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Bowling is the secret to BIM Mastery

Who’s the better bowler? A guy who can throw perfect strike after perfect strike OR the guy who never misses picking up a spare. It’s the guy who can pick up the spares. Of course 12 strikes gives you the best possible score, but perfection is the wrong goal. If …

Brontasaurus

More lessons from children’s TV

Don’t talk about the brontosaurus in a room full of dinosaur lovers The other day on Sesame Street they did a segment on dinosaurs. They mentioned a brontosaurus. Dinosaur Train would never mention a brontosaurus. Why? Because it’s not a real thing. It was a mistake from the late 19th …

One reason why your PDFs might be Huge

  The difference between the 2 PDFs in this image? One fill Left without vectorial fill = 12 KB. Right with vectorial fill = 1.6 MB. This is one of those semi-secrets of ArchiCAD. 3D is better than 2D. We all know that. But more often than not, all the …

Compatibility notes to ArchiCAD on Mac OSX Lion

Kind of important if you’re using any version of ArchiCAD and getting excited about Lion (or have already installed it). Read it. Now: http://archicadwiki.com/MacOSXLion No more using any version of ArchiCAD older than version 8.1 if you go to Lion (Mac OS 10.7). Good to know for all those 6.5 …

High / Low. You backed up, right?

I got a weird error message recently. An attribute went missing. Find and Select with the criteria set to ‘element type is All and attributes are Missing’ didn’t work. It seemed likely that it was an attribute of an attribute that was bad (an image associated to a material, for …

Have You Tried Turning it Off and On Again?

Is ArchiCAD not acting properly? Object movement or 3D navigation is sluggish. The cursor keeps disappearing. Have you tried turning it off and on again? My brother is in IT and I’ve learned it’s a truism of computers. Don’t just close the file. Close down ArchiCAD. Restart your computer even. …