Tag Archives: Documenting

Drawing Complicated Polygons

It often happens that you end up drawing a complicated polygon element with multiple different nodes independent or snapped to other elements. For example, you may be drawing a floor or ceiling plan with the slab tool, snapping to the face of framing. It usually happens that at least one node of the slab ends up snapped to an incorrect point of the wall.

In most cases, I just keep moving and come back and adjust that node after the geometry is fully placed. If it is one of the first nodes of the polygon, I have even just canceled the operation and started over.

But as is the case with ARCHICAD, there is always a better way!

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To cancel the last placed node of any polygon element (Slab, Fill, Polyline, Line, Spline, Wall, Beam, Roof, Mesh, Shell and some Objects), you only need to hit the delete key once.

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Typing the delete key can be repeated to cancel each previous nodes all the way back to the first placed node. Just keep in mind the minor efficiencies that need to be managed. If you end up undoing multiple nodes just to fix one node, it may be faster just to move on and adjust or hit esc and start over.

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Multiple BIMx Files

Today we presented two design options for a project via BIMx. In the past I would have waited for option two to load (an awkward 60 second pause), or created some clever layer option in a single BIMx file.

In my pre-meeting setup, I ran a quick test to open a second BIMx in a separate instance of the application. To do this, drag the BIMx application to your dock for each instance of ARCHICAD installed on your machine (17, 18, 19). Do not use BIMx for AC16! It is slow and glitchy or non-operational on our operating system.

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To find each BIMx application go to you mac > Applications > Graphisoft > ArchiCAD V# > Add-Ons > BIMx, and drag each individual BIMx to your dock.

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Next open each BIMx from the short cut, go to File > Open… You will then be able to open up to 3 separate instances or versions of BIMx files. In my tests, I can open a BIMx file created from AC19 in any of these versions. I have not tested this in reverse, opening a 17 or 18 file in 19; but I assume if a 19 file opens on an older version of the software it should work in reverse.

One final note, tabbing between instances of BIMx is as simple as using Com + Tab; so navigation and presentation goes seamlessly from one design option to the next. If you need more than 3 instances or versions, you will need to resort to the awkward loading/pause.

A Note on Marker/View Types

All markers have three types (with the exception of Interior Elevations, which must be a Source Marker); Source, Linked and Unlinked.

Source markers generate content based on model elements. Linked markers reference an already created source content or view. Unlinked markers are a blank slate that reference not model or drafted content or existing view.

A marker may be changed from source to linked, but any source content will either be missing or translated to 2d elements. This is irreversible, and for elevations and sections, new source markers and subsequent views will need to be created. Linked or unlinked markers can not be changed to source markers. Linked markers may be changed to unlinked markers, and unlinked markers may be changed to linked markers.

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Moral of the story; do not change source markers/views to linked or unlinked markers. You can create a work sheet from any view if you need to explode view content, or place a new marker if you need the source marker to reference a different drawing.

Another Linked Marker/Navigator Graphic

This is a little redundant from my last post, but think it bears repeating (and this graphic is pretty cool!). Linked markers should be linked to the view map, not the layout book in order to maximize future flexibility of the layout book organization.

The image below should be a little more clear than my previous post. In the diagram below; source markers (1. Project Map) create views (2. View Window) such as the FP Section Detail or the Building Section. Linked markers can be a variation or additional content on a source marker or can be created from and independent or unlinked view, such as the roof details. All these are then saved as unique views (3. View Map), and linked to their markers before being placed to a layout (4. Layout Book). Linked markers should not be placed with reference to layout book drawings.Linked Marker Work FlowAs stated in the last post, this should be the practice, but if your project is already in the CD phase and has linked markers associated directly to layout drawings, do not attempt to redo the view map or layout book. Just be very diligent about reviewing all linked markers whenever a drawing is relocated, removed or moved to a new sheet.

Big Post of Text Box Tips

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Tip 1: This has been expressed before, but I just want to re-emphasize; do NOT check always readable in the text settings. Saving to a DWG or in some cases a PDF may result in incorrectly oriented text in the exported documents.

Tip 2: Pay attention to the text anchor point, especially where multiple text boxes and their alignment are concerned. Just setting the text alignment to Left, Right, or Centered will not necessarily keep text boxes properly aligned unless the Anchor Point is coordinated with the alignment.Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 9.32.13 AMTip 3: Rotating or mirroring copies of text boxes may have unforeseen consequences when editing in the future. The default position for a text edit window is laid directly over the original text. If the text box has been rotated or mirrored the text edit window will be offset by the radius from the rotation/mirror point to the text box Anchor Point.Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 9.24.58 AM

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Tip 4: Mirroring or rotating text can have an impact on text alignment and anchor points. Unless this is intended, it is normally best practice to drag a copy of the text.Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 9.22.09 AMTip 5: Use the tab alignment bar in the text edit window!

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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PRINTING ORIENTATION IN ARCHICAD

For those of you who have had orientation difficulties in printing to 12×18 (Minolta), I have found the solution!!!! The problem we have seen at a few workstations is the 12×18 (1/2 scale) prints are rotated and cropped to the incorrect orientation. The solution is under the Paper Handling section of the Print options. Verify that the “Scale to fit paper size” box is checked, then select the “Destination Paper Size:”; in this case it would be 12×18.

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Once this is selected run through your settings to verify everything else is laid out correctly. To preview that the printer is being sent AND received as a 12×18 sheet verify the Output Method shows a landscape preview and lists the output as 12×18 > 12×18 (see the outlined section in the below image).Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 1.05.29 PMOnce you have tested the new print settings save a new preset. This will not print correctly for other sheet sizes since the Scale to fit paper size box bypasses the automatic sheet/tray output settings of the Minolta printer.