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ArchiCAD Tip: ArchiCAD 16 & Artlantis 3.0


Upon the release of ArchiCAD 16 in summer 2012, translators for Artlantis 4.0 were available by default, but there was no option to export geometry to Artlantis 3.0

Some ArchiCAD/Artlantis users were disappointed with this, but in October 2012, Artlantis released new translators to accommodate this specific export route.

The translators are not installed automatically, they must be downloaded from the Artlantis website and then certain files from that download must be placed in certain folder locations.

As an ArchiCAD 16 user, there may be a variety of installations appropriate to you
ArchiCAD 16 running on Windows 64-bit
ArchiCAD 16 Solo running on Windows 64-bit
ArchiCAD 16 / ArchiCAD 16 Solo running on Windows 32-bit
ArchiCAD 16 / ArchiCAD 16 Solo running on Mac OSX


ArchiCAD 16 running on Windows 64-bit
Close any ArchiCAD 16 instances before proceeding

  1. Download the zip file from ftp://ftp.abvent.com/ArchiCAD_16_to_ATL3-Win_x64.zip
  2. Unzip/extract the zip file and move the extracted folder to your desktop
  3. Inside the folder, you will find a number of files
  4. Move the 'ArtlantisRender-Studio_3_Out' add-on file to 'C:\Program Files\Graphisoft\ArchiCAD 16\Add-Ons\Import-Export'
  5. Move the 'CAtl3_64' file to 'C:\Program Files\Graphisoft\ArchiCAD 16'

ArchiCAD 16 Solo running on Windows 64-bit
Close any ArchiCAD 16 instances before proceeding

  1. Download the zip file from ftp://ftp.abvent.com/ArchiCAD_16_to_ATL3-Win_x86.zip
  2. Unzip/extract the zip file and move the extracted folder to your desktop
  3. Inside the folder, you will find a number of files
  4. Move the 'ArtlantisRender-Studio_3_Out' add-on file to 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Graphisoft\ArchiCAD 16\Add-Ons\Import-Export'
  5. Move the 'CAtl3_32' file to 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Graphisoft\ArchiCAD 16'

ArchiCAD 16 / ArchiCAD 16 Solo running on Windows 32-bit
Close any ArchiCAD 16 instances before proceeding

  1. Download the zip file from ftp://ftp.abvent.com/ArchiCAD_16_to_ATL3-Win_x86.zip
  2. Unzip/extract the zip file and move the extracted folder to your desktop
  3. Inside the folder, you will find a number of files
  4. Move the 'ArtlantisRender-Studio_3_Out' add-on file to 'C:\Program Files\Graphisoft\ArchiCAD 16\Add-Ons\Import-Export'
  5. Move the 'CAtl3_32' file to 'C:\Program Files\Graphisoft\ArchiCAD 16'

ArchiCAD 16 / ArchiCAD 16 Solo running on Mac
Close any ArchiCAD 16 instances before proceeding

  1. Download the zip file from ftp://ftp.abvent.com/ArchiCAD_16_to_ATL3-Mac.zip
  2. Unzip the file and move the extracted folder to your desktop
  3. Inside the folder you will find another folder 'Artlantis Render Studio 3 Out'
  4. Move this into either Macintosh HD::Applications:Graphisoft:ArchiCAD 16:Add-Ons:Import-Export
    or Macintosh HD::Applications:Graphisoft:ArchiCAD 16 Solo:Add-Ons:Import-Export

NOTE: Irrespective of ArchiCAD version, or Operating System - to export a model from ArchiCAD 16, please ensure that you are viewing the model in a Perspective 3D Window, otherwise the option to export as Artlantis 3.0 will not be available.

Last Updated: 23 November 2012