Discover what CAD & BIM experts say about the 4M CAD & BIM software
Ralph GrabowskiEditor upFront eZine
Compared to Revit or ArchiCAD, IDEA is quicker and easier to use, because it has fewer options for walls, doors, and so on. It understands local regulations, such as the minimum distance from street. It generates Photorealistic renderings, and walkthrough videos. When 2D views are extracted from the 3D model, the views are update automatically.
Mr Desbordes emphasized that the 4M product line presents quite a value proposition: (a) AutoCAD-like user interface, (b) same file format for all components, (c) and affordable. IDEA is €1,500, deliberately set at the same price as AutoCAD LT in most countries, so that for the price of LT you get IntelliCAD and a full architectural software package that uses intelligent objects. FINE is €2,500 for all modules, but you can purchase each one separately, such as €1,220 for the HVAC module and €900 for the electrical one.
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Lachmi KhemlaniBIM Expert - Founder and editor of AECbytes
IDEA is an exceptional, low-cost alternative to BIM applications, most of which are priced 3 to 4 times higher.
Especially for those familiar with AutoCAD, IDEA makes for an easier migration to BIM, unlike an application like Revit that might be seen as too revolutionary as well as very expensive. It is good to see more BIM alternatives emerge in the AEC industry, providing users with a wider range of options.
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Haralambos KovrasMechanical Engineer and FINE MEP user
FINE MEP is a building information management (BIM) application that has been used extensively in our offices for over 15 years. Since 2002, FINE has been IntelliCAD based, which gives us the powerful and reliable tool we need to provide high-quality case studies with minimum effort and time.
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