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AC9 Questions & Answers?

MSotero
Participant
Many of us have questions about AC9 and some actually know the answers (GS especially).
Why not use this topic to thread your questions about AC9 and hopefully get some answers here too (perhaps from GS directly).

Here are some initial questions I have (probably more to come):
1) Does the new text editor (word processor) handle multi-column text directly or by import from Word? So we might be able to do sheet specs and other extensive documentation?
2) Can the PM grid system be used/adapted to handle flowing text and auto generate the next sheets? If not, it seems the core technology is already in place given that you can import a .pln file and have it generate sheets now.
3) Given the work flow improvements, has there been any attempt at providing a truly integrated working method of handling typical base sheets for mechanical, electrical, structural, etc drawings?
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Anonymous
Not applicable
Just to follow with a few more questions for those in the know:

1) Will the slab fills work like Slabhatcher with the layering or is the display option their only toggle?
2) Are there any improvements to the profiler or must we still sit in awe remembering the presentation at ACUW?

And just because I'm curious, refereing to another thread -
3) What is the average temperature in Alaska in May?

Djordje
Mentor
tprokop wrote:
1) Will the slab fills work like Slabhatcher with the layering or is the display option their only toggle?
No layering, you can control the display, and visibility a storey up, down, or on a storey
tprokop wrote:
2) Are there any improvements to the profiler or must we still sit in awe remembering the presentation at ACUW?
I still prefer ArchiForma
tprokop wrote:
And just because I'm curious, refereing to another thread -
3) What is the average temperature in Alaska in May?
Lower than comfortable ... but then, I go to sites at 47C in the shade (shade?) and with RH over 85% so ... 😉

Don't have to pay for sauna! Hah!
Djordje



ArchiCAD since 4.55 ... 1995
HP Omen

Anonymous
Not applicable
Another question:
Can the origins be set on the slab fills?

Dwight
Newcomer
Ever been on a cruise?
You spend most of your time inside. Eating.

May is warm enough in Vancouver to suntan and swim - our waterfront pool opens in mid-May. However, the Inside Passage is not ever "hot." It is windy and the weather can be poor. Not that it stops anyone.

Bring an anorak and a sweater.

It is a good strategy to run an ArchiCAD event on a shoulder season......
Dwight Atkinson

Anonymous
Not applicable
I am wondering if the 3d navigation has been simplified like Sketch-up's free form orbit tool. I found the previous version far too complex and unnecessarily so.

Dwight
Newcomer
sameoldsameold.
Dwight Atkinson

Anonymous
Not applicable
That is very dissapointing! Even Autocad has an orbit tool like Sketch-up. Why don't they see this at Graphisoft? It is so perplexing

They should be made to wear a rubber chicken on their foreheads until they update the 3d navigation!

Laci Neda
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni
tprokop wrote:
Another question:
Can the origins be set on the slab fills?
Yes, they can.
László Néda
Architect
Business Development Manager
GRAPHISOFT SE

Laci Neda
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni
MSotero wrote:
1) Does the new text editor (word processor) handle multi-column text directly or by import from Word? So we might be able to do sheet specs and other extensive documentation?
The new text editor does not support multiple columns. However tabulators and indents are available and copying/pasting from MSWord works also fine as a result of it. The attached picture shows a text copied from Word and pasted into one textblock on the floorplan.
MSotero wrote:
2) Can the PM grid system be used/adapted to handle flowing text and auto generate the next sheets?
I do not really see what you exactly mean. Although I can say, that there are no associative links between text blocks and the grid.
There are however associated links between the placed drawings and their drawing numbers (in the titles done by autotexts) meaning if you move a drawing on the grid its drawing number will always indicate the grid cell number in which it belongs to. Changing the drawing location on the grid or the grid numbering will automatically update the drawing number.
Also when importing views from ArchiCAD you have the option of placing the views on 1 sheet and if so and there is a grid assigned to the sheet the drawings will automatically be placed on the grid cells.
MSotero wrote:
3) Given the work flow improvements, has there been any attempt at providing a truly integrated working method of handling typical base sheets for mechanical, electrical, structural, etc drawings?
There has been no improvement made especially in these areas, however with the introduction of cover fills there are some more display options to finetune how the cut fills/cover fills/drafting fills are shown allowing easier methods for example to make sure how different AC elements are shown in different views.
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László Néda
Architect
Business Development Manager
GRAPHISOFT SE

MSotero
Participant
Thanks for answering questions Laci Neda.

