2020 | 007 – Favorite Groupings, Modules and Interactive Legends

By Eric Bobrow

Jan 31


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ARCHICAD Training Lesson Outline

Favorite Groupings

  • typical room groupings
  • common arrangements and assemblies
  • landscaping and entourage
  • any set of elements that you commonly work on together

Examples from MasterTemplate
Typical usage - quick starting point for designs

Deployment Options: 

  • Inside the template
  • Copy and Paste from a Resource File (or previous project)
  • Import as unlinked Module from MOD file - equivalent to copy/paste
  • Creating a folder of MOD files for quick access

Interactive Legends

  • On Plan - off to the side, use eyedropper or copy and paste (delete later)
  • On Plan - on a remote story, use Trace and Reference to eyedrop (control visibility by story or elevation)
  • On Plan - using hotlinked module (HLM) to control visibility, allows global update
  • In Worksheets - good for 2D annotation and Objects (3D or 2D)

ARCHICAD Training Lesson Transcript

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IntroductionGreeting, overview of the day's lesson, using Slack to communicate during the lesson0:00:00
Favorite PaletteThe Favorite Palette give you quick and easy access to elements you use all the time, works with one element at a time0:04:33Favorite Palette
Favorite Groupings / ArrangementsUseful to bring into a project groupings/arrangements/assemblies that you've previously created and then quickly modify to the new project0:05:40Groupings, Arrangements
TIP: Keyboard ShortcutsNote: you can set up extra shortcuts that aren’t built into the program, go to Options>Work Environment>Keyboard Shortcuts0:10:40shortcuts
Interactive LegendThey are a great way to save favorite settings and frequently-used components; there's one in MasterTemplate and you can set up your own0:11:50Interactive Legends
How to use Groupings in MasterTemplateMasterTemplate has groupings of elements in the Interactive Legend, i.e. wood frame composite structures, walls, floors and ceilings, as well as room groupings for both commercial and residential projects. You can marquee all or part of it to get the 3D visualization. These elements are inside of hotlinked modules, so they can be copied but not moved independently.0:12:03Groupings, Interactive Template
Groupings can be copied from the Interactive Template and placed in your plan, then quickly modified to the project needs; Eric demonstrated an example using a kitchen grouping.0:17:29
Master Layers and Layer Combinations help to control the visibility of the Interactive Legends so they don't show up all the time0:24:25
Another option is to store your templates on a subterranean story, or a 'ghost story' and then you could just go to that story quickly to grab elements/groupings you want to put in your plan.0:27:17
You can also copy and paste from another file, since you can run ARCHICAD multiple instances and have multiple files open, you might have a reference file or a library file or a kit of parts file – open in another copy of ARCHICAD, and then just jump over to it and copy things and paste them in (note: you can’t use the eye dropper going between one instance of ARCHICAD and another).0:28:38
Hotlinked Modules are not available in ARCHICAD Solo, but there are workarounds and ways to adapt for this limitation0:32:52
The groupings in MasterTemplate are a useful starting point, not a complete set
Saving a Grouping as a Module fileSelect all the elements in the Grouping, then go to File>External Content>Save Selection as Module, then give it an appropriate name0:43:51Module File
Note: when the QuickSelect Magnet is active in the Selection Arrow tool, it means that anything underneath the arrow will get selected when you click the arrow. If you turn it off, or you start the click in "empty space", then you can draw a marquee to select elements within that bounded area. You can use the space bar as a keyboard shortcut to turn on or off the magnet. Separately, there are different selection modes: partial enclosure vs fully enclosed vs interactive; these control whether elements partially or completely surrounded by the marquee will get selected.QuickSelect "magnet" tool
Module file: a special ARCHICAD file type ending in .modModule File, ,.mod
How to Merge a ModuleGo to File>Interoperability>Merge. Merge allows you to bring in a file from outside, works just like Copy & Paste; Eric demonstrated merging in a module of a bedroom layout and quickly modified it to fit his project.0:47:07Interoberability, Merge
Note: editing the merged element does not effect the Module; however, if it was a hotlinked module, than any updates to that module would effect any plan it is linked to, and you can always break that link if you do not want it updated.0:54:58Module, Hotlinked Module
Best Practice: go through your library of things and bring them up to date at least once a year0:57:22Library upkeep
Can Module feature be used in ARCHICAD 20 Solo versionEric isn't quite sure whether modules can be used. You can’t use hotlinked modules. The workaround is you can always have two instances of ARCHICAD open, open up another project or a module, select things and copy, and then go back to your other file and paste it in.1:03:19ARCHICAD 20 Solo modules
Interactive LegendsLegend = something that explains what you are looking at, explains what the symbols mean, which lines indicate which type of wall, a set of reference images with identifying information1:04:56Legend
In ARCHICAD you can have elements referenced in a view, and you can interact with them, quickly place in your plans via eye dropper or copy & paste; you can put elements on a remote story (or just give it a new story and put below the current project, and use Trace & Reference).1:05:35
Worksheets are 2D-only drafting areas, however you can have Objects with a 2D appearance in the worksheet that also carry 3D information.1:08:00Worksheets
In MasterTemplate, Eric opened Legend 2D | Sections in the View Map and showed how to cut & paste and eye-drop elements from the 2D Legend into a section.1:09:03
Eric showed how to use a Legend in Trace & Reference1:13:33Legend , Trace & Reference
In the View Map, right-click Legend 2D | Sections and select Show as Trace Reference. You can will then see that Legend on the section and you can then eye-drop from it. You can eye-drop typical notes, elements, objects, etc. Eric proceeded to show how to use Trace & Reference for 3D elements1:15:44
Note: you cannot place walls, doors, beams, slabs, etc. in a worksheet. Objects are OK, but none of the pure 3D elements can be placed (or exist) in a worksheet.1:20:02
Eric opened up an Interactive Legend Worksheet and showed the kit of parts, which is only possible because he has a trace and reference of the legend; you can pick up setting of elements in the legend and then draw them in the floor plan; the Legend Worksheet can be open in another tab so it's easy to go back and forth1:20:30Interactive Legend Worksheet
Note about the MasterTemplate's saved views, and benefits of having them,1:27:20MasterTemplate views
Remote Story for Interactive LegendSelect Design>Story Settings and insert a story below, name the story Legend and set the height at whatever is low enough so no elements will show up in the real project plans; right-click that story on the view map and select Show as Trace Reference; when you go to a real floor plan, the elements on the remote story can be seen and eye-dropped in;1:30:15Remote Story
Shortcut: you can choose to place in objects based on a numeric setting for their angle. You can manually change the angle using the Geometry Method tool1:33:37Geometry Method for Object placement
Important when viewing in 3D, or elevations and sections, to limit the view, so the elements on the Remote Story are not visible; Best Practice: save view settings with these restrictions1:35:29

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