In early September we got our first Wish Upon an Object from Now just a few weeks later comes the next installment: Ceiling Editor US

BIM Components

Once again we get a wonderfully built object from manuBIM (learn more about their work via all the links here). The object is very versatile and there are numerous options for edges, borders, panel types, and of course accessories.

BIMComponents ArchiCAD

And here’s a SUPER quick example of a room with the new ceiling object. I think you can imagine the possibilities.

ArchiCAD BIM Components

But there’s more. If you go to download this object via the website, you’ll see this comment from manuBIM:

“Drop a comment if you would welcome automatic floor plan boundary recognition and graphical panel editing — if there’s significant demand we are happy to consider them in V2.”

This comment from the makers of the Ceiling Editor US object is what really excites me. We’re getting version 1 (did I mention all this is for free?). It’s just the beginning. Here’s where we all ArchiCAD Ceiling Editorcome in. Leave your comments. Tell the guys at manuBIM what you love about the object and about what you want to see next. The more our community interacts on, leaves comments, gives thumbs up and thumbs down, etc. the better the object portal will get. Personally I’m a fan of this new object, but if you’ve got issues with it, don’t stew and grumble at your computer. Let manuBIM know what you want to see in Version 2. I happen to know the creators (virtually, that is), so I’ve already e-mailed them my thoughts directly. Turns out one of the things I was asking for was already possible. After a very quick and nice response from Ilauszky Endre of manuBIM, I learned how to do this with the object:

What are you waiting for? Download Ceiling Editor US, test it out, and let manuBIM and GRAPHISOFT know what you think!


  1. Ilauszky Endre

    Thank you Jared!

    Of course, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts or wishes.

  2. Chad Conrad, AIA

    jared –

    I have downloaded the object and have found it something that could be of great value in the future. Currently it is not very user friendly or easy to understand how to use. The ability to integrate HVAC and lighting elements are nice but how do you do this and allow any freedom within the layout. Additionally, how will this integrate with MEP Modeler?

  3. Jared Banks


    Have you looked at the link to ArchiCAD talk? That should help a bit. Beyond that, I’d also recommend PMing Ilauszky Endre via the forum.

    Once you get the hang of the graphic selection area on the plan, placing lights and hvac where ever you want should be pretty easy. As far as integration with MEP and the potential of real lights… I’d defer to the creators. Great questions though. Integration would be pretty cool.

  4. Dan Lawrence

    In have found out that you can not insert a 2′ x 2′ diffuser in a 2’x 4′ Panel in this ceiling editer. Is there a work around?

  5. Jared Banks

    Dan, I’m not sure. Have you checked out their latest version? I’m not sure if that fixes it. But yes we need to be able to put 2 x 2s in a 2 x 4 grid!

  6. Sedley

    Great tool.
    With all the work that has been put into this tool, it should now be easy to make a floor tiling tool with the ability to use different tile types.

  7. Sedley

    Still playing with the ceiling editor
    It would be great if a schedule could be develop to schedule all the different objects used in the ceiling editor.

  8. Mark

    Ik wil graag weten of er ook een calculatie lijst gegenereerd kan worden.
    oppervlak, hoeveel platen, hoeveel verlichting ed.?

  9. Jared Banks

    Mark, for everyone’s benefit I’m reposting your comment in English:

    “I would like to know if a calculation list can be generated.
    surface, the number of plates, the number of lighting etc?”

    I don’t believe so, but I’ll ask the guys over at manuBIM for more info.

  10. Ilauszky Endre

    you can add a Text Block to the ceiling. It available on the Text page of the object. Switching on the „Show area” and/or „Show Accessories type” these will be calculated and show on the floor plan. But it can’t schedule by ArchiCAD schedules and lists.

  11. stainless Shower Faucet

    Great, Thanks for sharing the tool. The ceiling editor is good and the details are followed well.

  12. niang

    can u make dome ceilings with it?

  13. Jared Banks

    Only flat ceilings. If you wanted to do a dome ceiling, you could do it with the curtain wall tool (just don’t ask me how!).


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