I have made a major change to our custom library for AC19 that will most likely result in missing objects for most project teams.
Our “People Objects” have ranged from mediocre (and high polygon) to embarrassingly bad. To eliminate the intrusion of these distracting objects in our projects I have removed them from the WWA Library 19.
Please use the 3D People Silhouettes from now on; as this will be our modeling/drawing standard.
ARCHICAD 19 has an interesting bug that has developed from [presumably] the introduction of the new reference and snap features. This can occasionally result in a low level of precision, where elements are just slightly off orthogonal.
Graphisofts recommendation on combatting this is to “click carefully”, which works. I have run into some cases where clicking carefully and moving precisely has still resulted in slightly imprecise modeling.
Thankfully James Murray and Link Ellis have developed a label that has helped me combat this issue and track down any model elements (walls and beams) that are off orthogonal, even to the nearest 1000th decimal point!
We now have their label in our library, it is called “Ortho Label Check 19” available in the label settings.
With a single click you can check the angle of any wall or beam in floor plan view and get an “ok” for walls that are modeled correctly or an angle increment for walls that are “slightly off”.
I ran a check on my entire model and tracked down each wall that was misaligned (only 2), and fixed them. I will be using this for project audits, and encourage others to use it as a self-audit, when you run up against walls that will not heal correctly in elevation/section.
Here are a few videos of AC 19’s new features that we may find most useful; all this and more should be covered at the SF User Group meeting next month, but if you are not going to be able to make it; check out the following clips:
Again, AC 19 will be FAST!!!
All windows can be set as tabs in a frame, rather than individual windows.
Point Cloud compatibility! I’m curious to see if/when we can take advantage of this feature!
Door and Window interface is improved… if for any reason we steer away from Cadimage; although Cadimage is also talking about a full rebuild of their interface.
Surfaces are going to be so much better!
Guidelines are going to be an incredibly helpful tool. Currently there are other solutions rather than the tedious task of creating a single operation guide line; I think the new guide line capabilities are going to make them an invaluable tool!
Also check out some of the videos on the new dimension features & pet palette options; there are more AC19 dimension videos than I will list here.