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I am adamant about the value of Templates when it comes to ARCHICAD and BIM. I have written a lot about ARCHICAD templates—both on Shoegnome and BIM Engine. If you are not using a template in ARCHICAD, then you are doing it wrong. You are wasting your time. And you are wasting your clients’ money. I think ARCHICAD templates are so damn important that I want to share my own template with everyone. As long as I’m using ARCHICAD, I’ll continue to update my template and share it via this site. The current version of the template is for ARCHICAD 21 (for more info about the latest version and an introduction video, click here).

How to download the Shoegnome Open Template:

If you find the Shoegnome Open Template useful, you want to see it developed further and faster, or you just like the blog, click the big support button below and contribute to the template’s continued development. When you use the support button, after you fill out all the PayPal details, you’ll be sent to the download link. It should be nice and easy.

If you’d rather not support, that’s okay. There’s a direct download link for the Shoegnome Open Template at the bottom of this page.




If you have trouble with the PayPal button, please send me an e-mail. Sometimes it gets weird and stops working. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has clicked on the button, seen it not work, and then let me know. A million thank yous. Any money you send via the support button is to pay for my time to develop the template (in the past, present, or future). It’s not to buy the template. And it’s not a donation.

If you choose to support (and that’s totally your choice), this is what is going to happen:

– You’ll feel good knowing that you’re supporting both me and the ARCHICAD community in general.
– I’ll be more motivated to update the template (and blog) regularly.
– I’ll do my best to listen when you e-mail me what you want to see in the template.
– I’ll be super grateful and probably look for other ways to say thank you.

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Comments

    • June 3, 2014
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      (A small tip about title block / scale)

      Thank you, Jared! There´s heaps of nice work in your .tpl!

      I noticed your main title block does not show the scale of the layout, and understand you solve this with small blocks under your drawings on the layout. Since I don´t have your LIBR, it´s all black dots, but I can guess the content…:-) Is it the common practice in US to do it this way? The practice here (Norway) is to show the scale of the drawing(s) in the main title block – however, in our small office we use both options if the drawings has different scales.

      Anyway:
      My tip for title block with scale, is to save the title block (with the drawing scale as auto text) as a library object. (I guess I don’t have to tell you how to do this, but if it is the case, just reply and I will try to explain…)
      In this way you can place the object either on each layout that needs one, or on the master item(s) that needs it.

      Hope you and your readers like this little tip..

      David

      • November 20, 2014

        AC18’s Autotext now lets you display any scale used in the current layout sheet. You also have the option via the Properties section of the placed View to not include that View’s scale. Check it out it has made our Title Blocks much simpler to maintain

    • September 15, 2014
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      Elyssa

      Hi Jared,

      Wonderful Archicad template and blog. I appreciate all the powerful details and concepts you have put behind element attributes, building materials, etc (list goes on and on) in an elegantly simple template file.

      I have a not so minor issue with a file that I am working on that has recently migrated from Archicad 16 to 18. Fills, surface materials, wall composites, building materials, complex profiles etc have multiplied 3/4 times. I have consolidated all the fill, surface and building material types so there are no duplicates with 01653231…. numbers at the end. Composites and complex profiles unfortunately need to be consolidated and replaced one by one. This is becoming extremely tedious and I am now wondering if I should have consulted with you sooner for an easier solution. Most blogs I have read suggest that customized elements such as composites that are modified specific to the project will have duplicate elements and will need to be taken care of individually. What are your thoughts on this issue?

      Many thanks,
      Elyssa

      • September 15, 2014

        Elyssa

        Thanks for your speedy reply Jared!

        One more question, any tips for updating modules within this file as well? Or do I need to repeat these tedious steps to each module file…

        Many thanks,
        Elyssa

      • September 16, 2014

        Elyssa

        Thanks Jared,

        Going into each module file to consolidate building materials and attributes seemed like such a daunting task. I did find a solution that was not as painful.. I pulled all the module files in the project off to the side, clearly labeled each group for my reference, and then broke each individual module. I then reconsolidated building materials and attributes in the main file then resaved each new module file in a separate location. This seemed to work just fine. I hope this helps other users!

