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Monograph

by Dixon & Moe

Monograph is project management and time tracking software for small architecture firms (less than 50 employees). Most applications built for the AEC industry lack the design and professionalism that a modern firm needs. We're passionate about architecture and believe that the tools architects use should be as beautiful and functional as the buildings that they create! Monograph is developed by 3 trained architects based in San Francisco. Learn more about Monograph

Project management and time tracking software for architects and engineers. Learn more about Monograph

BigTime

by BigTime Software

Architectural consulting firms need more than just a timesheet. You need a system that unifies budgeting, project planning/execution, team communication, task management, resource management, invoicing & project financials. BigTime gives you the tools you need to deliver billable work on time and on budget, giving our customers an average improvement of 25% in gross margins and a substantial increase in expansion and referral revenue. ¿We didn¿t have to compromise or change the way we operate." Learn more about BigTime

BigTime is the engine empowering the greatest consulting firms on the planet to budget, track & bill their most important asset: time. Learn more about BigTime

FreshBooks makes it easy to know exactly how your business is performing. With our straightforward dashboard and reports, your success will never be a mystery. Plus, theyre detailed enough that your accountant will love you. Try it free for 30 days, no credit card required. Learn more about FreshBooks

Simple to use online invoicing and time tracking solution starting at $15/Month. Join 24 million people who've already used FreshBooks. Learn more about FreshBooks

Cedreo

by Cedreo

Cedreo is an online 3D architectural home design software for home builders, interior designers and remodelers. Draw 2D and 3D floor plans, customize indoor and outdoor spaces and generate high-resolution 3D renderings with a few clicks. Intuitive and easy-to-use, Cedreo does not require any experience in 3D design: one hour is all it takes to create an entire home construction project. Save time, help your clients picture themselves in their future homes and close more deals, faster. Learn more about Cedreo

Professional 3D home design software for home builders and remodelers. Draw floor plans and create 3D renderings in a matter of minutes Learn more about Cedreo

Rform

by R-Form Technologies

RForm Contract Administration Software used to digitally organize your Contract Admin. It is easy to learn and use, inexpensive and your first project is free for the first 3 months. After that pay only $29.95 per project per month with no limits on size of project or number of people using the software. Collaborate with your team and with a single click distribute, log and much more any Submittals, Changes, RFIs, Project Files, Transmittals and much more. Learn more about Rform

Use RForm Contract Administration Software to digitally organize your project. Easy to Learn & Use, Collaborate, & be more Productive. Learn more about Rform

SmartDraw

by SmartDraw

Make 2D architectural drawings and designs in minutes using SmartDraw's built in templates, tools and symbols. Includes pre-made 2D plans, as well as the ability to start from scratch. Draw and print to any scale, including Metric. Simple sharing and collaboration tools. Import DXF files, as well as Visio files & stencils. Easily design floor plans, home and house layouts, site and plot plans, commercial & office plans, store layouts, elevations and more. Learn more about SmartDraw

Easy 2D software with hundreds of built-in architectural templates, tools & symbols. Draw and print to any scale. Import DXF & Visio. Learn more about SmartDraw

Revit

by Autodesk

Autodesk Revit software for BIM supports multidisciplinary teams throughout the project life-cycle more effectively than ever. A re-imagined interface puts you in control of screen real estate with new tabbed views you can dock, tile, and view on a secondary monitor. Model more of your design in a 3D view, for an even more immersive design experience. Learn more about Revit

Revit BIM software includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction. Learn more about Revit

Facility Planning Tool

by Facility Planning Arts

The Facility Planning Tool allows A/E teams to scope a complex building in under 2 hours using streamlined integrated database technology and pre-vetted options illustrating different levels of building quality and complexity. Over 80 key topics covered, serving new construction and tenant improvement projects. Select the option to best meet the client's needs. At the end of the meeting, print a basis of design clearly documenting project assumptions, rationale and significant impacts. Learn more about Facility Planning Tool

The FPT allows A/E Teams to scope a complex facility in under 2 hours, document quality assumptions & communicate clearly with clients. Learn more about Facility Planning Tool

