Cadimage Updates – Door Leaf Errors

The latest Cadimage Door and Window update fixes some problems, but has created others in some projects. If you notice your door leafs suddenly showing with a brown or yellow plan fill where they were previously a white fill, there is a quick fix.

  1. In 3d, select all doors (choose the door tool from the tool box and type com+A)
  2. Reserve the doors (not required if working in a .pln iteration study)
  3. Change the pens indicated below to Pen 91:

Interior Iterations

In this particular project, we are late in the game and need to run some options through our model, as suggested by the Interior Design Team. I could save out a .pln or duplicate the teamwork file (see the BIM Manual for pros and cons of various iteration methods), but in this case, I was able to run 3 different surface options and 2 different stone slab configurations through 3 rooms without having any impact on the documents or even the model.

Here are 3 (1-3 minute) videos on steps I took to make this as efficient and nondestructive to the model as possible.

  1.  Using Graphic Overrides to switch between surfaces:  https://youtu.be/_5A93hL7o6E
  2. Using the surface painter to reassign surfaces quickly and easily:  https://youtu.be/fhDYh7DoNaA
  3. Using the Renovation Filter to pin elements that may not be permanent to the model:  https://youtu.be/pGGZAgzIjdQ

Forgot to Reserve, now what!?

This happens to all of us from time to time. You are in window, door, skylight, curtain wall, or Cadimage Covering settings, working through a long list of changes and edits, only to realize… YOU FORGOT TO RESERVE!!!! Fortunately, there is a way around it! You can save the set of changes as a favorite, cancel out, then reserve and apply.

A couple additional tips:

  • Make sure you release all after the favorite is applied to avoid a conflict with other users
  • Make sure you either purge out the favorite, or put it in the correct subfolder after it has been applied, in order to keep things organized in the file

Interior Elevation Rotation

There is an ARCHICAD 23 update coming soon (as I have heard from GSNA today) that will fix an issue with interior elevation markers placed into rotated plan views.

I want to start by saying we should avoid rotated floor plan views as much as possible. They have always had a laundry list of unintended consequences. Most recently, we have discovered that if an interior elevation marker is placed into a floor plan with any rotation other than 0º, the resulting elevations will also be rotated. Since this seems to be a bug that attaches itself to the marker, the easiest fix is to redo the marker placement (either by placing a new marker or dragging a copy of an existing marker) in a properly rotated floor plan, then deleting the original.

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Floor plan rotation is in the bottom left menu bar of the floor plan window

If you find an interior elevation that is rotated:

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Go to the floor plan, drag the marker off to the side of the building a set distance. Set the floor plan rotation to 0º, then drag a copy of that marker back into place.Screen Shot 2020-07-15 at 10.15.58 AM

Save the new marker’s viewpoints to the view map, making sure to check the “ignore zoom and rotation” box in the view settings of all new interior elevation markers and views.

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In the preview hotfix as well as in ARCHICAD 24, this is no longer an issue. But for the near future, we need to avoid placing I/E markers in any plan view not set to 0º rotation.

Drawing Manager – External Content

Right now, with remote connections, there are a lot of pdf’s and dwg’s being dropped into projects from user’s desktops. This is actually a preferred method of working, as it is faster than trying to link to the file server through our VPN. It is important to not, however, that files drag/dropped into views or onto layouts from a desktop need to be vetted.

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  • If the file needs to be in the file long-term, it needs to be embedded (break the link)
  • If it is short term, delete the drawing after you are done with it
  • If you do embed a drawing, verify the pdf/dwg file size before dropping into the project
  • Maximum file size for embedded pdf should be 2-3 MB
  • Maximum file size for embedded dwg should be 5-10 MB

There are some work arounds to reduce file size. We can use PDF compression before dropping into a file, and we can open and eliminate complex fills from a DWG.

Graphic Overrides in Elevation

We can change the background color of uncut fills in elevation and interior elevation with a simple graphic override rule. This simplifies the need to use surface colors, and juggle a lot of different surfaces in each view. A basic GO rule will allow you to control the color of individual surfaces, while maintaining the surface fill pattern.

This can be used for sections and interior elevations as well.