        Best,
        Elyssa

      • September 16, 2014

        Elyssa

        Minor complications, Solid Element Operations do not stick for obvious reasons with a new updated module file. Very minor in my opinion. I will keep you posted if there are more.

        Best,
        Elyssa

    • March 17, 2015
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      Hello Jared,

      I’m following you for a while and all your thoughts about BIM and ArchiCAD, and have been helping me “discomplicate” some procedures in my BIM workflow, since I’m both Revit and ArchiCAD user.

      I already see parts of this template in all your writings, although I’m from Portugal and use Portuguese Library, so all your objects in this template are simply black dots. So I’de like to ask to save your template in Archive Format so it integrates the library parts and this way be more informative about his contents and how it is organized.

      Thanks for the time writing about this, because it was really helpful to everyone who matters about this issues.

      Best regards, from Portugal

      Rui Venda

  • March 11, 2014
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    Ernest Atanasiu

    Thank you!
    I have to admit: I am crazy about templates and it’s always great to see someone else’s.
    I have tried to convert it to metric and it’s not that easy. The units setup went fairly easy but favorites are based on US library and half of them are not available and the other half are wrongly sized, because of the imperial to metric conversion (for example the queen bed is now 152,4 cm by 203,2).

    Next step should be sharing an actual file that was developed with this template. 😉

  • March 11, 2014
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    fuzzytnth3 aka Graeme

    Thanks for sharing. I have started converting it to Metric. One quibble as a dyslexic person I find it easier to read text that is in sentence case, using all caps hurts! So I will be tweaking that to 🙂

      • March 11, 2014

        fuzzytnth3 aka Graeme

        Cool, I have for years meant to make a Template file but was forever getting caught out by the ArchiCAD upgrades. So it is great to make use of your template to see how it is done 🙂

        I instead use a “Builders Merchant” approach. Basically a solo pln file which is a repository for things we commonly use. We use the View Manager to access the data / elements in the file. The file is all structured using Cisfb as that helps keep folks on the right layers as well as making it easy to find stuff.

        Apologies on the financial front I meant to bung you the equivalent of ten quid (ie enough to get a couple pints and a poke o’ chips) but I forgot about you being from across the pond where you use dollars, so I think that means you will have to forego the chips 🙂

    • March 11, 2014
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      I’m with you Graeme. All caps in architectural lettering is a lot less legible to anyone, dyslexic or not, especially in blocks of text. It is a hold-over from hand lettering and from Leroy lettering templates. (Ugh!) Something I would have thought the modern Shoegnome would have left way, far behind…;)

  • March 12, 2014
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    hi, bucharest, romania here. aside from the translation to metric units i have found the template to have lots of broken links concerning the library.

    searched for the us 17 library but din not find it.

    A .pla with a sample project for the template would be very very welcome. 😀

    • March 12, 2014
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      Ernest Atanasiu

      @Sabinu
      To get a pla with all objects inside it would require to actually use all object from the favorites. Better download the US version of AC17, install the demo version and use the US library alongside the INT version. Don’t know if it’s OK with GS, though.

      Even so, I don’t know if US library is ok for Romanian projects.
      (am incercat si eu si nu sunt compatibile cu producatorii de la noi / I have tried also and there is no compatibility with European manufacturers)
      😉

      • March 12, 2014

        Ernest Atanasiu

        Yep. Everyone is asking me to share my template, hoping that “using/stealing/recreating/etc” will guarantee a well organized project and zero bumps. But, I discovered that most of them were still working in Project Map instead of the View Map and layer combinations were still ‘terra incognita’ . Unfortunately, until you understand how attributes and file management really work, a template is not going to help you much.

  • March 12, 2014
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    Thanks for the template Jared. Will be looking at it in great detail. FYI Here’s the library loading report for the INT version. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75834471/Clipboarder.2014.03.12-003.png

  • March 12, 2014
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    Nicolas

    Hi Jared!
    Thanks for sharing your template, and making it an OpenSource project. I hope it’ll get momentum.
    I just reviewed your template and was very surprised by your Layers/Layers Combinations setup! There’re few of them, and you “oddly” use layer’s extensions in the way you name them. very different from Eric Bobrow’s MasterTemplate, and from the French Default AC17 Template!

