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Count on this Cadimage Tip Too!

Count on this Cadimage Tip Too!

Another friendly reminder to visit our friends over at the Cadimage blog. We have them on our blog roll for good reason. The blog is a very good resource for ArchiCAD information and they feature some pretty nifty tips, such as the one below: Calculating area by...
Count on a Cadimage Tip

Count on a Cadimage Tip

Have you visited Cadimage lately? They’re listed on our blog roll for a reason. Aside from being ArchiCAD users and fans of the software, our friends over there have been posting some pretty nifty tips, such as the one below: Here’s a very simple, quick...
Ode to ArchiCAD Attributes

Ode to ArchiCAD Attributes

Have I convinced you yet that Attributes are the most important aspect of ArchiCAD? Have you read this post yet? Do you agree that Attributes are more critical than 3D views and cost savings for contractors and clients? Do you see how Attributes will be the key to...
Template Creation, Template Migration, and More

Template Creation, Template Migration, and More

Whenever I think about template migration, I think about baggage and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Isn’t there a scene where the urRu/Mystics (The hunchback good-guy wizard bird creatures) are wandering around with all their stuff piled up on their backs?...
ArchiCAD and Shop Drawings

ArchiCAD and Shop Drawings

The Layout Book is a very strong feature of ArchiCAD, but sometimes it’s easy to forget how powerful it is. How wonderful is it that one can just drag and drop to place views? And that views are numbered correctly (by either using a Grid or the views’...
Symbol Line Types in ALL Composites

Symbol Line Types in ALL Composites

For a while now we’ve been able to add dashed and dotted lines to Composites and Complex Profiles. I’ve exploited that feature with the white dotted line trick to get dissimilar fills to merge. Here’s a video on that. And more recently we’ve...
Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 2)

Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 2)

In the previous post we talked about hotlinked markers in your multi-page PDFs. Today let’s talk about some other implications and possibilities of a multi-page PDF created from the Publisher in ArchiCAD. Imagine you’re laying out your sheets to work well digitally...
Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 1)

Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 1)

Did you know that the PDF sets you have been printing for years are WAY more powerful than you ever knew? In fact, after reading this series of posts, you might stop printing physical sets altogether. Well that might be a little extreme, but you’ll WANT to stop...
EcoDesigner STAR – Day One

EcoDesigner STAR – Day One

My brain hurts. And I am reminded of the graphs I drew over at Shoegnome on why people fail at BIM. Take a quick moment and read it. Then come back here. Read it? Good. Because we’re about to embark on a many month adventure into BEM (Building Energy Modeling)....
Surprising Benefits of the Morph Tool

Surprising Benefits of the Morph Tool

Here’s a quote from my last post on Element IDs and the Element ID Manager: “All 3D elements (including grids and zones) as well as fills have an Element ID. Lines, Polylines, Dimensions, Text, and other annotation elements do not” But what happens...
Adding Legibility to Details

Adding Legibility to Details

Last week I wrote about rethinking what elevations created in ArchiCAD could look like. Today I want to expand those ideas to details (and also plans, sections, etc.). In preparation for my talks at Architecture Boston Expo and EcoBuild in Washington, D.C., I...
The Evolution of an Elevation

The Evolution of an Elevation

A few recent BIM-related encounters all pointed to a similar question/want: why can’t ArchiCAD handle element edges in elevation to mimic the heavy air lines of a hand-drawn elevation? It’s a good question, but not something I’m going to answer...
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