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Happy anniversary to this post from October 16, 2006. That's the year of Archicad 10. The post is called Ways Objects Have to Be Right. (I should have said library parts, I regret the error.) There were a lot back then: Plan symbol Plan symbol on remote stories 3D hidden line 3D shaded 3D render Elevation Elevation in distant area
This is the 9-years-bugging-me thing from a couple days ago. I have used doors and windows of my own making since Archicad 8. When I started, it seemed essential to getting our projects looking the way we want; the Archicad Library items just didn't do the job. I know they have improved over the years, but I don't know how
Somebody asked: I have finally gotten frustrated enough with the way line types are (dis)organized to focus some effort on it. Have you figured out any tricks to getting line types to show up in any logical sequence at all in your files? I can't believe that after all this time GS hasn't just made it alphabetical. How hard can
Autogroup: On Hide locked layers: Yes Pet Palette movement: Jump Tracker: Off Coordinate Box: On XY Button: Up RA Button: Down Move the origin a lot: Yes Do that thing where you rest the cursor on a point and enter distances followed by + or -: No Magnet: On Info Box: Vertical Navigator Preview: Off Quick Layers: Off (Toolbar buttons)
A reference marker is a special object that can intelligently refer to viewpoints within the project or drawings placed on layouts. They also create viewpoints, which is a strange kind of double duty. Then you can also create viewpoints without markers... it's not intuitive overall. For most cases, you can think of a viewpoint as an application window. Sections, elevations,
Model View Options, formerly known as Display Options, can be organized into combinations, kind of like layers, and MVO combinations can be saved with views. Naturally, this is all set up in the templates. MVOs are completely separate from On-screen View Options, which are screen-only and do not affect output. The MVO dialog has three divisions. Options for Construction
Isn't north up? Probably not. Since the orientation of the project is driven by the geometry of the plan, north can be any which way. In the Sun dialog The north direction for the project is set in the Sun dialog. You get there via the Sun button in the Camera settings box, or via the More Sun button in
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. For viewpoints with with a marker, the name and ID appear in the Info Box and settings dialog. This
The Drawing Manager appeared in Archicad 10, taking the place of Drawing Usage in PlotMaker 9. You can open it by clicking the button at the upper left of the Navigator. It lists every drawing placed in the project, displays various settings of the drawings, and offers tools for performing drawing-related tasks such as updating, changing the linked view, breaking
It lumps together all the markers of a given type in the loaded libraries. It provides no hierarchy, no way to say, 'use this marker, not the AC library ones, not the obsolete versions of the right one.' The browser interface of the object tool etc allows the library person (me) to gracefully deprecate old objects, and steer users
In which I tilt at the windmill of Floor Plan Cut Plane, Relative Floor Plan Range, Automatic show-on-story, projection... It's not pretty. I mean, it's so pretty! You should read it! This is some of the stuff I was keeping from you when we discussed roofs in plan.
Fill display is confusing and inconsistent. Until it gets tidied up, this is all I can tell you.
(Favorites have improved in the three years since I first addressed them, so the post should improve too.) Favorites are preset configurations of the tools. They enable you to quickly configure a tool for a given purpose, like option-clicking without the need for a placed element.
Other dialogs here. The source files of some Hotlinked Modules are missing Sources of the following Drawings are unavailable! If this item is part of a clone, its clone will also be deleted Polygon boundary intersects itself!
I've taken another stab at standardizing the Work Environment. This for AC10 only.
A subtle but powerful feature tweak in AC10 is the addition of the 'Previous' option for ghost story display. Very simply, it shows the last story you were on as ghost. Now you can go back and forth between the basement and first floor, e.g., while always keeping the other story in sight. Here's a somewhat lateral tip. Use previous
The AC9 Display Options dialog had two divisions. 'Options for Display Only' only affect screen appearance. 'Options for Display and Output' also affect the printed output. In 10, these two groups are entirely separated, even to the point of appearing on different menus. 'Options for Display Only' no longer has a dialog box. They become the items on the menu
Editing in section has taken a big step forward, but it still isn't finished. You can: • Stretch most things in height. • Stretch walls and beams in length. • Edit the slope of roofs. And sloping beams, columns, and walls. These interactions use palette buttons, identical to the 3D window. You still can't: • Stretch objects in height. What
The Active Layer palette is accessed on a submenu of the Layers submenu, which might be on Options (9) or Document (10) or somewhere else by now. You mean the Quick Layers palette? No. Active Layer. This palette does exactly one thing, and I use it for exactly one purpose. It switches between the default state of 'Individually Set Layers'
It is not possible to delete the entire Favorite list at one time. You can only delete them one at a time, which, if you have a lot, no thanks. But you can write over the entire Favorites list with another list. If this list happened to have, say, one item on it, well that would be pretty easy to