Category Archives: Cadimage Door and Window

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:

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

Cadimage Window Fills

An interesting issue came up yesterday afternoon. Windows were showing with a green (pen 27, openings fill pen) fill over the opening.

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After spending an hour adjusting every fill pen in the attributes, plan and section overrides, and even the Cadimage All Parameters… tab, I was at a loss. I then discovered tht the “Open Automatically In Fly-Through has a sub-parameter called maskFill. If this is set to a non-empty fill (something that has a foreground color), it will show with the frame fill pen.Screen Shot 2020-02-26 at 9.52.49 AM.png

Just change this fill to empty fill or air space:

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and the window shows correctly in plan view:

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Door and Window Markers

When working through process, it is important to not use the “no marker” setting in the doors and windows; unless a door or window will never have a marker attached to it; for framed openings, shutters, shower doors, etc.

Door and window markers are library parts, that have default settings. So when a marker is set to “no marker” to hide, then turned back to W Marker 21/22 or D Marker 21/22, the settings go back to their default. These defaults do not match our graphic standards for pens, font, marker type, or any other setting. Markers switched off at the element level, then turned back on need to be meticulously realigned with the projects graphics and our office graphic standards.

The proper way to hide door and window markers throughout the entire plan is through model view options. Either a temporary “custom” MVO can be used to turn markers off, or a dedicated MVO (such as our template 00 | Presentation Plan) can be applied.

 

The Wrong Way!

  1. Place Doors & Windows from Favorites:

01 - Doors From Favs

2. Door/Window Marker Settings from Favorites (correctly showing D Marker 21)

02 - Default Marker Settings

3. Set Marker to No Marker… Nope! Don’t do it!

03 - No Markers

4. When Marker is reset to D Marker 21(22), it comes back looking like this; and it takes a lot of time to rebuild to the correct settings defined by the favorites.

04 - Marker Switched Back On

5. Turn markers off using the Model View Options instead!

05 - Model View Options

Note: in ARCHICAD 22, there are no “Custom” MVO’s. If Markers are turned off for the 02 | Construction Documents they will be off for all views using that setting. But unlike turning markers off at the element level, turning them off & on in the MVO will retain the default settings for the marker from the favorites.

Custom Door Leaf Origin

We often need to use custom door leafs and window sashes. But as with any custom object or element, model primitives need to be saved with attention to project 0,0,0 (xyz relationship to project origin).  With custom objects, they should be saved at 0,0,0; centered or justified to an edge. Custom door and window leafs need to be saved relative to the Z axis, or at least relative to the model primitive’s home story.

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The important thing to note on locating elements to be saved as doors or window sashes is they need to sit above project 0 or home story. Typically, door and window components are built form slabs to be saved as a leaf or sash. The easiest way to ensure the door aligns correctly with the plan symbol is to set the reference plane to the bottom of the slab, and set the slab’s elevation to 0′ to home story (or project 0).

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Doors & Walls – Symbolic or Projected

The symbolic or projected view of a door determines wether it matches the exact 3d settings of the door or is just a graphic plan symbol. There may be cases for both, but it is important to know what the settings do; and find the right combination of settings for both the wall and the door so that they both appear as expected, or in some combinations, appear at all.

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Wall Projection Settings

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Door Projection Settings

Below is the break down of what each combination of wall and door settings with 3 different relationships to plan cut plane settings.

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Walls and Doors Projection Settings

Custom Door Leaf Naming

A few projects have suffered from what seems like a glitch in Cadimage Doors; where the custom settings disappear when you select a custom door leaf, or even select the door leaf tab.

If your door settings look like this, I have a solution for you:

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Door Settings are Missing!

The problem is the naming of the custom door leaf. This door leaf does not need to be applied to the door to cause the glitch. Any component accessible from the elements settings can cause this “glitch”. That is any custom door leaf, window sash, or hardware component. It is caused by the use of special characters in the object/component naming. Special characters should be avoided in all aspects of ARCHICAD, that includes external images, external drawings, attributes, views, etc. A special character is anything except Alphanumeric Characters and the dash or underscore. “,.+#%%@’;:/\?<>!* are all prohibited in library manager content.

By looking at the library manager, I can quickly find the offending component and delete it or rename it:

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25% door 12″ Wide is not an appropriate name for several reasons

Now when I refresh the libraries and go back to my door settings, I can access all door settings:

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Problem Solved!!!!!!

Cadimage Door Threshold

Although we rarely use the threshold options integrated into Cadimage Doors, it can be difficult to figure out where the settings are when you need them. Thanks to Hana’s digging and sharing process and screen shots, we now have a step by step process of where to look for ALL the settings needed for an integrated door threshold in the current version of C/I Door & Window Tools.

First, to turn the threshold in in 3d:

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  • Go to Setout > Join Adjacent > Threshold
  • Turn the threshold on and give the desired dimensions

Second, to turn on the threshold in 2d:

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  • Go to Display Options > Plan View > Items to Show in Plan View
  • Check the Threshold box

Third, to adjust the threshold plan symbol line weight:

Int Dr Threshold - Plan Lineweight

  • Go to Frame and Glass > Timber Sill > Appearance
  • Adjust the “Outline” pen to a thin line

Fourth, to adjust the threshold masking pen:

Int Dr Threshold - Plan Masking Fill

  • Under Cadimage Door – Settings, select the drop down at the top and go to All Parameters…
  • Scroll to Wall hole and change the Wall Hole Background Pen to #91 or #51