Tag Archives: Text

AC 23 Text Frame Changes

There is a subtle, but important difference between text boxes in AC 23. In previous versions of ARCHICAD, the frame distance could be applied, then the frame turned off. This would allow the text to mask out elements without the need for an additional fill. Text boundaries could still be extended or adjusted, with these settings.

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Wether intentionally or not, ARCHICAD 23 works differently, with regard to these settings.

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ARCHICAD 23 ignores the 5.00 Pt offset from the above image, but it also locks out the user from adjusting the text boundary, as seen in the first image, with the pet palette activated from the upper right corner of the selected text box. In AC 23, the pet palette will not even be available if there is a frame offset while the frame is off. There are a few solutions that we may be able to implement here:

  • We can turn the frame on, and set it to Pen 51 (white hairline)
  • We can turn the Opaque option on and set a background pen to Pen 91 (standard white annotation pen in all pen sets)
  • We can turn the frame offset to 0.00 Pt, and leave the Opaque and Frame options off

Any of these solutions will allow the pet palette to work as normal in ARCHICAD 23. Here is a quick video demonstration of these steps and the differences in how this works in AC 23:


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

Search & Replace Text

ArchiCAD’s Edit menu includes a tool to Replace Text anywhere in the project. There are a few options worth mentioning in this tool. The first thing to mention is the filter options which is accessible in the first palette that comes up when opening the tool.Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 3.20.30 PMThe filter options allow you to limit or extend the search by stories, layers visible, by element. You can exclude or include text elements, labels, dimension text, opening text, zones and object texts.

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 3.19.58 PMOnce you select your filter options and search for a specific text you will get a list of all elements included in the filter that was applied to the search. The list will show elements that you have reserved and that are on visible layers as black text. All hidden or unreserved texts will show as gray text. To go to a text element from this menu, select the text from the list and click the magnifying glass at the bottom.

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 3.21.21 PMTo change a text element just type the text you want to replace it with under the With: section. It will only replace the portions of the text box which match your initial search.

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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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!