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ESC – what does this button do?

16 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 16, ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

Have you noticed the Escape (ESC) key seems to do different things at different times?

This may seem strange, but it is in fact very useful… if you know what to expect!

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Here is what is supposed to happen when you press the ESC key once

  • while inputting data / drawing:  cancel the operation
  • when element(s) selected:  deselect
  • Marquee present:  remove Marquee
  • Nothing selected:  switch from Current Tool to the Arrow Tool

If you press the ESC key multiple times, the sequence will be…  cancel > deselect > remove Marquee > Arrow Tool


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Change what you see in 3D

13 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 16, ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

Sometimes it is necessary to filter the visible elements in the 3D Window to improve performance or restrict the elements for exporting data. The Layers within ArchiCAD will allow some flexibility here – but they will not for example allow you to hide the Doors or Windows (in ArchiCAD, Doors and Windows belong to their

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Reducing the Size of your Windows PDF files

12 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

If you use large images within your project, you can limit your PDF file size by adjusting the PDF Option settings. From either the Publisher Document Options … button, or from the File > Save As > PDF Document Options … button, choose the PDF Options … button at the bottom left. Within here you can limit

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Pens and Colours 18 Object

11 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 16, ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

Have you ever found the colours on screen don’t look quite like the colours you output on paper?  Well, without going in to display configuration, a simple thing you can do is use this great Object and print a version of your pen palette so you know what the colours will be like on your

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30th Anniversary splash screen

10 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

Ever get bored of looking at the same old ArchiCAD 18 splash screen? How about – when ArchiCAD 18 starts up, rather than display the standard splash screen it display’s a different version?  This is a feature within ArchiCAD 18 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary version. To change the splash screen you need to change

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Transfer Attributes from file to file

9 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 16, ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

Most tools in ArchiCAD rely on Attributes. Attributes include Pens, Line types, Fills, Surfaces and so on. All attributes that already exist are managed by the Attribute Manager. Over time and as you become more experienced with ArchiCAD you will begin to create your own attributes; more than likely you are already in the form of

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Move through the Toolbox Tools

6 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

In a previous post I described how you could use the W key to go back to the last Tool from the Arrow (click here for the link). Well, what happens if you are on the Door Tool and want to go to the Wall Tool or Window Tool, or let’s face it, any other Tool?



Move from the Arrow Too to the last Tool used…

5 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 16, ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

All ArchiCAD users learn pretty quickly that pressing ESC often enough switches you from whatever Tool is active to the Arrow Tool… but what if you then want to go back to the last Tool? To switch from the Arrow Tool to the last Tool used – press W on the keyboard…   W will

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Where is the Quick Options palette?

4 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 16, ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

Have you recently installed ArchiCAD 18 and wondered where the Quick Options palette has gone?  In default Work Environments provided by Graphisoft, the Quick Options palette is normally hidden. The quickets way to view the palette is to use the shortcut button located in the bottom left corner of your drawing window (Plan, 3D, Elevation etc)…


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Check out myCadimage.com

3 March 2015 Ken Good No Comments
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We’ve created myCadimage so you can easily manage: The Cadimage Tools you own Access Cadimage Tool Trial versions Your newsletter preferences Your contact and billing information Help, if you need it Plus much more… you can even access Tip of the Day if you want to read this again! If you have not already visited,

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