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Library Part Maker for ARCHICAD 20

Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
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GRAPHISOFT has released the ARCHICAD 20 version of the free Library Part Maker Add-On:

http://www.graphisoft.com/downloads/UK/library-part-maker.html
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Laszlo,
It's not clear to me, and therefore may not be clear to others, what advantages this add-on brings beyond normal unscripted library part making. I have no idea what this add-on does, or why we should use it.
Richard
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Richard Morrison, Architect-Interior Designer
AC25 (since AC6.0), Win10

Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
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Richard,

Did you watch the 9-minute clip on that page? It explains the capabilities of the Add-On. I think pretty much everything is there in the clip you need to know to decide if it can help you in your work or not.
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jakubc7
Enthusiast
Thanks Laszlo. v19 of this add-on was great. If they were able to make any improvements than it's a bonus.

For me having easy control of 2D representation is it's biggest advantage vs saving objects using AC modelling method.

My only negative is that I did not like that how it uses its own unique MVO instead of making use of global AC MVO or scale to control detail level. I would also like the ability to save with only one detail level. I currently override the script manually to lock the MVO options. I imagine 95% of users would be happy with only one level of detail.

Thanks GS UK for providing this!
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Laszlo Nagy
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jakubc7 wrote:
Thanks Laszlo. v19 of this add-on was great. If they were able to make any improvements than it's a bonus.
Here is what is says is new in v20 (I think previously you could save only as Door, Window or Generic object):
The new release of LPM now covers all basic GDL-based ARCHICAD tools such as Door, Window, Skylight, Lamp and Generic object as well as Handle and Window Shutter accessory objects. The user interface was simplified with introduction of a dockable palette that complies with new ARCHICAD 20 User Interface look. New and improved workflows include automated de-bugging checks, streamlined save and update workflows and object subtype selection. Also we have updated the LPM template with additional examples to help our users with definition of new subtypes (Skylight and Lamp).
jakubc7 wrote:
My only negative is that I did not like how it uses its own unique MVO instead of making use of global AC MVO or scale to control detail level. I would also like the ability to save with only one detail level.
I can imagine the the 3 levels of detail was created because of UK requirements.
But I wonder what would happen if you created only one detail level for your library part and saved it that way? Would nothing be displayed for the other two detail levels? Or, you could simply create one detail level and copy-paste it to the other two detail levels so regardless of detail level setting in the MVO Dialog the same geometry would be displayed.
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Is it possible to use it on other versions, than US?

Laszlo Nagy
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I think it should work because it has its own library and template so you have everything you need regardless of the localization of ARCHICAD.
Of course the language and commands of the Add-On will be English.
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Anonymous
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laszlonagy wrote:
I think it should work because it has its own library and template so you have everything you need regardless of the localization of ARCHICAD.
Of course the language and commands of the Add-On will be English.
Great Information. I can provide Polish Translation for this add-on.

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~laszlonagy

I have several questions regarding this Library Part Maker. I attach screenshots and my .gsm file.
I have done everything as it is with those examples, but some things, such as roundness is not working. Also my 2D drawing is not displaying right with 3D, which is disaster.

I would really appreciate help.

Karol

Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
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If I remember correctly this Add-On creates box shaped holes in Walls when creating Doors and Windows.
So if you want something different you will have to take what is automatically generated and modify/add to the scripts.

Normally the creation of a non-rectangular wall hole is relatively easy. This article may help you in that. I hope it works also when you save the result with the Library Part Maker:

http://helpcenter.graphisoft.com/guides/archicad-20/archicad-20-reference-guide/elements_of_the_virt...

But if you want to use splayed wall holes you will have to script it I think.

The thing to know about this Add-On is that it is good for the fast creation of many different GDL OBjects, but it has its limitations as to what it can generate automatically, such as in this case.
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Mats_Knutsson
Advisor
laszlonagy wrote:
If I remember correctly this Add-On creates box shaped holes in Walls when creating Doors and Windows.
So if you want something different you will have to take what is automatically generated and modify/add to the scripts.

Normally the creation of a non-rectangular wall hole is relatively easy. This article may help you in that. I hope it works also when you save the result with the Library Part Maker:

http://helpcenter.graphisoft.com/guides/archicad-20/archicad-20-reference-guide/elements_of_the_virt...

But if you want to use splayed wall holes you will have to script it I think.

The thing to know about this Add-On is that it is good for the fast creation of many different GDL OBjects, but it has its limitations as to what it can generate automatically, such as in this case.
Will test this asap. The LOD is cool but what I need is a way to feed IFC parameter values from the original IFC-object to my gsm. I've got an IFC- model with almost 1000 objects, coded and everything and I'm trying to figure out how to make the conversion process as smooth as possible. I've extracted the IFC-params that are supposed to be the name of the object and then we have a small script that changes the stupid generated names in the folder...Furnishing 45 to 345-0 Xray_345-2...but we can't get any params but I figure AC20 can do this though the excel wizardry.
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ArcAngel
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Am I missing something in this - despite being touted as parametric, when I try to create a window I cannot change the opening size, the sash sizes etc.
Hardly parametric.
Carlo
AC4.5 - AC 25 (User since 1992)

Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
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You should watch the clip that shows the capabilities of the Tool.
Yes, it is parametric, but in a limited way and you cannot really define parameters that control sizes and stuff. There are built-in parameters that can control fills, pens, surfaces, building materials though.
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