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At Rill Architects we run ArchiCAD on Mac OS X. If you work at Rill, this is your stuff. If you don't, but you work in ArchiCAD, you may find something interesting. Anybody else, I don't know.
May 2004 Archive

Obsolete. Use this method (zones) or this method (fills) instead.

Your first list. I'm so proud.

Calculate Menu, List Zones | FA [Something] (JAM8.lis). You can also find lists in the project map under 'Lists'.

There are several different calculations available: Rooms on each story, total rooms, garage, exterior spaces. Each is set up to include zones in the appropriate category and stories.

The list will give the area of each zone and a total. There is no way to do a subtotal by story; that's why the lists are separate. I feel your pain.

[Note: This object has been superseded.]

This is the stamp you will use most of the time. Right now it's the only one we have.

It's pretty hard to tell it apart from the Room Name object. There are some differences.

The name list is hooked up to the Room Name parameter of the zone tool, which lets you select from the list in the info box.

The text size of the name is also available in the info box. The size for the material label is only in the settings, though.

There are parameters for the crown type, base type, and ceiling finish, for use in generating a finish schedule. Note: You must enter these. They don't learn from the room automatically, yet.

Zones are calculation instruments. They represent rooms and other definable areas/volumes in the project.


Location: 04 Masonry

A brick arched wall niche. Duh. Right now it can only do a semicircular arch. It will draw the brick lines on the sides and around the arch. The sill is optional.

In plan, the niche will display correctly. If using the Reflected Ceiling Plan display option, the niche will disappear completely, as if if it was a regular window. Consider using a patch.

Location: 12 Furnishings/Casework

• Obviously, set the number of shelves and the number of vertical divisions. You can also set a maximum height for the shelves and have the quantity calculated. The height of the bottom shelf can be set independently, or not.

• For odd values of horizontal divisions, the width of the center shelves can be set independently.

• There are separate thicknesses for the box, base, shelf, and vertical divider.

• You can choose to start with a shelf or a space (eg, to place on top of a counter).

• For shelves which will be cased like a door, you have the option of using door dimensions for easier alignment.

• All the trim options of a typical door are available, and should behave consistently.

• You can place a 'transom' section on top, which can be divided separately.

• In plan, you can choose a simple rectangle or 'poche' mode, which shows the cut profile of the shelf, including the vertical dividers.

That's all I can think of.

Note: This object is pretty OK, if a bit glitchy, but I'm really enjoying the Cabinet Opening in thick wall method for bookshelves.

All the pocket doors now have a line representing the extent of the void in the wall. Now you know if the door really fits.

Location: 12 Furnishings / Casework

You can miter it, like a trim object. No big deal.

Location: 08a Windows

A window for placing a wall of screen panels at once.

The vertical panels are limited to 3. The rail height and the transom height can be set where these panels are used. These two heights are also graphically editable in 3D, so you can line them up with railings or doors.

You can have any number of horizontal divisions. You can put in the quantity or have it calculated from a maximum width.

Location: 08b Doors

A screen door. Optional screen transom.