Orbit, maybe there is an easier way

23 April 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

Back in V9 we got very used to tap the ‘o’ key to orbit, use our mouse to orbit then hit ‘o’ again

Thats 2 clicks thats more than necessary, you can do it on the fly.

In 3D hold the wheel of the mouse down to Pan in 3D much like you do in plan.

Then hold in SHIFT also and now it orbits, if you let go it goes back into Pan.

With this you can quickly navigate around anywhere in 3D.


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Extending the Wall Covering below wall base.

22 April 2014 Scylla de Magalhaes No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Cadimage, Tip of the Day

  In ArchiCAD 17 you can easily extend your Wall Covering below wall base by adding a negative value to the Base Shape setting.        


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ArchiCAD ‘monster’ Easter Egg

18 April 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

Let me just start by defining what I mean by Easter Egg… in software terms, an Easter Egg is an intentional joke or feature included but normally hidden inside a program.  No chocolate I am afraid! To see an ArchiCAD Easter Egg – select the ‘Microcar‘ from the library and add Monster Truck Wheels to the Parameters

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Import Standard Steel Profile

17 April 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

If you work regularly with Structural Steel components, you might find it useful to use the standard profiles with the Column or Beam Tool. To access the database, go to Options> Import Standard Steel Profile.  A database of thousands of standard profiles are available – but fortunately you can use Country Code and Profile Types to

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Have you noticed how fast Cadimage Coverings is now?

16 April 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Cadimage, Coverings, Tip of the Day

Back in 2013 we bought a development company in the UK called ‘Encina’ – their expertise in ArchiCAD tools we knew would come in useful. This first big thing you may notice is the speed of Coverings. For example in a house with over 100 wall coverings it would take half an hour to update

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Object of the Week

15 April 2014 Andrew Watson No Comments
ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Objects, Tip of the Day

Monkey Bars #1366 is one of a collection of objects intended for visualizing children’s playground equipment. You can download the objects individually, or if you log into https://bimcomponents.com you can download the whole collection as a single LCF file. Description The monkey bars may include ladder rungs at one or both ends. The horizontal rungs may

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Exchanging IFC data with Revit

14 April 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

Do you regularly exchange IFC data with Revit users?  If so, please make sure the Revit user is using the ArchiCAD Connection plugin for Autodesk Revit applications. The ArchiCAD Connection is a free Add-In for Autodesk Revit softwares (including Revit Structure, Revit MEP and Revit Architecture).  The Add-In improves the IFC model-based and bi-directional data exchange

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Where are the electrical pens?

11 April 2014 Soto No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, Electrical, Tip of the Day

Changing the pens for your electrical symbols and wiring shouldn’t be a manual practice object by object, but rather a change that can be done in your pen set.


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Need to find a Marker in a model ?

10 April 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

Do you have problems finding where a Section Marker is placed in a model?  Or maybe which Elevation window a Detail Drawing source Marker is placed? All you need to do is right click in the Navigator (Project Map or View Map) on the Marker you are looking for and then click on the Select

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Thermal Bridge Effect

9 April 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

Did you know you can set the Thermal Bridge Effect when performing Energy Evaluation on your design. To do this within the Energy Model Review palette go to the Structures tab & select a wall: Then in the Structure Properties click the 3 dot button beside its U/R Value to bring up the R-Value Calculator

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