Touch Bar Support for the New MacBook Pro

The new Touch Bar allow the user to access common ARCHICAD commands quickly and easily, based on current window and selection. For example:

Switch between Floor Plan and 3D windows

Show All vs Show Selection 3D based on selection anywhere in the model

Open active Tool Settings and selection Settings

Enter and exit Edit Mode for Stairs, Railings and Curtain Wall

Edit Composite or Profile of the selected element

Common GDL shortcuts when editing scripts


Multiply Along Path

The Multiply dialog and function have been enhanced and expanded with additional options.

New option to multiply copies of any element to a clicked path


Options to rotate copies to path, none or randomize (useful for landscaping)

Modify spacing and copies during input when multiplying along path, directly from the Tracker

Updated Multiply dialogue ensures easier understanding

New Multiply option: “Increment and Spread”, to define spacing and number of copies both graphically and parametrically

See Multiply Elements.

Magic Wand Graphical Feedback

During Magic Wand, graphical feedback now provided to see how elements will appear before clicking. Available in all views.


Parameter Transfer Among Line, Arc, Polyline and Spline

Inject (Parameter Transfer) between Line, Arc, Polyline and Spline is available now. For example, pick up from a Line, then inject directly into a Polyline.

Dashed Line Handling

A new algorithm handles the dashed line presentation of polygonal elements. For 2D polygons, an option to visualize dashed lines is now more suitable for splines, collinear edges, and tangential curves in polylines. The new dashed line representation is more natural and the new algorithm reduces the possibility of missing corners.


Associative Dimensions for Wall Center Lines

New options to place dimensions on the individual skins of the composite, including Reference Line, Core only, and All skins mode, in Floor Plan and Section/Elevations.


Text Style Favorites

Uniform Rich Text Formatting, with updated and consistent UI, is introduced in all text related tools: Texts, Labels, Dimensions and Interactive Schedule.

Text Favorites are available directly from Text Style Settings within any Dimension tool and from Interactive Scheduler.


Autotext based Labels

Autotext is able to access element-specific parameters and properties, beyond the existing project specific information. It enables users to create their own custom, associative labels – without GDL knowledge – that can list element-specific information.


See Text/Autotext Label Content.

Detailed Section/Elevation Depth Control

More freedom in editing Sections/Elevations, with Section lines now editable directly in Section view, without having to switch back to Floor Plan.

New and improved options:

Break Section/Elevation Limit Line and Marked Distance Area Line (previously available only for the main Section/Elevation Line)

Graphically edit Section Line boundary extents directly in Section, when Section/Elevation Range is turned on

Graphically edit any Main Line, Limit Line, and Marked Distant Area Line breakpoints, directly in Section

Improved editing of Section Marker in Floor Plan

See Sections.

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Selective Parameter Transfer

New Element Transfer Settings replaces the previous Favorites-only Parameter Settings. These transfer settings can be saved into sets and used not just by Favorites, but also by Parameter Transfer (Inject) to allow modification of only certain element parameters. Element Transfer Settings are available on-the-fly, during parameter injection or when applying favorites.

The list of available settings has been greatly expanded and the „excluded” option reversed so users can now select which parameters to include from the given list. Element Transfer Settings and their sets are now stored directly in the Project and available for Teamwork users.

With this new feature, productivity is increased: transfer or change selected parameters of existing elements, without having to reset parameters in the Element Settings dialog.


See Element Transfer Settings.

Save Selection as PLN

User can select part of the model and save as a separate .pln project file, while saving a module, that contains all the 2D reference information. There is an option to automatically crosslink the two resulting files.

This makes organization of the project easy by allowing splitting of a large project into cross-linked modules.

Introduction of Building Materials and Custom Profiles to GDL elements

Building Material and Profile (created in Profile Manager) attributes now can be used in the GDL elements.

In library parts where these parameters are available, users can assign Building Material and/or Profile attributes instead of just a combination of Surfaces, Fills and pre-defined geometry.

Building Material quantities or used Profile types can be labeled and scheduled from such library parts.

Building Materials used in GDL library parts will not be automatically adjusted in junctions with construction elements; the principles of priority-based connections are not working in such cases.


Building Materials and Profiles are used in all GDL components of the new Stair and Railing tool wherever required. For other objects in the ARCHICAD 21 library which use Building Materials and Profiles: see the section on ARCHICAD 21 library improvements.


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