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Avoid unnecessary fixes: do not chase ghosts

Avoid unnecessary fixes: do not chase ghosts

Can you see what’s wrong with this image? That’s a trick question. There is nothing wrong with anything in the image. It’s all fine. You could get nit-picky and say that the brick color is wrong (but you didn’t know that). Or you could say that...
How to Name Things in ARCHICAD

How to Name Things in ARCHICAD

Jeff’s Wall blw Parapet but Above Transom_Current_NotUsed-Active.2D 02042015 Is it a Layer? A Composite? A Complex Profile? A Fill? A Surface? A Detail? A Worksheet? A file? Who knows. But we can guess which one of our coworkers created it…and when. And we...

Get Your ARCHICAD Rhino Connection

Check out this YouTube video demonstrating the power of the Rhinoceros® – ARCHICAD connection, announced in April of 2015. The connection enables ARCHICAD users on both the Mac and Windows platforms to export a model created in Rhino, and then import it into...
Pen Sets, Part Eight: Thoughts on Naming

Pen Sets, Part Eight: Thoughts on Naming

This is the Eighth post in my extremely long series on Pens and Pen Sets in ArchiCAD. If you need a refresher, here are the other posts: Pen Sets, Part One Pen Sets, Part Two Pen Sets, Part Three Pen Sets, Part Four Pen Sets, Part Five Pen Sets, Part Six Pen Sets,...
ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Part 1: LEGO and Layers

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Part 1: LEGO and Layers

Right before Thanksgiving a fellow ArchiCAD user sent me a thank you e-mail. He’d downloaded my template and was “still trying to get his head around not needing a gazillon layers…” I wrote back, told him a little about my Layer theory, and...
How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 2)

How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 2)

Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful. -Shaker Philosophy In yesterday’s post, I started looking at the question of “How much should I model in...
How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 1)

How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 1)

In a not-so-recent post I discussed how to intelligently dumb down your output. I stressed that it is important to separate the intelligence of the model from that of the documentation. Add everything you can into the model and then curate what your audience sees....
ArchiCAD Window Display Cheat Sheet

ArchiCAD Window Display Cheat Sheet

On my personal blog, Shoegnome, I recently wrote about how Twitter can teach you ArchiCAD. You can (and should) read it by clicking here. The title of the post is a bit misleading because I actually spend most of the article giving tips on how one can best take...
Filter and Cut Elements in 3D: A Hidden Gem

Filter and Cut Elements in 3D: A Hidden Gem

Filter and Cut Elements in 3D isn’t a hidden addition in ArchiCAD 18. It’s been fairly constant for years. ArchiCAD 17’s addition of Building Materials and how elements are displayed in 3D made it way better, but that really wasn’t a change to...
Have you Looked at Zone Stamps Recently?

Have you Looked at Zone Stamps Recently?

At the end of the All the Little Changes in ArchiCAD 18 post I promised more articles focusing on some of the other subtle tweaks to ArchiCAD 18. Have you noticed the huge improvements to the default Zone Stamps? I have… Zone Stamps For years I’ve been...
Saying goodbye to Missing and Duplicate Objects

Saying goodbye to Missing and Duplicate Objects

Our quest for fast and efficient files continues. Somewhat soon I’ll shift the conversation to theory and modeling strategies, but we’ve still got some ground to cover when it comes to happy files. If you are just joining us, here are a few posts for you...
Pen Sets, Part Six: the 3D Window

Pen Sets, Part Six: the 3D Window

If you are just joining us, this is the Sixth post in my Pen Sets series. Posts one through three are from Shoegnome and reference mostly ArchiCAD 11. Posts Four and Five were recently published on BIM Engine and update my theories for ArchiCAD 17 (and everything else I’ve learned since 2011).

Pen Sets, Part Five: Babysteps to Energy Analysis

Pen Sets, Part Five: Babysteps to Energy Analysis

If you are just joining us, this is the fifth post in my Pen Sets series. Posts one through three are from Shoegnome and reference mostly ArchiCAD 11. Post Four was recently published on BIM Engine and updates my theories for ArchiCAD 17 (and everything else I’ve learned since 2011).

Pen Sets, Part Four

Pen Sets, Part Four

A long time ago I wrote three posts about Pen Sets in ArchiCAD. Of everything I’ve contributed to the canon of ArchiCAD knowledge, I am most proud of/adamant about my Pen Set theories. You can find them on Shoegnome or in the official ArchiCADwiki on pen sets....
Intelligent Dumbing

Intelligent Dumbing

I recently wrote an article for an online AIA journal. The topic was about BIM and design. Here’s an excerpt: “BIM also provides the opportunity for shifts in resolution. Architects designing with BIM can dial up or down the detail of a model, either by...
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