The ArCADia BIM 3D architect as an alternative

When planning properties, houses, apartments and gardens, high-quality software for drawing and visualization is always required. After all, you want to design your building project down to the last detail in order to lay the ideal basis for a successful construction process. And that is also possible – with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect, for example! Because with our high-quality software, all kinds of construction projects can be easily planned and designed. The uncomplicated user interface makes it easy for you, through which you, as a layperson, can take over the construction planning. Because our software was developed precisely for this step. In this way, private builders, homeowners and businesses can be effectively involved in the planning of conversions, extensions, renovations and even new buildings. You play an architect yourself and also design plans in architect quality. So that this actually works, all important functions have been integrated into the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect, while you receive even more tools via various additional modules. This compact operation, the extensive functions and the professional results ensure that ArCADia BIM 3D Architect can even compete with well-tried software such as AutoCAD. We will show you why this is so and what advantages the ArCADia BIM program software has to offer you.

But be careful: When purchasing various software, always pay attention to the compatible operating systems. The ArCADia BIM 3D Architect is only suitable for working in Windows, while AutoCAD can be used in both Windows and iOS. Alternatively, you can install Windows on your Apple laptop using Bootcamp and work there with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect.

Professional construction planning for laypeople: ArCADia BIM 3D Architect makes it possible

The ArCADia BIM 3D architect acts as a link between little or no know-how and professional architectural drawings. Because as a layperson, it is usually not easy to design, let alone design, entire building projects yourself on the screen. However, the software should enable exactly that and thus involve all kinds of builders in the planning process. In this sense, unlike most CAD software, you do not need any previous knowledge. Of course, it always pays off if you read a little bit into the subject. Alternatively, various free software are also suitable for initial training. Regardless of this, the functions and tools of the ArCADia BIM 3D architect are quickly explained and understood. For this purpose, when you purchase the software by download or DVD, you will receive a comprehensive manual that describes all the tools. If you have further questions or problems, the customer support, for which you get access with the purchase of the software, will also help you. At the same time, you can exchange ideas with like-minded people in a forum during the entire planning process and thus obtain solutions to your problems and ideas for your project. The ArCADia BIM 3D Architect offers you good prerequisites for creating professional plans as a layperson.

Simple operation and uncomplicated drawing of floor plans

If you have never planned a building project or if you are feeling your way into the field of architecture for the first time, you most likely have no further knowledge about statics and the most important points for planning according to building law. You don’t have to either – the ArCADia BIM 3D architect will do it for you! Because a large part of the functions within the software run automatically and thus supports uncomplicated planning. This is the focus, for example, when creating the roof. With this in mind, the ArCADia BIM 3D architect takes all of your thoughts off of the building regulations and the statics behind your building and leaves you with the uncomplicated visualization of your dream home.

Because floor plans can be drawn very easily with different tools and in different modes. Accordingly, you work either in 2D or 3D. Alternatively, the combination of both views is also popular. You draw in 2D mode and switch to 3D mode again and again to get an idea of ​​your construction project. At this point you will already notice that the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect has a lot in common with other more expensive professional software. You work flexibly, while the software supports you and makes drawing easier. Lines are automatically completed or errors in some tools are displayed.

Further functions around the ArCADia BIM 3D architect

When drawing your building project, you can use numerous other functions in addition to the simple floor plan. This applies, for example, to the individual construction as well as drawing in:

  • Windows and doors
  • Stairs
  • Chimneys
  • Roofs and loft extensions
  • Carports and garages
  • and much more

With this large number of functions the question arises whether the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect is really suitable for laypeople compared to AutoCAD. However, the solution to the riddle is obvious. Because despite the multitude of functions and tools, with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect these are limited exclusively to the planning and design of buildings. As a result, the operation is manageable and there are virtually no functions that have nothing to do with this project. In this sense, the standard version of ArCADia BIM 3D Architect only includes those functions that are usually actually required. You can obtain additional tools with the various additional modules.

Design and furnish your dream house: easy with the ArCADia BIM 3D architect

The ArCADia BIM 3D Architect is not only suitable for all kinds of building projects, but also for comparing different living styles. Because the software is directly connected to the SketchUp warehouse. This allows you to use a wide variety of items. There are over 500,000 objects available to you in our object catalog alone. With these you can set up all rooms and also the outside area very easily. In addition, you can also easily import numerous other 3D elements from other catalogs into the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect. This is particularly beneficial when planning your kitchen.

