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ArchiCad Libraries - .pla

Anonymous
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I am trying to simplify our library by creating a new .pla that only includes the library parts we use often. (Hoping it will load faster)

We have quite a few .gsm library parts that we have developed over the years that I want to include, along with some standard 8.1 library parts.

I have copied all the objects we use often into a folder (with sub-folders)and loaded only that folder in the library manager.

I have made a .pln and placed the library parts we use often in the .pln...then saved out as an "archive file" (.pla).

Problem arises with 8.1 library parts - the options that usually show up (ie. tap options on sinks) are missing when I load my new simplified .pla for use in a project.

Why are the options (custom settings) missing on the 8.1 objects? How do I get them back without loading direct from the 8.1 library? (I would like to use our own folder structure and not the 8.1 folder structure that shows up when loading the 8.1 .pla)

Is there a better way to do this? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Tad
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Anonymous
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The archive library if saving with only placed objects may have missed the macro objects that the sinks would call. To fix this there would have to be a placement of the call objects as well.

We did a similar thing in cleaning out the 8.1 pla by opening the file and extracting the library to a folder. This creates a .LIB file which can be modified. You may want to copy the .LIB before making any changes so if you change or remove any objects by mistake, you can pull them from the copy rather than having to extract the folder again. Next, make the changes to the .LIB (deleting unwanted objects from the .LIB folders). Then open Archicad and load the .LIB along with any other library parts through the "Library Parts Manager" and modify the parts as needed. Once you are done with the modifications, create an archive file selecting the "Save all library parts" check box in the "Option" screen (from the "Save as" window).

You can now load the .PLA as a library and if you have any issues of missing objects or items, replace them in the modified .LIB and rearchive the file.
Anonymous
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tprokop,

Thanks! I found that the library part was missing its macros. I found the folder under the extracted .Lib folder. I copied the macro folder into our library and it works fine now.

Thanks,
Tad