VisualARQ 1.8.3 available

1.8.3 VisualARQ Plan view
VisualARQ 1.8.3 is now available for download. Owners of VisualARQ are encouraged to download and install VisualARQ 1.8.3. This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

Download it!

  1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.8.3
  2. If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

What’s new in 1.8.3

This new service release fixes all known bugs and adds the Czech translation for user interface and templates.

See the complete list in What's new.


The VisualARQ team would like to thank the following users who helped us detect the bugs fixed in this service release: Jan S. (Czech translation), Ricardo B., Simon C., Ulrich G., Vianney G., Lucas M., Kenneth N., Toni Ö., Dave P., Andrzej S. and Petr T.

VisualARQ & Cl3ver: architecture 3D interactive presentations

You, as an architect, have the ideas. VisualARQ and Rhino set the technology. And, voila, you manage to develop a great idea. You know, free form to express what you want.

Skylights? cantilevers? daring angles? Sculptural elements? metal structures? fabulous columns? winding facades? lattices? organic shapes? or circular? NURBS? colorful? experimentation? innovative materials? traditional materials? towers? geometrical shapes?

Of course, you've already generated all the documentation, you even have some rendering with Lumion.

An outstanding work. Now, what?

With the VisualARQ and Cl3ver plugins for Rhinoceros our architectural projects stand out

With the VisualARQ and Cl3ver plugins for Rhinoceros our architectural projects stand out.


“VisualARQ 1.8: BIM and architectural tools for Rhinoceros” webinar recorded


For those who missed the "VisualARQ 1.8: BIM and architectural tools for Rhinoceros" webinar held on October 1st 2014 (in English), and on October 16th 2014 (in Spanish), you have the opportunity to watch it here:

The webinar provides an overview of VisualARQ and focuses on 1.8 new features, including:

  • How to work at different levels using the new Level manager. (Model used: the Casa das Canoas project, by Oscar Niemeyer).
  • How to quickly model a simple house using 3D parametric architectural objects, (walls, slabs, stairs, railings, doors, windows, roofs...).
  • How to convert curves into VisualARQ objects with a few clicks.
  • How to create and edit new styles of VisualARQ architectural objects.
  • How to create floor plans, section and elevation drawings from a 3D model automatically.
  • How to generate other 2D project documentation: opening elevations, objects quantity takeoffs, tags, room areas....
  • How to export the model to IFC from Rhino to Revit.
  • Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components Add-on

The English version webinar was organized by Novedge, and introduced by Barbara D'Aloisio (Novedge).
The Spanish version webinar was organized by McNeel and McNeel Miami, and introduced by Jackie Nasser (McNeel Miami).
Both webinars were presented by Francesc Salla (Asuni CAD).

VisualARQ 1.8 webinar: BIM and Architectural Tools for Rhinoceros

Novedge webinar series
October 1st
Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ 1.8.

  • Wednesday October 1st, 2014
  • 11.00 am-12.00 pm PDT
  • 20.00 pm-21.00 pm CET

The webinar will show an overview of VisualARQ, focusing on the 1.8 version improvements and covering the following topics:

  • How VisualARQ streamlines workflow + improves architectural design process efficiency within Rhino.
  • How to model using 3D parametric architectural objects, editable and customizable anytime.
  • How to create floor plans, section and elevations drawings from any 3D model automatically.
  • How VisualARQ adds BIM features to Rhino: geometry and object data are linked. The IFC exporter.
  • Overview of the VisualARQ Grasshopper Components Add-on.

The webinar is organized by Novedge, is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.

Details and Registration

New VisualARQ Grasshopper Components exercises: Create slabs and stairs

You can follow these easy step-by-step exercises to learn how to create slabs and stairs in Grasshopper using VisualARQ Grasshopper Components.

Create a stair:

This exercise shows the basic steps to create a VisualARQ stair in Grasshopper. First assign a curve to the stair as the path, and then define the other stair parameters (height, number of steps, steps dimensions, alignment, stair slab start and end thickness, etc.).

Since it is not possible in the current version of VisualARQ (1.8) to create stairs from curve types other than lines, polylines or arcs, it is not possible to do so in Grasshopper either. In future versions of VisualARQ, stairs will be able to be created from any curve type.

If you select an arc as the stair path, you will create a spiral stair.

The exercise also shows how to create new stair styles and a trick to flip the stair direction.

Once you bake the stair, it becomes a native VisualARQ stair object in Rhino.

VisualARQ stairs in Grasshopper

Create slabs:

This exercise shows different examples to create and edit VisualARQ slabs in Grasshopper.

  • 1. Create a slab.
  • 2. Define the slab parameters.
  • 3. Subtract a boundary from a slab.
  • 4. Link stair contours with slab holes.
  • 5. Create multilevel slabs from a volume.

When slabs are baked, they become native VisualARQ slabs in Rhino, as all VisualARQ objects created in Grasshopper.
VisualARQ slabs in Grasshopper

Rhino Tutorials: the Gumball

Hello Gumball from Rhino Tutorials on Vimeo.

In this interesting and quick video tutorial,  you can learn the basics of using the Gumball manipulator in Rhino 5.

The Gumball is an interface widget that allows interactive editing of objects and sub-objects (polysurface faces and edges and surface edges, for example).

The Gumball manipulator is one of the main enhancements of Rhino 5. It is fully compatible with VisualARQ objects and their control points.

You can watch more videos about Rhino Tutorials on Vimeo.

Gumball on the VisualARQ's wall vertical extension arrow

Gumball on the VisualARQ's wall vertical extension arrow