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September 2003 Archive

Let's review what the Arrow Tool does-- it might be more than you think, especially in AC8.

Remember: The right arrow key toggles between the arrow tool and the previous tool. In AC8, sometimes it doesn't work. Try it anyway. Update, in AC10, our single-key shortcut for the Arrow tool is '1'.

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For AC8 projects, save PLC files on the hotel instead of on your local disk. This is a change.

The reason: In PM, you will need to link views from a PLC. A PLP won't work, and I wouldn't recommend it if it did. If the PLC is local, the layout book won't be able to find the drawings when opened from any other machine.

This change does not effect AC7 projects.

As follows...

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Especially on the roof framing plan, it helps to dot in the walls below. It's easy and quick.

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The new Layout Book in PlotMaker 3 is great, but one thing that got harder is getting the plans to line up from sheet to sheet.

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Use the 'Show Area Text' feature of the fill tool to make wall and glazing area measurements a breeze.

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Location: < strong >13 Special Construction.

This is so cool.

Using Solid Elements Operations and this object, you can cleanly slope the top of a curving wall. Handy for landscaping.

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Don't forget: In AC8, the escape key now performs the cancel function. This makes it consistent with all other software in the solar system. 99% of the time, hitting ESC will be faster than mousing over to the Cancel button, or right-click-canceling.

It's also another beautiful, inspiring, timeless, indestructible tower on the magisterial edifice that is The Keyboard, as compared to the moldy-straw-1st-little-pig-shack of Mousing Around Clicking Buttons, Menus, Sub-menus, and Sub-sub-menus.

In other words, learn the shortcuts, and use them. And we'll plan our escape.

You have to open it from the file menu in Archicad.

You have to open it from the file menu in Archicad.

You have to open it from the file menu in Archicad.

Location: 04 Masonry / 2D Masonry.

Shows bricks and mortar joints for large scale section details. The fills and dimensions are parametric, and it can be stretched to any length and it will end properly in the middle of a brick or joint.

I am working on a lot of brick-related stuff for the Stevens project, including more detail objects and standard details. Stay tuned.