July – December 2014
ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – July 9, 2014
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 ArchiCAD Training Session Notes

How to re-label elements in schedules in Version 18. The ID is not editable. **First time working in version 18 of ArchiCAD.** You can edit any elements are on your regular plan in either the schedule or in tags and catagories. The ones that are not editable, it is because they are on a hidden layer. Go to the layer dialogue, unlock all, then you can edit your ID’s. You can’t edit the ID of a hotlinked module. In order to edit that, you need to edit the hotlinked module in a separate ArchiCAD file. There is a longer dialogue about schedules and Master Template. 0:00:30
Can you use macros in ID tags so that it inserts the story automatically? No. 0:23:40
Stories are not part of the settings in objects in 18? In terms of scheduling a story, this is not new. If you want to show stories in your schedule, you can add it in in the scheme settings. They have added the ability to add more data to your schedule. 0:25:44
Can the break line on stairs be adjusted? It appears in an awkward place on winder or corner stairs. Can you change the break line from a double zig zag line to a single? There are two main ways to create stairs. You can use the object stairs and place them, or you can create custom stairs using Stairmaker in AC.If you have “Edit Stair” available, that means it was made in StairMaker. If you edit, you see a breakline that is moveable by pressing down on one end or the other (not the middle) to move it. Your cursor will change to a cross hair when you hover over the end and that lets you know to press down there. If you select OK it will then be adjusted. The double break line is not editible. It can be changed to a straight line, removed, etc, but you can not change it to a single zig zag line. 0:33:31
Duplicated elements in library. In report there is a list of duplicated objects, but in finder it only shows one file. Look at your library manager to make sure your library is only loaded once. Another test is to place one of the objects that AC is saying are duplicates. Then select the placed object, go to the file menu and open the object, this will show you the definition of the object. It will show location parameters, etc. and shows you details. Look at compatability options to find the identifier for it because their may be another object that has the same ID. Look at GUID (Global User Identifier). This is something you normally don’t change, but you can see if any other object has the same ID. Place a similar but different cooktop and look at it’s ID. If they have the same ID, you can open one of the objects, do a save as, then select options and create a new library part and give it a new ID. You can replace a 2D symbol and turn it into a 2D linework instead of a script. This is explained in lesson week 21. 0:46:53
Problems with shed dormers and walls with the connect tools. Connections are not cleaning up properly. How can I hide the dormer cheek walls in plan? To hide the cheek walls on plan you can put the cheek walls on a new layer and then hide them. It is important that your views have a defined layer combinations not custom. Why two walls are not cleaning up correctly, look at composite materials. Then look at the building materials and their priority. Adjust the priority of the materials for clean up. Also make sure the walls are intersected by using the intersect button. Look at the home stories to make sure they are the same. If you still don’t have resolution, you can drag a copy of the walls out and look at them separately to further examine. If they clean up ok in the copy then that means they are interacting with a thrid element. You will need to evaluate the other elements interacting with the walls to find the problem by deleting and then undoing to find the culprit. 1:15:40

ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – July 9, 2014

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