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ARCHLine.XP 2019 Has been Released

BIM at its best + more for less

ARCHLine.XP® is an easy step up from Revit®, ArchiCAD®, AutoCAD®, Vectorworks® and others. It’s superior methods, tools and significant price advantage save you time and money, year after year after year – In fact every minute you spend using ARCHLine.XP over your current method is simply a more profitable way to run your design business.

This is BIM at its best and users should expect nothing less than sheer excellence and extreme value from this powerful and productive architectural tool.

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More for Less

With less complication and less learning, ARCHLine.XP enables more modelling in less time. It achieves this increased productivity by ensuring your designs can be created and altered with the least amount of user intervention at every stage of the projects life. 

Changes to individual elements, such as when editing a single wall, or changes on a global scale, such as altering the floor heights of the entire building, are handled in just a few clicks – the model and all its connections, along with the complete set of 2D documents and 3D presentations, automatically update as desired.

A single cohesive project file handles the entire project so nothing gets lost and everything that needs to update as changes happen does update. 

Because ARCHLine.XP is more efficient, every moment you spend using it in your business saves you time and money – equating to greater profits.

When you invest in ARCHLine.XP you own a ‘life-time’ license of the software with no annual license fees, so the software keeps giving more and more value to you the longer you use it.

All in One – One for All

Built for everyone from a single designer to a multi-discipline design team, enjoy ARCHLine.XP’s complete coverage of everything you need from concept to construction.

ARCHLine.XP’s rich tool-set is beyond that of other CAD software and caters to Architects, Building Designers, Interior Designers, Kitchen and Bathroom Designers, Stage and Set Designers, Floor Planners, Developers, Town Planners, Tilers, Cabinet Makers, Furniture Designers, Builders and more.

In fact any design work that involves buildings, inside and out is a perfect fit for ARCHLine.XP.

“Having just one comprehensive program for everything we do makes our projects so much easier to manage” G. Watson, Design Section Architects, Sydney

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Whether you’re a small, medium, or large design firm, ARCHLine.XP has all the tools to design a chair, a cupboard, a room, a building or an entire city.

Take a project from site visit to survey, from concept to client presentation, from compliance to construction, then all the way to completion and certification. This is a huge advantage over traditional CAD as you only have to learn one software to streamline your entire business.

ARCHLine.XP’s tools include survey data manipulation, DTM (Digital Terrain Modeling), excavation modelling and calculation, building envelope creation, building design and modeling, framing design, drawing documentation, shadow analysis, point cloud conversion, remodeling from photos, interior design, kitchen, bathroom and cabinet design, photoreal rendering, animation and presentation, quantity take-off and ‘as-built’ drawing creation. If it can be built in the real world, it can be designed in ARCHLine.XP

Confidently choose ARCHLine.XP to be your complete software solution whether you’re new to CAD or have been using another program for years.

Compatibility and Collaboration

ARCHLine.XP embraces Revit® and IFC® file exchange to allow a seamless workflow when importing models or leveraging the extensive BIM model libraries found online. It works too with SketchUp® files for direct use in and out of your project.

ARCHLine.XP is buildingSMART® certified to provide unrivaled collaboration and mark the end of project misinterpretation and data loss.

Even if you’re still using traditional CAD software like AutoCAD® or Vectorworks® you’ll remain compatible with DWG file support too. ARCHLine.XP can even assist you to convert 2D DWG files into smart 3D models.

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External Collaboration

Being better is important but being compatible is paramount – ARCHLine.XP’s dedication to exchanging files between common CAD, BIM Rendering and Presentation platforms makes ARCHLine.XP the most flexible tool in the BIM space. Direct import and use of Revit RVT & RFA files, SketchUp files and many others means you get to leverage all the online library content as well as receive complete CAD models to import and edit as desired. When collaborating as part of team using different BIM software you can also use the Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standard built-in to ARCHLine.XP’s impressive file format lineup.

