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Global Defaults Option

Jay Rennemeyer
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ArchiCAD is incredibly flexible, which can be translated as "incredibly complicated". Every object has it's own Contour Pen, Section Pen, Vector Pen, Font, Font Size, and You-Name-It settings for just about everything. The annotation tool has separate pen and font options for every single tool.

While this is certainly flexible, in many circumstances it is not necessary.

First, I would like to see an option where you can set individual fonts like AC normally does, or force the tools to default to a specific font. My company is only using one font, but currently I have to set it in 50 or 60 different locations.

Next, I would like to see an option where you can choose to set specific pen(s) for each tool as defaults. I find that I usually use the same pen for tools like sections, details, annotation, text, etc. (See dialog below) Doing this for linetypes might be a good idea, too.
Jay Rennemeyer
Dell Precision M4300, 2.59 GHz Core 2 Duo, 3.5GB RAM
NVidia Quadro FX 360M, 512MB RAM
Windows XP Pro, Version 2002, SP3
AC10-1188, AC11-1210, AC12-2325
No longer using ArchiCAD
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Djordje
Advocate
Jay wrote:
First, I would like to see an option where you can set individual fonts like AC normally does, or force the tools to default to a specific font. My company is only using one font, but currently I have to set it in 50 or 60 different locations.
It is called Template.
Djordje

ArchiCAD since 4.55 ... 1995

Jay Rennemeyer
Newcomer
Well, yes. I set that up along with favorites for just about every element configuration that we typically use. One big problem I am having is that the favorites store the font in a numeric form (I believe) and when they are loaded onto different machines the favorites reference different fonts. GS tech support told me this was a real bug and gave me a tracking number, but if I could have just forced the font globally it would have been much simpler.

As it is, I killed about 10 hours redoing the fonts, only to find out that they no longer worked on my machine properly, then trying various combinations on other machines, then emailing tech support, and so forth.

It still would be much easier to be able to tell AC "all text is Arial with pen #7" rather than "this text is Arial with pen #7", "that text is Arial with pen #7", "this other text is Arial with pen #7"........
Jay Rennemeyer
Dell Precision M4300, 2.59 GHz Core 2 Duo, 3.5GB RAM
NVidia Quadro FX 360M, 512MB RAM
Windows XP Pro, Version 2002, SP3
AC10-1188, AC11-1210, AC12-2325
No longer using ArchiCAD

virtual-e-home
Newcomer
If you feel like experimenting (assuming you're on Windows). I checked out the registry to see if there is a global option. There seems to be, but I don't have time to risk experimenting with it. Go to "Run" off the start menu and type "regedit" It looks like you can make this change at the followng location:
HKEY_CURRENT _USER\Software\Graphisoft\Archicad\Archicad 8.0.0. USA R3 (or what ever version you have)\Font Description

No guarantees here, but that's what I would try. Just make sure that you have Archicad is closed.

Please let us know if it works.
Brian Ernst
Virtually Home
archicad@virtual-e-home.com
Windows XP Pro, Archicad 10 (1183)

Jay Rennemeyer
Newcomer
I tried the registry trick about 3 weeks ago. It only adjusts palette and dialog fonts, not tool fonts. Although changing the palette font to Arial Narrow allowed longer layer and composite descriptions to display their full name.
Jay Rennemeyer
Dell Precision M4300, 2.59 GHz Core 2 Duo, 3.5GB RAM
NVidia Quadro FX 360M, 512MB RAM
Windows XP Pro, Version 2002, SP3
AC10-1188, AC11-1210, AC12-2325
No longer using ArchiCAD

virtual-e-home
Newcomer
Thanks for the info, I was afraid of that. But, still good to know.
Brian Ernst
Virtually Home
archicad@virtual-e-home.com
Windows XP Pro, Archicad 10 (1183)

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Jay Rennemeyer
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Fantastic! I had to repair Windows, and now all the fonts I defined in my favorites have changed from "Arial Narrow Western" to "Century Gothic Greek"! That makes my day!
Jay Rennemeyer
Dell Precision M4300, 2.59 GHz Core 2 Duo, 3.5GB RAM
NVidia Quadro FX 360M, 512MB RAM
Windows XP Pro, Version 2002, SP3
AC10-1188, AC11-1210, AC12-2325
No longer using ArchiCAD

Matthew Lohden
Newcomer
I think one important wish here is for GS to fix font functions in Windows. The fonts have always worked just fine on the Macs and have always been a big pain in AC on Windows.

It can't be just a platform thing since Word, etc. don't seem to have problems. It may be more difficult to get fonts to work in Windows programs, but it seems that this should get sorted out.

I have always been bugged by the Western, Cyrillic, etc. versions in the font list. It is not only a pain to have a font list that is several times longer than necessary, but it also created some file conversion nightmares for me a long time ago (I think this is since fixed).
Matthew Lohden
Consultant, SF CA

MacPro 8core 32GB Radeon 5870
OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion, XP32, Win 7x64

Djordje
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Jay, maybe this is the way to go:

http://archicad-talk.graphisoft.com/viewtopic.php?p=17242#17242
Djordje

ArchiCAD since 4.55 ... 1995

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