This is the first of a series of four #justthetip articles showing you how to master the primary keys you need to Command and Control ARCHICAD… and a clue to what these first keys are has just been given right there!
When you are working with a closed polygon (Fill, Polyline, Slab, Roof etc) and want to apply a radius or chamfer to a corner you do not need to guess the maximum value, or work it out manually - you can get ARCHICAD to do this for you, automatically.
Anyone who has used ARCHICAD for any length of time will be more than familiar with StairMaker and the bewildering array of Stair (or Ramp) shapes that are possible. These are often difficult to configure and require lots of to-ing and fro-ing from plan to section to StairMaker to get all the necessary dimensions required. Surely there must be an easier way!
When you use ARCHICAD to create building models, you learn pretty quickly that thinking about the direction of a Wall and it’s Reference Line is pretty important.
Very often you spend a lot of time violently throwing the mouse from one side of the screen to the other just to change the Reference Line position of a Wall… without that, inside ends up out and vice versa!
Drawing Frames in ARCHICAD and most packages are typically drawn as rectangles… but why stick with something so simple? Did you know you can make the frame (boundary) of a drawing almost any shape?
You may, or may not, have noticed the new Quick Options Bar in ARCHICAD 20:
By default, this is shown to the bottom of each window in ARCHICAD 20, with the content varying slightly depending on what type of window is open (Plan, Elevation, Detail or 3D etc).
ARCHICAD 20 is almost here so it is time to think about what you need to do to use it. The one thing you absolutely definitely MUST do is upgrade your key so that ARCHICAD 20 will run!
Dimensioning Linear elements in ARCHICAD is very simple. However, the feedback given by the Dimension Line Preview can appear a bit wild sometimes - so it is important to understand what is happening!
Let's start with the basics and begin with choosing the correct Geometry Method:
Three types are available:
For the first time ever, GRAPHISOFT will live stream the ARCHICAD 20 demonstration from their Key Client Conference, in Budapest on June 13. This is a fantastic opportunity to see ARCHICAD presented live, by the very people who design it! Click below to sign up!
There are loads of keyboard shortcuts in ARCHICAD and getting to know some of them can certainly increase your productivity… but a few are more complicated to remember and not used as often than others. The ones we will outline in this article are ones you can potentially use ALL the time and are very, very simple!