Passing a model out to external renderers isn’t essential as rendering is built-in to ARCHLine.XP Pro, but if you prefer to use tools like Lumion, V-Ray, Piranesi or others you can do this too.

Internal Collaboration

Within an organisation, larger projects may have multiple members working live on different parts of the same model, all managed with simple permissions and access control.

To BIM or not to BIM?

If you don’t need the added complexity of BIM data in your CAD models then ARCHLine.XP allows you to simply work with a unified 3D CAD model. You can ‘BIMify’ your model later if required. And for those that do require full BIM ARCHLine.XP is fully BIM compliant.

Get good fast

Whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned CAD professional you’ll be up and running in a matter of hours. Learn in your own time and if you need assistance we’re here to help.

“The program does way more than I expected, but the videos and your help made it very straight forward. Very excited to start my first real job with the program”

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Learn fast

Online training, complete with ‘how-to’ videos, guide you through each phase of learning the software. It provides an easy-to-follow learning experience covering everything from navigating the menu to customising your title sheet.

You get full support from our dedicated team whilst you’re learning to make the ‘ARCHLine.XPerience’ smooth and effective.

Learning material is supplied completely free of charge so you can get started using the trial download and online videos without wasting time or spending a cent.


Users upgrading from their current CAD software typically find ARCHLine.XP’s methods and menus very familiar and easy to adopt. This makes the transition to ARCHLine.XP from other products very fast. For those who are completely new to CAD you’ll benefit immensely by not having to unlearn anything in order to adopt new methods.

Either way, our job is to help you get the most from your software as quickly and easily as possible. Why not give it a go?

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Some unique features we think you’ll love…

Storey Wise

Link your building elements to floor levels – If the levels are changed the entire building and its associated drawings will update without you having to do a thing!

Visual Control

Fully control the visual layout of your drawings and all the elements in your model. For instance, walls to be demolished can be set to appear dashed and red in one view, solid and hatched in another and not appear at all in another. You control what’s seen and how.

Turn 2D to 3D

Quickly convert imported 2D drawings into intelligent 3D models using existing geometry in the drawing for accurate placement of walls, openings, roofs and other architectural elements. Easy.

Wall Wizardry

Any type of wall can be modelled with ARCHLine.XP’s full support for composite walls, variable thickness, variable slope, differing materials, any shape. Niches, holes and unusual shaped penetrations are fully catered for. Be as creative as you need to be.

Wall connections are also fully managed by the system to correctly join to other walls, floors and ceilings etc. You have complete control.

Floors and Ceilings

Design regular or irregular shaped slabs, sloping slabs, and detailed foundations. A slab can be single layered or multi-layered with beams in it too. Profiles assist in creating custom made slabs, such as annular vaults and cross vaults, etc.

Building Fabrics/Sails

Shade sails, netting, and complex twisted materials all have a place in design. ARCHline.XP handles these as effortlessly as every other element, eliminating design constraints imposed by other systems.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Advanced kitchen and cabinet tools provide the fastest and most flexible kitchen, bathroom and robe design software in the market. No other architectural CAD comes close. Cabinet makers love how easy it is to generate complete kitchens, cabinets, bathrooms and robes is just a few minutes, and make changes in seconds.

Stair Master

Create and manipulate 3D parametric stairs with the industry’s most versatile stair tools. Adjust stairs, railings and balustrades to suit any condition and desired outcome. ARCHLineXP’s stairs even cut a logical stairwell in the floor and ceiling for you! There are no stair designs that can’t be achieved in ARCHLineXP.


ARCHLine.XP’s automatic roof tools are class leading and make it very easy to define both simple and complex roofs over any shape at any angle, and intersecting with anything. Roof openings and complex framing are also supported.

Auto Annotate and Dimension

Add precise annotations and dimensions to your documentation either manually or automatically. The unique automated routines save hours on every project.


