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The latest IT products for architects reviewed by our experts

Autographer image by Chris Romer Lee

Autographer – Capturing the city

25 November 2013

Studio Octopi’s Chris Romer-Lee plays with a new gadget that could help architecture and photography enthusiasts find a new angle

Windows 8

Will Windows 8 change the way architects work?

31 October 2012

Marc Thomas previews the new interface that spans PCs and mobile devices

Spacemouse Pro.

The first mouse in space

5 March 2012

3Dconnexion’s new creation looks set to revolutionise 3D navigation

Content can be dropped into Revit or shared with others.

Management consultancy

7 March 2011

OpenAsset’s bim library puts you in control, says Liam Southwood

Henn Architects used Vectorworks to design this HQ for the glass manufacturer for Volkswagen AG, in Dresden.

Crossing over to a new dimension

17 December 2010

Nemetschek sees Vectorworks 2011 as a milestone for the firm. Liam Southwood puts it through its paces

Venice Architecture Biennale iPhone app by Theresa Simon & Partners and Flint PR

Biennale iPhone app reviewed: maps useful, but functionality misses a trick

20 August 2010

The Venice Architecture Biennale iPhone app has been launched to ease the journey from one pavilion to another, help visitors manage the hectic schedule of events, and find and book restaurants.

There are now iPhone apps for many architectural related tasks

On site with a client? There’s an app for that

19 February 2010

The iPhone is now a technology platform in its own right. Simon Johns brings you a guide to the best architecture-related applications

Detail of drawing showing fine lines

Making possible demands on architecture software

23 January 2009

Caruso St John’s Florian Zierer has been won over by the fine quality of the drawings produced by ArchiCad’s BIM technology

Concept houseJonathan Reeves’ concept house design, demonstrates some of Vectorworks 2009’s features.

Planar sailing with Vectorworks 2009

17 October 2008

By incorporating Parasolid, the best 3D modelling technology available, Vectorworks 2009 is racing ahead of the pack, reports Jonathan Reeves

Appetising solution: however many images you have to manage, OpenAsset version 3 can digest them all and still hunger for more.

Allies & Morrison’s Rob Park cracks visual image management with OpenAsset v3

20 March 2008

How one of the majors conquered its visual data mountain with the help of a software developer who listens

Microsoft Surface Pro: a tablet that acts like a PC.

Could Microsoft's new tablet be a game changer for architects?

3 July 2012

The Surface Pro will be the first tablet that lets architects access design data directly

The Impact of Building Information Modelling: Transforming Construction, by Ray Crotty

The Impact of Building Information Modelling: Transforming Construction

13 February 2012

Ray Crotty’s new book sets out the reasons why bim will change the world

After: V-Ray adds light modelling and rendering to the AHMM scheme.

V-Ray plug-in gives industry a new set of imaging tools

7 February 2011

The latest in visualisation software looks set to make a visible difference to architects’ working methods

Autocad as seen on an iPad.

Taking the first bite of Apple Autocad

19 November 2010

Autodesk’s Autocad 2011 for Mac is available for download. How does it stand up when put to the test?

IPad: intuitive but limited.

IPad has the right touch for architects

18 June 2010

Could new iPad applications and software become valuable tools for practices?

Visualisation of the Dresden Theatre Square showing rendered buildings and multiple terrain textures.

Autodesk’s LandXplorer: kit that’s right up your street

20 February 2009

New city modelling technology is given a test run

Bentley’s V8i upgrade

Bentley’s V8i upgrade provides new vision for architecture visuals

21 November 2008

Bentley’s V8i upgrade, its largest-ever simultaneous release of new products, is an important step along the evolutionary line to 3D design

Hugh Davies

2D or not 2D? Hugh Davies on the architectural modelling packages that offer you more

18 July 2008

The acceptance of fully integrated 3D design might be closer than we think

Benoy’s Yas Island leisure development in Abu Dhabi, which includes a Ferrari theme park. Benoy used CADsmart to help assemble the right team for the job.

Review: Testing cad skills with CADsmart

18 January 2008

How do you know if job candidates are as good at cad as they say? And how effective are your own employees? Paul Carnell, associate director at Benoy, explains how CADsmart is helping his practice to get some answers