2020 | 008 – Interactive Legends using Hotlinked Modules and Worksheets

By Eric Bobrow

Feb 05


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ARCHICAD Training Lesson Outline

Interactive Legends - Options for Deployment

  • 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)

The MasterTemplate System for Interactive Legends

  • Interactive Legends on Plan using HLM, visible in Worksheet using Virtual Trace
  • Office Favorites
  • Project Favorites
  • Worksheets for use with Elevations, Sections, Details, Notes, other annotation (e.g. Structural)

ARCHICAD Training Lesson Transcript

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IntroductionGreetings; overview of the session, reminder to use Slack0:00:00
Opening up a TemplateSelect Open, then navigate to the template (a .tpl file), and then any changes you make will update the template0:05:18Opening a .tpl
Creating new project using a templateIf you want to start a new project using a template, select Create a New Project and select the template you want to start from. You get an untitled copy of the template.0:05:30
When you browse for a template it will add it to the list so next time you do start a new project, it will be in your list.
Interactive Legends options4 different examples for viewing the Interactive Legend0:06:34Interactive Legend
1. In MasterTemplate, there is a view saved in the folder Legend 3D|All; when you double click on the view, you can see it, and when you zoom out you'll see the floor plan is in the upper left corned of the screen and the legend in the lower right.
Easy to use the forward and back button for views so you can grab elements from the legend and quickly place them in the plan. You can also make saved views to quickly go back and forth from the legend by clicking the arrow next to the Zoom % at bottom of screen and then selecting Save Current View.0:08:58Save Current View
Disadvantage of having elements off to the side is that when you use the shortcut to go to 3D, it’s going to take a little while because it’s actually generating all of the elements in the legends, and anything off to the side of the plan.
Heavy Marquee toolNote: Use the heavy marquee rather than the thin marquee to get multiple stories0:11:33Marquee tool
Elevations and LegendsDepending on where your Interactive Legend located, you may be able to see it in elevations. To avoid that, you can limit the view of the elevation by adjusting the horizontal range from Infinite to Limited, and then moving the green line as you need.0:13:35Elevation settings
2. If you were storing legends on 'Ghost Stories' (stories below the project) you'd want elevations and sections to have a limited vertical range0:14:11Ghost Stories
Using Legend on Ghost StoryUse Trace & Reference to see the Legend on the Ghost Story and then copy elements using the eye-drop tool.
Using Legends on Worksheets3. You can store legends in a worksheet. Worksheets can only have 2D information, but 2D information can include objects, so even though in the worksheet it’s not considered a 3D element, it still has 3D properties.0:15:37Worksheets
Note: any object you place into a worksheet will not be included in your interactive schedules, so this kit of parts that’s in a worksheet will not actually be listed in your virtual building schedule because they’re not part of the building. They’re just part of reference materials in a 2D worksheet.
Use the Trace & Reference tool to put the legend off to the side of the plan space for easy ability to copy elements using the eye-drop tool.0:17:14Trace & Reference
Hotlinked Interactive Legend4. Using the Interactive Legend as a Hotlinked Module0:20:00Hotlinked Module
Hotlinked Modules in Complex ProjectsEric noted he will be going over that in a later course, but you can look at the original Best Practice Course for a video on hotlinked modules in complex projects (Course 18-4)0:20:30Hotlinked Modulehttp://bit.ly/acbp-18-4
A Hotlinked Module is a separate ARCHICAD file that’s being referenced into your working file; it can be seen, printed, viewed in 3D, have schedules. If that outside file is updated, your current file will update as well. Because they’re linked, they also have an extra control that allows you to turn them on and off using a single layer - the Master Layer.0:21:39
Eric opened up MasterTemplate and showed the hotlinked Interactive Legend. If you right-click either on one of those elements or an empty space with those elements selected, you can see the hotlink selection settings.
Y Special Object Construction 3DThere's a layer in MasterTemplate set up specifically for creating custom objects, called Y Special Object Construction 3D; it's turned off most of the time, but is a good place for placing objects you created and want to put in your library, easy to revise, update and correct.Y Special Object Construction 3D
The powerful part of the Interactive Legend using a hotlinked module is the fact they are all on one layer, and that layer can be turned off. All of the standard views in MasterTemplate have that layer turned off.0:30:30
You cannot delete, move or edit an element in the hotlinked module if the groups are suspended. You can only copy them.0:30:14Suspended groups
If you make groups active by deselecting the suspend groups, then you can see that, with the one element selected, it then immediately selected all of the elements, and you can delete those. There’s nothing to prevent you from deleting the whole thing. You just can’t delete one part of it.0:32:30
