Going from Feet to Meters and Switching ArchiCAD Libraries
I regularly get asked if there is a metric version of the Shoegnome Open Template—or if I have any plans to make one. I don’t see myself creating or maintaining more than one version of my template, and that version is probably always going to be imperial units and the ARCHICAD USA library. My template is primarily for my own work, and that of the few other architects I work very closely with. We all do custom residential in the United States. It’s the same reason a version of my template geared towards commercial work is not coming anytime soon. I don’t expect to be doing that kind of work with any regularity, not anytime soon—though I might be loosely connected to a bakery project in Houston and a restaurant here in Seattle. But both those projects are of a similar scale to some of the homes I work on, so there’s little change needed. If I have a few hours in a month to dedicate to my ARCHICAD template, I want to make it better—that means adding and refining features, beginning the update to ARCHICAD 19, and general research. Maintaining another version of the template would slow me down and be a distraction. How could I choose which localization to update it to? Of the 27 localizations that GRAPHISOFT releases, four are English language versions. More importantly, I don’t know enough about metric conventions or other standard practices of different regions. I am not an expert in those areas. My changes would be guesses. You’d want to review everything I did before using my updates. Fortunately converting my template to metric and to your preferred Library isn’t complicated. It just takes a little bit of time. Watch the video below, fire up ARCHICAD tonight, pour yourself a beverage, put on a good podcast, and update the Shoegnome Open Template. It’ll go way faster than you think. As you’ll see, changing units is easy. Using the Shoegnome Open Template in metric, but with the USA Library is super easy and quick to make happen. Switching ARCHICAD Libraries is a bit more effort. But no harder than updating a template from one version of ARCHICAD to another (say 18 to 19).
Now that you’ve watched the video, here are some useful links:
- Download the Shoegnome Open Template.
- Get answers to all sorts of questions about my ARCHICAD template: Shoegnome Open Template FAQ.
- If you need the ArchiCAD USA and INT Library download, click on this link. Or go to the FAQ.
- If you need other ArchiCAD Libraries: Old ARCHICAD Libraries Available for EVERYONE!
- For a lot more on dealing with Library issues, read the post I wrote back in 2014 on the GSNA blog: Missing and Duplicate Objects. In that post are links to a lot of other good content that relates to this topic.
As I mention in the video, this is a big topic and I expect questions. Ask away!
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