    I’m very curious to try it more, because what appears to be simple, may have required a lot of work and refining, and reading your blog every day, I know that you value a good template a lot, and I expect yours to be that good, and, if not usable for the french users, a good example to build one!

    thanks again,
    I’m very interested in this Open Template mouvement, and hope I’ll be able to contribute to the French Open Template.

  • March 14, 2014
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    Yvan Rueedi

    Hi Jared,
    I just want to say, it’s so great what you are doing for all the Archicad users around the globe, with your blog posts and youtube videos.
    The recent move the take your template free to the public is inspiring, i wish a lot of us follow you and deliver great achieved things with or within AC out to the public.
    Just keep doing it, there are many people out there just waiting for more great stuff about Archicad.
    all the best from switzerland

  • March 18, 2014
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    Vincent Boutaud

    Hi Jared,

    Great work on the template, I like it a lot.

    One quick note:

    IFC default translators relate to the default names of the Building Materials. If one modifies the list the defaults translators won’t work as well until those are modified too.

    You can either make new default translators that works with for the new edited Building Materials Or Edit the default ones to match with your new/modified building materials.

    Best Regards,

    Vincent

      • March 19, 2014

        Vincent Boutaud

        Anytime Jared. I’ve been adding quite a few Building Materials myself and updating my translator as needed.

  • April 4, 2014
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    fuzzytnth3 aka Graeme

    Here is a link to metricificated (is that a word?) version plus I have added Cisfb codes and followed BS1192 as far as layer naming goes. BS1192 says using extensions is not allowed so I have left them in as it is fundamental to your template.

    Some of your composites we would have different build ups for the UK market but I haven’t changed them only modified the thicknesses to follow UK sizes.

    A couple of questions

    1 What is a “Half Wall” layer for?
    2 The code you have named your Building Materials with. What system is that you have used?

    Anyhoo here is the link

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/399074/sites/trapdoor/Shoegnome%20Open%20Template-Int.pla

    Enjoy

    • April 4, 2014
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      fuzzytnth3 aka Graeme

      Forgot to say I changed over the View Titles to ArchiCAD 17 International jobs so no missing objects when using AC17 International.

      Another question the default for the Title Object uses pen numbers that look like your Pen Sets do not use. Would you change their Pen or change the Pen Set?

      • April 4, 2014

        fuzzytnth3

        Sure load it up onto your Google docs, no problem.

        Don’t know what you think but I was thinking that to develop my version further I should modify the composites to Uk standards. I also need to go through your Favourites as I haven’t looked at them at all.

        I was also thinking that a Commercial building type template would be a good idea as well as that is the majority of the work I do.

        Your template has a lot more Schedules than we use in the Uk so my version has split the schedules up as well as removing some of them. Mostly we do a Door Schedule and sometimes a Window Schedule for domestic work.

        For a commercial building we always do Gross and Nett area schedules as well a Door Schedule. In addition we usually use a Schedule to calculate the insulation for ground bearing slabs.

        Lots to do then!

    • June 24, 2014
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      Jonathan

      I really appreciate that template Graeme. Much appreciated!

  • April 6, 2014
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    Jared, I am sure you have answered this question elsewhere, but I haven’t run across it yet. I’m curious about setting up a template to handle either renovation projects or new construction projects. A few weeks ago (maybe a couple months now), I was about to split my office’s template into two: a new construction template and a renovation project template. Then, after the release of your open template, I decided to just handle it all in one template, with most tool Favorites, Defaults, and most Views set to New Construction / Planned Status; thinking that when we do a Renovation Project, we just use a cloned view of the stories set to Demolition Plan and set the Existing and To Be Demolished statuses as needed. Our local rep said to hold off on that – that ArchiCAD’s stated preference for new projects is to not use any of the Renovation Filters – to leave everything set to Existing.

