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Star(t) Edition 2014

Based on the industry-leading Building Information Modeling technology of ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2014 has been tailored to the needs of smaller architectural practices. ArchiCAD SE2014 contains all the tools necessary to create the building information model from which the entire architectural documentation is derived.

STAR(T) Edition 2014 introduces a wide array of modeling and productivity improvements focusing on the most requested customer wishes. provides the full power of ArchiCAD 17's one-of-a-kind, end-to-end BIM-based documentation workflow, allowing the model to stay live until the very end of the project: it simplifies the modeling and documentation of buildings even when the design contains a high level of detail.

Enhancing overall performance with improvements to computing speed and power come from GRAPHISOFT's commitment to expanding the possibilities available to the architect. Designers will also benefit from faster navigation with OpenGL, improved Solid Elements Operations and faster handling – loading and display – of library parts.

IFC Support ensures the smoothest workflow in collaboration with engineers. Sophisticated 3D editing enhancements ensure the most precise input.

To find out more about ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2014, check the Version Comparison Chart and take a look at the New Features.

Version Compatibility

Version Compatibility

STAR(T) Edition 2014 can read files created with:

  • STAR(T) Edition 2006 or newer versions
  • ArchiCAD 8.1 and 9
Where to Buy

Where to buy

To purchase ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2014, contact an ArchiCAD Reseller.

Training Materials

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 2014 compared to ArchiCAD 17 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 BIMx Hyper-model Publishing / No Renovation / Integrated Energy Evaluation / Conceptual Design with Morph Scheduling
  • Visualization limitations: No LightWorks Rendering / Sketch Rendering
  • Project Organization limitation: No License Borrowing / NET License

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 2014 New Features

ArchiCAD 17's brand new Priority Based Connections and other modeling functions, OPEN collaboration with IFC support, overall Performance Imporvements and the full range of sophisticated 2D / 3D editing enhancements – and many more – make ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2014 the ideal tool of a broad user community. The full features set makes the STAR(T) Edition 2014 workflow a very smooth one from the very first mass study to the final documentation.

To learn more about the new features and compatibility details of ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2014, download the Version Comparison Chart.

Priority Based Connections

Priority Based Connections

The brand new Priority Based Connections put a real ROI on the work invested in the creation of the Building Information Model, by automatically providing construction documentation level sections and details.

Intelligent Building Materials

Intelligent Building Materials

New, intelligent building materials ensure correct graphical representation of materials in sections (cut fills), and element surfaces in 3D views. This not only simplifies the user interface, but also allows the same material to be used consistently throughout the design project.

Enhanced Performance on Complex Models

Enhanced Performance on Complex Models

ArchiCAD 17 supports the creation and manipulation of large, complex models by featuring industry-first "Background Processing Support" for faster generation of complex model details. Optimized Scaling of Multiple-core CPUs and boosts performance on large, complex models. Improved Central Graphics Unit Performance makes 3D navigation and OpenGL even smoother.


Improved MORPH® Tool

The MORPH® Tool introduced direct modeling capabilities into the native BIM environment, allowing element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive, graphical way. The latest improvements help designers at the conceptual design and mass modeling phase. Architects can list the volume and surface area of single Morphs separately by story. This data provides valuable input at the conceptual stage about the useful area of the planned project.


Real-Time 3D Cutting Planes

Architects can define 3D cutaway sections of the model graphically in the 3D window, using one or more cutting planes in any location. This greatly improves not only the 3D editing processes, but also the visualization of complex models, displaying only relevant parts of the building in the 3D view.


Shell Tool

From the simplest barrel vaults to the most sophisticated rib vaults, the architect has always aspired to combine durability, utility and beauty. The Shell tool supports the broadest spectrum of architectural shapes and forms found in both classical and modern architecture.

IFC Support

IFC Support

ArchiCAD Start Edition 2014 supports the import/export and data structure of the latest IFC standards. The Open BIM workflow supported by the IFC protocol enables collaboration between architects and engineers regardless of their discipline or the name and version of their application.

External Drawings

Place External Drawings

Link PDF, DWG/DXF or Image files in your project from the file menu or with a simple drag & drop and handle them dynamically with ArchiCAD Start Edition 2013.

Nautical Museum | Designed by Nikola Rubic
Nautical Museum | Designed by Nikola Rubic

ArchiCAD 17© and STAR(T) Edition
New Features Comparison Chart
ArchiCAD 17
SE 2014
SE 2013
SE 2012
Complex, Multi-story Elements + + + +
Floor-plan Display Options for Construction Elements + + + +
Multi-Plane Roof + + + +
Model Element Connections Management + + + +
Use Any Number of Layers in Composite Elements + + + +
Doors and Windows in Polygonal Walls + + + +
Door and Window Vertical Anchor + + + +
Profile Manager + + +
Profiled, Slanted Walls, Columns, Beams + + +
Doors/Windows Fit to Slanted and Complex Wall Surfaces + + +
Curved Profiled Walls and Complex Elements + + +
Shell Tool + + +
Curved Beams + +
Core-Based Reference Line for Component Structures + +
Automatic Model-Based Junctions + +
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 + + + +
Oriented View - Rotate to Align the Entire View + + + +
Shadows in OpenGL + + + +
3D Editing Plane + + + +
3D Feedback with Working Plane, 3D Guidelines + + + +
Snap to Surface in 3D Window + + +
Move and Elevate in One Step + +
Smart 3D Feedback for Rotate and Split Commands + + +
Easily Editable 3D Cutting Planes + +
LightWorks Rendering +
Sketch Rendering +
Linework Management: Merge and Consolidate Lines, Fills + + + +
3D Document: Dimensioned and Annotaded 3D Views + + + +
Worksheet Tool + + + +
Interactive, Annotated Door/Window Schedules + + + +
Automatic Dimensioning + + + +
Scale Dependant Detailing + + + +
Align Camera View to Existing Photo + + + +
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 + +
Renovation Feature, Element-level Statusing +
BIMx Hyper-model Publishing +
Workflow – Productivity – Project Management
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 + +
Project Publisher +
Project Reviewer +
(Multi-story) Hotlinked Modules +
License Borrowing +
Integrated Building Energy Evaluation +
Communication, I/O; Interoperability - PLN, PLA, TPL, MOD File Import
AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/Export + + + +
Merge/Save as... PDF Command + + + +
Convert SurveyorâÄôs 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 +
Save Exploded DWG Drawings to a Single Layer +
Export Multiple Layouts into Single DWG +
Save Exploded DWG Drawings to a Single Layer +
DXF/DWG External Reference Support (Xref) +
EDU / Trial File Format Support +
PMK File Format Support +
Export Model to STL Format +
ArchiCAD 17 File Open|Save +|+ -|- -|- -|-
EDU File Open|Save +|- -|- -|- -|-
SE 2011 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|- +|-
SE 2012 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|- +|+
SE 2013 File Open|Save +|- +|- +|+ -|-
SE 2014 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 + +
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 +