I'm scratching my head in front of the inevitable I guess. I have a pretty good arch tpl and now we'll get our 20 landscapers to move from Autocad+NovaPoint to Archicad+Land4 which is really great for everyone except for the one having to work with the good ol' file based attributes monster Archicad. The landscapers need a bunch of new attributes high and low. I haven't done a similar makover for at least 15 years and vaguely remeber to add fake attributes (to get a fair amount ow "space" with the attribute indexes) for every category and then add the new attribites so there wont be attribute index collisions. Am I on the right track?
I believe Archicad 24 onwards has a new reindex functionality under layer manager which I was playing with when doing my own office template recently. Previously there was a common method to create blank attributes so they would not get polluted during a project, but I found it only ever worked if everyone was very strict on that project (it never worked)
The reindexing feature looks good, but I had to do it for each attribute. so if there was a gap eg 100 then 145, by selecting the second one and reindexing, you can force the element ID to 101 or any other number you choose. What I find good is to make the first few characters specific to the template so you can spot new ones that require managing as they get added over time.
More experienced users may have further tips on attribute reindexing.
Great explanation. I actually forgot about the reindexing feature. I'll guestimate a smart indexing structure...maybe keep the landscapers at 400... Not sure I want to condense the existing indexes. They go from 0 to 300...many years of mayhem there. I should...