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Twinmotion in Archicad 26

joelsdg
Enthusiast

Hi Everyone,

I've only been using AC26 for a week or so, on a single project but I can't find any information on how/if Twinmotion is actually supported in Archicad 26.

I know there's some new feature for an app called Enscape (or something like that) but it requires yet ANOTHER SUBSCRIPTION purchase.  I'm not interested in trying to learn another software that may or may not be supported in future versions of Archicad.  I'm just starting to like Twinmotion.

I've read it mentioned in the sales brochures/postings, but I don't see any Datasmith or Direct Link updates that appear to work with AC26.

Hopefully, I'm just overlooking something, can anyone help or shed some light on this?

 

Joel

AC 6.5-26; macOS Monterey; 2019 MacBook Pro 2.4gHz, i9
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Rex Maximilian
Advisor

If you "must" use Twinmotion with Archicad 26 right now, I would suggest exporting to Sketchup format from Archicad's 3D window. Then, you could import that into TM. If you were to update your Archicad model, resave it to SKP with the same name, and in Twinmotion, refresh the import. Your material assignments previously done in Twinmotion will stick.

Unfortunately the options are limited. Not only because we need to wait on a translator from Epic, but also because Graphisoft has chosen not to develop their own FBX export plugin, like "every. other. major.  3D program" does. All lobbying in the past year to Graphisoft in this regard has fallen on deaf ears as they ignore our requests, and in some cases, challenge us as to why we need this or that, when it is obvious. 

Good luck!

Rex Maximilian, Honolulu, USA - www.rexmaximilian.com
ArchiCAD 25 (user since 3.4, 1991)
16" MacBook Pro; M1 Max (2021), 32GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 32-Core GPU
Creator of the Maximilian ArchiCAD Template System

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Lee Hankins
Advisor

I don’t think the Datasmith plug-in is available for Archicad 26 yet. 

Lee Hankins
ArchiCAD 4.5 - ARCHICAD 26UKI Intel 4019 and Apple Silicon
macOS Ventura (13.0.1)

Thanks for the info, Lee. I guess that's what I'm trying to figure out.  I know Graphisoft can't say when Epic Games will release a plugin, but it would be nice to know "if" there's one coming.  

Your post did make me do a quick "twinmotion" search in Archicad Help in the AC26 app, and it only mentions:

"Save the Archicad model to Twinmotion, using the Save As… Twinmotion (.tma) command from the 3D window".

The problem is, that file format isn't an option from Save As... in the 3D window.  I can only assume it will be in a future release of AC26, and this will be our option for working with Twinmotion.  I'm guessing, of course.

Thanks for the help,

Joel

AC 6.5-26; macOS Monterey; 2019 MacBook Pro 2.4gHz, i9

Solution
Rex Maximilian
Advisor

If you "must" use Twinmotion with Archicad 26 right now, I would suggest exporting to Sketchup format from Archicad's 3D window. Then, you could import that into TM. If you were to update your Archicad model, resave it to SKP with the same name, and in Twinmotion, refresh the import. Your material assignments previously done in Twinmotion will stick.

Unfortunately the options are limited. Not only because we need to wait on a translator from Epic, but also because Graphisoft has chosen not to develop their own FBX export plugin, like "every. other. major.  3D program" does. All lobbying in the past year to Graphisoft in this regard has fallen on deaf ears as they ignore our requests, and in some cases, challenge us as to why we need this or that, when it is obvious. 

Good luck!

Rex Maximilian, Honolulu, USA - www.rexmaximilian.com
ArchiCAD 25 (user since 3.4, 1991)
16" MacBook Pro; M1 Max (2021), 32GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 32-Core GPU
Creator of the Maximilian ArchiCAD Template System

Thanks for the workaround, Rex.  I couldn't agree with you more on your other points.

AC 6.5-26; macOS Monterey; 2019 MacBook Pro 2.4gHz, i9

 Hi joelsdg

I read on the twinmotio website that the release is scheduled for late summer, early autumn of this year….

https://twinmotionhelp.epicgames.com/s/question/0D54z00007p4PF0CAM/hello-there-is-a-direct-link-avai...

Fabio

Thanks, Fabio.  This is welcome news, thank you very much for finding it.  I am humbled by the helpful members here today. Thanks.

 

Joel

AC 6.5-26; macOS Monterey; 2019 MacBook Pro 2.4gHz, i9

Sorry to be THIS guy... But summer/autum... where? Why can't ppl talk in months and days? This is worse than pregnant women talking in weeks with us.

Grapisoft stoped hearing it's costumers about 4 versions ago. 
And all points out that they are heading to "subscription only"/hostage situation with their clients. 
Even LBP and Param-O requires SSA/Archiplus subscription... They want us to PAY EXTRA to fix the smallest and lamest object library in the category... for them.
I am already heading out. Stoped all subscriptions, canceled any upgrade plans, no training for any partner/trainee/etc and currently studing my choices in the field. 

