Archive for the ‘Tip of the Day’ Category

How to go back to the last Tool from the Arrow

1 October 2014 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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Reducing the Size of your PDF files

30 September 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
Tip of the Day

If you use large images within your project, you can limit your PDF file size by adjusting the PDF Option settings. From either the Publisher Document Options … button, or from the File > Save As > PDF Document Options … button, choose the PDF Options … button at the bottom left. Within here you can limit

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ArchiCAD 18 Layers explained

29 September 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

The Layers in ArchiCAD 18 have been developed to be as simple as possible aligning their names with the Toolbox and Tools. They are organised into 4 main categories: 1. Des          - This stands for Design and relates to the 3D tools in the Design Toolbox. These are the 3D modelled

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It’s Friday… let’s have something a bit different…

26 September 2014 Ken Good 5 Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

As it is the final day of the week… let’s have some fun with ArchiCAD (especially if it is on a colleague’s machine!). How about – when ArchiCAD 18 starts up, rather than display the standard splash screen it display’s a different version?  This is a feature within ArchiCAD 18 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary

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Object of the Week

25 September 2014 Andrew Watson No Comments
ArchiCAD, Electrical, Objects, Tip of the Day

This week’s featured object is Ceiling Fan #1329, which models a regular ceiling fan with 4 wooden blades.


Upgrading ArchiCAD’s Protection Key

24 September 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

If you need to Upgrade/Activate your ArchiCAD protection key, you will need to download the GRAPHISOFT Licence Activation tool. You can get it from here https://www.graphisoft.com/downloads/licensing/ And simply follow the instructions on that page.  


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Clean Wall & Beam Intersection

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

We all love how wall intersections clean up in each corner. But what if have a straight wall and would like to check if you have more than one wall there?   You can turn off the wall intersection in the command menu: Veiw>On-Screen view options> Clear Wall & Beam Intersections.    


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Tables of all pens in ArchiCAD

22 September 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

Did you know that you can export all your attributes in ArchiCAD as text file? This means you can view all Layers of Pens in excel to easily analyse them.


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Cursor Geometry Methods

19 September 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

Did you know you can change the shape of the cursor geometry?  The standard method is a rectangle (unless you click on individual elements) which is not always suitable. If you select the Arrow Tool and the click on the second button on the Info Box – you can change the method… The three options

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Filter elements in 3D

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

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

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