Enhance your visual communication expertise with the precision of superior 2D drafting and 3D design tools available in CorelCAD 2019. Its the smart, affordable solution for drawing detailed elements in technical design. With native .DWG file support, and optimization for Windows and macOS, this computer aided design software can increase productivity and performance. Works on Windows and macOS platforms. Just $699. Learn more about CorelCAD

Allows organizations of any size to create powerful technical graphics quickly and affordably. Learn more about CorelCAD

BQE Core transforms the way you run your architecture firm. Provide principals, project managers, and entire staff with the information they need. Monitor KPIs like project performance, time and expense, and profitability. Watch status of tasks by phase, track progress, and compare budgeted hours and costs vs. actual. Efficiently allocate resources with interactive Gantt charts and accurately forecast every time. Sign up for a free 15-day trial. Learn more about BQE Core - Project Accounting

Integrated project accounting, time & expense, and billing software for architecture firms. Learn more about BQE Core - Project Accounting

MacDraft Professional is the 2D CAD app that makes floor plan design, architectural drawing and illustration simple on the Mac. Create precise and professional drawings in moments, with this powerful and affordable drafting application. With its precise vector tools and fully scaled environment MacDraft is designed to deliver an easy to use solution to get your imagination on screen. Now 64 bit compatible and with a fresh interface and tool improvements this is the most powerful MacDraft yet. Learn more about MacDraft Professional 7

The 2D CAD App that makes floor plan design, architectural drawing and illustration simple and affordable on the Mac Learn more about MacDraft Professional 7

ActCAD is a Professional Grade 2D Drafting & 3D Modeling CAD Software with fully loaded features and functions. ActCAD uses most latest Technologies from IntelliCAD, ACIS and Tiegha to delivery reliable and high speed performance. There are many add-on tools like PDF to DXF converter, Image to DXF Converter, Over 5000 Standard Block Libraries. As the interface and commands are very familiar, it is EASY to use ActCAD without any difficulty. Self-license Transfer & Global Validity of Licenses. Learn more about ActCAD 2020 Professional

ActCAD is a true DWG & DXF CAD Software with complete 2D & 3D features to handle any Complex Project Easily. Low Price & Free Support. Learn more about ActCAD 2020 Professional

Bluebeam Revu

by Bluebeam Software

Bluebeam Revu introduces highly requested new features and enhancements to automate and expedite critical work processes. Learn more about Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu introduces highly requested new features and enhancements to automate and expedite critical work processes. Learn more about Bluebeam Revu

2D and 3D drafting application for visualizing, communicating, and planning future construction projects. Learn more about SketchUp

2D and 3D drafting application for visualizing, communicating, and planning future construction projects. Learn more about SketchUp

Streamtime

by Streamtime

More and more architecture firms are moving to the new Streamtime Learn more about Streamtime

More and more architecture firms are moving to the new Streamtime Learn more about Streamtime

ArchiCAD

by Graphisoft

GRAPHISOFT develops Building Information Modeling software products for architects, interior designers and planners. Learn more about ArchiCAD

GRAPHISOFT develops Building Information Modeling software products for architects, interior designers and planners. Learn more about ArchiCAD

MicroStation

by Bentley Systems

3D modeling software provides modeling,drafting and visualization for architects, engineers & infrastructure professionals Learn more about MicroStation

3D modeling software provides modeling,drafting and visualization for architects, engineers & infrastructure professionals Learn more about MicroStation

Clearview InFocus

by Clearview Software

Clearview InFocus is a project-based ERP solution built for architects and engineers to run their firms more profitably. Learn more about Clearview InFocus

Clearview InFocus is a project-based ERP solution built for architects and engineers to run their firms more profitably. Learn more about Clearview InFocus

An AutoCAD Clone that works with AutoCAD DWG files. No learning curve for AutoCAD users. Learn more about progeCAD Professional

An AutoCAD Clone that works with AutoCAD DWG files. No learning curve for AutoCAD users. Learn more about progeCAD Professional

Chief Architect

by Chief Architect

The industry leader for residential architectural home design software. This program is easy to use for the building professional. Learn more about Chief Architect

