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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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‘Zoom to Selection’

11 July 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, 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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Save views for Artlantis

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

If you are importing your model to Artlantis, you can place cameras in your project. Then go to your 3d view and save it as an Artlantis file, if you want to save the views from ArchiCAD, just check the option Perspective Cameras.


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Check for Updates

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

If a new ArchiCAD (Hot fix) or Library Update becomes available you will be notified with an on-screen alert if the Check for Updates function is turned ON. Go to Options > Work Environment > Network and Update and tick the Check for Updates box. NOTE: Check with your BIM Manager before making this change,

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