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Custom Section marker not working..

Anonymous
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Hello all...

I seem to be having a very strange issue with a section marker I am trying to create. This is my first time trying to edit a GDL object, so do not assume I haven't just done something stupid.

First I created a new Object and assigned it the section marker subtype.

Then I drew the object in the 2D Symbol window. It looks like this:

http://prntscr.com/7ilu8v

So I saved this to see how I was doing, and created a section with it. The following is what happened:

http://prntscr.com/7ilupl

It looks "smushed" or possibly even as if it is pointing upward?

Here is the parameters window:

http://prntscr.com/7ilvh9

I tried to copy these settings over from a pre-existing section marker.


I think this would have been easier if I could have edited one of the pre-existing section markers...but I don't see how. When I open them up, there is nothing in the 2D Symbol window.

http://prntscr.com/7ilwc2

So I have no idea how to "edit" this existing section marker if theres no image to edit or draw on.....
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Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
I think your A and B parameters are very much out of proportion. ARCHICAD resizes the 2D Symbol you have drawn to be the size defined by the A and B parameters. They should be set to similar default values in the Library Editor.

Another way of creating a new Section Marker is to open an existing one, save it under a new name and modify that. Might be better way of doing it because an existing one is already working, already has all its parameters, etc.
Loving Archicad since 1995 - Find Archicad Tips at x.com/laszlonagy
AMD Ryzen9 5900X CPU, 64 GB RAM 3600 MHz, Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, 500 GB NVMe SSD
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Anonymous
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Thanks for your response last,

I changed the B parameter and nothing happened at all to the marker. It now looks like this:

http://prntscr.com/7imf8k


Also I don't understand how to change an existing marker because theres is nothing drawn in the 2D window. When I open an existing marker and open the 2D window to edit the marker, its just empty. Ive tried pasting in the marker that I want into that space but nothing happens. I tried deleting the script in the existing marker but still nothing happened.

laszlonagy wrote:
I think your A and B parameters are very much out of proportion. ARCHICAD resizes the 2D Symbol you have drawn to be the size defined by the A and B parameters. They should be set to similar default values in the Library Editor.

Another way of creating a new Section Marker is to open an existing one, save it under a new name and modify that. Might be better way of doing it because an existing one is already working, already has all its parameters, etc.
Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
The Built-in Section Marker doesn't have a 2D Symbol and it doesn't have a 2D Script. But it has a Master Script which is executed at the beginning of every other script, including the 2D Script.

Anyway, I created a simple Section Marker like yours based on the default Section Marker.
It responds to the size settings changes made in the Marker Height field of the Dialog. See attached file.
You will see that I have drawn a 2D Symbol, then also created a simple 2D Script which set the scaling properly, then places the 2D Symbol.
Loving Archicad since 1995 - Find Archicad Tips at x.com/laszlonagy
AMD Ryzen9 5900X CPU, 64 GB RAM 3600 MHz, Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, 500 GB NVMe SSD
2x28" (2560x1440), Windows 10 PRO ENG, Ac20-Ac27
Anonymous
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This does not seem to work...I downloaded the section marker you made, and when I used it, it looks the same as the one I made, all scrunched up. Here is the one I downloaded from your post:

http://prntscr.com/7it4ys

laszlonagy wrote:
The Built-in Section Marker doesn't have a 2D Symbol and it doesn't have a 2D Script. But it has a Master Script which is executed at the beginning of every other script, including the 2D Script.

Anyway, I created a simple Section Marker like yours based on the default Section Marker.
It responds to the size settings changes made in the Marker Height field of the Dialog. See attached file.
You will see that I have drawn a 2D Symbol, then also created a simple 2D Script which set the scaling properly, then places the 2D Symbol.
Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
Does it work if you go to the Working Units Dialog and switch to metric settings in the "Model Units" field?

Does it work if you switch back to the Basic Section Marker, then again to this Section Marker?

Does it work if you set the settings first, then place a new Section Line?

Does it work in a brand new project file?

You might also want to upgrade to the latest AC18 hotfix, just to make sure.
Loving Archicad since 1995 - Find Archicad Tips at x.com/laszlonagy
AMD Ryzen9 5900X CPU, 64 GB RAM 3600 MHz, Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, 500 GB NVMe SSD
2x28" (2560x1440), Windows 10 PRO ENG, Ac20-Ac27
Anonymous
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None of those worked.

Here is your marker in a brand new Metric file

http://prntscr.com/7itg0g
Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
If you save just this into a PLA and put in on dropbox or some similar service, I will take a look.
I am getting curious about this.
Loving Archicad since 1995 - Find Archicad Tips at x.com/laszlonagy
AMD Ryzen9 5900X CPU, 64 GB RAM 3600 MHz, Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, 500 GB NVMe SSD
2x28" (2560x1440), Windows 10 PRO ENG, Ac20-Ac27
Anonymous
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I can put the file in dropbox but I'm not sure how to share it with you...

To share a file I must invite your dropbox account to view it?
Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
Community Admin
No, you don't have to.
Just put it in your Public Dropbox folder, then in Windows, go to the Dropbox folder, right-click the file and use the "Copy Public Link" command to copy the link to the Clipboard. Then you can paste it here into your post.
Loving Archicad since 1995 - Find Archicad Tips at x.com/laszlonagy
AMD Ryzen9 5900X CPU, 64 GB RAM 3600 MHz, Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, 500 GB NVMe SSD
2x28" (2560x1440), Windows 10 PRO ENG, Ac20-Ac27