Monday, April 1, 2013

ArchiCAD 16 vs. Revit 2013 - Image Import & Management

Importing images into your project and managing them may not be a huge part of your BIM routine, but it is an important part of it.  This is an area where one of these programs is much better than the other...

Images - Non CAD or BIM File Image Management
ArchiCAD Grade Revit (Architecture) Grade
Insertion Images are inserted with the Place External Drawing command 
A
Images are inserted with the Image command 
A
Management Images behave like links, the source file can be updated on demand.  Use the Drawing Manager to manage images.  The Drawing manager allows you to update, change linked path, see where images are placed in the model, Open the view the image is placed in, and you can delete images.  Change image properties
A
Images are embedded and static.  Manage Images tool lets you see the images used in your project and how many instances there are.  It displays a thumbnail image of the image.  You can delete them from the Manage Images dialog, however you can't do anything else.
C
Functionality Move, copy , rotate & re-size after insertion.  Resizing can be done with locked proportions or not.  Images can be cropped with straight or curved lines.  Change display order.  Change from original colors to grayscale or to black & white.  Check box for transparent background.
A
Move, copy, rotate, & resize after insertion. Change display order.  Lock proportions check box option.
C-
File Formats BMP, BPC, EMF, GIF, JFIF, JP2, JPEG, JPG, PCA, PCT, PDF, PICT, PLT, PNG, PNTG, PPA, PSD, QTIF, SGI, TGA, TIF, TIFF, WMF
A
BMP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF
C

3 comments:

  1. A great comparison... I'm a student and have been looking for a decent comparison for the past couple of years; this seems to be the first one in which there isn't an anti-archicad or anti-revit brigade...

    Thanks!

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  2. Linked images makes them behave much like XRefs and also means they can be updated from whichever source they were created. This alone is a huge advantage. Especially since the placed and scaled images can be updated, without the need to reset position and scaling.

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