Tag Archives: Autotext

Multi Line Project Info and Auto Text

This came up today, I had to make the screen shots anyway. So to bring everyone up to speed; the project info can create custom multi line items for auto text very quickly and easily.

Go to File > Info > Project Info. From here you can select the section you want to add a new field to, and select Add. The new field needs a name, then just click the ellipses  to type in paragraph form (not no tabs or indents allowed).Multi line auto text 1

From here all you need to do is select the auto text icon in your text input menu (the A with recycle arrows), and track down the info field added. Again, individual lines can not be indented or edited separately if they are a single info input. If that is a requirement, you will need to create separate info lines for each text element.Multi line auto text 2.png

Adjusting AutoText Date Appearance

NOTE: Verify with PM & JC before using auto text for date on any document. Using auto text for dates will update the date on the layout to the current date everytime the sheet is opened. This means ArchiCAD can not be used as a reliable record of the issue date of a layout. Autotext should never be used for revision dates!
ArchiCAD provides autotext options for a long and short version of the current date. The date has a default content for both, and thanks to the ArchiCAD community at large we have found a way to edit this format.
The default for all work stations has been mm-dd-yyyy, but D’Genaro recently asked how to change this to yyyy-mm-dd to match our office standard for all other naming and dating conventions. Here are the steps he took:
1. Open Mac System Preferences / Language and Region / Advanced /Dates. Here you can manually change the “Short” date format to our typical (Year/Month/Day) by cutting and pasting or dragging the Date elements. There are drop down options which allow for further formatting.
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2. Once that is updated, open/restart archicad and edit the text box you will be using the autotext date. Select autotext/catergory:system/Date(short) which should now be in the correct format.
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3. The date should show up in the correct format and highlighted grey. Enjoy
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Autotext Linked to Drawing in the Layout Book

Have you been looking for a better way to reference a drawing from the layout to a text body or label? The process is a simple one. Select the drawing you want to reference, right click and select “set as Autotext“.

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Next, in your text editor just click the autotext icon and select the previously referenced drawing as the autotext Category. Then place autotext for any available elements related to that drawing; Drawing Name, ID, Layout ID, etc. In the example below I have placed Drawing Name ref. Drawing ID ref. / Layout ID ref. for an automatically linked text label referencing the Typical Wood Siding Base detail.

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