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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.
October 2007 Archive

Location: Like all markers, the location doesn't matter. Markers are selected directly in the settings dialog or info box.

Tag Only
Detail TagOnly JM11 is just the call-out tag with no flag, direction, or area box. Use it when an area or flag marker might be confusing because of the orientation of the detail relative to the drawing you're calling it from. The leader isn't part of it, you need to add that.

Text Only
Detail TextOnly JM11 is just the drawing and sheet number data with no other geometry. Use this to refer to a detail in a note. The little plus sign will not print. If you change the note, you'll need to move the marker. Someday maybe we'll have real drawing reference autotext capability and we won't need this anymore.

Linking in Info Box
Both of these are useless as 'source' markers. Don't use them to 'make' details. They will always be 'linked' to an existing detail drawing. Place the drawing in the layout first so you know what you're referring to.

Place them using the first, single-click geometry method; you don't need to draw a box.

Location: 08b Windows

An array of screen window panels.

Horizontal Panels: Set it to zero if you want to automatically calculate the number of panels based on the Max Panel Width, or put in a number.

Transom edit
Vertical Panels: At least one, up to three. If there are two, the Rail Height and Rail Thickness parameters are available. If there are three, the Transom Height and Transom Bar Width parameters are available. The position of the rail and transom bar will define the height of the middle panel.

Both the rail transom heights can be edited in 3D and in section using the green nodes.

All the other parameters are identical to those of the single screen window. If the balusters are on, they will only be built in the lowest panels.

Rectangular Gutter
Location: 07 Thermal & Moisture

I added Rectangular options for the gutter and the downspout.

Location: 08b Windows

A simple screen panel for a screened porch. Not a screen for a window unit.

Frame Width and Thickness: Dimensions of the border trim. There are two frames, one inside and one outside, with the screen in the middle.

Balusters are optional; set the Width and Spacing. The balusters are built within the inside frame. They can have their own pen, which should be thin.

Frame and Screen Material: Obvious.

3D Cut Pen: A window hole is usually outlined with the wall's 3D pen. This parameter lets you use a different pen for the hole.

X in Section: Draws an 'X' inside the frames at scales greater than 3/4".

Every viewpoint has a name and an ID. The name is important and is often used for output. The ID is never used for output, but wherever possible we use the ID to help organize the project map and view map.

Info Box name/ID
For viewpoints with with a marker, the name and ID appear in the Info Box and settings dialog. This applies to section, elevations, details, and interior elevations. (And worksheets, in theory, though in our usage worksheets usually don't have markers.)

Properties in Navigator
For all viewpoints, the name and ID appear at the bottom of the Navigator under the Properties heading. Viewpoints with fixed IDs, such as stories, will have the ID field in gray.

The behavior of IDs varies among the viewpoint types, so here's a cheat sheet.

Story IDs
Stories have unique, fixed IDs based on the order of stories. They are ugly. We ignore them.

Section IDs
Section and Elevation IDs are created by the user, and they need not be unique, but the name/ID combination must be. (If you try to create a section/elevation with an identical name and ID, AC will automatically append a number to the ID.) Sections and elevations should have an ID roughly corresponding to their sheet number. Building elevations and sections get A2-1, A2-2, etc., and wall sections get A3-1, A3-2, etc. For sections, add a letter to indicate the direction the section is facing. Don't put the direction in the name. For 'Junk' sections, used for modeling support and not for output, the ID should be xn where n is a number. (Yes, junk sections should usually be sections, not elevations.) So you end up with a section list of output viewpoints at the top, followed by all the junk.

Interiors IDs
Interior Elevation IDs should start with A5. I like to use the ID to sort the interiors by story: Basement is A5-0, first floor is A5-1, etc. Like the sections and elevations, the actual output sheet may differ. The sorting is to help you know where to look in the view map.

Detail IDs
Detail IDs need not be unique. (In AC10 and earlier, they had to be.) Still, it's a good habit to make them distinctive. I find it helpful to use the detail ID to give the 'category' of detail. For example, a bunch of eave details will have IDs of Eave01, Eave02, etc. The assembly type details have Type01, Type02, etc. Structure detail IDs start with S_ followed by a number. For all details, the name should be presentable for the automatic drawing title.

Worksheet IDs
Worksheets are a new, mostly redundant viewpoint type in AC11. We could easily live without them, but since they exist, we park all the straggly non-detail drawing things there. There aren't enough worksheets in a typical project to worry about sorting the list, so I recommend leaving the ID blank and just using the name.

Schedules, too, aren't abundant enough to sort. Leave the ID blank.

Cameras and paths have unique IDs that can't be changed.

Summary: Viewpoint IDs are not used for output, so use them to help sort the lists. Names are used for output: Use the name you want to see on the paper.

The IDs that do matter for output are those of the layout book items; subsets, layouts, and drawings.

Drawing IDs are usually generated by the layout, either by the grid or the order of drawings in the layout book tree.

Layout IDs are usually generated by the subset.

Subset IDs are set by the user, and the subset ID becomes part of the layout ID.

Views also have IDs, but they should typically inherit the viewpoints' IDs, so the lists will appear the same to us. All view IDs can be customized or set to 'None', but you can usually just leave them be. In the templates, I have deleted all the IDs for story (plan) views, because stuff like "-1. Basement" looks idiotic.

Mississippi River Delta

# Faces in Places...

Here, via Coudal. There's an Archicad one in there, what are the odds.

-James 2007-10-01-0835