1) Since multi-columns are out, can an entire "multiple page" Word document be pasted into AC and PM?
Currently, I can only paste 1 page at a time from Word (without loss of formatting) which is why I tend to use Excel instead. In Excel I'm able to paste documents of seemingly any size (height and width). For instance with Excel I can paste schedules that fill entire drawing sheets, but with Word I can only paste 1 letter size page of info at a time.

2) Even though you may not be able to answer this question directly.....
What is needed in PM is the ability to easily generate entire sheets of text documentation. Such as for sheet specifications, project information,...
The ability to define a layout with multiple columns (similar to the new grid system) into which text can be imported from Word and snake from one column to the next. Further if all the columns get filled on 1 sheet, then it should automatically generate the next needed sheet until all text is imported. In the past I've done this with Quark and found it very useful.
Having said that, it seems that the core technology to achieve this goal is currently present in PM given that PM can generate the next sheet needed when importing a .pln file and that the grid system has the ability to define areas of the sheet that work together.
So the real question is, can't this technology be further utilized to achieve the need mentioned above?

Dwight
Newcomer
RE: Your #1: Multipage WORD Paste

This seems to be an OS X system limitation. I just experimented - the standard cut and paste from Word yields a one page copy.

WARNING: WORKAROUND SPOILER AHEAD:

However, by using the utility ScrapIt Pro and assigning a different format to the cut/paste, multiple pages can be copied at once from Word and pasted into ArchiCAD.
Converting in ScrapIt Pro to the "NeXT Rich Text Format v.1.0 pasteboard type" succeeded.

BTW: Many of us use ScrapIt Pro to great effect as it catalogs text clips and images one might frequently use.
Dwight Atkinson

Anonymous
Not applicable
scrapit pro doesn't just do text and images. it does well, basically, anything, including gdl objects. which is pretty clever and another good reason to get a mac

bill

Anonymous
Not applicable
Hi,
Can we now IMPORT PDF pages into ArchiCad or PM?
Thanks,
Joseph Harouni

Anonymous
Not applicable
MSotero wrote:
What is needed in PM is the ability to easily generate entire sheets of text documentation. Such as for sheet specifications, project information,...
AMEN to that! I like InDesign and Quark, but our construction documents would be so much easier to produce if they could be linked into Plotmaker. It doesn't sound like this new text tool will cut it for specs.

It does raise a question though: Does PM now support wrapped autotext from one line to another?

And: Are the AC9.0 and PM file formats exactly the same as 8.1 versions? The upgrade price is fine for 1 machine, but if I have to upgrade 20 licenses because AC9 won't play with AC8.1, I'm not going to be a happy camper.

Thanks
Wes

Dwight
Newcomer
I copied and pasted a PDF from Preview as a figure and as drawing elements to the same effect - a reasonably resolved bitmap image.

Pasting from Acrobat yielded text only.

Figure import: only at real size and screen resolution....

Figure import using PNG format exported from Acrobat seems to be highly resolved - a great choice.

So - in a quick PDF check I can't make simple operations create high resolution altho passing PDF through Illustrator can maintain vectors, text and high resolution.

Conclusion: PDF can be deconstructed to maintain most functionality in ArchiCAD.....
Dwight Atkinson

Dwight
Newcomer
WARNING: BAD NEWS:

You'll have to save backwards from 9.0 to work in your old versions.

That's why they changed the number.
Dwight Atkinson

Anonymous
Not applicable
Are there any changes made to fills/hatches handling - it's redicilous that you have to create a new hatch pattern just because you need a scaled version of existing one. The visual representation (when you select the fill type) of fills is clumsy too - the icons are too small and they should show vectorial pattern not bitmaped one.

Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
MSotero wrote:
1) Since multi-columns are out, can an entire "multiple page" Word document be pasted into AC and PM?
Currently, I can only paste 1 page at a time from Word (without loss of formatting)
XP experience is different than what Dwight reports on Mac. I just copied a 5 page Word document and it appeared in both AC and PM as a single rich text block, with all formatting, tabs, indents and justification intact. (There's no way to make it snake / flow into more than one column though ...)

Karl
One of the forum moderators   •   AC 26 USA and earlier   •   MacOS 11.6.8, iMac Pro 10-Core, Radeon Pro Vega 64

Laci Neda
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni
MSotero wrote:
It does raise a question though: Does PM now support wrapped autotext from one line to another?
Yes it does!
László Néda
Architect
Business Development Manager
GRAPHISOFT SE

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