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:

 

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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To Mod or not to Mod

We often use modules to place buildings onto a site. This gives us a lot of flexibility and freedom to position and locate the building(s) within the terrain, without the need to use excessive grouping or difficult selections. It also allows buildings to be documented orthogonal to each other, regardless of final positioning on the site.

If, however, a single building or orthogonal cluster of buildings is the final design, it is almost always easier to avoid modules, and simply reposition the site around the buildings to make adjustments.

Here is a chart to help determine wether modules should or shouldn’t be used to place buildings onto the terrain. In the case of this chart, we can assume “Maybe” is understood as “probably not”. The important thing to note is , if the project entails a single building on a fixed position (infill lot), modules are never used, and if a project is to be a multi-building design of non-orthogonal or non-interconnected buildings, modules should always be used.

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