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All the common layouts (that we can think of) are blocked up in the project templates. These guidelines apply no matter when a layout is first needed.
These instructions are current as of Archicad 20.
With the advent of renovation in Archicad 15, the transition from existing conditions to new construction is much simpler. We still want to finalize and set aside the existing conditions before moving on.
Note: The favorites part of this is different in Archicad 20. With the advent of renovation in Archicad 15, the transition from existing conditions to new construction is much simpler. We still want to finalize and set aside the existing conditions before moving on.
What to do when the project is done. First, make sure it's really done. 'Almost', 'practically', 'pretty much', 'just about', and 'I think it's' done are not the same thing.
In the old days, things were different. How different depends on how old the days are. It's hard to anticipate every issue you might encounter in an old project. The first question is, what do you need from the project? Do you need drawings, a detail, or are we actually resuming work on the project?
Leads and pending projects should be placed in 1 Projects / zPending. These are projects which have no modeling or design data with them. They might be just a proposal. When a pending project actually begins, create the project folder as normal. Drag any documents in the pending folder to the new project folder. The proposal belongs in '3 Contract
All the typical layouts (that I can think of) are blocked up in the project templates. Developing the layouts consists mostly of framing the plan, tuning up the section/elevations, and arranging the drawings on the sheets.
Typically we try to get the existing conditions completed before starting demolition and new construction. It's good practice to save a copy of the PLN at this stage, along with a PDF of the existing plans. But in principle, we should be able to get existing plans out of the project at any stage, and there might be projects
Renovation is a feature set to control the display of existing, new, and demolished elements in the workflow of addition and renovation projects. It began in Archicad 15. This feature means we no longer have three of each layer in addition projects. In the Renovation workflow, there are three kinds of elements: Existing Elements, Elements to be Demolished, and New
This is obsolete as of Archicad 15. From that version onward, renovation is the way. Read this instead. What happens when the existing model and drawings are done. The basic idea is to keep the existing conditions, both the PLN and the layout book, tucked away safely. It is theoretically possible to get existing drawings out of the addition project,
The 3D printing consultant was fine with our 3D DXF until he got to the grade mesh. He requested that we send him an STL file, which we did not know what was. It is a 3D Stereolithography file and it's common in 3D apps. Archicad doesn't support it for export. We tracked down an open-source app called MeshLab which
(Heavily revised for AC10, though still a little clunky.) This is the standard workflow for issuing SK drawings.
The templates have a fax transmittal as part of the layout book.
The model is in there. Don't look at it, just imagine it. Think of the real buildings you can't see at the moment. The Lincoln Memorial is there. Trust me. The model is before everything in the Navigator. No model, nothing to Navigate, right? The Navigator in AC10, besides being indispensable to your productivity, is good illustration of Archicad's intended
(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
(Similar to: In-House Printing (PlotMaker 9)) For large format output we use that enormous, hot, 16-amp-pulling thing in the middle of the office. (Note: This is about printing layouts. 'Check printing' from AC, for the heck of it, is another matter.)
The integrated layout book in AC10 makes it even easier to start layouts in advance, in the templates, and have them nearly 'just work'. All the common layouts (that I can think of) are blocked up in the project templates. Developing the layouts consists mostly of framing the plan, tuning up the section/elevations, and arranging the drawings on the sheets.
I inherited a project where an important dimension was supposed to be 12'-9" and instead it was established as 12'-9 9/64". The fraction rounds to 1/8", which resolves in the dimensions (12'-9 1/8"), so I have to fix it or customize the dim text, which would violate various Prime Directives. And it's my fault I didn't catch it before adding
1. Duplicate the zTemplate 10 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