The industry leader for residential architectural home design software. This program is easy to use for the building professional. Learn more about Chief Architect

nanoCAD smart design and drafting Learn more about nanoCAD Plus

nanoCAD smart design and drafting Learn more about nanoCAD Plus

All-in-one BIM, 2D drafting, and 3D CAD software for Mac and Windows. With more efficient drafting, easier modeling, faster rendering, Learn more about Vectorworks Architect

All-in-one BIM, 2D drafting, and 3D CAD software for Mac and Windows. With more efficient drafting, easier modeling, faster rendering, Learn more about Vectorworks Architect

Online application to draw floor plans in 2D and visualize them in 3D. Learn more about Space Designer 3D

Online application to draw floor plans in 2D and visualize them in 3D. Learn more about Space Designer 3D

SKYSITE makes document distribution, project collaboration, markups, updates, and collaboration fast and simple. Learn more about SKYSITE

SKYSITE makes document distribution, project collaboration, markups, updates, and collaboration fast and simple. Learn more about SKYSITE

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM

by Computer Systems Odessa

Prepares and delivers presentations that include dynamic displays of linked data, thanks to integrated Live Object technology. Learn more about ConceptDraw DIAGRAM

Prepares and delivers presentations that include dynamic displays of linked data, thanks to integrated Live Object technology. Learn more about ConceptDraw DIAGRAM

Praesto AE

by Base Builders

Solution for job tracking, project management, practice management for architect and engineering firms and facilities managers. Learn more about Praesto AE

Solution for job tracking, project management, practice management for architect and engineering firms and facilities managers. Learn more about Praesto AE

Newforma helps over 1,350 AEC firms manage their project information and complete 2.4 million projects globally. Learn more about Project Information Management

Newforma helps over 1,350 AEC firms manage their project information and complete 2.4 million projects globally. Learn more about Project Information Management

Web-based solution that enables the creation and management of detailed and highly constructable 3D structural models. Learn more about Concrete Contractors

Web-based solution that enables the creation and management of detailed and highly constructable 3D structural models. Learn more about Concrete Contractors

SoftPlan

by SoftPlan Systems

Designed for building and construction industries, the home designing platform enables architects to create residential plans & more. Learn more about SoftPlan

Designed for building and construction industries, the home designing platform enables architects to create residential plans & more. Learn more about SoftPlan

FloorPlanner

by Floorplanner

Use this tool's intuitive editor and furniture library to create interactive floor plans and share your projects with clients online. Learn more about FloorPlanner

Use this tool's intuitive editor and furniture library to create interactive floor plans and share your projects with clients online. Learn more about FloorPlanner

Mobile-based floor planning application that enables real estate agents and floor planners to visualize home design projects in 3D. Learn more about RoomSketcher App

Mobile-based floor planning application that enables real estate agents and floor planners to visualize home design projects in 3D. Learn more about RoomSketcher App

Interior design system that helps designers and architects draw house plans and arrange furniture. Learn more about Sweet Home 3D

Interior design system that helps designers and architects draw house plans and arrange furniture. Learn more about Sweet Home 3D

Gather

by Gather

Gather helps interior designers visualize, communicate, and specify projects easily using a simple pinboard-style visual interface. Learn more about Gather

Gather helps interior designers visualize, communicate, and specify projects easily using a simple pinboard-style visual interface. Learn more about Gather

Bullclip

by Drawboard

Mark up, see real-time updates and collaborate on your project drawings and documents on any device, wherever you are. Learn more about Bullclip

Mark up, see real-time updates and collaborate on your project drawings and documents on any device, wherever you are. Learn more about Bullclip

Web-based architecture solution that helps businesses with creating professional architectural documentation. Learn more about ArCADia-ARCHITECTURE

Web-based architecture solution that helps businesses with creating professional architectural documentation. Learn more about ArCADia-ARCHITECTURE

Arcon Evo

by Elecosoft

Powerful & flexible 3D Architectural Design Software for architects and building professionals. Learn more about Arcon Evo

Powerful & flexible 3D Architectural Design Software for architects and building professionals. Learn more about Arcon Evo

InnoPlanner

by Digital Artflow

An interior decoration 3D software accessible directly via browser without the hassle of installation or downloads. Learn more about InnoPlanner

