This is the fifth iteration of my Shoegnome Open Template. Before you click the giant link (above, or at the bottom of this post) to download the template, take a moment to learn about what’s new. If you’re currently using my Shoegnome Open Template v20, you’ll feel right at home with my ARCHICAD 21 template. I made tons of little tweaks (like renaming all sorts of things), but the general feel and tone of the template is the same. This version of the template was about finishing what I started last year and focusing on how to streamline my work. It’s been a busy year for me and I need my template to save me as much time as possible. It shouldn’t surprise you then that I have once again done my best to improve automation and organization.Like last year I’ve recorded an introduction video for the template. If you haven’t used my ARCHICAD 20 template, I recommend you watch the video I did for that version of the template as well. But first watch this one:
While watching the video you probably noticed my Work Environment is heavily customized. If you like what you saw, download and use it.
I’ve done my best to set the proper Classification for all of my Favorites. The majority of my schedules rely on Classifications rather than Tool Type. I have yet to update all my Graphic Overrides to be Classification based, but that will happen either in a later v21 update or when I do my ARCHICAD 22 template next year. Not only are Classifications important for schedules and data export, Classifications are also how ARCHICAD knows which ARCHICAD Properties to attach to an element. As such, Classifications are something you should care about, pay attention to, and do your best to use. Selecting which Classification is the correct one can be daunting until you’ve done it a few times. For help with picking the right Classification for elements, check out these two amazingly helpful blog posts by Rob Jackson:
- IFC 2×3 element and type classification – The plain language A-Z list
- Understanding Element Classification for IFC 2×3 exchange in ARCHICAD 19 – Part 2 – ArchiCAD Type and Library Parts
When I was first getting into classifying elements (in ARCHICAD 19 and 20), I leaned very heavily on Rob’s two posts. Now I use them to double check my work.
What are you waiting for?
Go download the Shoegnome Open Template for ArchiCAD 21! Did I mention it’s free, if you want it to be? Because it is. Unless you’d rather send some support money my way. Because you can do that too by clicking on the Pay Pal link when you go to the official Shoegnome Open Template download page.
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