There is much more than can, and should, be said about our templates and I look forward to hearing views from other users.
Here is a perspective not many share with me.
The only kind of Template I think is useful is the exact opposite of a what most people would consider a Template.
I much prefer to let the Template(if you want to call it that) evolve on it's own by importing only what I want, when I want it into the new project.
With hundreds of completed projects, what would I use a Template for? My past projects are all Templates aren't they?
I paste or import assemblies of elements
into the new project and adjust them for the new conditions. I may not even import any Favorites. I don't need to load any libraries either. Everything I need is automatically imported into the new project when it comes in.
I typically work with 3 instances of ArchiCAD open. The new project that starts with the Clean-Template, and perhaps a couple of similar completed projects to assemble the new project with.
I don't need to model very much from scratch anymore.
Templates are for people who need to outsource the work but want it to look like they did the work inhouse. Or for people who don't have any completed projects they did the way they would like to have done it. That is perhaps the best argument I have seen for why a person would want to use a Template. The project always starts out well organized and with the little extras that take some extra time but are intended to pay off in the end. But then the time runs out and everything is in a panic to just get it out the door. It gets real easy to tell yourself "it doesn't have to be perfect. Nobody will care anyway if the CAD file is a mess. All that counts is the .pdf." And so you never do have a completed project that is how it should have been done. Whereas if you hand a Template that already is set up to keep you from needing to take so many shortcuts you would actually end up with the project done the way it should be. That is a powerful argument for Templates. I don't care who you are or how you work.
That being said, I still don't use them
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