An interior decoration 3D software accessible directly via browser without the hassle of installation or downloads. Learn more about InnoPlanner

DataCAD

by DATACAD

Professional-level A/E/C CAD program for architectural design, rendering, animation, and document creation. Learn more about DataCAD

Professional-level A/E/C CAD program for architectural design, rendering, animation, and document creation. Learn more about DataCAD

Easy Blue Print

by EZblueprint.com

Simple software program used to quickly create floor plans for home and office layouts with precise measurements. Learn more about Easy Blue Print

Simple software program used to quickly create floor plans for home and office layouts with precise measurements. Learn more about Easy Blue Print

Homebyme

by Dassault Systemes

A web-based 3D space planning system that allows companies to design homes and share project ideas. Learn more about Homebyme

A web-based 3D space planning system that allows companies to design homes and share project ideas. Learn more about Homebyme

Arctech Pro

by Printlogic

It is to make it the only software (other than CAD) that a small or medium sized architects Learn more about Arctech Pro

It is to make it the only software (other than CAD) that a small or medium sized architects Learn more about Arctech Pro

Synergy

by Total Synergy

Synergy is business and project management software for architects, engineers and construction design people (AEC). #moretimefordesign Learn more about Synergy

Synergy is business and project management software for architects, engineers and construction design people (AEC). #moretimefordesign Learn more about Synergy

Planner 5D

by Planner 5D

Photorealistic 3D rendering & home designing tool that enables interior designers to custom edit layouts of floors, furniture and more. Learn more about Planner 5D

Photorealistic 3D rendering & home designing tool that enables interior designers to custom edit layouts of floors, furniture and more. Learn more about Planner 5D

One simple model to design, estimate and manage home building construction. Virtual reality mode is available. Learn more about Envisioneer

One simple model to design, estimate and manage home building construction. Virtual reality mode is available. Learn more about Envisioneer

Live Home 3D

by BeLight Software

Home design software for Mac & Windows with a diverse floor plan & 3D editing tools to bridge the gap between ideas and visualization. Learn more about Live Home 3D

Home design software for Mac & Windows with a diverse floor plan & 3D editing tools to bridge the gap between ideas and visualization. Learn more about Live Home 3D

Fohlio

by Fohlio

One stop shop for all of your design and specifications needs that makes processes more efficient. Learn more about Fohlio

One stop shop for all of your design and specifications needs that makes processes more efficient. Learn more about Fohlio

Full-featured CAD software for architects, engineers and consultants to create precise drawings, projects, layouts and illustrations. Learn more about HighDesign

Full-featured CAD software for architects, engineers and consultants to create precise drawings, projects, layouts and illustrations. Learn more about HighDesign

Carlson Takeoff

by Carlson Software

Offers critical Drawing Cleanup features and advanced 2D to 3D routines that streamline the estimating process. Learn more about Carlson Takeoff

Offers critical Drawing Cleanup features and advanced 2D to 3D routines that streamline the estimating process. Learn more about Carlson Takeoff

e-SPECS

by InterSpec

Specification management tool that automates creation of project manuals through linking, syncing and integrating. Learn more about e-SPECS

Specification management tool that automates creation of project manuals through linking, syncing and integrating. Learn more about e-SPECS

Edificius

by ACCA Software

Architectural BIM Design Learn more about Edificius

Architectural BIM Design Learn more about Edificius

AutoDCR

by SoftTech Engineers

AutoDCR is an innovative Building plan scrutiny and approval system Learn more about AutoDCR

AutoDCR is an innovative Building plan scrutiny and approval system Learn more about AutoDCR

2D & 3D CAD software with programming toolkit, designed to help businesses with schematic drawing, image rendering & more. Learn more about CMS IntelliCAD CAD Software

2D & 3D CAD software with programming toolkit, designed to help businesses with schematic drawing, image rendering & more. Learn more about CMS IntelliCAD CAD Software

Draft it

by CADlogic

Powerful, easy to use 2D CAD Software package that is free to use. Create, save and print your work with our unlimited free version. Learn more about Draft it

Powerful, easy to use 2D CAD Software package that is free to use. Create, save and print your work with our unlimited free version. Learn more about Draft it

