Shoegnome Open Template 18.3 and Layer Improvements
I’ve updated my ArchiCAD template. You can get the latest version here. Remember, it’s free, if you want it to be. In this iteration of my template, I made one minor and one major change.
The Tiny Update
For years I’ve been using James Murray’s centerline object. I initially found it for ArchiCAD 9 and have been diligently using it since my first ArchiCAD job back in 2006. A few weeks ago, James released an updated version of the Object for version 16 and newer. You can download it directly from Onland.info. The updated version of this simple documentation Object adds the option to turn on a line below the text and a few other minor improvements. It’s great and it’s a good example of the unification of documentation to remove excess elements: instead of a “C” and an “L” and a line, now you just need one placeable Object (that can show on multiple stories!). Yes, yes, of course. ArchiCAD should have something like this out of the box and it should be part of the Dimension Tool. But it’s not. And James’ Object exists and is great. And I’ve embedded it in my template, because it’s a wonderful Graphic Data element.
I’ve overhauled my Layers. I don’t know why it took me so long to do this. When you open the latest version of my template and look at the Layers, the change is obvious. For all the details about why I made the change and what the specific nuances are, check out my recent post on BIM Engine: ArchiCAD Layer Theory Part 5: Attribute Names and the Tyranny of Alphabetical Order.
I’ve actually been writing a lot about my Layer and Pen Set theories. If you haven’t read those articles, you might want to. All the recent posts talk about the things I’ve incorporated into the Shoegnome Open Template.
- Part 1: LEGO and Layers
- Part 2: Do you need that Layer?
- Part 3: Layer Combinations
- Part 4: Different Kinds of Models
- Part 5: Tyranny of Alphabetical Order
- Pen Sets, Part One
- Pen Sets, Part Two
- Pen Sets, Part Three
- Pen Sets, Part Four
- Pen Sets, Part Five
- Pen Sets, Part Six
- Pen Sets, Part Seven
- Pen Sets, Part Eight
- To get the latest version of the template: Shoegnome Open Template – v18.3.
- To get the down saved template for 17, my original ArchiCAD 17 template, or my ArchiCAD 17 template down saved for 16, scroll to the bottom of the Shoegnome Open Template FAQ.
- Please, please, please read this post and watch the video on Parameter Transfer. The Shoegnome Open Template is worthless without a firm knowledge of Parameter Transfer.
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