How to place a hotlink moduleGo to File>External Content>Place Hotlink. You need to select a module, it can be a .pln or a special .mod file, or an .ifc file. ARCHICAD remembers any module that is in the project, which helps in situations where you have a module for a unit type in a condo, and want that same unit in another area.0:33:12Place hotlink module
You can change the Master Layer you are putting it on.
The Master ID is something that is recorded with the legend you are placing in your model; all of the elements within that hotlink have IDs as well.
You can make schedules based on IDs, and exclude or include things in the legend. If you’re referencing an entire building into a project, you can have the ID refer to the building with some name or identifier, and you can have a schedule that only lists things that are a part of that building.
You can control the Orientation, elevation, offset and top linked elements as well in the Place Hotlink dialog box.
0:36:10Master ID
Placing a module works just like copy & paste - you can place it in current location or center of current view, it will be inside a marquee that you can drag to a different location, and if you click outside the marquee you will paste it
When placing a .pln file that has multiple stories, you can select which story you want, or can select them all0:40:39
How to save a hotlinked moduleSelect all elements you want and go to the File>External Content>Save Selection as Module and the decide if you want to save it as a .mod file or as a .pln0:46:38Saving new hotlinked module
There is an option in the save dialog to select "Replace selection with this hotlinked module file" - if you don't select that, your plan won't change. If you do select it, the selection in your plan will then become the hotlinked module.0:48:23Replace Selection with this Hotlinked Module File
If you want to edit that module, you can select & right-click it from your plan and then select Edit Module in separate ARCHICAD. The .mod file has all the data in there, but it may not have all the settings matching what you want in terms of the layers being turned on.Editing module
How to update hotlinked modules in planWhen you update that module, all the plans that have hotlinked in those modules will update to the changes.
You may need to update the hotlinks if the project linking to the module were concurrently open during the edits. Right-click the module and select Update Module and all related Hotlinks or you can go to Hotlink Module Manager and refresh the status (it's a preference, you can also have it update automatically)
0:54:39Updating modules
Note: when you see the message "Clicking OK will clear the Undo queue" that means the log of all the recent steps you've taken will clear0:56:39
How to create your own office favoritesCopy elements from your plan and move them off to the side, to a group area as a reference and then save that as a legend, and as a separate file. If you already have a favorites file you can copy things from the one file and to the favorites file.0:59:00Create office favorites
.mod vs .pln for hotlinked modulesWhen saving it as a .pln file instead of an .mod, it retains more of the consistent environment, the reason Eric typically uses a .pln is it makes it work more simply1:01:10
The kits of parts can be turned on and off with the master layer, so they just get out of the way. They can be maintained in a separate file, and all projects will just automatically update.
Access Favorites on a worksheetSet up a worksheet to use Virtual Trace to see the Legend; Create a new worksheet and select the Legend as the Trace in the Trace & Reference palette. If you turn off the trace, you won't see the Legend; you can chose the color of the reference, and the transparency.1:04:10Virtual trace, Favorites Worksheet
Eric proceeded to demonstrate using the favorites in his floor plan from the Legends/Favorites worksheet by going back and forth from the tabs
You can also set up Saved Views to quickly access the Favorites / Interactive Legend1:10:50Saved Views
The MasterTemplate has a worksheet for the Interactive Legend as well as saved views for quick reference and use.1:11:49
Interactive Legend vs Favorites PaletteThe Interactive Legend and the Favorites Palette accomplish the same thing, it’s personal preference which one you use.
Favorites Palette - in a fixed place on screen, the folder structure can get cumbersome, cannot see elements in a room arrangement, you cannot select groups of things
Interactive Legend - elements are right in the file so you don't have to look for it, if it's not a hotlinked module then you need to marquee your plan to see in 3D (and not see the legend)
Office FavoritesOffice favorites are things that you’re going to use in multiple projects.1:23:48
Videos of coursesEric answered a questions about how to review the videos, using the outlines and the transcripts to see the demonstration/explanation on something specific
ARCHICAD SoloSolo has no access to hotlinks or .mod files, the called says he "use favorites or .gsm files I make myself to form my own library. I can still open .mod files made in previous versions and convert them to .dwg for merging into detail.” Eric suggests he just copy this stuff from the other instance of ARCHICAD that has the .mod file open and then paste.1:31:40

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