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:
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:
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:
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:
- Go to Setout > Join Adjacent > Threshold
- Turn the threshold on and give the desired dimensions
Second, to turn on the threshold in 2d:
- 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:
- Go to Frame and Glass > Timber Sill > Appearance
- Adjust the “Outline” pen to a thin line
Fourth, to adjust the threshold masking pen:
- 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
On occasion you may want to pull the interior finish of a wall away from the trim/frame to show a reveal. In the past we have done this with a beam/column/morph SEO around each opening. Now, thanks to a strange glitch in a project, we can replicate a reveal integrated into the Cadimage door and window settings.
First, in the window/door settings, open up the “All Parameters…” drop down from the top of the Cadimage Window – Settings portion of the selection settings.
Next scroll down until you see a drop down for Composite Skins. You can adjust the offset from outside of frame (Wall Hole size), to the position of the composite skins finish.
Once the trim position and frame dimensions are correct, the result for this example is a trim that is flush with the interior face of wall finish, but with a 1/2″ reveal to the trim width.
A couple of things worth noting on this setting:
- This is a uniform reveal for all sides/top/bottom of the window or door’s relationship to the wall that it is hosted in
- This is not measured from the trim position, but from the wall hole, or outside edge of the main frame
I have been asked how to produce an offset hing for a casement and awning window. Over the weekend I heard back from Cadimage on a solution for the casement, but currently there is no Cadimage option for an offset hinge awning window. For this, we will need to continue using custom built window objects.
For the casement solution set the glazing panel type to door:
Next go to the doors tab and select the operation and offset:
The result is an offset hinge window sash:
Since our recent C/I update, some of us have been experiencing a strange plan view window sash issue that causes the sash to offset from the width of the window frame:
I just received a suggestion from Cadimage that solves this. Select all windows in the 3d view; I used a find & select to get only cadimage openings. Then go to the following settings: Custom Settings > Setout > Dimensions > Size Measurement > Dimension to Panel Edges.
The result is a correct and cleaned up window. I have not tested this against multiple panel units, but it works for a single unit without any resizing, or 3d errors and can be changed for all Cadimage windows at once.
Yesterday I wrote about the importance of cleaning up and managing/eliminating duplicate objects. Today I want to cover missing objects. Although less problematic in terms of file operation, speed and consistency of element settings, it does cause a library loading report every time you open a file or refresh the libraries. Additionally, it means you have placed elements or active attributes that are missing or have missing components. This could mean incomplete drawings or incorrect attributes, but most likely it just means something was removed from the library manager and not tracked through the project.
To remove missing objects you need to either track down the missing elements from the model and replace them, or add the missing objects back into the library manager. Option 2 is always simpler, as you can search the file server and most likely find the element in question and add it back to the embedded library.
In the following example that was not an option. We had to back save a file to 17, migrating to 18 was causing problems that were resolved by working in 17 at the time. Because of this back and forth the windows had been changed from 17 to 18 and back to 17. Some of the windows and doors were still using the Cadimage 18 parts, but that library was not loaded and wouldn’t work for AC17 anyway. These objects needed to be replaced with functional 17 windows.
To find these objects in the model I set the plan view layers to all on and the renovation filter to show all. Next I set up a find and select to find all windows whose library part was Missing.Because the plan was so cluttered with all layers on it is not obvious when I found and selected the offending window(s). But by turning on the Element Information palette I could quickly see how many windows were selected on a floor by floor search.
Once the Element Information has a hit, isolate the problematic object in 3D to delete or replace as needed.The result is a clean library loading report with no missing objects!
Library Loading Before Clean Up Library Loading After Clean Up
When using Cadimage Doors for ArchiCAD 17 or 18 you may need to revise your pen set to include pens 26 & 30 as a white & black pen respectively. If you use a standard door leaf from the Cadimage settings, the pens in the leaf section pens settings will apply to the section view. If a custom component door (created from slabs or morphs & saved as a door leaf) is applied to the Cadimage door, the pens used will be pen 26 for the fill pen and pen 30 for the cut line pen.
Please note, these pens only affect the section view of the door, the plan view is correctly shown from the cut line/fill pen settings:The section view is not editable for custom leafs; the original elements used to create the leaf and the door selection settings have no affect on the section view. I have changed pen 26 to green and pen 30 to red in the following image for clarity:I will not be updating our templates pen sets at this time, as I have been in contact with Cadimage regarding this issue and their development team is already looking into it. I will be assessing all projects with custom door leafs on a case by case basis until a long term solution is come to.