Your building project in numerous views: ready for the building application

The plans that you create with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect not only look professional, they are too. Because within the software, building standards and building law requirements have already been observed. Because of this, some processes run intuitively. This means that the finished plans can also be used for the building application. At this point, however, there is another advantage: the presentation.

While you are drawing your construction project, the software simultaneously renders a 3D image of your plan. You can also enter this rendering in tour mode. The ArCADia BIM 3D architect automatically calculates shadows, reflections and other influences. You work precisely, to scale and according to German building standards, while at the end of the day you can also display the created plan in a wide variety of scales, views and sections.

Professional and proper: do you still need an architect at all?

With the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect you create a comprehensive plan with which you can also impress architects. But can you really do without an architect? If it is only about the design and representation of changes in your apartment or garden, your plans from the ArCADia BIM 3D architect are sufficient. With large construction projects and new builds, however, you cannot avoid the architect in any way. Because he has to revise and adapt your plan. In addition, you cannot submit the building application yourself, as you have no authorization to do so.

Everything you need: the right version for your needs

At ArCADia BIM 3D Architect, your needs were met exactly. That is why you acquire exactly what you need and want. This is especially important for you as a layperson. Because the extensive and lavish functions of other programs can often seem overwhelming and can even lead to errors in planning. Our software, in turn, is equipped with numerous tools, all of which are only used for planning construction projects. In the same way, you can decide between different versions as required, which you can easily take a closer look at under “Comparison”. If you need even more extensive functions, there are also various additional modules available.

Help using ArCADia BIM 3D Architect

Despite the simple operation and simple concept, you may encounter obstacles when planning. The solution to overcome this are various automatic functions of the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect. Rooms are numbered and assigned automatically. In the same way, lines are simply added if you have made mistakes with these. With this in mind, a change wizard and a verification wizard are also available to you.

In addition, the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect is primarily used to participate in the planning process. That is why it also acts as an interface to numerous other programs and can be easily shared with your architect.

No Autodesk AutoCAD: there are alternatives

Of course, AutoCAD from Autodesk is one of the best known in the field of CAD software. It offers numerous functions and is used in many sectors for drawing objects and plans. But with this size, the price is just as high. In this sense, the acquisition is not profitable for the layman who only wants to design a house. In addition, the handling is probably too extensive for the simple layman. It therefore takes a long time to learn how to use it. But where can you find a professional CAD program that you can use for less money and with a little more flexibility?

ArCADia BIM 3D Architect vs. AutoCAD: Why our software is a suitable alternative

The ArCADia BIM 3D Architect is the ideal alternative to using AutoCAD. Because our software combines extensive functions for planning, drawing and designing various construction projects, while these are also displayed professionally and photo-realistically. The ArCADia BIM 3D Architect offers you all the functions you need and saves you headaches over numerous tools that are not used in your project. In addition, the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect is cheaper and still suffices for AutoCAD when planning the building.

Other alternatives to AutoCAD: the top 13

Independent of the ArCADia BIM 3D architect, there are a few other CAD software that offer themselves as an alternative to AutoCAD. We measured this on the basis of a few points. These include:

  • Compatibility with AutoCAD
  • Inutitive function takeover by the software
  • Amount of file that can be processed costs

We have summarized the top 13 programs for you, which are on par with AutoCAD or in some cases even more advantageous than the Autodesk software.


Anyone who has already worked with AutoCAD will quickly find their way into BricsCAD. Because the user interface of the software for Windows, Linus and iOS is similar to that of Autodesk and only differs in the design of the menu ribbon. A big advantage is the flexibility in terms of compatibility. BricsCAD can be connected to numerous third-party providers and is also compatible with the cloud. Unlike the usual tools of CAD software, the functions include drawing in 2D and 3D, high-quality rendering in DWG format and recognizing XREFS.

However, BricsCAD has a small disadvantage: Document management is comparatively complicated and can be used.

Chief Architect

Chief Architect is a sophisticated software for the creation of architectures and building designs, which can be used for Windows, Linux and iOS. According to the name, the program was specifically geared towards the construction planning and impresses with its variety of functions. The focus here is in particular on the variety of objects for architectural design, such as doors, windows, stairs or even roofs. Compared to the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect, however, it has a more complicated user interface and you have to familiarize yourself with it. But once you have mastered this step, the Chief Architect is available for numerous projects and is also fun.

