Archive for the ‘ArchiCAD 16’ Category

My favourite command… ‘Zoom to Selection’

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

…this is probably about my most favourite commands of all time. It is really useful for the following… centring elements in the screen prior to saving a new view finding elements in a view after selecting them with Find & Select checking your selection is where you expect it to be To use Zoom to Selection -


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Hard to see Special Snap Points?

16 April 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 16, ArchiCAD 17, 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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Need to open an old ArchiCAD project?

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

If you have old project files, you may have trouble opening them in the more recent versions of ArchiCAD. Fortunately Graphisoft provide ‘File Converter‘ packages that allow you to save these old files in a format that is supported.  These packages are also designed to run on newer Operating Systems for both MacOS and Windows.

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Count your Polygons

13 April 2015 Ken Good No Comments
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If you have a project that you find particularly slow to navigate or work in 3D this may be due to the model having a large number of polygons. Polygons are the 2D shapes that are pieced together to form a 3D model… and there can be a LOT of them in a model.  A

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Tidy your Toolbox a different way…

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

Previously, in this post I showed a quick method for reducing the size of the Toolbox by reducing its size to hide the text. Here is a different way to ‘lose the text’… but this time it will allow you to create a double or even triple stack Toolbox. First of all, right click anywhere


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Tidy your Toolbox…

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

The text description in the Toolbox in ArchiCAD takes up a lot of space.  If you have used ArchiCAD for any length of time, you will no doubt be familiar with what the Window Tool or Door Tool looks like! To gain some ‘free space’ – simply resize the Toolbox by dragging its bottom right

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How to launch another ArchiCAD session…

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

If you are working in a project and want to check something in another file – don’t go through the hassle of closing, opening, closing and reopening… all you need to do is choose File> Open and then pick the Launch a new instance of ArchiCAD option… This option is also available with New and Teamwork

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Where is the Text in my Detail Drawings?

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

Have you noticed that the text is missing from the Detail Drawings you create? This is because ArchiCAD it will not show text by default in newly created Detail Drawings.  This can be changed.  If you would like Text to be copied across from the view, simply un-check the Copy construction elements only option…


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Checking the Layer an Element is on…

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

The easiest way to check what layer is being used is by selecting the element and looking at the Layer field in the Infobox…


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How can I check a Keyboard Shortcut?

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

Have you forgotten a keyboard shortcut?  Or would you like to learn a few more to work more efficiently? To find out what keyboard shortcuts ArchiCAD is using, go to Options> Work Environment> Keyboard Shortcuts and click Show Shortcut List in Browser


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