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Archicad Basics Series

Table of Content Sample ProjectsNavigationPlace, Select and Edit ElementsInput and Drafting AidsMoving Elements If you are new to Archicad we have two series of articles for you to help you get started: Archicad Quick Tour and Archicad Basics. The Ar...

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What is BIM?

This article is a part of a series titled Archicad Quick Tour. The base of BIM (Building Information Model) is a digital 3D model of the building. It consists of walls, slabs, roofs, doors, windows and such, just like the real building. In BIM we als...


Archicad Sample Projects

Table of Content M2V House⎮residentialGino 16⎮commercial, interior designS-Life Express⎮mixed-useStacked Tower⎮residential, large-scaleVilla Patio⎮residentialHillside House⎮residentialS-Office⎮officeHow to start exploring the Sample Projects?What's i...

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Archicad Sample Project - Hillside House

Residential⎮Hillside House Download the BIMx file Download Archicad 24 file (INT language version) Download Archicad 25 file (INT language version) How to use the Sample Project? VERSION: V1.2 │Date: 2020. 07. 08 │ Contact: sampleprojects@graphisoft....

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How to Explore Model in 3D Using Remote Desktop Applications

Note: This feature is only available in Archicad 23 Update 5003 and above. A new 3D navigation mode called Joystick has been introduced in Archicad to make the Explore Model function via remote desktop applications possible and easy to use. In Perspe...

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How to draft 2D Elements in Archicad

Each Archicad project is a complex database consisting of the following items: 3D design elements: walls, columns, windows and doors, MEP system elements, etc. 2D drafting and documenting elements: lines, arcs, circles, fills, texts, labels, dimensio...

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How to draft Arcs and Circles in Archicad

The Arc/Circle Tool To explain the different methods of how to create an arc, we now change to the Arc/Circle Tool. This tool includes two main Geometry Methods: Arc/Circle Ellipse. If you click on the icon and hold the left mouse button down, you ca...

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How to Select Elements - The Arrow Tool

In this article, you can learn how you can select one or more elements in 2D and what methods are available to do this. Table Of Contents What Selection Looks Like The Arrow Tool Selecting a single element Deselecting elements Selecting Multiple Elem...

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How to Select Elements - The Marquee Tool

To edit or delete elements in Archicad, you must first select them. Methods of Selection in Archicad You have two ways to select elements: you can click on the element - use the Arrow Tool you can define an area around the element - with the Arrow To...

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How to Display and Select Elements in 3D

The Visibility of Elements in 3D There is a variety of different settings that affect the 3D View.At View > Elements in 3D View there are four command that help you control what is visible in 3D: Show Selection/Marquee in 3D Show Stored Selection/Mar...

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How to Edit Archicad Elements?

In this article you can learn how to: make changes to elements you created before make changes to multiple elements at once change line types, pens and colors change the reference line position of walls Changing / Editing Elements To change existing ...

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Drag/Rotate/Mirror an Element as Copy

You can also use all the moving commands to move an element copy. The commands work the same with the difference that the original element remains in place. The first option to invoke a copying command is via Edit > Move > Drag/Rotate/ Mirror a Copy....

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Start Working in Archicad

This article will help you learn the basics you need to know before starting to work in Archicad. This article is a part of a series titled Archicad Quick Tour. Starting Archicad The startup dialog of Archicad: Start Archicad How to start a new proje...

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How to save your work in Archicad?

This article is a part of a series titled Archicad Quick Tour. In Archicad it is important to save your work regularly. Read this article below to learn how Archicad ensures data safety. Save your work Use the 'Save' command in File menu. For the fir...

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Archicad Basic Concepts - The Navigator

This article is a part of a series titled Archicad Quick Tour. What is the Navigator? The Navigator Palette (Navigator) is a tree structure that lets you build up the entire logical structure of your project and navigate within it. The Navigator is d...

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The Archicad Interface

If you have not yet installed Archicad, read this article to learn how to proceed with the installation. Open Archicad by clicking on its icon/shortcut, which can be on the desktop/in the dock. You can also launch the program from within the folder y...

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Elevating Elements

The “Elevate” command allows you to move selected elements vertically along the Z-axis. Elevating in the Floor Plan Once more, you first must select the element.Then, invoke the “Elevate” command via Edit > Move or from the pet palette. This brings u...

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Mirroring Elements

Mirroring creates a mirror image of the selected elements. Select the elements you want to mirror. Invoke the command via Edit > Move > Mirror … or select it from the context menu or the Pet Palette. Define the mirroring axis with two clicks, as if y...

