Notes on Cadimage Stairs for ArchiCAD 18

21 August 2014 Tessa Read No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Cadimage, Development, Stairs

The Cadimage Stair Tool has now been released for ArchiCAD 18, and is ready for download right away. Before you get started with it though, here are a few things that you should know.
First off, you’ll need to use the Cadimage Polystair and Railing toolbox items to use the tool, so if you haven’t loaded the Cadimage Work Environment, do that now. If you want to do it manually, just
go into Options – Work Environment – Toolbox, scroll to the bottom of the list, and use the Add Selected button to add the Polystair and Railing elements to the toolbox that you want them in (I’d
recommend Design).

Now you can get started with the tool by simply double-clicking on the Polystair. Unfortunately, due to time constraints during the development of the V18 tool, the old polyline-style freeform drawing
method to draw stairs is not available at this stage. We are working on bringing this back, but for now, this is the working solution to getting Stairs made.

Once you’re in the Stair Settings most of the settings will look familiar. The way that you structure your stair now though, is in the Flights + Landings page. Here you’ll see the components of your
stair. As you can see below, we start looking at the first component, which is a Flight. You can click on the heading there to change to the other components to change their settings too.

Stairs Screenshot


The default stair is a Flight, a landing, and then another flight, but you can mix and match this to what you need by clicking the + and – buttons over on the right. This will add and remove
components. Using the panel below, you can use the + and – icons to add extra ‘legs’ to each component as well.

You’ll also notice in the lower left, some Graphic Editing options. The one on the left is Flights/Landings mode, and the right one is for Treads. Clicking either of these modes will enable a
set of editable hotspots on the Stairs that let you edit the layout of the stair and/or treads.

That should be enough to get you up-and-running for now. If you have any questions, just email us at

Consolidating Libraries in ArchiCAD 18

21 August 2014 Scylla de Magalhaes No Comments
Tip of the Day

ArchiCAD 18 has improved the Library consolidation functionality for Migration Files.    

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20 August 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
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OPEN BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization, and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. OPEN BIM is an initiative of several leading software vendors (GRAPHISOFT, Tekla, Trimble . . .) using the open buildingSMART Data Model. The main drive behind OPEN BIM is to provide a transparent, open

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Struggling to see your Special Snaps?

19 August 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

Sometimes on a detailed drawing, it can be difficult to see where the Special Snap Points are on an element (half way along a wall, at a distance or x divisions etc). In that case, why not change the colour to be something that stands out a little bit more?  I would suggest a colour

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Migrating you company template to ArchiCAD 18

18 August 2014 Jonathan Breen 1 Comment
ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

For ArchiCAD 18 we have included an ArchiCAD 18 NZE Template document to fully explain its features. The NZE Template has been 10+ years of development and refining and a quick read of the document may reveal advantages & features you were previously unaware of. So in creating a company specific template it is best

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Electrical 3-Way Switch

15 August 2014 Soto 2 Comments
ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Electrical, Tip of the Day

If you are placing lamps in a hallway or stairs, you may need to have a three way switch at both ends of the stair.  Just place the regular switches using the Cadimage Electrical Tool. Finally select the lamp(s) and the switches and go to the menu Cadimage>Electrical>Add Wiring.    

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Embedding Drawings into your file

14 August 2014 Scylla de Magalhaes No Comments

By breaking the link of your external drawings, they automatically become embedded into your file.

Model exchange using IFC

13 August 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
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We can exchange 3D models between our collaborative team using the power of the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file format.  ArchiCAD has been involved with the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability, BuildingSMART) organisation since 1996, and have certified IFC import and export functions. Importing an IFC model into ArchiCAD is as simple as using the

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Creating the basis of your CAD Standards

11 August 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

CAD standards is a hot topic and with software evolving they have to adapt to work well with the new automated systems to improve your workflow. The ArchiCAD 18 NZE Template document included with your ArchiCAD 18 under Help>ArchiCAD 18 NZE Template can easily create the basis of your CAD Standards. With this you can

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Auckland ArchiCAD BIM User Group

8 August 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 18

It was great to see the Auckland ArchiCAD User Group up and going again! We’d a great attendance last night and opened up our facilities for everyone to use. Lots of talk of ArchiCAD 18 and how the new features are going to make a real difference in the workplace. If you are interested in

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