Import Revit families and SketchUp models  to have no end of objects you can use directly in your ARCHLine.XP model. BIM objects can even be converted to intelligent BIM elements in ARCHLine.XP such as doors and windows.

Dynamic Sections

Visually cut-away parts of your design enabling you to look inside your model or to create architectural sections and section views for your drawings.

Layout Drawings

A project may contain as many Layout sheets as you require. These may be static or dynamically linked to your 3D models so updates automatically happen to your 2D drawings as you model changes. You remain in complete control of the process.

The entire printable material can be customized to ensure the look and feel of your drawings is both correct and consistent with your personal style or office standards.

Go Mobile - Touch Control

Uniquely, ARCHLineXP’s menu system can be switched to work on Windows tablet devices with touch screens.

Gesture based finger motion control and simplified finger friendly menus make manipulation of the model and commands a natural extension to your eye-hand-mind relationship.

Wall Elevations

Create interior wall elevations of each wall that excludes the rest of the building automatically to see detail that may be difficult to describe in plan or standard section or elevation views. This is particularly good for interior design professions.

Real-time Shadow Analysis

ARCHLineXP’s real-time Shadow Engine lets you perform accurate shade/sun studies on your models. See how the sun affects your space at any time and date. Watch the daylight move across your space.

Render at the speed of light

You have a first-class raytrace render engine built in. Easily render life-like fabrics, textiles, leathers and wall finishes with excellent light effects in daytime and night scenes – all in just a few minutes, or export to your favorite presentation software as desired.

The Right Perspective

Simple and accurate perspectives are as easy as dragging a mouse from where you stand to where you are focused. Perspective views provide an in-depth look at the design as if you were there.

Immersed in 3D, 360 degrees

Get inside your model and take a walk-through. Navigate within or around your design with complete freedom. With the Panorama 360 feature clients can immerse themselves in a near virtual world of your model directly in their browser.

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ARCHLine.XP’s tiling tools are second to none. If you need to detail the way tiles are laid on any surface then this is your tool. Tile shops, interior designers, kitchen and bathroom designers in particular appreciate this class leading feature set.

Complete Control

Whilst ARCHLineXP is extremely automated and produces meaningful  models faster than other software, it also gives the user complete control over each element in the building, thus allowing for individual manipulation in a very predictable manner. Knowing you are in control of your model is a great feeling.

Answers to some of your questions

We know you’re likely bursting with questions, so hopefully we can answer some for you straight away below. For any others, send us an email to or fill in the download form at the bottom of the page.

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What license options are available?

ARCHLine.XP is supplied as a ‘lifetime license’ that will continue to run for as long as your PC and operating system support it. There is also a mobile license option with a USB ‘dongle’ that allows you to use the software on whichever machine you have the dongle plugged in. There is no annual license fee and you don’t have to be connected to the internet to use the software.

Can I use ARCHLine.XP on a Mac?

Yes. Apple’s free ‘Bootcamp’ lets you run ARCHLine.XP on your Mac when you boot up into Windows. Whilst this means you need a copy of Windows installed on your machine, it also means you get access to all Windows based programs as well as your favorite Mac ones. Make the most of your Mac machine with ARCHLine.XP. We recommend investing in a mouse with a scroll wheel as Apple’s Magic Mouse is difficult to use with CAD software.

Why is ARCHLine.XP so inexpensive?

ARCHLine.XP has chosen to grow its market as quickly as possible and respond to designers that are unhappy about the pricing policies of its competitors in the industry. This is a marketing risk as some people perceive that if a product is less expensive it must be a lesser product, however in the case or ARCHLine.XP the opposite is true. How long the price will stay this low is unknown. Needless to say in this region we don’t expect a price rise for at least 6 months.

Why haven't I heard of ARCHLine.XP before now?

ARCHLine.XP is developed in Budapest and in Europe is very well known. In Australasia the software has only recently been introduced. Most of the money from sales in Europe has gone back in to R&D rather on expansion but in 2018 with the most capable product ready to go that changed and ARCHLine.XP is ramping up its marketing to expand to the rest of the world.

