Tag Archives: Door and Windows

Graphic Overrides!

Almost all projects have been migrated to AC20 now, and we have just run into the first “special case” for the new Graphic Override feature. Since we use 3d Documents for Reflected Ceiling Plans, we don’t have the advantage of full control over the door or window graphics or even appearance; they show as their literal cut regardless of door settings or Model View Options. In this case, we simply wanted to hide a couple of doors in the RCP; the folding doors on the right side of the image below:


To do this, we just took the Graphic Override for RCP’s and added a new Graphic Override Rule (Hide Doors):


This rule simply has a criteria that requires the override to apply to Doors 224 & 235 in this project. Then the Override Style is set to override all Lines to Pen 91, Fills to Empty Fill with Pen 91 for Foreground Pen 0 for Background.screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-2-11-22-pm

The result is exactly what we wanted to see; doors are there, but not visible in the documents:


It is important to note that this solution does not resolve the Pen and Fill issues we see with saving DWG files; and further exploration is needed to find a solution for exporting DWG files without these doors showing up on our consultants plans.


Custom Door Leaf Naming

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:

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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:

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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:

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Problem Solved!!!!!!

Cadimage Door Threshold

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:

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  • Go to Setout > Join Adjacent > Threshold
  • Turn the threshold on and give the desired dimensions

Second, to turn on the threshold in 2d:

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  • 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:

Int Dr Threshold - Plan Lineweight

  • Go to Frame and Glass > Timber Sill > Appearance
  • Adjust the “Outline” pen to a thin line

Fourth, to adjust the threshold masking pen:

Int Dr Threshold - Plan Masking Fill

  • 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


Cadimage Update (Window Fix)

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:

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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.Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 4.01.55 PM

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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.

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Double Hung Window Sash Direction

If a Cadimage double hung window has an incorrect sash overlay, such as the bottom sash is to the outside of the top sash, here is here is the solution.

First, this is what we normally do not want to see on the exterior elevations:

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Open the window selection settings, go to the Cadimage section for All Parameters… Go to the subsection for Sash Number per Row and scroll all the way to Sash Opening Direction Custom. Check this box and set Sash Opening Direction to 0. Next uncheck Sash Opening Direction Custom and click OK.

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The result is a properly oriented double hung window:

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Please note that this has not been tested with Cadimage 17 windows.

Custom Pocket Door Plan Symbol (Cadimage)

Here’s a quick “work-around” for anyone frustrated with pocket door panel spacing and pocket opening dimensions. Although there may be an easier way to do this with a single door element (please speak up if there is!), this gets us the plan symbol, operation and leaf dimension schedule elements we are looking for. In this case, we wanted three 2″ door panels in a 9 1/2″ pocket opening with a 3/4″ pocket frame at the outside face of each door. This requires four doors total.

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The first door is a pocket door whose panel is set to the full 9 1/2″ thickness of the pocket opening. Th door panel is then turned off; the symbol set to 180º opening in both plan and 3d (elevation) views. This essentially creates the pocket cavity.

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Next place three doors with the correct panel thickness & door stop offset (found at Frame > Main Frame > Door Stops > “Set the leaf in from the main frame”). Set the plan symbol to show varied opening opening angles, in this case I have them set to 90º, 67º & 45º. Turn the mainframe thickness to 0″ and turn off all trim for the three pocket door panels.

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Since we are only scheduling the door leaf (to face of main frame) dimensions, we only need to schedule one of the four doors. Set all other doors to have an element ID of “X” to omit them from schedules and set the Dimension Marker to No Marker.

Window Masking Fills

If your windows have a fill that is being changed by the renovation filter options or a background fill that is masking out elements below the window that you want to see on your plan, you can turn off the fills by changing them to the transparent pen.


In the Cadimage Window Selection Settings go to the Parameters tab, then scroll down to 9 Appearance. Next look for the Mask Pen settings and change this pen to 0(Transparent).


In Cadimage Windows/Doors for 17 there is only one Mask Pen, for AC18 you will have the option to have a background and foreground pen.


The result for both AC17 & 18 of changing the Mask Pen (Background Pen) to Pen 0 will be a sill view in plan that is transparent and will not be changed by the Renovation Override Styles.