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Rotating Elements

The “Rotate” command allows you to rotate elements around a freely selected rotation center. Just as at the “Drag” command, you first must select an element. Check How to Select Elements - The Marquee Tool , also How to Select Elements - The Arrow To...

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Moving Elements

Editing existing elements is an essential every-day task. Basic Rules The element you want to edit MUST be selected BEFOREHAND. Only then will relevant commands will be available. You can edit elements on the Floor Plan as well as in the 3D window. N...

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Get to Know Doors and Windows

In Archicad Doors, Windows and Objects are prepared for you and stored in small files that are organized in folders called libraries. The prepeared Doors and Windows are parametric objects which means you are able to change their hight, width and man...

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Navigating in the Project

Navigation in the ProjectThe Structure of the ProjectThe Pop-Up Navigator and the NavigatorTabs and the Tab Bar When talking about navigation, we need to address three different things: navigation in the project itself navigation in 2D navigation in ...

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Magic Wand

There is a special function in Archicad called “Magic Wand”. This function saves you work by finding and tracing a linear or polygonal shape from among existing elements and then generating a new element based on it. Magic Wand can be used in 2D and ...

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Snap References

If you want to find for example the midpoint of an existing element or you want to place a new element parallel to another one, use the Snap References. Snap References are temporary lines, arcs, and points that appear along with existing elements, t...

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Guide lines

Guide Lines are drafting aids, which help you find special points and projections, to ensure precise input in both, 2D and 3D windows. Unlike Snap Guides, Guide Lines are explicitly placed by you. They always remain in place until you remove them. Gu...

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How to Model Walls in Archicad

To be able to practice what is discussed in this article, it is best if you start a new project. Go to The Archicad Interface to learn how to start a new project. The Wall Tool Walls are one of the basic construction elements in Archicad. You can cre...

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Navigating in 2D

When talking about navigation, we need to address three different things: navigation in the project itself navigation in 2D navigation in 3D In this article, you will learn how to navigate in the 2D views (such as floor plans, sections, elevations an...

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How to Use the Find and Select Tool

In this article you can learn how to: Search for, find, and select elements that fulfill specific criteria or multiple criteria Store the groups of criteria as Criteria Set to use later How to Find and Select You can select multiple elements at once,...

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Setting up Grids in Archicad

In Archicad there are two different kinds of grid systems that help you while modeling and drawing. The Construction Grid The Snap Grid. Using them is optional, you can work in Archicad without using any grid, but in specific circumstances, they are ...

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How to Use the Smart Cursor in Archicad

The cursor changes its shape(s) as you work giving you accurate feedback on: where the cursor is and whether an editing or input operation is going on or not. The shape of the cursor sometimes also depends on which tool (Arrow Tool, Marquee Tool, Wal...

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Navigating in 3D

When talking about navigation, we need to address three different things: Navigation in the project itself Navigation in 2D Navigation in 3D In this article, you will learn how to navigate in the 3D views (such as perspective and axonometry) of your ...

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Stories in Archicad

Stories in Archicad, just as in real buildings, serve to divide space vertically and replicate the story structure of your real building. Stories are ranges of height in space. Each story has a reference (level). It is the height of the horizontal pl...

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Archicad Sample Project - S-Office

Commercial⎮S-Office Download the BIMx file Download Archicad 24 file (INT language version) Download Archicad 25 file (INT language version) How to use the Sample Project? VERSION: V1.2 │Date: 2020. 07. 08 │ Contact: To ...

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How Walls are Connected in Archicad

For controlling the junction of the walls 4 major tools and settings are available in Archicad: Reference Line: only walls with joining reference lines will be connected. Layer Intersection Number can be used to prevent intersection. Junction Order c...

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Archicad Basic Concepts - Libraries

This article is a part of a series titled Archicad Quick Tour. What are Libraries? They are collections of preconfigured, editable, localized parametric objects, that are also known as Library parts, GDL objects or simply objects. Libraries are actua...

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Rotate Elements in 3D

Free rotation is available for Shells, Curtain Walls and Morphs in the 3D window, while other construction elements can be rotated only horizontally. Settings, controlling their slope or pitch vary by element type: Walls can be slanted or double slan...

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How to Lock/Unlock Elements in ARCHICAD

Types of Element Locking Layer - When a layer is locked, all elements on the layer are locked. Individually - Elements can be individually locked independent from the locking status of their layer. How to Identify Locked Elements Locked elements cann...

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Some useful ShortcutsHow to list all the Shortcuts?How to customize shortcuts? Archicad is shipped with several predefined shortcut schemes. These can be listed and most of the shortcuts can be redefined in Options > Work Environment > Keyboard Short...

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