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Read articles about Archicad and BIMcloud libraries, their management and migration, objects and other library parts, etc.


Modernized GDL Editor

The GDL Editor is essential to many users' workflows, allowing them to create objects customized for their project requirements. The GDL editor was modernized in Archicad 27, and it now includes a range of improvements that enhance the interface, nav...

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How to Simplify Floor Plan View of an Object

This article explains how you can simplify the 2D Symbol Floor Plan View of a custom Window Object in few steps. We have a custom Window placed in the project. The 2D Symbol (as it appears on the Floor Plan) of the custom GDL Objects is automatically...

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How to create Custom Object Components

For an overview of the Custom Component feature, see Create Custom Components:Example Workflows ArchiTIPS on Facebook In this Tech Tip we will show how to create a custom object component, in this case a custom door panel for a Basin Cabinet We place...

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Parametric Object Creation for Archicad with Grasshopper

GDL scripting has its beauties, but it’s definitely not for everyone and in general it would be nice to be able to create parametric objects in Archicad more easily. Grasshopper and the Live Connection can help with this up to a certain point by crea...

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Snow Globe series: Happy New Year by Bart Cuppens

Welcome to our series of articles from the Snow Globe Challenge! We invited some of the participants of the challenge to elaborate on their entries, share their workflows and tips&tricks. Enjoy and feel free to drop us a comment if you have any quest...

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MEP Library migration issue in Archicad 25 NED

Affected versions: Archicad 25 NED | Severity: workaround applicable Issue When migrating from Archicad 24 NED to Archicad 25 NED or vice versa, users may find that the MEP Library is not migrated properly. Cause From Archicad 25 NED, the MEP Library...

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BIMcomponents Frequently Asked Questions

About 1. What are the main objectives of Provide Full Visibility for Existing GDL Content Contrary to conventional wisdom GDL objects do exist in large bulks but they are spread all ov...

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Converting IFC files into GDL Objects

Using IFC content can be a great tool in building up a custom library. Follow the steps below to convert IFC content into GDL objects. Opening Content 1. Go to File > Open > Open. 2. Select the IFC file to import, check the box next to Launch a new i...

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Converting 3D DXF/DWG Files into GDL Objects

Using 3D DXF/DWG content can be a great tool in building up a custom library. Follow the steps below to convert 3D DXF/DWG content into GDL objects. 1. Go to File > Libraries and Objects > Import Blocks from DXF/DWG. 2. Select the DWG file to import ...

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Converting SketchUp files into GDL Objects

Using SketchUp content can be a great tool in building up a custom library. Follow the steps below to convert SketchUp content into GDL objects. Opening Content 1. Go to File > Open > Open. 2. Select the SketchUp file to import, check the box next to...

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Converting STL files into GDL Objects

Using STL (StereoLithography File) content can be a great tool in building up a custom library. Follow the steps below to convert STL content into GDL objects. Opening Content 1. Go to File > Open > Open. 2. Select the STL file to import, check the b...

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Adding Content to the Embedded Library

The Embedded Library is a place to store project specific content within an ArchiCAD project. Textures and objects that are going to be used again in other projects should be stored in an external library. Follow the steps below embed content into th...

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Exporting Content from the Embedded Library

Many times textures and imported objects get added to the Embedded Library. To make sure that this content can be used in the future, it is recommended that it be exported to an office library. Follow the steps below to go this. Note: Objects that ar...

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How to create a Library Container File (LCF)

In certain situations having a full library in an LCF is more useful than having the library in its original hierarchical folder structure form on your hard drive. Such situations are: Library Parts are not modified or not to be modified. Let us say ...

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How to detect and clear missing Library Parts

Also see: Example for detecting missing Library Parts in Archicad Why My Library Parts Are Missing? In Archicad, you can store objects and textures inside the project (Embedded Library) or in external locations (Linked library). To check and manage t...

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How to create Text-shaped Holes

There is an easy way to create text shaped holes in any construction elements with the following steps: Step 1: Open Text Object Select "3D Text Object" from the ARCHICAD Library in Object Settings dialog. It can be found in ARCHICAD version's Basic ...

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Library - Troubleshooting Guide

Masonry Arch Problem in Openings Issue Section/Elevation view of masonry arch in doors and windows contains extra lines when textured material is used and vectorial hatching is switched on. NOTE: This is the default setting in the French template. Ca...

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GDL Object Downloads for ARCHICAD

Objects on ARCHICAD’s modeling capabilities, connected with the cloud-based BIM Component database allows you to create, search, upload, and download custom BIM components of your choice. The fully-integrated web portal makes sharin...


Creating a Property Object

This description will take you through an example of assigning a property object to a wall. The property object can have one or more properties and these properties can be programmed, linked to a database and used for material takeoffs. The same conc...

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How to use BIM Components

There are thousands of generic and manufacturer-specific objects available with the cloud-based database.Architects and designers can share, upload, and download their objects, and members can discuss and rate the content of the por...

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How to extract Library Parts from the ARCHICAD Library LCF

You may wish to modify a Library Part of a library included in an LCF (Library Container File). You may wish to do so with the ARCHICAD default library LCF or with an LCF from a library developer. One option is to place the object you wish to modify,...

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Where are all the Library Objects

Where are all the Library Objects? Many years ago Library Parts of ARCHICAD were by default located in folder structures. The program shipped with a Library folder (e.g. ARCHICAD Library 6.5) and in this folder was located a complete folder structure...

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How to know what the exact GUID of a Library Object is

With the growing complexity of object libraries, a method of tracking Library parts and their revised versions was developed for ARCHICAD 8. In short, two GUIDs - internally coded 16-byte numbers -, in combination with the object (file) name, identif...

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