Parameter Transfer in ArchiCAD
I just recorded a nearly ten minute video talking about Parameter Transfer in ArchiCAD. You probably know Parameter Transfer by its colloquial name “eyedropper and syringe”. Usually I record ArchiCAD tutorial videos in the hope of teaching people something new and different. With this video, I really hope you don’t learn anything. Parameter Transfer between elements, between placed Objects, and between Objects in the Selection Settings is so basic that it needs to be taught on day one to all new users.
Sadly, that’s not always the case. Or even when it is, users forget or don’t understand the importance of it. For power users (or even just regular users) this function is so ingrained that it becomes invisible. Case in point: I didn’t mention the critical importance of OPT for eyedropper (ALT on PC), OPT+CMD for syringe (ALT+CTRL on PC), or OPT+CMD within the Selection Settings on my list of Top 20 Keyboard Shortcuts. None of the commenters mentioned it either. WHAT!? OPT+CMD is so freaking important.
Parameter Transfer and Templates
If a user doesn’t understand Parameter Transfer, the best of templates becomes useless. My whole Template is based on the knowledge and use of OPT+CMD. That’s why I have all those brown pens. If I see brown anywhere, I know a few things:
- Someone didn’t use a Favorite to create an element.
- Someone didn’t use OPT+CMD when changing between Objects in the Selections Settings.
Both of those things tell me that there are probably deeper issues (for me the wrong color is a proxy for wrong dimensions, data, graphics, etc; in other words, incorrect and unthinking actions). That all means if you are going to use my template, you need to watch this video and make sure you get what I’m doing and why.
Enough jabbering! Watch my latest video and make sure you know everything I talk about. If you have questions, please ask in the comments. And if I forgot something, share that too.
The help center has similar advice:
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Oh…I trail off a few times in this video and you can’t really hear what I’m saying at the end of a few tangents. Don’t worry. I wasn’t saying anything important at those moments. My mumbles and the length of this video are just a consequence of me being really hyper and passionate about such a simple tool within ArchiCAD.