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Snow Globe Challenge - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rubia Torres

Hello everyone!

Please find below answers to commonly asked questions about our newest Community contest: Snow Globe Challenge.


Who can participate?

Everyone is welcome to participate in the challenge! You can use any Archicad version to create your snow globe. However, if you are using our template, you should have Archicad 25.

If you are new to Archicad or do not have an Archicad license you can get a free, 30-day access to Archicad by visiting this page: Try Archicad – Graphisoft. And if you’re a student, you can register for a free student license.


Do I need a Graphisoft ID to enter the challenge?

Yes, you need a Graphisoft ID to enter Community, submit your design and get likes. You are welcome to join us by clicking on the profile icon in the upper right corner!


When is the submission deadline?

Voting and submission of the images are open until January 16, 2022, 11:59 PM CET.

However, voting starts only on January 01, 2022, 00:00 AM CET.


How do I submit my design?

Once you have logged in to Community - if you don’t have an account, please create one with your Graphisoft ID - under the “Get Together” category, you can find our Snow Globe Challenge.

To participate you just need to submit your design in JPEG/PNG with a resolution of 1000x1000 pixels here. Optionally you can use our Archicad and PNG templates.


What is the maximum file size for submission?

The maximum file size (JPEG/PNG) that we can accept is 10 MB.


Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, you are welcome to submit as many designs as you feel inspired to!


What are the prizes?

Winners, chosen by Graphisoft and our global Community, will receive Graphisoft goodies and special Community badges. Along with the most-liked design, our team will award the most creative entries!


How can I vote?

You can vote by giving “Likes” to your favorite submissions here.


What are my options if I’m not using the INT version of Archicad?

  • Open the template to follow instructions, then create your model using your own localized or company template.
  • If you are new to Archicad or do not have Archicad 25 INT installed, you can get a free, 30-day access to Archicad by visiting this page: Try Archicad – Graphisoft
  • Use your local version with the INT library which you can download here.
  • You can link your localized Library to the INT template file. However, if you do this you will have missing attributes still. These missing attributes can be deleted, and other attributes can be added to the template.


I see a black and purple chessboard texture instead of normal surface colours, what can I do?

This means that you have missing Library Parts and Surfaces. If you are not using the international version of Archicad or the INT library is missing from your library manager, the easiest solution is to download the INT library and add it to your Library Manager.

Once you have downloaded the .zip, decompress it and you will be able to use the folder as a Linked Library in Archicad. You don't need to have the INT version of Archicad to use the INT library.


What library parts can I use?

You can use any object or library parts, no restrictions here.


How do I scale my design to fit the globe?

  1. Convert it to a morph. Select everything, right-click > Convert Selection to Morph(s). Now keep your design selected, right-click > Boolean Operations > Union.
  2. Scale it. Go to Edit in the top menu > Reshape > Resize… or simply press cmd+K / ctrl+K.

Note: If your design is fairly detailed, you might end up with a high polygon element after conversion to Morph and union. Optimally, you can save it as an object before scaling.


How can I create an isometric drawing in Archicad?

In Archicad you can choose both Axonometric and Perspective views for your 3D window. If you choose axonometric, you can easily set up any kind of axonometric view. You can also find it set and saved as a predefined view in the template provided.

For future reference, check out this article to learn how you can create this kind of view.


Where can I find help to learn how to use Archicad?

For online training materials please visit There you can access many beginner and advanced courses or look at our Youtube channel for more tutorials.


If you don't find the answer to your question please leave us a comment below, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Now unleash your creativity and good luck!


The Graphisoft Community Team

Rubia Torres

Community Specialist | GRAPHISOFT SE
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