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Archicad Icons

Lee Hankins
Advisor

Can we please have a bigger difference between the Archicad version icons, maybe the version number included in the icon. We generally run the last 3 versions and they are all very similar. Can the .bpn icon also be made very different to the standard .pln icon, maybe make it red. 

Lee Hankins
ArchiCAD 4.5 - ARCHICAD 26UKI Intel 3010 and Apple Silicon
macOS Monterey (12.5)
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4hotshoes
Expert

I agree!! The only difference between AC 25 and AC26 is subtle shadowing. The name is the same the color is the same. We also run several versions and need to keep them separate especially since it takes time to load and unload the wrong version.

Todd Oeftger
AC25 Mac MacBook Pro 15", 2019, 2.3 GHz i9, 32GB, Radeon Pro 560X 4GB, 500GB SSD, 32" Samsung Display (2560x1440)

Just FYI, if you want to check which version of Archicad a file is saved in you can use the Quicklook feature in macOS and that will show you the version number. We introduced a file naming protocol where the Archicad version the file is saved in has to be included in the filename.

Lee Hankins
ArchiCAD 4.5 - ARCHICAD 26UKI Intel 3010 and Apple Silicon
macOS Monterey (12.5)

+1 for the TIP

Marc Corney, Architect
Red Canoe Architecture, P. A.

Mac OS 10.15.7 (Catalina)
Processor: 3.6 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9
Memory: 48 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
Graphics: Radeon Pro 580X 8GB
ArchiCAD 25 (5010 USA Full)

AC24,AC25 and AC26 icons are almost the same, because AC remained the same between these versions.

Eduardo Rolon
Moderator

Wish going as far back as AC8.0 so I wouldn't hold my breath…

eduardo rolón AIA NCARB
Another of the forum moderators.
Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram
OS X 10.XX latest
AC25 US/INT -> AC08
Puerto Rico, BVI, Miami

Vectorworks 2022

It's madness, it can't be that hard to implement, it's surely just a different icon file.

Lee Hankins
ArchiCAD 4.5 - ARCHICAD 26UKI Intel 3010 and Apple Silicon
macOS Monterey (12.5)

Yep, we used to manually switch them around.

eduardo rolón AIA NCARB
Another of the forum moderators.
Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram
OS X 10.XX latest
AC25 US/INT -> AC08
Puerto Rico, BVI, Miami

Vectorworks 2022

One of our members of staff did this and it caused us a whole world of pain. Archicad thought it had been pirated after editing the icon file and we were summonsed by GSHQ!

Lee Hankins
ArchiCAD 4.5 - ARCHICAD 26UKI Intel 3010 and Apple Silicon
macOS Monterey (12.5)

Lingwisyer
Champion

If need be, and you have admin rights, you could go into your registry, or just use a 3rd party program and edit the default icon for each of the relevant file types?

AC22-23 AUS 7000
Self-taught, bend it till it breaks.
Win10 | E5620 x 2 | 24GB | K2200 RIP PSU
Win10 | R5 2600 | 16GB | GTX1660

mikas
Expert

On Mac it probably still is a copy-paste to program info-palette icon (the small one, and you'd need to authenticate). You would still have to draw the number by yourself on top of the original icon.

Or a little bit more sophisticated way from 2009:

AC-talk

which will replace all sizes of icon appearances.

I didn't test that myself, only the copy-paste in Mojave was tested.

 

You can see the version on Mac in Dock when hovering on it.

mikas_1-1659429054168.png

And in the program shifter too, but only with hovering on it.

mikas_2-1659429432661.png

 

But if you need to know the file version, I'm not sure that's easy to change. At least it would be more teadious.

 

Still I would vote for this change of a little version number, if only in the program version, and at least in those bigger icons. Maybe not in small ones, that might be too little text to understand. Looks good (ver 6) and informative on the Rhino symbol in the screengrab, I think.

AC25, Rhino6/7+Grasshopper, TwinMotionMac Pro 6,1 E5-1650v2-3,5GHz/128GB/eGPU:6800XT/11.5.1 • HP Z440 E5-1650v3/256GB/RX6900XT/W10Pro

mikas
Expert

Or maybe not that difficult though:

From 129 on seems like the ones to go and alter.

mikas_0-1659430717494.png

And boy, have they drawn some icons for the program, huh. That 12212 files in there, and some of them are a series of different sizes of icons.

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Benjamin Dani
Graphisoft
Graphisoft

Hello,

 

Thank you very much for sharing this great idea!

 

I am happy to say we took notice of this wish and I have added it to our Wish List database (please refer to it as IDEA-12126). Hopefully, our Product Management team will adopt this one in the future.

 

Best regards,

Dani Benjamin
Technical Support Engineer

mikas
Expert

Wow. Thanks for the warning.

 

Something must have changed after 24 then, after the original tip. If you follow the link there seems to be no more icon-files from 25 on.

 

Maybe I'll just wait and see if GS implements this, too risky for me to hasle up everything.

AC25, Rhino6/7+Grasshopper, TwinMotionMac Pro 6,1 E5-1650v2-3,5GHz/128GB/eGPU:6800XT/11.5.1 • HP Z440 E5-1650v3/256GB/RX6900XT/W10Pro

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