Master specification system featuring: MASTERSPEC Libraries and Specialized Products. Learn more about MASTERSPEC

Master specification system featuring: MASTERSPEC Libraries and Specialized Products. Learn more about MASTERSPEC

SiteSupervisor

by SiteSupervisor

SiteSupervisor delivers value to every architect, consultant, contractor & subcontractor. Collaboration across Construction. Solved. Learn more about SiteSupervisor

SiteSupervisor delivers value to every architect, consultant, contractor & subcontractor. Collaboration across Construction. Solved. Learn more about SiteSupervisor

BIM

by Van Meijel

Control construction process based on a 3D-model using software that offers estimation, planning, purchasing, and cost control. Learn more about BIM

Control construction process based on a 3D-model using software that offers estimation, planning, purchasing, and cost control. Learn more about BIM

CADMATE

by Spice Technologies

Next generation CAD solution with an optimized platform mounted on a high-speed robust engine. Learn more about CADMATE

Next generation CAD solution with an optimized platform mounted on a high-speed robust engine. Learn more about CADMATE

Urban planning, architecture, and design software with 3D visualization capabilities to help manage projects and plan implementations. Learn more about CityEngine

Urban planning, architecture, and design software with 3D visualization capabilities to help manage projects and plan implementations. Learn more about CityEngine

CMAP

by CMAP

Project management software that helps professional services firms with job costing, resource planning and billing. Learn more about CMAP

Project management software that helps professional services firms with job costing, resource planning and billing. Learn more about CMAP

Cost Gem

by Freshfield Solutions

Simple but powerful tool for Architects & Engineers to manage their Practice - Timesheets, Projects, Stages & Invoicing. Learn more about Cost Gem

Simple but powerful tool for Architects & Engineers to manage their Practice - Timesheets, Projects, Stages & Invoicing. Learn more about Cost Gem

ElectricalDesign helps you design any building's electrical installation, make calculations & produce floorplans, schematics & reports. Learn more about ElectricalDesign

ElectricalDesign helps you design any building's electrical installation, make calculations & produce floorplans, schematics & reports. Learn more about ElectricalDesign

Layout-iQ

by Rapid Modeling Corporation

Layout-iQ is a design software for creating more productive facility layouts and used in healthcare, manufacturing, and warehousing. Learn more about Layout-iQ

Layout-iQ is a design software for creating more productive facility layouts and used in healthcare, manufacturing, and warehousing. Learn more about Layout-iQ

A 3d floor and space planning app that helps to plan and preview any space changes a designer or an architect may make. Learn more about PlanningWiz Floor Planner

A 3d floor and space planning app that helps to plan and preview any space changes a designer or an architect may make. Learn more about PlanningWiz Floor Planner

SigmaNEST

by SigmaTEK Systems

On-premise platform that helps businesses with inventory management, quotes/estimates, job tracking, NC simulation and more. Learn more about SigmaNEST

On-premise platform that helps businesses with inventory management, quotes/estimates, job tracking, NC simulation and more. Learn more about SigmaNEST

ArchAdministrator

by PS Software Solutions

Fully integrated, office and project management software specifically for architects and engineers. Learn more about ArchAdministrator

Fully integrated, office and project management software specifically for architects and engineers. Learn more about ArchAdministrator

Architecture Quote

by Architecture Quote

Disruptive DealFlow Software in the Architecture Industry Learn more about Architecture Quote

Disruptive DealFlow Software in the Architecture Industry Learn more about Architecture Quote

An architectural BIM software, including great features for interior design at competitive pricing. Learn more about ARCHLine.XP

An architectural BIM software, including great features for interior design at competitive pricing. Learn more about ARCHLine.XP

ARRIS CAD (basic architectural drafting and design tools) plus five highly focused architectural plug-ins. Learn more about Arris Architect Studio

ARRIS CAD (basic architectural drafting and design tools) plus five highly focused architectural plug-ins. Learn more about Arris Architect Studio

Bricks

by Bricks

Online project management app designed for architecture and construction projects. Learn more about Bricks

Online project management app designed for architecture and construction projects. Learn more about Bricks

