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ArchiCAD Improvements by Mind Map: ArchiCAD Improvements
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ArchiCAD Improvements

Project Indexes, Schedules & Lists

Allow combining/referencing of external indexes for when Layout files have to be split due to size

E.g. for automatic & complete drawings lists

Windows / Doors should combine in schedules if they're the same, but have different IDs

Should allow for the use of formulas in schedules

Have an integral link with Excel spreadsheets

Oftentimes the calculations, totals & formatting required go way beyond what would be reasonable to expect of a schedule. WIth a live link to Excel, this would make things a whole lot easier

Same parameter selection capabilities as Find & Select

Allow filtering of schedules by layers

I.e. don't list if it's on a hidden layer. Would require a layer combination to be attached to the schedule, I suppose

Layer Combinations should have unique ID

This is so Views don't lose their layer combination link if the name changes

Allow reserving of elements from schedules

Allow automatic sizing of columns / rows in schedules to fit content

Would come in handy for door / window, or object schedules. Currently have to resize every row / column to suit preview

Allow to ignore selected parameters when merging lines

This would be very handy with something like a "number of" parameter, where you only want the line entry with a total

Modelling Toolbar

Door

Window

Skylight

Roof

Shell

Wall

Beam

Column

Slab

Stair

Railing (NEW)

Mesh

Curtain Wall

Zone

Object

Ceiling (NEW)

A specific ceiling tool can be given functionality that would not be reasonably expected of the slab tool

NURBS / true curve modelling (NEW)

Documentation Toolbar

Dimension

Level Dimension

Text

Label

Fill

Line

Arc/Circle

Polyline

Drawing

Section

Elevation

Interior Elevation

Worksheet

Detail

Detailing Tool (NEW)

General

Interface

3D Navigation

Graphical Representation

Error handling

Wishes

Codemeter Key / Server

Data handling

General

True curve modelling

Graphically, ArchiCAD displays true curves in 2D excellently. However, in 3D it's a different story. True curves in 3D, in this current BIM market, are no longer a 'nice to have' IMO

Teamwork / BIM Server

Folder structure or similar for libraries

Break down "Delete/Modify" into separate categories

Allow administrator to Force User to Leave from BIM manager, not just project

If the administrator is not working on the project, he/she has to load up first in order to force the leave.

Remember user work environment when rejoining project

...as it does for solo projects - last tool used, view on last save, expanded/collapsed folders in View Map, Trace & Reference settings etc

Show Joined status for each user in BIM manager

Allow viewing of Teamwork files in Demo mode

Surely all send functions can be locked for demo viewers?

Reserve dialog should have Copy Settings button like Find & Select dialog does

BIM managers should have access to a log that records which user reserved &/or edited objects

On large projects, there is the regular need to try and figure out why a certain item is where it is (layer, location, type etc). Knowing which users have reseved / edited it over its life would speed up these investigations enormously

Fix clearing of "Last ..." command after send / receive

After send / receive changes (and other various operations e.g. publish), Last Section / Elevation / Worksheet / Layout etc commands revert back to first entry in Project Map. Hampers efficiency

Ability to adjust Users / Messages window division sizes

Collapse one or the other, and they expand again really small - can't be adjusted

Hotlink manager should have an "Update & Release" button

Since requiring to reserve in order to update, one has to open (and therefore refresh) multiple times for one update. This can be very time consuming and frustrating on large projects

Don't refresh hotlink status automatically on manager open

You have to wait for the status to refresh...then again when you reserve

Reserve button needed in Book Settings dialog

Layout Book

Autotext extras

Reserve button needed in Book Settings dialog

Revision Manager (NEW)

Layouts

Printing

Select Toolbar

Arrow

Marquee

Attributes

Pen Sets

Layers

Line Types

Fill Types

Composite Fills

Favorites

General

More Toolbar

Grid Element

Wall End

Corner Window

Lamp

Radial Dimension

Angle Dimension

Spline

Hotspot

Figure

Camera

Menus

Project Settings

File

Edit

View

Design

Document

Options

Teamwork

Window

Help

Publisher

Allow insertion of custom text (e.g. revision) into file name when printing to PDF

This could be with a formula using autotext. e.g.

Include check-box called "Overwrite existing"

At the moment, overwrite existing is assumed. This can lead to some disappointing accidental erasures of previous work

Remember pallette dvisions

Currently, divisions will revert back to default sizes every time you open the Organiser

External Content

XRefs

Hotlinks

IFC

Other links

GDL Scripting

Allow windows to move to separate screen

Live updating/formatting of script

VBA scripting window for MS Office is brilliant in this regard. It will colour function names, give pop-up options to prompt for correct function input, will give pop-up of variable names, will automatically capitalise and add spaces etc etc

Line numbers down left side of script window

Allow collapsing of grouped parameters in parameters window

For when parameter lists get really long

Find function needs work

At the moment there is no feedback if a search string doesn't exist, how many replacements were made, which scripts were searched etc.

Use of LINETYPE for 3D lines in elevation & 3D

Drawing a dashed line in 3D shouldn't be so difficult. Can make it work for a cut body, so should be able to extend that to elevation / 3D?

Somehow introduce parametrics to model-saved objects

When an object is saved from the model, it is 'frozen.' It would be handy to add some simple parametrics, such as length, height, rotation etc - for the user who doesn't know GDL

For the custom interface script, have a visual design paradigm

E.g. Visual Basic, Visual C++

UI_OUTFIELD able to display parameter names, not just values

Would save doubling up on text description

Be able to set intersection priorities to prevent merging of touching geometry

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