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Is it suitable for Aussie and NZ users?

Absolutely. In fact the software is tailored for use in Australia and New Zealand and is generally more suitable than software from the USA (where they do things a little differently!)

Not only does ARCHLine.XP come with pre-defined local elements such as the wall types we use but it also allows for specific Aussie/NZ brand products and even the way we do our text, labels and dimensions.

Australia and New Zealand are very similar to Europe where the software is developed, so adjusting settings to suit our part of the world is easy – ARCHLine.XP is a perfect fit.

Who supports the product?

ARCHLine.XP is proudly distributed and supported by Australasia’s most respected and longest running privately owned CAD company, CAD International Pty Limited.

Users get direct access to local support via Sydney from 8:30am – 5:30pm as well as support from our Japan office in Tokyo and from the developers themselves in Budapest.

In simple terms we’ve got you covered.

How much does ARCHLine.XP Cost?

A ‘lifetime license’ including training and full support to the end of the year can be purchased in 3 ways.

1. one single payment of $3,995*
2. two monthly payments of $2,090*
3. twelve monthly payments of $399*

There are no annual license fees – Once the license has been paid for it is yours to keep and will run for as long as your operating system and computer support it.

Upgrades from one version to the next are offered at 1/4 of the new license price.

The optional mobile license USB Dongle is $295

*Prices shown are in Australian dollars. 10% GST must be added for purchases within Australia.

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ARCHLineXP is architectural drawing software that’s similar to Autodesk Revit (sometimes referred to as AutoCAD Revit) but is more efficient, less cost and easier to learn and use. Architectural design software such as AutoCAD Architecture and other AutoCAD BIM products including Revit Architecture create BIM models (BIM Files), these BIM files are designed to share information above and beyond a simple 3D CAD model.

Autodesk’s best price Revit is Revit LT. This is still a BIM software but with a less expansive tool-set. BIM software files are designed to be shared between those involved in a building project but not all building design software is for building information modelling (BIM), some simple house design software will only let you draw in 2D whilst others will do 3D but not let you attach information about the materials or purpose of the elements in the model.

If you are looking to learn Revit then you should look at Revit alternatives first. ARCHLineXP is the ideal alternative to Revit or Revit LT as it does the same faster. If you’re in Australia in particular then Revit Australia or Revit New Zealand will help you join a Revit course in person or online. Some people refer to Revit as Revit CAD when looking to purchase Revit. Revit cost is based on an annually renewable fee. You will need to compare the Revit price with the price of other more capable BIM software to make a most informed choice. You’ll find Revit tutorials online. Be careful not to spell Revit incorrectly as Rivet because Rivet software is completely different.

Everything above also pertains to ArchiCAD. ARCHLineXP is one of the ArchiCAD alternatives. ARCHLineXP will outperform ArchiCAD, Revit and Vectorworks Architect in almost every aspect of the design process. ArchiCAD Australia and ArchiCAD NZ will be able to help you with your decision not to buy ArchiCAD, especially after you try ARCHLineXP. What is the cost of ArchiCAD software? You will need to go to the ArchiCAD software web site to find out, but it’s about twice as much as ARCHLineXP . If you’re looking for an ArchiCAD course then look to do an ARCHLineXP course first. In this way you’ll be able to see why ARCHLIneXP is so good by comparison. ArchiCAD for Mac will run directly on the Mac whilst Revit and ARCHLineXP require Windows to be installed under Bootcamp., Learn ArchiCAD online or in person but before you do be sure to check out ARCHLineXP . Like Revit and ARCHLineXP, ArchiCAD is BIM software. Compare ArchiCAD vs Revit in our report, ‘ArchiCAD vs others’. Some people incorrectly refer to ArchiCAD as AutoCAD ArchiCAD but they are not related. Autodesk ArchiCAD is also wrong.

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