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Question - hotlinking/mod files

AM2
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Hi, Im new to archicad and am using Archicad 27. 

 

We have finished our first set of documentation for a multi-dwelling project and have separated each dwelling into 5 files. Those being - Dwelling 1, Dwelling 2, Dwelling 3, Dwelling 4 and Masterplan/site plan. The master plan has Dwelling `1-4 files hotlinked for Council Submission.

 

Now that we have received approval, do we complete the working drawings in each original original file,m then hotlink the new file into the master file? 

 

Or do you create new layer combinations in the master file, such as dwelling 1 :working drawings and create working drawings within the master file.

 

Sorry if this is confusing.

 

Does anyone have any video tutorials on how to do this?

 

Thank you for your help. 

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Karl Ottenstein
Moderator

Typically, each bulding’s file would have the construction documentation for that building as part of that file since the building would be modeled orthogonally in the file… vs some arbitrary rotation on the site.  The master file for a multi building scenario would just be for the various site plans.  Just a rule of thumb since for a steeply sloping site with particular geotechnical conditions, you might well have the foundation in the master file due to needing ground beams to connect the foundations for the individual buildings.

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Thanks for the response Karl. What happens to the layout book of each file. Will they stay separate? or is there a way to combine the layout books so when i publish them to PDF, all pdfs from all 5 working files are combined. Or for example Master File will be page 1 in layout book, Dwelling will have page 2-10, dwelling 3 file with have pages 11-20 and so on. Does this will mean i will need publish 5 separate pdfs then combine them later on in a separate pdf software such as adobe pro?

Lingwisyer
Guru

I use PDFSam Basic to merge files.

 

I recently started a new project and I am linking Views from different files into the Master so that all of the layouts are in one file, but it is reeeally slow to update as it needs to open each file one by one to read the View Map...

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Thanks for the response Lingwisyer. How do you link a view?

Lingwisyer
Guru

Drawing Tool => External Source => [Relevant File] => Source View

File => External Content => Place External Drawing => [Relevant File] => Source View

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