This 27 minute video lesson examines a variety of useful options for adjusting the settings of elements.
We start by selecting several exterior walls and changing their thickness, height, and outside material appearance. Then several new exterior walls are added to the model, which do not match because the default wall settings were not changed. The eye-dropper is used to pick up the settings of the modified walls and set the default to match, and a new wall is drawn in 3D to show that it looks the same. The syringe tool is applied to transfer the settings into the new walls to make them match nicely; this is done using both the toolbar icons and keyboard shortcuts (Option or ALT for eye-dropper; Option-Command or ALT-CTRL for syringe).
Two of the original walls need to be trimmed to connect with the new walls properly. The modification is done with the Trim command from the toolbar and repeated while using the keyboard shortcut (Command-click for Mac, CTRL-click for PC).
TROUBLESHOOTING NOTES: To trim these elements, the scissors cursor must be positioned on the EDGE of the wall rather than the corner. You’ll see the scissors blades turn black to indicate you are on a valid edge for trimming. Also, if the element you are trying to trim is part of a group, you will need to make sure that Groups are Suspended (use the Edit menu > Groups Submenu > Suspend Groups command) in order to be able to modify the wall. With Groups active, ArchiCAD will refuse to cooperate and will “beep” at you since grouped elements cannot be reshaped.
The lesson continues with a study of how a Window can be reconfigured by changing parameters in the graphic panel of the Window Settings dialog. Materials for the casing, trim, glazing bars (“mullions” sic) and sill are changed, as well as the dimensions of the sash frame and sill. A similar parameter change is made to reconfigure the entrance door, which gets a new door panel. Finally, the cabinets are moved into proper position (when the walls got thicker, they were left in their original interior corner position which now was “embedded” into the walls) and individually adjusted to change the parameters controlling end lines to show proper terminations of the countertop.
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