I voted for 'average.'
The key in manipulating all objects is in the GDL attributes within each type of wall, door, window, roof or slab object. In remodeling or alteration work, the key is to identify what we are getting rid of, (demo'ing) and what is being put in or put back.
For instance, accurate remodeling is not that easy in ArchiCAD by just simply taking out a window unless you change a number of parameters so the hole remains and some kind of patch goes back on. We've known about this since version 3 or 4.
Devising a software shortcut (or tool) to change wall, door, window, floor or roof attributes such as line type, color, texture, layer (or make it vanish) and so forth might negate the very purpose of documenting the various demo'd items. Often these tools require a certain working method that is outside of the usual (and traditional) design methodologies (wow....haven't used that term in a while). Another words, we might
have to pay attention to what we are doing instead of letting the softwares' limited and questionable artificial intelligence do the designing instead. I know this is boring....but we are professionals here.
Despite the way the ArchiCAD is marketed, Graphisoft has alway been extremely careful to devise software to work as much as possible like we in the architecture profession, have traditionally worked: to devise an accurate model of our design ideas and document them for the use by others.
Error trapping is key to sound architectural design and documentation of that particular design. Demolition is an area were individual attention to detail is crucial, with the possibility of a lot of serious (as well as comical) results.
Remember, doing an erase tool like photoshop or illustrator is too 'flat-land' for the modeling capabilities found in ArchiCAD. It is the attributes in the objects themselves that must be maniputlated.
Professionallly, I don't really need such a tool right now in my practice where 75% of my present work involves alterations; both commercial and residential. Doing demo with ACAD presently is not a problem and it works as efficiently if not better than doing the design in analog (paper drafting). I can even simulate the demo'd building in 3D to the lucky builder if they want. And a rough sketch....even generated by a computer, still gets their attention!
I'm suspicious of adding another 'gimmick' that doesn't really work and simply adds more cost but less value.....However I'm open to suggestions.....as long as the new tool really works!
My 2 cents.
Mark R. Wallace AIA
Mac G3 (Rev1), 350Mhz, 1 Gb RAM, OSX.3.7, ArchiCAD 7.0, Plotmaker 2.3 v 3, OSX
Mark Wallace Architect
Collegeville PA 19426
Mark R. Wallace AIA
MacBook 2.53 Ghz, Intel Core i5, 8 Gb,
Mac OSX (Sierra 10.12.6,
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