    To me, it seems to make a lot of sense to set up Favorites, Defaults, Views, etc to handle all design work as New Construction and to only need to set to Existing or To Be Demolished those Elements that are existing and those that need to be demolished. DWG exports can be set in the Translator so that new elements don’t have any special Prefix or Postfix, and only existing or demolished Elements get those amendments in the DWG conversion. I don’t do a lot of IFC exchange, so I am not as familiar with what (if any) issues might be run into there.

    To your knowledge, is there any reason NOT to set up a template to be able to handle either a Renovation Project or a New Construction Project right out of the gate?

    BTW, I’ve mentioned it before, but thanks again for the Open Template. Such a great resource for us aspiring ‘gnomes! 😉

      • April 7, 2014

        Thanks, Jared. I knew you tended to stray away from the party line, and that you do it with intention – that you have a logical reason that your way works better (work environment, BMat naming, Pens, etc), so I expected your answer to be pretty much just like that.

        Thanks for the link to the Reset Renovation Status. I somehow was not aware of that yet.

        I was hoping to catch you in SC later this week, but it’s a 5 or 6 hour drive from here (I’m in Winston-Salem, NC), and I’ve got a busy week, so I’ve abandoned the idea. Maybe another time…

  • April 29, 2014
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    Nicolas

    Hi Jared, I was wondering if there’s already repositories for the Open Templates, like a GitHub repository?

    With such repositories, we could team up for the development, make groups for metrics and imperial for example, and sub-groups by language.

    maybe we could define some kind of process, to test and share modifications and additions in betas, validate and get each responsible to implement the changes ?

    Isn’t there any WordPress add-on to your website that could help us doing it?
    (I’ve myself looked into Joomla’s extensions, and I’ve found the ProjectFork extensions, it’s a project management add-on)

    cheers.

    BTW, thanks to your posts on Pen Sets, I’ve discovered Ken Huggins’ posts on simplified lists of layers, and I really liked it.

  • May 6, 2014
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    This is generous of you. This template is a good start for anyone trying to get up to speed to great organization methods in ArchiCAD.

  • November 5, 2014
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    tim hanagan

    Jared,
    How is the v18 template going?
    Great job, thanks!

    • November 20, 2014
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      tim hanagan

      Jared, Thanks I will check it out!

  • December 19, 2014
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    Matt

    Thanks for the Template, Jared! I have a quick question: When looking at a section view, I see that there is a lot of hatch detail, particularly in the sheathing. Is there any way to make the level of detail scale dependent? at 1/4″ scale, It would be nice to keep the larger scale fills such as the concrete and batt insulation while turning off the small fill such as the plywood hatch. I’m curious how to avoid a “muddy” print output with all of the composite details shown at 1/4″ scale.

    Thanks again for all of the advocating you do for ArchiCAD.

  • December 20, 2014
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    Matt

    Yes. That makes sense. It just took me a bit to understand the basic format and different functions of your different pen sets. I like the logic of how it changes the visibility of different views. Thanks for the quick reply.

  • January 6, 2015
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    Andrej

    Thanks for the Template. Is a metricificated version maybe already made also?

    • January 7, 2015
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      fuzzytnth3

      I made one from Jared’s first version and I am working on the latest version but I haven’t kept all of the content that Jared has in his as we do not have need of all the schedules.

      I have also modified his layer system to BS1192 but I haven’t completed a BS1192 style Title Box.

      My final thing to resolve is the use of Pensets which in our office we have not agreed a strategy to go with as we have our current system ie just using two pensets one for General Arrangement drawings and one for Detailing but a colleague has suggested a different system and I still have to get my head round Jared’s system (I am quite thick!).

      I will post a link to my version once I have finished tidying up.

      • January 7, 2015

        fuzzytnth3

        Also we are still using Cisfb as we feel until the Uniclass system is fully resolved there is no point changing and anyway I hate the idea of changing from nice two digit references to six or even eight digit references!

  • February 1, 2015
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    Gerald Wolff

    Jared, Your site is just so inspiring, but I am afraid as a silver surfer learning the arts of ArchiCAD, so much of the terminology (technical not building) is over my head, but hopefully, in time, it will become apparent.

