This ArchiCAD training is the third in a three part series on creating custom objects for the ArchiCAD library.
In this section, we go further and combine 2D and 3D elements into a compound library part. The symbol is derived from the plan representations of the elements, while the 3D model information is based on the 3D elements incorporated into the new object.
Optimization of the hotspots or selection handles is done in the same way as before: placing Hotspots manually wherever you want to be able to insert, select or snap to the element, and including these hotspots in the selection while creating the object. Remember to turn off the Bounding Box hotspots in the Details > Compatibility Options section of the object editing dialog.
Another variation is shown for setting the text that will be shown on the floor plan for certain objects. In this case, the script is changed to use the Object ID instead of a custom parameter; this is done by typing in the global parameter reference GLOB_ID in place of the original quoted text (e.g. GLOB_ID replaces “ABC”, and there are no quote marks or inverted commas surrounding GLOB_ID).
I demonstrate how you can move the ID input to the left side of the Info Box using the controls in the Options menu > Work Environment > Info Box > Object. This will speed up setting the desired ID for elements on the plan, since you won’t have to scroll in the Info Box to see the ID field.
New custom objects are set up by default in ArchiCAD to use a “subtype” called “Model Element”. For the new object to be usable within Interactive Schedules such as Appliance or Equipment Schedules, change the Object Subtype in the Details section of the object creation dialog, and resave the object. To make the best match possible, open up a similar standard library object by selecting it on the plan and using the File menu > Libraries and Objects > Open Object command (or the keyboard shortcut Command-Option-O or Shift-CTRL-O) and verify the Object Subtype for that part.
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