Graphisoft US Brings Building Information Modeling to Students

-- More than 140 Colleges and Universities Nationwide Recognize ArchiCAD as Key Software in Architectural Design Curriculum --

NEWTON, Mass., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Graphisoft US, the world's most experienced developer of Building Information Modeling solutions, today announced the nationwide availability of ArchiCAD(R) 8 Student Version, available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Continuing on its long- standing commitment to architectural education programs, Graphisoft's ArchiCAD 8 Student Version provides students and instructors with enhanced capabilities for detailing and documentation creation and management, as well as faster navigation speed, flexible modeling and rendering, and a streamlined interface for increased ease-of-use and efficiency.

"It is important that our students graduate with both 2D drafting skills as well as the ability to model their designs on a computer in three dimensions," said Diego Matho, Director of CAD curriculum at the Boston Architectural Center. "ArchiCAD supports that very concept, and helps us better meet the educational needs of our students. The software lets students concentrate more on the design issues and the building environment itself, and less on the tools and mechanisms used to recreate that environment."

ArchiCAD Student Version enables students to create a building information model that captures all the design information -- from floor plans to sections to elevations to three-dimensional models -- in a central database. As a result, any revision made to the building design is reflected in all views of the model. With the release of ArchiCAD 8 Student Version, students and instructors will benefit from a streamlined interface, faster navigation speed and improved layout that deliver increased ease-of-use. Students can also take advantage of ArchiCAD 8 Student Version's greater design capabilities including: new detailing features, the use of Boolean Geometry for flexible sculpting of building elements and new build-in "sketch rendering" and photo- rendering capabilities which gives the users full control over presentation renderings.

"Architectural students demand access to the most advanced design technology available to freely explore designs, communicate their ideas, and develop skills that will give them an edge in their professional careers. ArchiCAD 8 Student Version was launched with their needs in mind," said Al Moulton, president of Graphisoft US. "With the student version of ArchiCAD 8, which is priced about the same as a textbook, students can harness the power of the Building Information Model to learn the heart of their craft -- how to design buildings and communicate their designs to others."

Availability

Graphisoft ArchiCAD 8 Student Version is available immediately. To locate a reseller near you, visit http://www.graphisoft.com/distributors.

About Graphisoft

Graphisoft(R) is a leading provider of design and management software solutions for the architectural profession and the building industry. Founded in 1982, Graphisoft is ranked today among the largest AEC CAD software developers in the world, with ten offices worldwide in addition to its Budapest headquarters. ArchiCAD(R) and other Graphisoft products are used by more than 100,000 architects, facility managers and building professionals all over the world. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Frankfurt (GPH) and on the Budapest (GRAPHI) Stock Exchange. More information about Graphisoft is available at http://www.graphisoft.com/.

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