Archive for the ‘ArchiCAD’ Category

“A Greenhouse Fulla Buckminster”

27 June 2014 Joshua Osborne No Comments
ArchiCAD

Here’s a cool project from an ArchiCAD customer here in New Zealand. It’s all ‘open-source’, so you can download the plans for free and make it yourself in your own back yard! Inspired by the shapes made famous by architect Buckminster Fuller, not to mention the ideas for the world in which he presented through

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Quick ‘Fit in Window’ command

27 June 2014 Ken Good 1 Comment
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

When you are zoomed in on a small area of the screen and want to quickly see everything – instead of using icons or keyboard shortcuts… simply double click the wheel of your mouse! If you are a MacOS user with a Magic Mouse – it would be worth looking at MagicPrefs as this will

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Offsetting a Spline

25 June 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

Perhaps we are creating a curved driveway or some other curved element.  We can place a Spline and offset it the required thickness, then use the magic wand and Slab tool to fill in the lines. Create you first spline, select it, click on a node point and from the Pet Palette choose Offset All

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Change wall Reference Line WITHOUT moving the wall

24 June 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

Do you ever find you have to modify the reference line of a wall?  And get annoyed when suddenly the wall shifts position? If you modify the Reference Line using the following dialog… …you may find some potentially unwanted consequences…


Framing plan – all you need it Multiply & Adjust

23 June 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

If you have to do a Framing Plan the tools tools which will save you a lot of time is ‘Multiply’ & ‘Adjust’ For example I place the perimeter beams then one to span between the perimeter beam At that point I choose ‘Multiply’ and choose ‘Spead’ option meaning I can quickly add beams @

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Opening Hotlinks in Separate ArchiCAD

20 June 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

When using Hotlinks, you can go to the Hotlink Manager (File > External Content > Hotlink Manager…), select your Hotlink, and open it for editing in a separate session of ArchiCAD straight from the Hotlink Manager. Once you have saved your changes , go back to your Original ArchiCAD file and from within the Hotlink

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ArchiCAD 18 – Layout Revisioning & Issues

18 June 2014 Joshua Osborne No Comments
18Days, ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

The new Revisions tool in ArchiCAD 18 is smarter than your average bear! We already looked at the lovely Change Manager, but the cleverness doesn’t stop there. ArchiCAD 18 is ready and able to take care of a lot of the not-particularly-exciting work of keeping track of everything for you. No, once you make your

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ArchiCAD 18 – Better Building Materials & Collisions

16 June 2014 Joshua Osborne 1 Comment
18Days, ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

Building on the great new Building Materials functionality brought in by ArchiCAD 17, version 18 expands the Tags and Categories available in the Building Materials, allowing you to treat them more like their physical counterparts. You can add IDs, Descriptions, and Manufacturer names to Building Materials now, and can also add in their Physical Properties

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ArchiCAD 18 – Lights, Lamps & IES

13 June 2014 Joshua Osborne 1 Comment
18Days, ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

Another cool new bit of kit that the Cinerender engine brings with it is a new set of Lights. The new lights have a huge set of parameters available. Similarly to the Surface Materials, the interface is nice and simple out-of-the-box, but if you want more control, just hit the flout at the top to

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ArchiCAD 18 – Surface Materials

12 June 2014 Joshua Osborne No Comments
18Days, ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

The lovely new render engine in ArchiCAD 18 is accompanied by a few necessary additions to various parts of ArchiCAD – one of those is the Surface Materials. As you can see in the image below, CineRender brings with it a plethora of settings for you to tweak and twiddle.