ARCHICAD provides two basic methods for sharing/dividing BIM project data among a team of architects:
- Teamwork method for sharing projects,
- Hotlink method for dividing complex projects into smaller parts.
These two methods are most effectively used in combination to distribute smaller model entities intelligently and make large projects available to a diverse group of participants.
The Hotlinks allow us to insert the contents of external files (Sources) into the currently open Project (Host). Hotlink Modules can be used, for example, to manage the repetitive structures of buildings such as hotels or offices with a large number of identical rooms: if rooms are placed as a Hotlink module, you can modify all the rooms in one step, by just updating the module’s Source file. Moreover, the same Source file can be used in multiple projects.
The Info Tag distinguishes selected elements belonging to a Hotlink. A selected element which is part of a Hotlink will be marked with hollow squares. If we select several Hotlinks, their selection dots will have different colors to help us distinguish them.
Hotlinks are stored in the Host project: even if the Source file is not currently available, the Hotlink is still present and visible. However, the Hotlink can’t be updated as long as the referred Source file is unavailable. The Hotlink instances with the same Source can be placed with different parameters such as orientation or Master Layer. The placed Hotlink can only be edited as an entity. Its elements cannot be edited as long as they remain part of a Hotlink.
Any Hotlink placed in theHost project will be listed in the Hotlink Module Manager (File/External Content/Hotlink Module Manager). ARCHICAD’s Hotlink Module Manager dialog provides an overview of the Hotlink’s hierarchy and a feedback on the status of the individual Source files (up-to-date, missing, modified) and their Source location.
Learn how to place a Hotlink here.
Learn how to Edit a Hotlink here.
Learn about and how to change Hotlink Settings here.
Learn how to create Module files (.mod) here.