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At Rill Architects we run ArchiCAD on macOS. 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.

To facilitate the creation of post-project binders.

In the project templates:

• A layer, +Z Binder Note, for drawing titles and other annotations specific to the binder pages. The Arch Note Reg Scale layer needs to be off, so you have to put the title somewhere.

• Layer Combinations, xx Binder Plan and xx Binder Elevation, which are identical to A1 and A2/3 except the binder note layer is on, and the regular note layer is off. In addition, all the visible layers are unlocked, to make it easier to tune things up. In the Addition template, there are also Layer Combinations for Existing Drawings.

• A Display Option Combination, 'Binder', which is the same as A1/A2 except the walls are solid and the window/door markers are off.

• A view set, 'Binder', with folders for the plan and elevation views. The Addition template has folders for the Existing drawings as well. The default scale of views for the binder pages is 1/32"=1'-0" (128). This seems to fit; there will certainly be cases where a different scale would be better.

• Hotspots for alignment to the letter-size layout. These are on +Z Binder Note, and drawn with pen 161. This pen is red in layouts, so it's easy to identify the binder spots among the other alignment spots, which remain visible because they're on the Archicad layer. In practice, you will likely have to move the spots, just like you did when setting up the big layouts.

• A drawing title object in the plan, on +Z Binder Note.

In the layout book templates:

• A new subset, 'Binder'. In the New layout book, there are eight letter-size layouts; four plans and four elevations. In the Addition book, within the Binder subset, are folders for 'New' and 'Existing' layouts, and within each, eight layouts.

Note: Produce the Existing drawings from the 'Existing Project' layout book, which you set aside at the existing to addition transition. In the addition project itself, you can trash the Binder/Existing subset along with the other Existing-related subsets.

• A 'pen set' PMK drawing on the 'Basement Plan' binder layout. The weights of these pen are a little thinner, better for small scales. (Pen settings transfer here.)

• A publisher set, 'Print Binder', which prints the binder sheets.

So getting the binder pages should be easier, and you won't have to reinvent the wheel every time. There are a few things to keep in mind:

Save As. The layers and display options will handle most of the work, but you still might need to tweak actual elements. Save the 'Project for Binder.pln' in Project/2 Output/Binder. That folder is new too.

• For plans, the goal is black walls for new work, and clear for existing conditions. (Section fills aren't helpful when printing on letter-size.) To this end, we use the Solid display option for cut fills. This option fills the wall with the fill pattern pen.

For new work, that needs to be something that turns black; 11 has been standard for some time, and that's fine.

Existing walls might need a change. They have typically been drawn with empty fill, and the fill pen has been ignored. To get them to stay white under the solid display option, change the fill pen to 91. There might be existing walls drawn with actual fill patterns, such as concrete. Change those pens to 91 as well so the walls are clear. (I updated the Existing Favorites for this.)