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Shoegnome Open Template for ARCHICAD 21


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:

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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  • October 12, 2017

    Gerald Brinlee

    Thanks Jared,

    I will check this out – Looks very intense and organized.

  • November 7, 2017

    Thanks Jared, once again ! Always a good reference for improving my own template.

    I was curious how you manage the different drawing scales ?
    For instance, some dimensions or text needs to show up on floor plans at 1/50 but not at 1/100.

    On your template, I always noticed that you have everything in one layer (dimension, text) and one layer set (floor plan, roof plan). Looks really clean but since we need to produce different types of plans (level of details) according to the project phase, what do you suggest ?

  • December 13, 2017


    Hi Jared! Thanks for the template, it’s super helpful!
    I have a question regarding Archicad 21 though (not related to the template, but I didn’t know where else to pose it 🙂 ). Have you (or anybody) encountered problem upon updating to Archicad 21? I had no trouble to pass from 19 to 20. But now, I open my project (developed in AC20) and if I choose Migrate Libraries option, I end up with 50 or so elements missing. Those are mostly really standard windows, toilet doors, etc. In Library Manager, Migration Libraries are loaded. I then need to manually add AC Library 20, but then instead of 50 missing parts, I end up with 3900 duplicated parts. If I consolidate, it goes back to 50 missing parts. 🙁 Also, if, when opening the file, I just Skip Library Migration, it loads automatically 20 and 21 libraries, so I again end up with all those duplicated parts. Quite frustrating. Has anybody seen this already? Any remedy?

  • December 26, 2017


    Hi Jared

    I hope your having a good holiday season. I want to try your ArchiCad 21 template by importing an older project, Archicad 19 vintage approximately. I tried a quick and dirty select all and paste into the Shoegnome Arch 21 template but had a lot of purple and black checkerboard as well as bringing in materials not in the current template. Any suggestions on bringing in this project? Is its easier to start from scratch and redraw? Thanks for all your help and insights using ArchiCad.

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