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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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Updated for Archicad 20. I encourage you to always use Publisher for all standard printing, PDF, and DWG output. All the pertinent info is stored in the Publisher sets, so you don't have to worry about it: Page setup, printer selection, DWG translation, whatever. For any Publisher set, you can publish the whole thing or select items and publish only
My view of the template is this: Anything you always, or even usually, do on a project should be started in the template. Stories, sections, elevations. Views, lots and lots of views. Not just some layouts, almost all the layouts. You're going to publish PDF and DWG. You're going to print. You're going to do sketch render and BIMx. And
Navigator Theory Creating Views Developing Layouts Applied Navigator Theory: Other Kinds of Plans Plotting 2: PDF Archives Append Date Template Publisher Sets PDF Placement
Every drawing or set we give to someone else should be archived as a PDF in the project folder at 2 Output : PDF Archive. This is for convenience and our own protection.
(Formalization of this.) If you have a job too large to print in house, email PDF files here. The files size limit is about 50MB. Put the job details in the message, including the number of sets, delivery time, and any special instructions. MBC advises us that you should call them to make sure the job got there and that
Archicad 10 finally gives us the ability to place PDF files in layouts, as well as other project windows. PDF-in-layout will become the standard method of placing non-Archicad info in drawing sets. Any file (Word doc, spreadsheet, etc.) can be saved as a PDF via OS X's Print PDF facility. In the current templates, the abbreviations and general notes are
Another piece of the Publisher puzzle. Publisher automates output processes, including file output. When Publisher saves files, it saves them to the path given in the Publisher set's properties. Under our AC10 workflow, this path should usually be 1 Projects/[ProjectName]/2 Output/Publisher Outbox. When a publication is run, newly saved files will overwrite any that are already in that folder,
I'm happy to announce, and I hope I don't regret it, that we can email PDFs to MBC. And they will print them, and the drawings will probably be alright. I'm sure there will be some tuning up to do, but I think we have it working. This is the address. Put the job details (copies etc) in the message.
If you have ever tried to print a half-size set directly on the WINPRINT thing, you probably never tried again, because it took ten times longer than it should have. This is a limitation of the printer, but here's a pretty good workaround.
Every drawing or set we give to someone else should be archived as a PDF in the project folder at 2 Output : PDF Archive. This is for convenience and our own protection. Archives should be named with the date, and a description if the set is for a specific purpose, such as a permit set. Example: Somebody 2005-03-11 Permit.PDF.
Adobe's PDF technology is built in to OS X at a low level. One of the primary benefits of this is the ability to save PDF files from any print dialog box, without using Acrobat or another third party solution. Anything that can be printed can be saved as a PDF, using any print driver on the machine, even for