How to define custom preview image for a BIMx Hyper-model

by Csaba Kézér · updated: 07.22.2014

Did you know that you can control the preview image displayed for your BIMx Hyper-model? You can either use the image of any 3D view or layout sheet of your project or you can set a different image to be displayed as the preview image. This picture will be visible on the BIMx Transfer Site and in the BIMx models list.

{i} For BIMx 3D only models the project preview is always the view from which the BIMx file was exported.

1. method: Use a 3D view or layout as the preview

When setting up the Publisher set for the BIMx Hyper-model creation you can freely drag & drop layouts and 3D views in the model. Based on the order of these items in the BIMx Hyper-model Publisher set the preview picture will be used from the first item in the list by default.

You can change this anytime by reordering the views and layouts in the publisher set with the drag & drop method.

2. method: Set a specific image as the preview

With this option you can overwrite the preview image generated with the first method. To set this up go to File > Info > Project Preview in ArchiCAD

and load the desired image in with the Browse… button.

/!\ Once the image is loaded into the Project Preview it won’t be possible to delete it, you can only replace it with another image.

Result

As a result the project preview in the BIMx models list is shown as set in ArchiCAD. The first file shows the first method, where a 3D view of the BIMx file is used while in the second case a photo was placed into the Project Preview Picture dialog.

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