Archive for the ‘Tip of the Day’ Category

Special pen sets

28 July 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

Often you may run into the scenario when you want one element to appear differently in 2 different views. Changing the settings isn’t an option so a useful trick is to create a special Pen Set for the change. We’ll use the example of structural members which we need to highlight for the structural engineer

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Lost your Navigator?

25 July 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

If your Navigator palette has disappeared from your screen, the quickest way to switch it on is to use the shortcut button located in the bottom left corner of your drawing window (Plan, 3D, Elevation etc)…


Looking for a curved Window?

24 July 2014 Soto No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

You can find the ArchiCAD Library the Curved Window, that will follow the same of your curved wall. It’s located under ArchiCAD Library XX>Object Library xx> 1.3 Windows> Special Windows xx


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Hide Master items on Layouts

23 July 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

Generally you don’t want to ‘hide’ elements on your Layout.  But if your Title information is not visible, you may have inadvertently turned it off. To toggle it ON and OFF go to View > On-Screen View Options and check or uncheck the Master items on Layout option. NOTE: Even if the Layout info is OFF (i.e. not

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Repair a damaged ArchiCAD 17 file

22 July 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

A new feature was introduced in ArchiCAD 17 to allow you to attempt to repair a damaged file.  Sadly this does not work in all cases – but is certainly worth trying. Launch ArchiCAD in the normal way and select Open… Choose your file and check the Open & Repair selected file option…  


Priority Based Connections Vs. Solid Element Operations

21 July 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

There are 2 main types of connections in ArchiCAD: Priority Based Connections and Solid Element Operations Priority Based Connections happen based on the priority of the Building Materials automatically while Solid Element Operations are performed against 3D elements manually by the user. There is a small trick to know however: Priority Based Connections happen before Solid

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Display skylights dashed in the projected levels

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

If you have a skylight and desire to display the whole skylight as dashed lines in the stories below. Select the Roof element that has the skylight, go to the settings Floor Plan Display>Projected with overhead. Ok Now, select the skylight and UNCKECK the boxes ‘Enable Obeject’s Line Types and Enable Object’s Pens. Make sure

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BIMobject – more objects for ArchiCAD

16 July 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

BIM Components is the main portal for us to access ArchiCAD objects, and we can do this directly from the Object Tool in ArchiCAD. But there is another Object provider that has an ArchiCAD App that you can install to give you 1000′s more ArchiCAD objects at your finger tips. You can read info on

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3D Printing from ArchiCAD 17

15 July 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

ArchiCAD 17 can directly save and open Stereolitography (.stl) files using a built-in STL Add-On. The STL files contain only the surface geometry of a 3D model without any additional information – there is no colour or material etc.  The file contains the surface of the model divided into triangles.  STL is normally used for

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Overwriting the appearance of Building Materials

14 July 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

If you model your walls as insulated showing a Glass Wool Insulation fill you may want to change this when it comes to documentation as an insulated fill may be hard to make out. However it is still worth your while modelling these as insulated so when necessary it is just a case of changing

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