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I don’t use the latest version of ARCHICAD…Can you help me out?

When I open the template I see a lot of dots, WTF? / I need an old library!
My template uses the USA library, as it is geared towards my home turf. If you don’t have that, my Objects won’t work. There are two ways you can get the ARCHICAD 21 USA Library.

  1. You can click on this link and download either the ARCHICAD 21 USA Library and/or the ARCHICAD 21 INT Library (for those of you who want that). That link will also give you access to download the libraries for ARCHICAD 18, 19, and 20 USA and INT, if you need them.
  2. You can get the correct library by downloading and installing ARCHICAD 21 USA via www.myarchicad.com. Once you have that installed you can grab the library and delete the application—or just keep it for fun. Also if you need other libraries from any version or any localization, here’s what to do.

A word of caution: do not load two ARCHICAD Libraries at the same time. You will get tons of errors and ARCHICAD will get cranky.

What about Metric Units?
Converting everything to metric is easy. Switching libraries is a bit more annoying. Here’s a blog post and video on the basics of making this conversion yourself. If someone does that, please share it back with me. If someone wants to hire me to convert everything to metric, I’ll outsource the work to someone who thinks in meters and knows ARCHICAD.

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Is the Shoegnome Open Template affiliated with GRAPHISOFT or anyone else?
Nope. This is all Shoegnome. I’m also not using any 3rd party add-ons or paid Objects within the template. There are a few I love (search the blog for which ones), but I decided that this template should rely on resources available to anyone and everyone.

If you need some specific tool, add-on, or object, check my ARCHICAD Resources page.

So the template is free?
Yes. If you want to click the support button and send some money my way, that’d be awesome. But I want people to use ARCHICAD to its fullest and I’m not going to limit the benefits of my ARCHICAD template to only those people who have money to buy one. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with charging money for a template; I just want to try something different. And maybe I can inspire others to share their templates as well. It’s a dream of mine to also one day get a Revit using friend to share his or her template via my blog or theirs as well. That’d be cool. BIM templates for all!

Is this template for everyone?
Yes, but… Yes in that I want to share it as far and wide as possible. Yes in that it should be very adaptable to whatever project time and units you use. However, this ARCHICAD template has grown (and will continue to grow) out of my own work. So it’s currently aimed at projects in the USA under about 20,000 sq. ft. (2,000 m2). And while I’ve used older versions of this template on commercial work, it’s been primary developed for wood framed residential projects. It should easily adapt to larger projects and different construction types, but that might require a little bit of effort from you. But that’s okay. The template is set up to be adaptable and it should be pretty obvious how to expand it.

Parameter Transfer!!!!!
If you don’t know how to switch between Objects, Windows, Doors, Skylights, etc. within the Selection Settings and maintain Pens, Fills, Surfaces, Dimensions, etc. you need to read this post and watch the accompanying video. Being able to work within my Pen Sets is critical to achieve beautiful drawings from my template. The primary way to not mess up the assigned pens is the proper use of Parameter Transfer (eyedropper and syringe). And of course it’s also key to making a beautiful 3D model as well.

What if I download it and don’t like it because I think I can do better?
That’s cool. How about you share your template with me and everyone else? I’d love to have more than one template to share. Wouldn’t that be amazing? To have ten or more great templates to choose from, each one community supported?

Have a question about the Shoegnome Open Template not covered already?
E-mail me. I’ll add the answer to the FAQ (if it’s something others would be interested in learning about too).

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  • May 3, 2015

    Hi Jared. Superb work. I’m finally getting around to updating our template after a long time (ac11 I think) to get rid of all the clutter and have read a lot of your blog over the last few days. Figuring out what is involved in the conversion to metric…. Did anyone ever return a metric version back to you?

    Cheers for the shared work!

  • July 9, 2015

    I’ve been working with your template for a couple projects, and appreciate the bones of it. Love the elevations with shadows etc. However, I’m a little confused about the pen maps. I know you have a philosophy about pen maps, but at this point, I am not up to speed on it, so my drawings have line weights with a mind of their own. Can you please point me in the right direction?

  • April 30, 2016


    just tossed some cash in the pile and grabbed a copy…thanks for all this work you do. Im very new in Archicad coming over 20 years with Vectorworks. the transition when busy is tough…appreciate support found here. seeing how sophisticated Archi is I feel like I have been ripped off by VW by upgrading every year!

  • May 29, 2016


    looked at FAQ…but dont see answer…does your template work with solo ?

    great work Jared!

  • October 25, 2016

    Osbert De Costa

    Hi Jared,

    Love the work you’re doing. I’m new to Archicad, working with it for just about two years and started with AC16. After I came to a level of understanding the program, I set out to create a template of my own for my department. Currently we are using V19. I did create a template with V19, but its a but the file is a bit too large (I think because it includes some generic details). However, I’ve decided to make a search for advance sample projects to further enhance what I’ve learnt on my own and I found out about you on ‘ArchiCAD-Talk’ during reading some of the posts. I must say you’ve done a great job! And the fact that you made it free, even encourages the support for you. Please see my contact info below. Will contact you again privately. Kudos!

  • January 5, 2017


    Hey Jared! Great work on the ArchiCAD YouTube videos, they are all super helpful. I was wondering if you had a good method for placing standard/common details in an ArchiCAD template?

      • January 10, 2017


        Thanks! Ill look into those ideas.

  • February 26, 2017

    Dave Tka

    Hey Jared, i was wondering if you are updating the US Library in your Google Docs or is it an old version?


  • March 22, 2017

    Hi Jared, I’ve been working with ArchiCAD since version 8 INTL and since version 14 in Spanish and I started since to figure it out how to work on some kind of a template so I started to configure some things of the program to make my work easier, but then I realized that my real need was a template so I put myself to work with, but as I was working on it I got lost because I saw all the work that takes to make a template so I only configured little things like add some layers, layer combinations, pens and colors, translators and customize my work environment, but a few weeks earlier I got into a series of webinars from Graphisoft.mx and saw all the new things in ArchiCAD 20 and found your page and all the cool stuff that you got and at this moment I started for work on my personal template using yours as reference.
    I’d like to thank you for all the information that you share to the ArchiCAD users community and I hope that in a short term I could contribute with my resulting template.
    Cheers for all the great shared work!!

  • March 25, 2017


    Hi Jared,

    I’m new to Archicad, and seem to have difficulty getting your US 20 library from the link. I only get the google login page, and after login, I can’t see any access to the Google drive storage for the Library download. I have the INT version installed, so I am missing the objects that you have set up. Is there a problem with the sharing on the link?

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