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archicad 11 whishlist by sityu by Mind Map: archicad 11 whishlist by sityu
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archicad 11 whishlist by sityu

explanations, notices

the cloured numbers show the priorities

highest priority

lowest priority

the priority numbers are for the actual node level at a lower level the priority numbers show the priority within the level

about me, the goals of this whishlist

I'm an architect with university degree

I've been using archicad since ~1996, at a relatively high level, aside from teamwork-features I use all of the features and tools properly, I know the teamwork, too. But I have no practical experience., I make parametric gdl elements regularly., I've been using the plotMaker since the version 6.0, so it was quiet easy to change into 10.0 (the project-book), disclaimer: I use hungarian version, so several terms I could use differently than the english version of archicad and some misspelling can occure, Now I use the version 11.0.

I think the archicad is a very useful tool for an architect., But I have the experience of the newer versions have the infulence of "not proper user's experience": the developers at graphisoft are building in some unnecessary new features and forget about some useful (but not correct) features., And I think that it is important to express the opinion of an experienced architect with several years of using the archicad and the knowledge of the possibilities of the software.

naturally I look forward to get any comments, opinions


reducing the number of clicks

e.g.: the context menu rotation can be reduced

project (file) management

some kind of external (from archicad) software to manage the project datas, automatic version control and automatic management of published files, most of the things automatically generating from the archicad (whilst using the archicad), automatic logging of the plan modification, filter for the display of the changes, tree-structured details, The places of the modifications can be generated directly from the plan, by the compass points, by layers, by stories, by building zones, client, project info management, by scrolldown list

version control, slightly pushingly than the project notes, at every 'save as' and/or after 'x' amount of (main) structural changes, by an automatic popup window, the purpose of version change could be chosen from a scroll-down list, e.g.:, starting a new project, version for connecting engineers, popup window: why don't you use the publisher?, version change (purpose):, change of phase of planning, authority licencing, tender, executional, major change of the plan, site, change on floor-plan, change on mass, other, other, other

saveable favourites, integrated into the project management, thematic settings-collections management, more user-friendly than the pure xml files, remaking the settings window, also, also with the project management software, connecting to the library management, adaptive operation, teachable, if the projects have additional project infos, in this case the automatism is not so difficult

additional stuff

improvement of the web-connection, I slightly see any improvement in web-publishing since the last ~8 years, library elements directly from the web

sketching module, for pda; for surveying with gdl-like data structure, and/or with website integration, e.g.: on-line plan synthesis, commonCAD

useful pre-set templates

or a useful website to share

maybe for direct (archicad) software connection

text handling

outline for texts, automatic white outline if text is overlapping drawing

bugs, misbehavings

the visualization settings can produce elements without floorplan representation

so in this cases some nonprinting 2d representation is needed

construction-grids on sections/elevations

in case of 'manual refreshing': it is not working (at all and/or properly)

'drawing' and 'automatic' is ok

fortunately, the generated grids in 'drawing' and 'automatic' maintain good in 'manual'

lists, specifications

story informations in specifications, the story numbers cannot be get (only the name of the story), automatic 'story+category+room number' style room-numbering (this was the initiative case: I tried to do this numbering, but I failed because of the bug)

more levelled subtotals on specifications list, by stories AND categories, with both subtotals

when exporting lists: the delimiting spaces maintained in the lists (the number thousand is: 1[space]000 instead of the 1000 the first is text in excel, the second is number)

I couldn't find the possibility of changing the units and/or format of the custom parameters of custom elements


in case of saving: the save window doesn't have active library button

other bugs, section fills, foot-pace bugs

whishlist, custom railings

stoppable processes needed, e.g.



level dimensioning

the preset distance is too far from the floorplan sign

extremly slow (room-)list gererating

twelve minutes for 60 rooms.

