Here's a brief overview of some of the software tools that are often used by Architecture+Engineering and VDC students in their Stanford classes.

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Working with Windows apps

Setting Up Your Computer to Run Windows Software

Alternatives to Installing Windows on Your Computer

Applications and Tools

Graphics Tools

Adobe Creative Cloud ๐Ÿ”ต ๐ŸŸขย ๐ŸŸฃ

Modeling Tools

SketchUp ๐Ÿ”ต ๐ŸŸขย ๐ŸŸ 

Autodesk Revit ๐Ÿ”ตย ๐ŸŸฃ

AutoCAD ๐Ÿ”ต ๐ŸŸข

Rhino & Grasshopper ๐Ÿ”ต ๐ŸŸข

SolidWorks ๐ŸŸฃย 

Fusion 360 ๐Ÿ”ตย ๐ŸŸขย ๐ŸŸ 

Rendering / Visualization Tools

TwinMotion ๐Ÿ”ต ๐ŸŸขย โญ๏ธ

Enscape ๐Ÿ”ตย ๐ŸŸขย โญ๏ธ

Lumion ๐Ÿ”ตย โญ๏ธ

V-Ray ๐Ÿ”ต ๐ŸŸขย โญ๏ธ

Unreal Engine ๐Ÿ”ต ๐ŸŸขย โญ๏ธ

D5 Render ๐ŸŸ 

Structural Analysis Tools


CSIxRevit ๐Ÿ”ต

Tekla ๐Ÿ”ต

Robot Structural Pro ๐Ÿ”ต

Karamba 3D ๐Ÿ”ต

Project Management Tools

Primavera P6 ๐Ÿ”ต

Bluebeam ๐Ÿ”ตย ๐ŸŸ 

HCSS HeavyBid ๐Ÿ”ต

Navisworks Manage ๐Ÿ”ต

Utilities / Tools


| ๐Ÿ”ต = | Available for Windows (or Mac running Bootcamp or Parallels) | | --- | --- | | ๐ŸŸข = | Available for Mac (Intel or Apple Silicon) | | ๐ŸŸ  = | Available in Web Version | | ๐ŸŸฃ = | Available in Apporto Virtual Machine | | โญ๏ธ = | Requires GPU |

Other Digital Resources