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Label reading the lenght of a line/polyline

Djordje
Advisor

Hi guys! How's 2022?

A discussion elsewhere prompted me to check if there is a label reading the lenght of a line or a polyline. And it looks like it is not, and on top of that, you cannot ID or label a line or polyline.

Yes, there is a Travel Distance object that can be nicely reshaped and that shows its length in Imperial and metric, and can be tweaked... but that is thanks to the good will of the author of the Travel Distance object. There is also an addon at http://simpleaddon.com/Eng/td_product.html

So... more properties for the 2D elements? Lines, polylines, fills? Hm?

Djordje



ArchiCAD since 4.55 ... 1995
HP Omen
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Tim Ball
Advocate

I have used morphs as lines which you can then read the length from. Useful for say travel distances in fire engineering diagrams 

Tim Ball

AC25, iMac

User since V5

What parameter/property do you use to read the length of the morph line? I can't find any that would show me that in autotext.

runxel
Ace

In one of the videos of KUBUS (dutch reseller) I once saw that they suggested using a railing for that. They used it for showing the direction and length of escape paths.

AC 24 [ger] | Win 10 | Developer of the GDL plugin for Sublime Text |
«Furthermore, I consider that Carth... yearly releases must be destroyed»

That would work too, but for me the morph is simpler. You can also add properties to a morph

Tim Ball

AC25, iMac

User since V5

Well, properties can also be added to a railing.

Morphlines are indeed a nice and somewhat easy option.

I think the greatest advantage of the railing is the fact that you can alter its look more flexible, since its parts are GDL. This opens up A LOT of possibilites....

AC 24 [ger] | Win 10 | Developer of the GDL plugin for Sublime Text |
«Furthermore, I consider that Carth... yearly releases must be destroyed»

rm
Advocate

Or....GS could provide a polyline tool that will calculate segment lengths and overall lengths.  Colleagues in the US doing commercial work need to calculate egress path lengths for most building permit submittals, along with building perimeters.  I believe AutoDesk has provided this capability within their software.  I'm by no stretch a software programmer, but it seems this would be low hanging fruit to add into Archicad - hopefully  in AC26.

Robert Mariani
MARIANI design studio, PLLC
Architecture / Architectural Photography
www.robertmariani.com

Mac OSX 11.6
AC 24 / 25

I’ve often thought the railing tool could be seen as a 3D polyline. I use the railing tool for instance to create drainage runs.

 

Maybe a cut down railing tool with just one element would be a useful addition to our toolkit

Tim Ball

AC25, iMac

User since V5

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