2020 | 010 – Navigator Best Practices

By Eric Bobrow

Feb 12

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ABP-2020 February 11 - Navigator Best Practices

Navigator Review

  • Project Map - Viewpoints in folders (Stories, Elevations, Sections, Details, Worksheets, 3D Views, etc.)
  • View Map - Views of these Viewpoints with Settings to define appearance
  • Layout Book - Sheets with Drawings for printing, plotting or publishing
  • Publisher - Output of Views or Layouts in various formats
  • Project Chooser - Dropdown menu, various options and controls 

Organizer

  • Double-wide view of Navigator
  • Facilitates organizing structure of project quickly

Key Principles

  • Information flows from left to right: Project Map > View Map > Layout Book > Publisher
  • Names are inherited if you use the automatic naming option

Best Practices

  • Set useful Viewpoint names in the Project Map so they flow "downhill" to the Layout sheet
  • Viewpoint names can be set in Project Map; they can be preset in the Marker default settings (so the next Viewpoint created by that Marker has the name set up in the Default Settings)

Clone Folders

  • To create a Clone Folder, click the Clone Folder icon button at the bottom of the View Map (rather than Save Current View). Choose the Project Map folder that you want to clone, and verify that the Settings are correct (Layer Combination, Scale, Model View Options, Graphic Overrides, etc.).
  • Clone Folders will create Views for ALL Viewpoints in a particular Project Map folder based on these Settings. This is a tremendous time saver, and increases consistency.
  • These Views are initially based on the overall Settings for the Clone Folder (Layer Combination, Scale, MVO, GO, Dimensions, etc.) but can be renamed and have individual settings for scale or layer combination etc. and the individual names can be set as Custom to make them more appropriate (particularly important for Plan views such as "First Floor RCP" etc.).
  • One CANNOT delete Views from inside a Clone Folder, but one can change the name to indicate particular Views are not applicable (e.g. you may not have an MEP Plan for the Roof Story).
  • Clone Folders are highly recommended for Sections, Elevations, Interior Elevations and Details, since these Viewpoints usually are linked to single Views that are placed onto a Layout Sheet as a Drawing. All of these Views usually have the same Settings as the Clone Folder, with minor exceptions such as scale.
  • Clone Folders may also be used for Stories, Worksheets etc. but there are tradeoffs since there may be unnecessary/inappropriate Views created, especially if your project is a single story and the Roof and Foundation stories will not need clones of these Views. In that case, you may prefer to define individual Views for the Plan drawings (e.g. Floor, Roof, Foundation, RCP, Furniture, Structural) 
  • The order of Viewpoints in a Clone Folder is determined by the alphanumeric sort order of the Viewpoints. It is best to group similar Viewpoints (such as Roof Details) by using a common prefix as an identifier (e.g. RF-01, RF-02) so they are listed separately from Foundation Details (e.g. FN-01, FN-02, etc.).

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IntroductionGreeting, reminder to use Slack, overview of the days lesson: the Navigator0:00:00
What is the NavigatorThe Navigator is a section of ARCHICAD that has 4 main components, from left to right:0:04:50Navigator
1: Project Map - Viewpoints in folders (Stories, Elevations, Sections, Details, Worksheets, 3D Views, etc.)
2: View Map - Views of these Viewpoints with Settings to define appearance
3: Layout Book - Sheets with Drawings for printing, plotting or publishing
4: Publisher - Output of Views or Layouts in various formats

