hotspot to graphically modify the element without exploding it or coming back to its setting dialog window.
The next tools, Extrusion and Sweep along a path, are some of the best improvements of ArchiForma 2.0.
An now, the "main actors" of ArchiForma 2, the Surfaces Tools, that's to say elements generated from the connection between ArchiForma 3D Polylines.
ArchiForma 2 provides you also with a set of tool for editing the already created elements.
The first one, the Exploding/Updating Tool, lets you "deeply" modify the geometry of the original elements that created the result model (fills, polylines, arcs, etc.).
The main difference from the same tool, already included in ArchiForma 1.0, is that when you update the element you don't loose the original settings (materials, fills, position, etc.). The Rotation tool, as in the previous version, lets you rotate the elements in the 3D space.
The last tools we want to describe in this short summary, are the 3D Polyline Tool (useful for Extrusion along paths and Surfaces generation) and the 3D Polyline Editing Tool which provides you with a useful palette (very similar to the ArchiCAD Pet Palette) for modifying/adjusting your 3D Polyline (Add/Delete Nodes, Curve Side/Straighten Curve, Merge Polylines, Split Polyline).
ArchiSuite System Requirements
The add-ons require the same configuration as your version of ArchiCAD.
ArchiSuite is provided with an hardware protection, the Cigraph Dongle, available on our on-line store together with ArchiSuite, with no additional shipping cost.
ArchiSuite download must be related to the ArchiCAD version and Operative System in use.
DEMO versions are available for test purposes.
DEMO versions are not provided with any protection system, but only with a few limitations on their tools capabilities.
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 17 last update: 11 Mar 2014
ArchiSuite DEMO - ArchiCAD 17 last update: 09 Dec 2013
ArchiSuite FULL doesn't work on ArchiCAD STUDENT version. Some plug-ins included in ArchiSuite are available for students on myarchicad.com ArchiSuite Student version contains the following plug-ins: ArchiFacade, ArchiForma 2, ArchiPanel, ArchiQuant, ArchiTerra 3, ArchiStair 2, ArchiTools. Please visit our Educational web page.
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2014 last update: 11 Mar 2014
ArchiSuite DEMO - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2014
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 16 last update: 09 Dec 2013
ArchiSuite DEMO - ArchiCAD 16
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2013 last update: 09 Dec 2013
ArchiSuite DEMO - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2013
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 15
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2012
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 14
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2011
ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 13
Download User Guide and Software License for ArchiSuite 16 and 17
The default configuration of ArchiSuite 16 and 17 provides User Guides in English and Italian.
Other languages can be added by dowloading and adding them to the ArchiSuite/Documentation folder.
Download User Guide and Software License for ArchiSuite 15 and previous versions
The chosen .pdf file must overwrite the one you can find in your Plug-in folder, the default manual is the English User Guide.
ArchiConverter is an ArchiCAD 10 plug-in enabling batches of ArchiCAD 6.5, 7.0 and 8.0 Project and Archive files to be converted to version 10 with one simple command.
It only works on ArchiCAD 10, that's why it's not included in the downloadable ArchiSuite packets. Please download ArchiConverter here.
ArchiConverter FULL - ArchiCAD 10
Updates e bug-fix
Cigraph Plug-Ins for the current and the previous ArchiCAD version are constantly up to date, a soon as new new bugs arise.
When you launch ArchiSuite, it immediately advises you for new updates available for free download.
Remember to quit ArchiCAD, before installing any ArchiSuite Update.
If you need to download previous Cigraph Plug-Ins versions (for ArchiCAD from version 8.1 to 11), the ones protected by the Cigraph Dongle, or the ones protected with the old system based on the Registration ID, please contact Cigraph and write us about the ArchiCAD version and Operative System you're using.