    My big question is, for starters, having purchased AC 17 and upgraded to 18, where is the best place to begin???? I am UK based.

  • February 3, 2015
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    Gerald Wolff

    Many thanks Jared. Always the ultimate answer.

  • February 28, 2015
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    Thank you Jared! Very powerful resources here and in Video tips channel.
    I start a new project with your template but I can’t find the rendering settings you are mentioning on your video tip. I think these settings are not saved with the project / template file but somewhere in the Archicad support folders. Please share the export settings directly here or on your youtube channel.

  • April 11, 2015
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    Hi Jared!
    I am an architecture student from Brazil. I am starting the study of ArchiCAD by himself. I have followed the articles you write. I am also interested in Template metric for AC18.
    Congratulations and thank you for helping me!

  • June 5, 2015
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    Octavian

    Hi. first of all i wanna thank you for this tamplate ive dl it yesterday and its great:D but im having a problem while rendering. im not that good in with archicad rendering tool and sun position etc. ive used the default options from the template but some of my walls/surfaces are coming out totaly black and i dont know how to set the light right ( or is there another problem? ) pls help Thx alot

      • June 5, 2015

        octavian

        ok thx im still searching for a solution. i think it happens when you somehow see a another surface through a glass wall for ex. but still i cant find the answer thx anyway cool template:P

    • June 6, 2015
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      octavian

      Hi, just so you know for the future. i woke up creative today and found the problem:D change the ray threshold to a lower value 😛 .

  • October 23, 2015
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  • October 29, 2015
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    Angus

    Hi Jared!

    I’m currently a student who’s just trying to learn a thing or two outside of the classroom. After having come across your website I saw the template and downloaded it only to find that it won’t work with my ArchiCAD 18 (because your template is for Archicad 19 I assume?)

    Could you kindly assist me?

    Thank you!

  • May 9, 2016
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    Jack Hillbrand

    What did I miss?
    Cannot find the Template download button.
    also, once downloaded how is it implemented in AC 19?

  • June 8, 2016
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    ioana tarba

    Hello. I have downloaded your template version 18 but it is for Archicad 19. Do you have one saved for archicad 18? Thank you very much.

  • July 29, 2016
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    Rodrigo Flores

    Hi, Jared i was trying to locate the 19 version of your Template!.
    By the way, what happens with pensets (yours) and the ones that objects have. i mean does this pensets respect their own pen index?

    Thanks a Lot!!!

  • August 26, 2016
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    Michael Gustavson

    I’m trying out your template. It looks pretty great! One question: How do you measure things? I noticed there is no ruler tool anywhere, and no keystroke either. When I try to create my own keystroke for the ruler tool it never seems to work for some reason. I’m able to make keystrokes for other things but not the ruler.

    • August 26, 2016
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      I said “ruler” but I meant “measure” tool in my last post. I realized that the keystroke for “measure” is M. I’m guessing this is why you don’t show the tool for measure anywhere because the keystroke is so easy and there is no need for the icon. Good idea! I can’t believe all these years I never knew the keystroke for “measure” was M.

  • September 6, 2016
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    tim

    the title block that comes with it is for 24×36 sheet correct?

  • September 12, 2016
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    Hey!. I like the look of your template and am about to start working up my own template for our office which will be switching to ArchiCAD soon. These guys are Autosketch 2008 users so I’m a bit worried about the learning curve or if they will accept the change. We work on large residential jobs so I have no idea how they manage, but it does come down to their individual skill to make it work more than the software. I’m the inhouse 3D guy who has been doing interior layouts combining gradient fills and textures as well as renderings on layout sheets – they take a long time to do but its what has swayed them towards a change. I’ve been using ArchiCAD full time (in a very limited way) since 1997 but my layers and methods are cumbersome to say the least and only I know my workflow. I’ve been looking at this integration with other BIM like Revit but its looking very messy and confusing, so id rather we have simple layers in groups (maybe half the layers you have)

    I like your layered approach but am curious about other things in your template. I know how to bring in pen and fills from other jobs etc but there is a lot I’m doing the slow way. Is there any chance you can provide a link to your archiCAD 18 template because I’m stuck on that version for now. We will be getting 20 for us all assuming everything goes to plan, but I need to get a template done before we start. I’m essentially still using a template from ArchiCAD 8 when I worked in a large housing company so I want to get away from that from scratch rather than adapting it.

