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A good list, for Beginners to ArchiCAD…

…and those of us wanting a quick reminder of some basic ArchiCAD skills on this last day of the year. I always like reading through top 10 or top 20 lists of tricks. Especially for new users. I’m often reminded of something I forgot (or never knew). And I’m always …

Mac Application Switcher + ArchiCAD

I just started using Command-Tab to pull up the Mac Application Switcher. I’ve accidentally used it before, but never intentionally. It’s AWESOME for quickly switching between multiple ArchiCAD files. Which happens to be something I’m doing a lot of right now. If you’re not familiar with the Mac Application Switcher, …

Korean Professional Video Game Players & ArchiCAD

Can you make a living playing video games? If you work hard. It also doesn’t hurt if you’re South Korean. Want to hear more about that lifestyle? There’s a great Tech Stuff podcast about it. What does this have to do with ArchiCAD? Keyboard short cuts. I’ve talked about them …

How much do you know about Groups?

Let’s start with the basics and get a bit more complex. 1. The enable/suspend groups button should always be visible.  If the button looks like the image below, then groups are enabled. Otherwise they are suspended. 2. It’s a good idea to have shortcuts for enable/suspend groups, group, and ungroup. …

Top 20 Keyboard Shortcuts

All new users I work with invariably ask me a question followed by a request. Is there a list of all the keyboard shortcuts? Yes; go to Work Environments, Shortcut Schemes, Keyboard Shortcuts, click Show Shortcut List in Browser. Once they see the seven pages of keyboard shortcuts, the following …

Bass Lessons

I’ve been a bassist for over 20 years (over two-thirds of my life). As college approached and  I was deciding what to do with my life, I had two options: professional musician or architect. Much of my life could be described as a balancing act between musician and architect. The …

Split, who knew?

The split command (cmd + opt + I is my keyboard shortcut, the button looks like a little red axe) works for walls, slabs, meshes, roofs, beams, fills, lines, polylines, splines, arcs/circles, and zones. Why did I just learn this today? I thought it was just for 2D objects. Good …

Operators

I keep the majority of my operators on a hidden layer called Operators. However it’s a pain to turn on the layer when I need it on. In times past I’d either go to the layers, select operator, turn it on, or I’d go to an “all on” layer combination, …

Eyeballs and Locks

I’ve set the keyboard shortcut for the Quick Layers palette to ‘control + X’. The filtering capabilities of this little palette are huge and easy to use. I am always isolating layers to do quick moves. When working on a complex model (or drawing), very often the answer is to …

What have you Unlearned Today?

We all have bad habits in ArchiCAD. Some of this is from how we were taught and some from the version we learned on. As the program evolves, we need to reevaluate how we work. Do we still need to hold down shift? Is it time to get used to …

I find 3.5/ is the Easiest

Whether you’re using the the coordinate box or the tracker, there are a lot of ways to write a number.  Some are easier than others.  A quick rule of thumb is that ArchiCAD recognizes fractions as inches, whole numbers and decimals as feet.  So… a couple of ways to input …