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PlotMaker

PlotMaker was a layouting program that was part of the ARCHICAD package. This standalone application was optimised to prepare an architectural documentation set based on the views, drawings and images created…

How to Create a Simple Drawing Title with AutoText

This article is to attract your attention how to create a custom Drawing Title . In the ArchiCAD help there is a method to create a Drawing Title in the “Create a New Title Type” section but this article describes another, very simple method. Step 1…

How to list the Wall Surface

In ArchiCAD the Listing/Scheduling the Wall Surface if the Room has a Solid Element Operation is not possible at the moment. Until the correction there is a possible workaround. basic idea instead of the Zone we will list a Morph, created from a Zone…

ArchiCAD’s 3D Views and 3D Documents

ForWikiEditors : ToDo/ – check and update article Originally published at AECBytes: http://aecbytes.com/tipsandtricks/2008/issue35-archicad.html written by Eric Bobrow Principal, Bobrow Consulting Group ArchiCAD makes it easy to create a Virtual…

Print Versus Plot

Both Printing and Plotting are available in ArchiCAD. In ArchiCAD 10, Printing and Plotting have been brought onto a “common platform” which resulted in the Print and Plot dialog boxes becoming similar to each other. However, there are still differences…

Autotext Annotation

See also: How to Insert Autotext in ArchiCAD Help. The ProjectInfo database can be used as a location for stored annotations. These annotations can be then inserted into the project with AutoText . If you work on a plan where the annotations belongs to…

Global Settings Affecting Zone Data and Display

ForWikiEditors : ToDoTechTip/ – check and update article Options->Project Preferences->Zones Dialog     Zone Instance Setting affecting Zone Data Zone Settings Dialog –> Name and Positioning panel   Zone Settings->Area…

ArchiCAD’s Powerful Clone Folders

Originally published at AECBytes: http://aecbytes.com/tipsandtricks/2007/issue24-archicad.html written by Eric Bobrow Principal, Bobrow Consulting Group Within the Navigator View Map, ArchiCAD has a powerful, yet little-known and underutilized feature…

Background Updating

Background Updating uses idle processor capacity to generate the 3D model and its associated BIM data for open windows and tabs.

Show Projection Settings

The origin of this tip is a blog post by Pablo Montes on his great blog, Arquitecturama.MX: http://juanpablos.blogspot.com/ There are three options can be set as Range of Element’s Projected Display definition (Show Projection) for a non-straight Wall…

Sizing Text and Markers with Points

ForWikiEditors : ToDoTechTip/ – check and update article In ArchiCAD 9 and earlier, measuring symbols is one issue and measuring text adds an extra complication for anyone using Imperial units (e.g., US version). This article does not apply to metric…

How to modify the Side Contour of a Wall

Walls in ArchiCAD by default have a uniform height along the whole element. By trimming Walls with Roofs or using Solid Element Operations (SEOs) with the Wall as target and Roofs/Beams/Slabs etc. as Operators, the contours of Walls can again be modified…

Quick Layers Palette

ForWikiEditors : ToDoTechTip/ – check and update article, merge with LayerSettings Originally published at Cadalyst…

ArchiCAD Virtual Trace: A Versatile Catalyst for BIM

ForWikiEditors : ToDoTechTip/ – check and update article, merge with other related articles Originally published at AECBytes: http://www.aecbytes.com/tipsandtricks/2008/issue28-archicad.html written by Eric Bobrow Principal, Bobrow Consulting Group In…

Quick Menu Item Access on Mac

On Macs running Snow Leopard (10.6) and newer there is an awesome search field in the menu bar. If you cannot remember where a menu item is located in the menu structure, you can use this search field to quickly access the command. You can either perform…

How to use Apple’s Magic Trackpad in ArchiCAD

Pan and orbit Many users would like to use Apple’s Magic Trackpad in ArchiCAD but most of them miss the pan/orbit feature. Generally – using regular mice – these functions are controlled by the middle button of the mouse. Fortunately there are 3rd party…

Display Order

When drawing a Project with ArchiCAD, overlapping elements will be drawn according to a specified stacking order. About Drawing Index When using the Bring Forward/ Bring to Front/ Send Backward/ Send to Back commands, ArchiCAD uses an internal index for…

SQL Queries

“(…) Someone asked me privately if there was a way to extract all of the layer settings for every layer combination in order to document all of the Layer combinations in an external program such as Excel or Access.” This tip is an example of using one…

How to Use Standard Details in a Project

This article explains how to embed one or more standard detail drawings into your Project. In this example, we will embed a balcony and Wall-Slab intersection detail into our Project, and place it onto a Layout. We will also create a marker which…

Difference between Drawing and Figure Tools

This document was prepared in response to the ArchiCAD-Talk question of when to use the Figure Tool rather than the Drawing Tool.   Drawing Tool Figure Tool What it inserts ArchiCAD views (internal or external), external drawings ( DWG , DXF, DWF…

How to Store “Find & Select” Criteria

ArchiCAD’s Find & Select tool in ArchiCAD lets you select the exact elements you wish to manipulate or modify. For general information on this feature, see Find and Select Elements by Criteria in ArchiCAD Help . A less well-known feature of this Tool…

Creating Custom Plotter Drivers

Among those drivers there are the following main differencies: maximum paper size different margins maximal DPI So you can make your own HPGL driver based on an existing one: you can find the drivers in your ArchiCAD/PlotWare folder you should duplicate…

Cost Calculation Using Interactive Schedules

In order to estimate the costs in a project please take the following steps. This example will calculate the individual and total costs of the four doors (two of which are identical) in the plan below. Step 1: Set Cost Values for Elements in the Project…

How to Calculate Element’s Area

If you wish to find out the area of a construction element (e.g. a Slab with hole, pictured here), there are several ways to do it. 1. Using a Fill Fills have the ability to display Area. So if you place a fill on top of the slab, the fill area will…

Layer Extras

Updating Views and Layer Combinations via the Context Menu – by Link Ellis, Worldwide Consultant “If I am working along in a view and decided that I want to turn a couple layers off so I click and hide them through right click, or through the palette, is…

How to make Curved Text in ArchiCAD

This article describes how to make a curved text in ArchiCAD. The article is based on Dan Kunschik’s original post on ArchiCAD-Talk and has been updated for ArchiCAD 15. Summary of steps To create a curved text in ArchiCAD, a few tricks need to be…