Archive for the ‘ArchiCAD 16’ Category

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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Make your Special Snap Points more visible

25 February 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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Selecting the easy way…

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

Do you know about the Direction Dependent Selection method?  This comes in to effect when you draw a selection window.  It has been in ArchiCAD for a number of versions now, but is hidden within the Info Box settings of the Arrow Tool… There are three options available and each will include elements… 1:  if any part

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‘Zoom to Selection’

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

…this is one of my favourite commands that I use all the 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

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Count your Polygons!

13 February 2015 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 15, ArchiCAD 16, ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

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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Save yourself time with the Detail and Worksheet Boundary

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

How often do you create a Detail or Worksheet and then find you have to delete the boundary that appears?  And then again each time the view updates!  Personally, I do it a lot until I remember to go and turn the function off in the Work Environment! If you want to do the same,

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Add Libraries to a Project quickly…

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

If you have loaded a Library to a recent project in ArchiCAD, you can quickly add this to the current project too. In the Library Manager, go to the pull down button next to Add… 


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Get to Toolbox settings quickly

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

Sometimes it is necessary to change the settings of your Toolbox… for example to add extra Tools or change the order they appear in.  To do this you have to go to the Work Environment settings and remember the following path:  Options> Work Environment> Toolbox… …unless you know the shortcut!


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Filter your Layers

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

Layers in ArchiCAD can be sorted by name, extension or status by clicking on any of the column headers… but did you know that you can also use the pop-up menu next to the funnel? Here you can choose to: Show all layers – hopefully this is self explanatory! Hide Xref layers – helps to tidy up

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