Bridge Designer

by Interactive Design Systems

Software providing a time simulation of construction stages for concrete pre/post-tensioned structures. Learn more about Bridge Designer

Software providing a time simulation of construction stages for concrete pre/post-tensioned structures. Learn more about Bridge Designer

Draw floor plans in minutes, with the easy to use in-built 2D and 3D drawing tool. Learn more about Cad Cabin Home Designer

Draw floor plans in minutes, with the easy to use in-built 2D and 3D drawing tool. Learn more about Cad Cabin Home Designer

CADopia

by CADopia

A CAD drafting tool for educators, designers, architects, and engineers. Learn more about CADopia

A CAD drafting tool for educators, designers, architects, and engineers. Learn more about CADopia

CARAT helps to design quickly and intuitively every interior within many features such as operational and administration processes. Learn more about CARAT

CARAT helps to design quickly and intuitively every interior within many features such as operational and administration processes. Learn more about CARAT

Design Tools

by Luxwood Software Tools

Design Tools is available in network and stand-alone versions, and is highly customizable through its open scripting language. Learn more about Design Tools

Design Tools is available in network and stand-alone versions, and is highly customizable through its open scripting language. Learn more about Design Tools

diolkos

by Diolkos3d

Integrate the plan, profile & cross sections design into a 3D model of road in conjunction with the surrounding terrain. Learn more about diolkos

Integrate the plan, profile & cross sections design into a 3D model of road in conjunction with the surrounding terrain. Learn more about diolkos

Architectural CAD for 3D modeling and rendering. Supports QuickDraw 3D for walkthroughs in real time and plug-in renderers. Learn more about Domus.Cad

Architectural CAD for 3D modeling and rendering. Supports QuickDraw 3D for walkthroughs in real time and plug-in renderers. Learn more about Domus.Cad

dspConduct

by BackOffice Associates

Data management solution that helps businesses of all sizes design, execute & monitor processes using data collection & validation. Learn more about dspConduct

Data management solution that helps businesses of all sizes design, execute & monitor processes using data collection & validation. Learn more about dspConduct

Dv TDM

by Practical Programs

Document management tool that enables sending transmittals through CAD modules and markup drawings. Learn more about Dv TDM

Document management tool that enables sending transmittals through CAD modules and markup drawings. Learn more about Dv TDM

ElectroPlan

by ElectroPlan

A software system that helps electrical installation businesses create and document electrical plans, calculate materials and prices. Learn more about ElectroPlan

A software system that helps electrical installation businesses create and document electrical plans, calculate materials and prices. Learn more about ElectroPlan

eplansoft REVIEW is a cloud based collaborative platform for design review, permitting, inspection, and site assessment used by all. Learn more about eplansoft REVIEW

eplansoft REVIEW is a cloud based collaborative platform for design review, permitting, inspection, and site assessment used by all. Learn more about eplansoft REVIEW

A unique, cost-effective solution for bringing legacy paper drawings into a modern AutoCAD environment. Learn more about GTXRaster CAD Series

A unique, cost-effective solution for bringing legacy paper drawings into a modern AutoCAD environment. Learn more about GTXRaster CAD Series

Cloud-based architecture and interior design software. It is the only online software made for professional designers. Learn more about Infurnia Architecture and Interior Design Software

Cloud-based architecture and interior design software. It is the only online software made for professional designers. Learn more about Infurnia Architecture and Interior Design Software

Inktronic

by Inktronic Technology

Allows architecture, engineering, construction, and utilities teams to collaborate online, markup drawings, manage redlines & markups. Learn more about Inktronic

Allows architecture, engineering, construction, and utilities teams to collaborate online, markup drawings, manage redlines & markups. Learn more about Inktronic

IStruct

by Calculated Structured Designs

Layout, design, and structural analysis that combines layout/drafting, single member design, reporting, and an real time 3D experience Learn more about IStruct

Layout, design, and structural analysis that combines layout/drafting, single member design, reporting, and an real time 3D experience Learn more about IStruct

Jibestream

by Jibestream

Jibestream's indoor mapping platform gives developers the tools to create tailored map-enabled web and mobile applications. Learn more about Jibestream

