The easiest way to check what layer is being used is by selecting the element and looking at the Layer field in the Infobox…
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
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
If you want to quickly work out and show the area of a space all you need to do is draw a Fill and activate the Show Area Text option…
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
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
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
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 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.
If you are looking for some hints on Detailing in ArchiCAD… take a look at my Tips & Tricks webinar on our YouTube channel: More movies available here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CadimageTools