DesignCAD 3D MAX V24

This is a real insider tip among the most varied of CAD software. Because while you get numerous functions for drawing 2D and 3D architectures, the software costs only $ 99. In combination with the easy handling, DesignCAD 3D MAX V24 is also suitable for beginners. If you have any questions, free assistance is available by email or telephone. During the planning, numerous objects can be used for design, which can also be customized.

Shortcoming: DesignCAD 3D MAX V24 does not support all file formats, but is limited to DFX and DWG.


When looking for free CAD software, Draftsight quickly moves into the spotlight. Because as a free program, it is particularly popular with private individuals and students, who can create 2D drawings in no time at all. The software also works with DFX and DWG files, which makes handling easier. Nevertheless, the free version in particular is rather poor in functions. It is therefore less suitable for extensive drawings. Alternatively, however, additional packages or upgrades can be purchased, through which Draftsight is no longer free, but definitely more extensive.


Just like many other CAD software, LibreCAD has based the design of the user interface on AutoCAD. This makes it even easier to use for all those who have already worked with such software. Regardless of this, LibreCAD can be used for Linux as well as Windows and iOS and also scores with the ability to export SVG files. The biggest advantage, however, is the large community. Because behind LibreCAD there are numerous users who exchange tips, tricks, experiences and ideas in a forum.

Microstation Powerdraft

For the layman who wants to be part of the house planning, Microstation Powerdraft is nothing – for that it is too expensive with a price of 2,500 dollars. But behind this money there is also really sophisticated and extensive software that is all the more popular in professional circles. In addition, common file formats such as DWG, DGN, IFT, Egri and SHP are supported, while the drawings can also be extracted from BIM models. However, Microstation Powerdraft gets minus points for the inadequate functions when drawing in 2D mode.


As free software, NanoCAD does not reach AutoCAD in terms of functionality, but it does offer you tools that even AutoCAD does not contain. These include a table editor, grid manipulations and a line type editor. On the other hand, however, NanoCAD is inadequate when it comes to the individual design of 3D objects. You also get more functions with the purchase of an upgrade.


ProgeCAD looks like a clear copy of AutoCAD and is particularly suitable for users with a low budget. In terms of use, it scores with its easy handling and a range of over 11,000 2D symbols. In terms of 3D, however, ProgeCAD lags behind, as it can only read 3D models in combination with a proxy.


SketchUp (formerly: Google SketchUp) is one of the best-known software in the CAD area. And despite its professional nature, SketchUp, rightly, repeatedly advertises its ease of use. For an upgrade of $ 700 you get all kinds of functions that cover all areas in the drawing. There is therefore a clear plus point for the flexibility in processing file types. The program is thus compatible with the formats DXF, DWG, FBX, OBJ, XSI and VRML. You can even export the graphics you have created in PDF format. But there are always deficiencies somewhere and so a few functions are missing, such as a wall tool, while the import of files from other software does not always work smoothly.


Those who want to work mainly in 3D are in good hands with Solidworks. Because 3D modeling can be created here relatively easily and reliably, which is why it is also praised in the CAD software market.

TurboCAD Pro Platinum

TurboCAD is one of the more extensive alternatives to AutoCAD and has a wide range of different functions. These range from intelligent dimensioning and 3D modeling of terrain to Ruby scripting. A customer service is available for these numerous tools, which you can reach by phone and email. This range of functions also has a proud price of $ 1499, which the purchase of TurboCAD Pro Platinum costs.


VectorWorks is one of the most popular CAD programs among Apple users. Because the software offers you functions such as:

  • OpenGL rendering
  • Compatibility with AutoCAD and Revit
  • Easily move BIM files
  • Compatibility with DWF, DXF and DWG files

These functions have been combined with a user-friendly interface. For this, VectorWorks moves with a price of 3000 dollars in the higher price segment.


First of all: Zwcad is an ingenious alternative to AutoCAD, but is currently only available for Windows users. However, if you are one of these, you will enjoy numerous functions in the software, such as superhatch and object isolation, as well as operating aids such as SmartSelect, SmartVoice and SmartMouse. In terms of handling, Zwcad corresponds to its cheaper counterpart to AutoCAD. However, with a price of around $ 600, it is not really cheap.