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Introducing the Shoegnome Open Template for ArchiCAD 17

I’ve occasionally shared my template throughout the life of the blog, but never formally. At first I only had the template I developed for my old day job, and then my template was a mess. Right about the time I had my template (almost) updated, ArchiCAD 17 came out. The introduction of Building Materials caused me to stop development of my old template and I decided to start from scratch. It only took me about a year from the day I first laid eyes on ArchiCAD 17 to rebuild my template, but it’s finally in a place that I am happy with it. Oh and it took me a year because I was busy doing other things, not because it actually took that long. Though I learned so much about BIM and ArchiCAD 17 in that year that I’m glad I waited.

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If you use ArchiCAD, or know someone who does, go ahead and download my Shoegnome Open Template for ArchiCAD 17. Here’s the link to the template, FAQ, and a lot of other information about why I’m doing this.

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  • March 11, 2014

    Nice to see someone openly sharing….thanks & way to go!
    Even though I’m not using archicad much these days (I went back to the dark side), & had developed my own, basic/early stage templates. l’ll definetly check it out. I’m always up for exploring & learning.

      • March 11, 2014

        The dark side IS treating me pretty well. Busy enough to keep doing this……for now, anyhow. I’m thankful for that. I’ve got no better ideas. If I did….I’d already be doing it.

  • March 11, 2014


    I live mostly on the dark side, and hating every moment.

  • March 11, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this, Jared! Looking forward to picking up some tricks. I have been wanting to revamp our Pen Sets and this will give me a lot to chew on!

  • March 12, 2014


    “Right about the time I had my template (almost) updated, ArchiCAD 17 came out.”
    That is my story….every single year…
    Btw tnx for sharing:)

  • December 4, 2015

    henry hengchua

    Josh (Bone) just introduced me to your website.

    I would like to thank you for sharing your thought process in using ArchiCAD

    I am currently using ArchiCAD 16 now and plan to upgrade to the next update.

    Do you by any chance have a template for the 16 version. I cannot use the 17 th template.

    Enjoy your day.


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