This Guest Post is by Kristian Bursell.
Does anyone remember the time before BIM took over? I do. I was poor (relatively). I worked on developing my own GDL objects and I did a lot of surfing. Life was good. Now with a young family, a house and the BIM revolution in full swing, I don’t really get time to develop any new tools. Most of my GDL work is for manufacturer’s content.
It’s fairly frustrating as I have so many good ideas. I wish I had even just a little bit of time to develop one of them. The things I could do for your workflows would blow your mind. Unfortunately you’ll never know because I never get the time to develop them. That is until now.
Some time ago, Jared mentioned the idea of crowdfunding–a spark hits the tinder. This could actually be a means by which I could guarantee the necessary returns on time spent in development. A few months later Nathan Hildebrandt brought up the topic again and the tinder started to smoulder. Lo and behold, a conversation starts on Twitter between Linn Areno, Jared, Nathan, Patrick May, Rob Jackson and Frederic Deschamp regarding the dire need for a decent parametric ceiling Object. We discussed the solution and all of a sudden the tinder is ablaze and we launched our first crowd funding project for ARCHICAD content.Back in April 2016 the discussion on Twitter was started by Linn Areno, who was lamenting the lack of a perfect tool within ARCHICAD for the creation of ceiling panel systems. The discussion revolved around the inadequacies of current tools in regard to the Zone accessory types and its drawbacks, as well as issues with polygon counts, representation, and IFC export. I was a little disappointed that no one thought to ask me; I guess my name isn’t as synonymous with intelligent ARCHICAD tools as I would like to have thought… it’s alright, I recovered, plus its healthy to have an ego bashing once in a while… pricks.
Anyway, the conversation continued on the side, between Linn and I, and after I gave her a rough estimate for the parametric ceiling Object, she thought it would be a good idea to have everyone chip in. So we put it to the group on Twitter and from there a group was formed consisting of 20+ well-known ARCHICAD experts from around the globe. We discussed – at some length – the various requirements for the tool and what everyone perceived to be the most powerful functionality. A wish list was compiled and the brief defined.
The joy of this for me is that I finally get to develop some of the functions I’ve had rolling around in my head. Plus I get to do it for users who I know are going to appreciate the free form and intuitive nature of the type of tools I enjoy creating. We might even completely bypass the User Interface on this one and have all configuration functions accessed through the 2D and 3D view. Needless to say it’s going to be a lot of fun.
For those who aren’t aware of my stance on paying for 3rd party tools, this is not going to require you to tap into your resources year after year after year after… You pay once (AU$250 in this case) for your entire company regardless of the number of ARCHICAD licenses and that’s it – unless of course you want the latest version and your 12 month automatic update subscription has expired.
I’m a nice bloke and I create tools that are fun to use, plus you know it will be what ARCHICAD users want because they defined the brief. I hope you can join us in making this a reality, and maybe we can redefine a few standards in the process.
To learn more about the Kickstarter Campaign (which runs through July 22nd, 2016), click the link below:
If you aren’t familiar with Kristian’s fantastic GDL work, check out his website, read his previous guest posts, follow him on Twitter, and of course if it’s before July 22nd, 2016 go support his Kickstarter! Kickstarting ARCHICAD needs is a fantastic solution for our community, and I hope this is the first of many, many to come. And of course follow Shoegnome on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. I stopped drinking caffeine a week ago, so I think I’m going to start writing more. We’ll see. It is also the first day of summer vacation for my daughters, so maybe not.