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Week #3 – Get More Organized
3-1. Mind Mapping the Template Concept

ArchiCAD Training (Best Practices Lesson 3-1)

This 11 minute segment is the first part of week #3: Get More Organized.

I use a Mind Map diagram to explore the relationships of four concept areas within an ArchiCAD Project File:

  • Building Design / Geometry
  • Annotation / Description
  • Attributes / Definitions
  • Structure / Relationships

The first two of these are closely connected to the specific building in the project file, while the third and fourth are more general and should be retained and developed in a TPL or template file.

BONUS: Download the XMind document from this video to start getting familiar with the Mind Mapping tools and concepts.

The Mind Map was created in a free cross-platform Open Source application called XMind. (There is a Pro version that one can buy with more features, but I’m using the free version right now.) I recommend that you download a copy and try it out – it is very useful for teaching, presenting, or brainstorming. For more info or to download XMind, please visit http://www.xmind.net/

If you would simply like a visual reference for this mind map, you may download a PDF version:

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  1. GraceJeffreys
    Grace
    6 years ago

    Eric,
    Love the Mind Mapping diagram of a Project file. It might be helpful to supply a downloadable pdf of your diagram as well as a Mind Mapping document, in case one doesn’t want to download Mind Mapping’s software to access it.


    • Eric
      6 years ago

      Grace –
      I just posted a PDF version on this page. Thanks for the suggestion.
      Eric