Category Archives: Quick Tips

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

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.

AC 23 Text Frame Changes

There is a subtle, but important difference between text boxes in AC 23. In previous versions of ARCHICAD, the frame distance could be applied, then the frame turned off. This would allow the text to mask out elements without the need for an additional fill. Text boundaries could still be extended or adjusted, with these settings.

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Wether intentionally or not, ARCHICAD 23 works differently, with regard to these settings.

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ARCHICAD 23 ignores the 5.00 Pt offset from the above image, but it also locks out the user from adjusting the text boundary, as seen in the first image, with the pet palette activated from the upper right corner of the selected text box. In AC 23, the pet palette will not even be available if there is a frame offset while the frame is off. There are a few solutions that we may be able to implement here:

  • We can turn the frame on, and set it to Pen 51 (white hairline)
  • We can turn the Opaque option on and set a background pen to Pen 91 (standard white annotation pen in all pen sets)
  • We can turn the frame offset to 0.00 Pt, and leave the Opaque and Frame options off

Any of these solutions will allow the pet palette to work as normal in ARCHICAD 23. Here is a quick video demonstration of these steps and the differences in how this works in AC 23: