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Jump through the Toolbox Tools

10 October 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, 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? (more…)



A beam with holes

9 October 2014 Soto No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

If you need to create a beam element in ArchiCAD and include holes along the beam. Go to the 3D view Select the beam Click and drag an edge of the beam The pet palette has now displayed the option ‘Hole’ Set up the Beam Hole Settings. If you need to have more holes, you

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Photorendering in ArchiCAD 18

8 October 2014 Andrew Watson No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

If you are using CineRender by MAXON to create a pretty picture in ArchiCAD 18, you might be surprised at how long the rendering is taking. I had a go just now, and it was shaping up to take a number of hours to create the rendered image. Actually, it’s quite normal for quality rendering

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Further reduce PDF File Size on Mac

7 October 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

Emailing large PDF drawing booklets generated in ArchiCAD can be a problem if you are using a slow internet connection. With the Mac OSX image utility, Preview, you can resave a PDF to a reduced file size. Open the PDF Drawing Booklet with Preview. Then hit File > Export, rename the File (just in case),

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New Surface names in ArchiCAD 18

6 October 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

The surfaces in ArchiCAD 18 have been completely redeveloped by experts insuring the highest quality materials when rendering. These are based off Maxon’s Cinema 4D technology to effectively use the CineRender engine. Their names have subsequently changed to be a little easier to read. For example ‘Paint 01′ is now ‘Paint – Titanium White’ We

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Object of the Week

3 October 2014 Andrew Watson 1 Comment
ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Objects, Tip of the Day

Hedge #1591 is designed to model a trimmed broad-leaf hedge such as griselinia, laurel, etc. Description The basic shape of the hedge is a rectangular ‘box’, into which leaves are randomly placed. One major consideration for any leafy object is the number of polygons and edges in the model. This hedge object addresses the problem by

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Morph: Modify segmentation

2 October 2014 Soto No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18

When you have a morph that has both curvy faces and sharp edges, to increase the resolution of the curve and still have the sharp edges. Select the morph   Command Design>Modify Morph>Modify segmentation More segments.    


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How to go back to the last Tool from the Arrow

1 October 2014 Ken Good 1 Comment
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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Reducing the Size of your PDF files

30 September 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
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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ArchiCAD 18 Layers explained

29 September 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

The Layers in ArchiCAD 18 have been developed to be as simple as possible aligning their names with the Toolbox and Tools. They are organised into 4 main categories: 1. Des          - This stands for Design and relates to the 3D tools in the Design Toolbox. These are the 3D modelled

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