    Just a note on your composite rendering method: I’ve been rendering in vray for years (since 2007) and use a similar method to soften the images for client presentation: i’ll do a full colour render, ‘white card’ render and also a wireframe render. The end result is an almost white image, with some pastel colour (colour at maybe 80% transparent) on it and a very subtle hint of 3D wire behind – its a nice sketchy result!. There are some old ones on our webpage.

    Keep up the good work!, regards Paul

  • September 12, 2016
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    great thanks for the tip Jared. I’ll just start planning out layers for now and start it fresh when we get 20.

    I didn’t realise how different the standard ArchiCAD template was since I’ve never used it. What i’m looking for is a standard for pens, fills, layers and everything else that I can adapt to be relevant in Australia. I know that NATSPEC is working on a system using “LOD” but all I see is long-worded documents by people who don’t actually use the software and its the same when I look at the information from groups in the UK trying to set BIM standards so that it all works across various platforms. I don’t want to commit to one way only to find that we need to change down the track basically.

    I think you are on the right track with the template. These groups just need to keep an updated current TPL so everyone knows where they are at with their system currently (all they have is 50 page PDF’s which effectively say nothing)

    I know our engineers use AutoCAD and one of them has moved to Revit, so it would be good to be able to import aircon ducting from them as well as having a good standard for exporting. Hoping to negate any advantages of going to Revit with regard to correspondence basically.

    Good luck with your template – I just wish more people were doing this!!!. I can’t find anything relevant to Australia without paying $500 just to look at it…(its a lot of money if you don’t use it)

    • September 12, 2016
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      Thanks for the version 18 template link. I’ll look at that for now – it gives me a lot of good ideas.

      I’ll send you my template for reference when I get it done assuming we go through with ArchiCAD 20. It will be adapted for our workflow (migrating from old software) with Metric units etc as well as a penset which focus’s on presentation (mostly greyscale + fill tones) with separate sections for 2D, 3D and interior layouts. I’ll also work up some favourites which tie in with residential construction standards in Australia. It may provide a different perspective. the guys are very specific and fussy (drawing board people) so I doubt a standard template is going to work for us.

  • September 29, 2016
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    Ralph Martin

    I need a template for ArchiCAD v15 ( OS X ). I cannot upgrade to 20 until I am working full-time, but I am attempting to find small projects on my own…Thanks!

  • October 19, 2016
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    Jellie Cobar

    I’m a revit user for 4 years and I’m making the switch to archicad.. Thank you for providing this template for starters like me. Godbless you!

  • November 7, 2016
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  • November 9, 2016
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    Hi Jared,
    Is any chance to get your Template for Archicad 17?

  • February 27, 2017
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    Francisco

    Great Job! Thanks

  • April 20, 2017
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    TIM MCCARTHY

    IN THE ADVICE FOR shoegnome open template, line 7, it gives advice for pen use. Im a user that like the color on screen but would rather use line weight to correspond to pen thickness. is there a pen set I should use for this approach? Im used to using vectorworks where its what you see is what you get there is no attempt at trying to match a color with a pen thickness.

  • April 23, 2017
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    TIM MCCARTHY

    thanks Jared!

  • April 23, 2017
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    TIM MCCARTHY

    just did another pay pal…than you for the sample building. I have cyphered all the graphic overides and all that so Im doing a lot of eyedropper using your sample building.

    also really like the sheet layouts way of ordering.

    Im deleting some sheet subdivisions I dont need, I hope that does not mess up anything with how the whole template works.

  • May 25, 2017
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    Justin

    Hi Jared, how can I download the archicad 19 open template?

  • August 27, 2017
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    berly

    Hello Jared. Do you have one saved for ArchiCAD 21? Thank you very much.

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