In addition, the Project Chooser (a dropdown menu in the upper left) offers various options and controls
Navigator Palette (can be turned on or off) has 4 icons; there's a mini navigator icon in the upper right corner that will give you a temporary view of it, but not dock it, for quick access; when you click out of the palette it hides. You can dock it using the Project Chooser button or going to Window>Palettes>Navigator
What is the Project MapThe Project Map is the first icon in the Navigator, looks like a house; different folders for viewpoints of the project, i.e. stores, elevations, sections;0:08:10Project Map
What is the View MapThe View Map is arbitrarily organized folders to help you see the viewpoints in the way you want; folders can be custom named and moved around; may contain clone folders that are linked to viewpoints in the Project Map; right-clicking and select View Settings to define the appearance;11:12:14View Map
Best Practice: use views as much as possible and use viewpoints as less as possible because the views are well defined0:14:18Views, View Points
What is the Layout BookThe Layout Book is for organizing sheets with drawings for printing, plotting or publishing. Master pages are located in a folder at the bottom of the Layout Book0:15:22Layout Book
What are Publisher SetsPublisher Sets are groups of views or layouts; can publish sheets (Publish = taking things from your computer for use by others) and print/PDF them.0:17:33Publisher Sets
Select Publishing Properties to create the format of each publisher set.
What is the Project ChooserThe Project Chooser, in upper left corner of the Navigator, is a drop-down menu with short-cuts to Projects, to show the Navigator, to hide Organizer, Show Drawing Manager, and Show Change Manager.0:20:55Project Chooser
Eric notes you'll rarely need to bring up the Drawing Manager, mainly need it when you need to output your drawings to verify all pages are updated before printing
What is the OrganizerThe Organizer is a double wide view of the Navigator that allows you to easily drag and drop views, layouts, etc. on to sheets; you can adjust the width of the Organizer to better fit on your screen0:23:43Organizer
Best Practice: name your sheets, views, etc. as you would want them to show on published sets
The more you organize from the begging, the less re-work you have to do later on.
0:31:55
Information flows from left to right0:32:47
Quick options along the bottom on screen: previous view, next view, zoom in, fit in window, scale, rotating view, scale, layer combinations, model display, pen sets, model view options, graphic overrides, project status, dimension settings0:33:30Quick Options
Creating a viewWhen you are in the View Map, and select Save View and set your options;
To place the view on a sheet, navigate to the sheet you want, right-click and select New Layout or pick an existing one; go back to View Map and drag the view you want onto the layout you just selected
0:40:03Views, Layouts
Creating a Detail ViewClick Create New Detail Viewpoint, it will create something in Project Map with a name (you can name it ahead of time).0:44:00
Eric proceeded to demonstrate creating views, details, etc. and putting on sheets, and showing how they update, how to name properly, etc.
Best Practice: name your views and details in the project map
If you drag a view from the Project Map into the View Map (when Organizer is open), it does the same thing as selecting Save Current View0:51:26
Independent DetailsNew Independent Details are created in the Project Map, then saved into the View Map0:52:10Independent Details
Details and Worksheets: both 2D drafting areas, very similar otherwise; best to use details separately for the sake of clarity and organization
Right click the Detail icon in Project Map and select New Independent Detail, give it a reference name and number
It has no source, it's something you draw or bring in0:55:50
You'll either place this as a view on a layout, or have a callout somewhere in the project that refers to it
Creating new worksheetsThe steps for creating new Independent Details are the same as creating new worksheets, except you right click the Worksheets icon instead0:57:00Worksheets
ARCHICAD storage of custom namesARCHICAD stores custom names for worksheets, views, details, etc., so when you bring in another detail or view onto a layout, it will default to that custom name (or the last setting you used)0:58:25Custom names
A custom name of a view could happen in the end on the layout, or at the source in the view settings; for viewpoints that only have one drawing, the it's best to name the viewpoint how you want it titled on the sheet; for viewpoints that have multiple views (i.e. floor plan, structural, lighting, etc.) then you'll use custom names1:06:30
How to bring in standard detailsYou can bring in a view from another project: in Organizer, browse for the project that has the details you want, then you can drag the details from the left side of the Organizer to the other; you can also make them part of the template; if using ARCHICAD Solo, you copy and paste details, layouts, etc.1:08:33Importing standard details
What are Clone FoldersClone folders automatically create views that have a certain standard setting, increasing consistency1:21:31Clone Folders
Create a Clone FolderCreate Clone Folder: click the Clone Folder icon button at the bottom of the View Map, choose the Project Map folder that you want to clone and verify that the Settings are correct
Recommended for Sections, Elevations, Interior Elevations and Details, since these Viewpoints usually are linked to single Views that are placed onto a Layout Sheet as a Drawing.
You cannot delete Views from inside a Clone Folder1:36:00
Order of ViewpointsThe order of Viewpoints in a Clone Folder is determined by the alphanumeric sort order of the Viewpoints.
Best Practice: group similar Viewpoints by using a common prefix as an identifier so they are listed separately from other groups of details (e.g. FN-01, FN-02, for Foundation Details and RF-01, RF-02 for roof details).
1:38:30Organizing Viewpoints, Details

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