A while ago I posted a link and comment on keynotes; I shared my thoughts with a linked in group and look where its gone!

This is what I love about software user/manager collaboration!  We start talking about keynotes and there are easily a dozen great ideas on scheduling, IFC data population and more…

There is some great feed back from Nathan and Tim in this forum conversation.


Key noting "add-ons"

It’s great that revit has a keynote add on. Archicad has a few great add ons for this. My only concern is why this has been an add on solution. We have 18 released versions of the oldest and greatest BIM software ever created, and our labeling solution is still third party,

I certainly use the project info for a lot of standard notes, but a dedicated (and maybe functionally duplicate) version of the project info menu would be a great addition to the technology we love.

what are your keynote, standard note and labeling tricks or tips?


I'm just waiting or ArchiCAD (or Revit) to follow Bently's example


So this is how deep the software is.  We have been plagued with screwy favorite settings and placement for a while now.  In upgrading to 18 we notice that our object ID’s and wall layers saved to the favorites where seemingly changing to the previously used/placed item.

Thanks to Nick at GSNA I got to the bottom of the problem in about 15 seconds.  The favorites preferences allows you to exclude certain parameters from applying to the favorites.  Simply going through and un-checking all boxes except home story will solve all the problems.

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Well, to start with, here are some samples of what I mean by using 3D docs for visuals with added technical info and labelling. Note. No added fills or colouring in 3d party software is required. All is straight from AC with the right material settings. Background images in this case are from Google setreetview, and the AC camera is quickly adjusted to suit (roughly). What I like about these is that I give colour to those elements that I wish to highlight only. The rest can remain in line drawing. 

Great model and documents

Source: karolyhorvath

Duplicate & Missing Objects

Here are some great tips on keeping your library clean and program running effectively… a technical but helpful read!

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So heres some good news this time.  Beam intersections work awesome, much better than previous versions, in archiCAD 18.  I really had issues with beams at angles and horizontal beams intersecting.  Beams also seldom worked as an operator in an SEO condition.  Others may not have experienced these problems, but it was a minor struggle at times.


Something has definitely been improved.  I am putting interior trim, specifically base board around my stair and the beams work perfectly!


So I am working through the selection settings of a door, specifically the trim options.  Normally I would click on a field, type the numeric input, hit “tab” to go to the next field.

In 18, there is a slight glitch where it goes to the next field and immediately deselects it.  It is super minor, but hoping the hot fix clears this up.

Have you noticed any glitches, problems or perks to version 18?


So I saw my first opportunity to use this function yesterday. The original PDF was created in auto cad.
I ended up redrafting the plan any way. The dashed line became a series of fills, two per dash. The hatches became a series of lines, and worst of all the text was exploded as well.
I was kind of hoping this was going to be a feature that exploded a PDF into its original drawing elements, not into whichever alternate elements would make the drawing more useless than the PDF.
Has anyone else out there had better luck with this new feature?


Hyperlinks + BIM = coolest thing I've ever seen!

so you can link an object to a manufacturers website in our BIM model.  This is exactly the smart BIM we need!


ArchiCAD Tutorials - Conserve Effort and Be A Little More Productive Using the Favorites Palette


In this ArchiCAD tutorial, you’ll learn how the Favorites palette can speed up your work, particularly when you’re starting a new project.

I’m sure you are well aware of the eyedropper tool and how it can help you duplicate the settings of an element, then apply them as your draw a similar…

Source: archicad
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A few days ago I wrote about applying specific items to your schedules, specifically door schedules.  The issue of actually naming the hardware properly has come up, and it is really determined by either a manual input or the name of the hardware applied to the door (or other object).

If you do not want your door schedule to list off “handle 1” or “pull bar 2” you will need to create a custom handle and apply it to the door.  The model can be assembled from any series of components, in this case I modeled a Baldwin lever with exact overall dimensions using the morph tool.  In my hurry, the finished MODEL is not perfect and has more polygons than I would like, but it is close and has identical clearances.  More importantly I can include the necessary INFORMATION in my project for accurate specification.

I saved this as “Baldwin 5162 Estate Lever”.  When I add the category “custom handle name inside”to my door schedule it then lists the name of the handle applied to each door or leaves the category blank for doors where no handle is used.  This category can have a manual input, but as Nathan has pointed out, this makes a mess and is not technically adding information to your model.

This is definitely an example of quickly and easily maximizing the amount of information and model in your BIM.


I have AC V18 downloaded and have “migrated” my first project already. It seems to be a seamless transition from 17 to 18.  I’ll be sharing my template and building material updates and ideas soon!


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Jared has posted a couple of articles recently addressing the issue of file size and file crash.  One of the common concerns is excessive use of solid element operators.

I was talking through this with a fellow designer, she had her walls extended up through the roof and trimmed off.  This did not impact the operation of her file, it was still fairly small and simple.  It does however have an impact on your building sections.

I do not typically detail walls with a sloped top plate, there are exceptions, but normally I would prefer to have the rafter birds mouthed to the wall.  If you trim the wall to the roof your walls top shares the slope of the roof giving a deceptive detail.  The images above call out the proper operator and targets for roof body, roof overhang and walls.  Granted some of this is outdated with the addition of Building Materials to version 17, these were graphics I did years ago for our office manual.