- Architosh Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 31 Oct 2002
Seminar - Detailed Impressions
Following up on our previous Post
Event Notes article on the ArchiCAD 8 Seminar held in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island (the new urban darling
of the East coast), we have put our final thoughts, details and
observations together in this article.
ArchiCAD 8 - What's So Hot in Version 8
In the latest version there are three major new items that constitute
substantial improvements to the previous version. The new Project
Navigator is a interface navigation system on the left
side of the main window. It provides instant and easy access to
all documents and allows you to manage groups of documents, coordinate
and create typical submission plans, tenders and construction documents.
Additionally, you can use the new Project Navigator to integrate
layer combinations, scale and display options.
During the demo the Project Navigator was an impressive piece of
technology. When a new section or detail drawing view was created
through the virtual building model, that document would automatically
appear in the Project Navigator.
The new Detail Tool seemed
to earn a large round of applause from current ArchiCAD users at
the seminar. Essentially this new tool is a parametric detail marker.
When looking at an area of the model in section where you want to
detail, for example, you drag a rectangular area to define the detail's
view region and that action automatically pops up a new detail window
which is fully linked to a parametric and customizable detail marker
in the previous view.
The new detail is linked back into the main documents inside of
the Project Navigator. During the seminar the presenter showed how
easy it was to bring in (import) existing detail or static 2D drawing
information, such as a standard manufacturer's DXF detail drawing.
Another major new feature was the new Layout
Book. Cool new features were automatic page numbering,
self-numbering based on swapping in new sheets or changing sheet
orders, as well as multiple master pages and intelligent title block
elements. During the event a user asked about scaling large sections
in the layout book. In other words, if you had a very large section
which wouldn't fit on one sheet, you could easily place it on multiple
sheets, use cut lines, and when you do that you scale the box that
defines the view area of the drawing. For anyone who has worked
with Quark XPress, the process is very familiar in ArchiCAD.
The application has increased speed and new OpenGL graphics card
hardware accelerated support, enabling realtime 3D navigation in
a photo-rendering quality. New Boolean geometry operations further
extend the program's capabilities.
One of the program's truly impressive features is the built-in
PDF Printer Driver. With this you can instantly produce a PDF document
for archiving or distribution purposes without additional specialized
software applications. In the demo it was shown how you can also
password protect these PDF documents.
Some features demonstrated during the presentation were the new
sketch rendering engine, a so-so feature judging by the audience's
reaction, and ArchiCAD's impressive team work functionality. In
fact, the program now allows for teamwork users to sign into the
virtual building model file under a range of user types:
- Team Member - workspace access rights
- Team Leader - More access rights
- Team Markup User - For marking up rights only
- View Only Member - For viewing rights only
- Administrator - For full control over other team users and their
While these are some of our notes, there are many more other details
about ArchiCAD 8. Our final impressions, as an observer, was that
this product was a solid update.
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