I'm also really tired of the "Structural" and "MEP" features that highlight the updates also. It's ARCHI-CAD, not STRUCTURE-CAD or MECHANICAL-CAD. We need better ARCHITECTURAL tools. The last three upgrades have been s**t!

Rex Maximilian, Honolulu, USA - www.rexmaximilian.com
ArchiCAD 25 (user since 3.4, 1991)
16" MacBook Pro; M1 Max (2021), 32GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 32-Core GPU
Creator of the Maximilian ArchiCAD Template System

Morphy Tool is a joke, we can`t have floor plans by area (cropped) making quotas a mess in layers. Many tools like slabs won`t work with projection for different heights in floor plan cut... But they are focusing on this shift to subscription only instead giving us a competitive tool.

Luis M Dias
Contributor

Are there yet any news about this absolute mess? Is Graphisoft really thinking they can get away with not giving us a direct link to Twinmotion after spending years selling us on this solution as the future?

 

I'm getting really annoyed at this. I can't tell any of my coworkers to update their Archicad to 26 if this goes on, and for what, really? An updated Layer window? Absolute joke.

I read somewhere I cannot find right now that the plugin was coming in october, let´s hope it´s early in the month.

 

Graphisoft shoulg give us direct fbx and/or GLTF export anyway 😓

ARCHICAD 26 SPA
Windows 10

The only option is to save as SketchUp from the 3D window and import to TM as an SKP file. Even if the export option for Archicad does come out, it'll just be a repeat every time Archicad is updated.

Rex Maximilian, Honolulu, USA - www.rexmaximilian.com
ArchiCAD 25 (user since 3.4, 1991)
16" MacBook Pro; M1 Max (2021), 32GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 32-Core GPU
Creator of the Maximilian ArchiCAD Template System

you can save your Archicad 26 model into a Archicad 25 model. this is the best solution to save your work and work with twinmotion

Loreno, 

I realize this is an option, but it's not the one I prefer.  AC26 works better for me on enough levels that I've started switching AC25 projects to AC26 when possible.  But projects that are in, or near Construction Documents, are going to remain in AC25 if I need to continue to use Twinmotion.

With projects we've brought into AC26, we're just not using Twinmotion at this time, which is terribly disappointing.

 

Joel

 

AC 6.5-26; macOS Monterey; 2019 MacBook Pro 2.4gHz, i9

Rex Maximilian
Advisor

And now Epic Games is promoting a big collaboration between Autodesk Revit and Twinmotion... it's all starting to make sense now. Probably why the moderators here won't "genuinely" respond to any inquiries about the Twinmotion export, or even the broader subject of FBX.

It's so frustrating.

Rex Maximilian, Honolulu, USA - www.rexmaximilian.com
ArchiCAD 25 (user since 3.4, 1991)
16" MacBook Pro; M1 Max (2021), 32GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 32-Core GPU
Creator of the Maximilian ArchiCAD Template System

This is kind of a stupid take.

Everybody here has answered that the FBX exporter was made by Epic not GS. If GS is working on that nobody here knows about it so it is kind of insulting to assign underhanded motives to the moderators et al.

If you don't want to accept the answers that:

  1. GS didn't make the exporter
  2. Nobody here knows if they are going to make one
  3. Nobody here has any reason to lie or hide information for some mysterious purpose.

Then that is on you.

--

Though I do agree that it is necessary to have the exporter.

eduardo rolón AIA NCARB
Another of the forum moderators.
Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram
OS X 10.XX latest
AC25 US/INT -> AC08
Puerto Rico, BVI, Miami

Vectorworks 2023

Not sure if a moderator or just someone defending it's "favorite" software. But I think I don't care for a FBX exporter anymore. BlenderBIM is becoming true... I don't need to say that your "subscription" model software is going to be as relevant in a few years as blender made the 3ds Max today... Even worse since 3ds Max was the standard for it's category.

Better modeling, better tools, infinity textures and objects library, no need for a ridiculous subscription even after you already paid for full software, GPU based render integrated. ... I literally just handed my "ssa" amount to blenderbim foundation. 

That's the thing GS doesn't get... they are driving a sector of their market away. Many of us using Archicad would like to have our models exported to an AR app, which requires FBX; or an asset site where we can create revenue from the gaming community or forward thinking companies progressing towards the metaverse. It seem GS is content to limit what tools their users can have, and limit our post-Archicad conduits to specific, proprietary software.

Rex Maximilian, Honolulu, USA - www.rexmaximilian.com
ArchiCAD 25 (user since 3.4, 1991)
16" MacBook Pro; M1 Max (2021), 32GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 32-Core GPU
Creator of the Maximilian ArchiCAD Template System

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