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Week #20 – Managing Attributes, Project Preferences, Work Environment
20-3. Using Attribute Manager to Create Material Schemes

ArchiCAD Training (Best Practices Lesson 20-3)

This 15 minute ArchiCAD training was created following a question that came up in an ArchiCAD Coaching Program call asking about the best way to manage different sets of materials that might be used in a project. It was originally posted on my YouTube channel.

Using Attribute Manager, one can save one or more attributes (such as Materials) in a special Attribute Manager .AAT file, then swap them in very easily as needed. This allows you to save the materials as they are set at any particular time, make some changes as part of the design studies, then recall them later as a comparison. Extending this idea, one can create several different schemes, each with different sets of materials, and swap them in and out to compare them onscreen almost instantly.

This approach is very much in line with two of my 7 Keys to Best Practices: Work from the General to the Specific (start with general delineation of materials, but make decisions about the specific material appearance later), and Use ArchiCAD’s Settings (taking advantage of the power of Attribute Settings).

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