Jibestream's indoor mapping platform gives developers the tools to create tailored map-enabled web and mobile applications. Learn more about Jibestream

Linkd is Project Management Software for the Construction Industry. Save time, money and grow your business with Linkd! Learn more about Linkd

Linkd is Project Management Software for the Construction Industry. Save time, money and grow your business with Linkd! Learn more about Linkd

Enables better communication and collaboration between residential builders, CMs, and the entire supply chain. Learn more about MiTek

Enables better communication and collaboration between residential builders, CMs, and the entire supply chain. Learn more about MiTek

MkaSteel

by MkaYazilim

Modelling, load and structural analysis, technical drawing, & cost estimation features all in the same software. Learn more about MkaSteel

Modelling, load and structural analysis, technical drawing, & cost estimation features all in the same software. Learn more about MkaSteel

Capture and model building projects and collaborate with architects, designers and subcontractors simply. Learn more about NuVuw 360

Capture and model building projects and collaborate with architects, designers and subcontractors simply. Learn more about NuVuw 360

PIMARC

by PRL Info Systems

Web-based project, time and document management. Targeted to Land surveying, Engineering and Architectural companies. Learn more about PIMARC

Web-based project, time and document management. Targeted to Land surveying, Engineering and Architectural companies. Learn more about PIMARC

PloView

by Isoplotec

PloView is viewer for viewing drawing of HPGL/Vector/image files. Learn more about PloView

PloView is viewer for viewing drawing of HPGL/Vector/image files. Learn more about PloView

PROAD Software

by J+D Software

Project management, job costing. From filling a contract to time recording, recource planning, CRM, ticketing..... Learn more about PROAD Software

Project management, job costing. From filling a contract to time recording, recource planning, CRM, ticketing..... Learn more about PROAD Software

Real Access

by Real Data Management

View tenant data, lease expirations and floor plans from any mobile or desktop device with an internet connection. Learn more about Real Access

View tenant data, lease expirations and floor plans from any mobile or desktop device with an internet connection. Learn more about Real Access

Roomtodo

by Roomtodo

Cloud-based software with an intuitive interface to plan, design and decorate apartments, houses, offices and more. Learn more about Roomtodo

Cloud-based software with an intuitive interface to plan, design and decorate apartments, houses, offices and more. Learn more about Roomtodo

SolidBuilder

by Digital Canal

Floor plan design software including 3D modeling, framing, complex roof generation and working drawings. Learn more about SolidBuilder

Floor plan design software including 3D modeling, framing, complex roof generation and working drawings. Learn more about SolidBuilder

SpecLink

by Building Systems Design Software

The most advanced master guide specification system available. Learn more about SpecLink

The most advanced master guide specification system available. Learn more about SpecLink

Woodworking software that creates a complete cut list which includes individual lists for stiles/rails/panels sorted from large -small. Learn more about SuperDoor Software

Woodworking software that creates a complete cut list which includes individual lists for stiles/rails/panels sorted from large -small. Learn more about SuperDoor Software

VectorEngineer

by VectorEngineer

Produce professional drawings with this easy to use low cost cad program. Learn more about VectorEngineer

Produce professional drawings with this easy to use low cost cad program. Learn more about VectorEngineer

Design building structures before they are built, creating walls, installing cabinets and placing furniture to test different designs Learn more about Vertex BD Architectural

Design building structures before they are built, creating walls, installing cabinets and placing furniture to test different designs Learn more about Vertex BD Architectural

Virtualist

by Virtualist

Visualization and collaboration software. Import your 3D models, upgrade them to amazing quality, and start collaborating in VR & AR. Learn more about Virtualist

Visualization and collaboration software. Import your 3D models, upgrade them to amazing quality, and start collaborating in VR & AR. Learn more about Virtualist

VisionREZ

by Ameri-CAD

Building information modeling tool that provides construction documentation through from concept to construction. Learn more about VisionREZ

Building information modeling tool that provides construction documentation through from concept to construction. Learn more about VisionREZ

VisualAnalysis

by Integrated Engineering Software

A powerful, easy to use, frame and finite-element analysis tool with design interface available. Learn more about VisualAnalysis

A powerful, easy to use, frame and finite-element analysis tool with design interface available. Learn more about VisualAnalysis

WIZZCAD

by WIZZCAD

All-in-one platform boosting digital transformation of construction through its continuous innovation in construction technologies. Learn more about WIZZCAD

All-in-one platform boosting digital transformation of construction through its continuous innovation in construction technologies. Learn more about WIZZCAD


What is Architecture Software?

