We have all seen surfaces that are too close together creating a flickering appearance in ARCHICAD and BIMx. The easiest solution is to move element incrementally farther apart until the flicker disappears. With coverings, moving the covering up and away from the roof can create a disassociation between the roof and the covering; meaning the covering will need to be rebuilt with any change in roof design.
There is a solution that keeps the covering associated and eliminates the flicker.
The roof shows an uneven appearance that changes depending on camera angle and movement.
Edit all roof coverings to have a minimum 1/4″ dimension at ‘Allow Space for Framing’
Flicker does not appear with 1/4″ spacing
It is also helpful to note that this setting is not required for all covering configurations. Corrugated metal, for example, does not have the same issue, since it has a natural depth that pulls most of the covering away from the roof. Standing seam or battens have large areas of flat planes that create the flicker, so they may require adjusting the framing thickness setting to get them to show as intended.
I have been asked about this 3x this week; so here’s the location of this setting:
Door position within the frame:
Door Settings > Cadimage Door > Main Frame > Door Setback from Frame:
As a bonus, the settings for spacing between multiple doors is set here:
Door Settings > Cadimage Door > Door Type > Field C
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.