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Graphic Overrides and Pen Weights

It would be nice if Pen Weights could be used as a filter in setting up graphic overrides.
Gary Ford
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ArchiCAD pens have different logic than in typical CAD programs. Understanding this logic can make work in ArchiCAD much easier. ArchiCAD pens are classified by objects types, not by colour or weight. For example if you are using pen number 7 for walls cut line - you can create different pen sets, where, depending of need, the pen can have various thickness and colour. Then you can have one pen set for floor plan in scale 1:50 with thickness 0.35 mm and another pen set for detail with the scale 1:10, where the same pen has thickness 0.7 mm.

After Building Materials have been introduced in ArchiCAD 17, Graphisoft added additional group of pens to represent typical Building Materials - as concrete, masonry, timber. To summarise - using fixed pen numbers for building elements and building materials and having several pen set it is possible to achieve great results in graphical representation.

Graphic overrides give better result, if it's necessary to highlight elements in specific drawing - for example change colour of fire-rated walls in fire strategy drawing.

Laszlo Nagy
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What you are saying is fine and all, but I guess Gary would still want to have Pen Weight to be available as criteria in Graphic Overrides. There are probably cases where he would like to override elements based on the Weight of their Pen.


Maybe if you could explain in a bit more detail why you want this to be implemented or what results you would like to achieve, people would be able to decide more easily whether to support this wish or not.
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