particular software operation

tool refinements

section/elevation, conversion into each other (including the interior elevation), actually: with a simple drag'n'drop in project navigator, sloping plane sections, sections with broken line with angled (not parallel) secion line segments, like the interior elevation

worksheets, details etc., generally, possibility to place them everywhere (not only to the layout), but into any views (floorplans, sections) or into an other worksheet too, no need of separation of the imported and the archicad drawings, folders for the worksheets in the navigator, to organize the imported drawings, I know that there are folders in the view book, but if you start using the worksheets to manage imoported dwg-s, it could be many of them so it is needed to organize the several drawings, copying the worksheet, with context menu operation, with or without its content, inside the plan and exchange between plan files (with organizer), 3d in the workshhet, eg.: for creation 3d gdl objects, it is hard to remember: where did I place the doorpanes..., imported drawings, dwg's, possibility of mirroring, when exploding the drawing: possibility to explode it into one layer, layer settings (edit layers), archicad drawings (navigator view sets) to import like the dwg drawings, particular use, overlapping details/worksheets, not only in layout book, but in floorplans too, lists, inventories to floorplans, or for virtual trace, eg. for dimensioning the inventories

virtual trace, total visual (like the layout book) control over the settings: possibility to save the settings of the virtual trace, possibility of mirroring, printable virtual trace, or a button to place virtual trace to layout, like: open with virtual trace (from layout book)

"liberations", wall tool, wall tools for every editing archicad window: (not just for the floorplan), phases of implementing:, 1. just 2d walls, without 3d content, 2. with 3d content, sections/elevations, workshhets/details, explanation, in architecture (detailing) we use several elements with parallel sides, so it would be easier to draw wall-like elements in the s/e and w/d windows, too, and later with 3d walls in s/e the 3d modelling could be more sophisticated, gdl script for the profile manager, or actuallly for the whole wall structure, eg.:, different section fills for the floorplan and for the section, parametric wallframe structures, wallpanels, popssibility to adjust the wallfill's origin, standalone doors/windows, not just into walls

text elements, editing, start of editing: with [ctrl+enter], like the ending of the editing process (not just with mouse click into the text's area - because in case of small texts, it's hard to do), or like in freemind, start: alt+enter, line-break: ctrl+enter, end: enter, because the single lined texts are more often, adaptive, scrolldown text-input aid

zone-stamp, connecting line between the stamp and the anchor point, I could do the script if I knew the anchor points' coordinates, zone leaking point search, a tool for finding the not connecting walls

layers, quick layers, select all elements in the layer of the selected, new approach of the layers:, dedicated layers, in the layer editor: possibility of dedicating the placeable elements in particular layer, to prevent the place of a wall into the dimension's layer or vica-versa, or not just the type of the elements to dedicate, but particularly set elements (e.g.: partition walls into partition walls' layer), realization, in this case at the tools' layer button you wouldn't get the whole range of the layers, just the neccessary ones, workspace, workspace for working without careing about the layers, the space for quick editing, placing into layers, after definite number of changes, automatically, sorting/filtering the elements with different parameters, or a 1click option for accepting the pre-sets, when activating the 3d, or the s/e window, or saving as a worflow-unit, when changing the tool: a popup dialog to ask for the layer (with default [ok] button, to pass through quickly), or some highlighting for the layer-button on the info panel, explanation, principles, because, practical experience of mine: people don't really care about the layers, in every use of a tool it is unsuitable to ask for the layers ("are you sure to use this layer for placing this element?"), more suitable, to ask for a bunch of elements, therefore it's a definite goal to interrupt the workflow, slightly, but not annoyingly

object tool, tooltip-like additional infos for the parameters, eg: what is the height parameter of a sink, zone boundary properties for objects (for lines in 2d script), zone boundary option for the whole 2d symbol (in floorplan)

'find & select' tool, more options to find by, eg.:, story


automatizations, automatic room names in sections, like the construction grid, layered structures with automatic labelling, but I think I could do it with ac11 now

3d fills of materials, placing of the origin in the s/e windows (not just in the 3d window), custom, complex 3d fills

the dialogs for fills, materials, this bulkload matrix is sucks (almost unusable - even with smaller amounts of fills/materials), some tree-structured dialog would be welcome

syntax highlighting editor for gdl scripting, parameter scrolldown list (at context menu), with sintax help

everything should be groupable, e.g.:, doors/windows, at least in the same wall, dimensions, labels

in action

rendering, distributed network rendering, not only LAN, but in http access, too, above all it would be crucial to have a very good renderer inside the archicad, because:, the ease of modification whilst the process of the rendering, the external renderers have more troubles (even if I know pretty good external renderers)

export, 3d, direct sketchup output, generally: simplified 3d model, the complext doors/windows slow down the visualization google-earth (or in vrml-like displays), the manual simplification is complicated, the wall elements (or just the doors/windows) can easily be converted into rectangular objects with bitmap textures

import, bring back the OLE object support

contact, ©

Talmácsi, István

in english order: Istvan Talmacsi

additional wishes

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