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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.
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These instructions are current as of Archicad 19. They haven't changed much in a while, and probably won't for a while.

1. Duplicate the zTemplate19 folder and rename it with the project name. To duplicate a folder, drag and drop it within the same window while holding down the Option key. Name the folder after the client. If this is a second, or later, project, add a number. (Please don't use roman numerals, they are hard to read.) If it's a sub-project or related project, add a descriptive term. Examples: Smith. Jones3. Salamander Garage.

2. Within the fresh project folder, open the project file template for new home or addition. The template names end in .tpl. The new template, 'NewHome19.tpl', is at the top of the project folder. The existing conditions template, 'Addition19.tpl', is in the '4 Site & Existing Conditions' folder.

3. In the library manager, make sure you have the following libraries loaded:

• From your local Applications / Graphisoft / Archicad 19 folder, 'Archicad Library 19'. The whole folder. (Archicad wants to automatically load this library from this location, and unless you have messed up your installation, it should always show up.)

• From the carrot (2 Resources), '1 Rill LIB19'. Don't load the entire 'Master LIB 19' folder. Click 'OK' and 'Done'. (Much more on libraries here and here.)

4. Once the libraries load, Save As. Format: Archicad Project File. For the name use the client name, similar to the folder name. If the folder is named 'Smith', the project should be 'Smith House.PLN'. For an existing house use 'Existing smith.PLN'.

5. Go to the Finder and delete the project templates from your project folder. They are no longer needed. If by some weird chance you need a template again, you can always get it from the zTemplate folder.

6. Back in the project, fill in the Project Info (File -> Info -> Project Info). The relevant fields are Client Full Name (Smith), Project Name (House, Addition, etc.), and Site Full Address.

7. Set up the stories. Story elevations are floor-to-floor. In order to interact properly with the Floor Plan Cut Plane, the roof story should be set well above the top occupied story, perhaps even higher than you think. (12'?)

The templates contain an attic story by default. If your project doesn't have an attic, delete this story. You should also delete the attic-related layouts.

8. Build the model until it's done or someone tells you to stop.

Once the model is to-a-point, it's time to prepare the layouts for the model and vice versa.