Architecture software is project management and computer aided design software (CAD) for the construction, architecture and engineering industries.

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1. What is architecture software?

Architecture software is project management and computer-aided design (CAD) program that enables contractors, engineers, and architects to digitally create and refine high-quality architectural designs and manage their projects and job proposals. Architecture software is also known as construction design software and architectural drawing software.


2. The benefits of architecture software

Architecture software digitalizes the architect's workflows and helps them manage designs and construction plans in an organized manner. Key benefits of architecture software are:

  • Organized design repository: Long gone are the days when architects had to work on paper-based construction designs. An architecture program not only allows architects to create and edit their designs electronically, but also organize them. Designs can be easily searched using filters for date, project/client name, project type, designer name, etc. 
  • Better visualization: Designs built using an architecture program offer better clarity into site models and floor plans than paper-based drawings or 2D models, which means clients can better visualize the entire design before construction begins.
  • Easy design revisions: Digital designs allow designers to easily change and revise their design an unlimited number of times without having to create a new design from scratch. Architects can also reuse designs from previous projects. 

3. Typical features of architecture software

  • 2D drawing: Design and view objects in a two-dimensional space. 
  • Drafting: Draft digital architectural designs for visualizing, communicating, and planning future construction. 
  • Document management: Create and manage a central, searchable repository to collect, store, and share documents of all types. 
  • Presentation tools: Share and present architectural design to clients. 
  • 3D modeling: View a three-dimensional representation of any surface or object. 

4. The cost of architecture software

Most products in the market are priced on an annual subscription basis, and can be divided into three pricing tiers based on their starting price. 

Price ranges*:

  • $100 - $500
  • $500 - $2,100
  • $2,100+

*The pricing included is for the entry-level/lowest-priced offering that was found on vendor websites on January 16, 2019. These ranges correspond to the 25th, 75th and 100th percentile of the pricing information gathered from the vendor websites of sample products. 

The above list summarizes pricing for the base plans of most products. An enterprise, or premium product, which is priced higher, may include additional features such as isometric view tools, 3D mapping, building information mapping (BIM), advanced support, and more. 


5. Considerations when purchasing an architecture program

  • Feature requirements: An architecture program not only offers basic design features such as 2D and 3D modeling, but can also include advanced tools such as 3D mapping or BIM capabilities. With advanced features, however, the cost rises. Be sure to evaluate your business requirements before purchasing software so you aren't paying for more than what you actually need. 
  • Compatibility: Some architecture software runs only on certain operating systems (e.g. Windows or Mac). Make sure you have complete knowledge of your in-house IT infrastructure so you know which products will be compatible with your hardware. Vendors can even run the software on your system to make sure it's compatible. Asking for a free trial of the software is also a good way to make sure the system is right for your needs.  

  • Integrating 3D printing technology: Paper-based illustrations and 2D or 3D models are not always the most effective way to present the minute details of a complicated project to clients. Thanks to 3D printing, architects are now able to print physical models of their designs. A 3D-printed model offers a faster way to create ready-to-present models as soon as the digital designs are approved and finalized by the client.
  • Replacing physical prototypes with virtual reality: From paper-based construction plans to displaying physical prototypes of a building, architects are always looking for more innovative ways to present their designs to their end clients. Virtual reality can replace the need for physical prototypes, as it offers a more interactive tour of the property to clients. Clients can better understand designs and get a feel of the final site while taking a virtual tour. 

Sources

Products evaluated for the pricing calculation were taken from Capterra's architecture software directory. The pricing ranges exclude freemium versions of the products. The features highlighted were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra's directory that offer them. 

The following sources were used for this document:

  1. Top 5 Tech Trends for Small Business, Capterra (Date accessed: January 18, 2019)
  2. Architecture Software Trends to Watch (Date accessed: January 18, 2019)
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