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The Little Things - Embeded Hyperlinks

gavinNZz
Beginner
Hi,

How do I embed a web hyperlink into a piece of text within AC?. Can this even be done?

I know that a Hyperlink can be placed within an object and opened through BIMx but what about just a basic hyperlink embedded into a piece of text. MS word has had this functionality for 10+years so how is it not just a standard function within AC? simple as.... select text, right mouse click, apply hyperlink. done! (in a perfect world this would be available for any element)

I am aware that web links work if you paste the entire link into the document but that is more about the PDF software knowing what a http link is as opposed to AC embedding the link in the PDF when publishing.

The AC publisher functionality already embeds the 'page jump' links into the detail and section markers but I have been unable to find the code that creates the PDF link functionality and I fear it is hidden in the publishing process.

In the NZ building industry PDF is still the king of documents and we are a long way away from a BIM3 environment so the control of PDF's is super important as they form the central point from which all project information is accessed, whether from within the PDF itself or externally, hence the need for embedded hyperlinks.

If this is not currently possible in AC, how exposed is the publishing functionality within the API to allow an add-on to place hyperlinks in a published document? Even if the hyperlink is created through a custom GDL object as opposed to embedding it within an AC text element.

AC, please get the little things sorted.

Thanks
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Rex Maximilian
Enthusiast
gavinNZz wrote:
Hi,
How do I embed a web hyperlink into a piece of text within AC?. Can this even be done?
.
Probably not the solution you're looking for but a workaround would be to include the web address in your text in AC anyways, then open in Acrobat and apply the link.
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gavinNZz
Beginner
Thanks Rex,
Yes you are right, I could just apply links in a PDF editor but I am talking about maybe having 100 of these links predefined throughout my drafting template so applying them everytime externally is not something I would be including in my work flow.

Rex Maximilian
Enthusiast
Oh, for sure, I agree. I could see this feature being useful for project specs, and even for creating marketing PDF for home or condominium sales, etc.
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Creator of the Maximilian ArchiCAD Template System

Barry Kelly
Moderator
I know this is not the answer you are looking for, but you can add QR codes to you plans.
They are not click-able from the screen, but you can scan them from the screen or even when printed on paper (you will never be able to click a link on paper!).

Barry.

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Rex Maximilian
Enthusiast
Barry wrote:
I know this is not the answer you are looking for, but you can add QR codes to you plans.
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Nice! That would be a fun little interaction during a presentation.
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ArchiCAD 25 (user since 3.4, 1991)
27" iMac (2019), 8-core 3.6 Ghz i9 processor, 40GB RAM, 1.5TB SSD, Radeon Pro Vega 48 (8GB)
Creator of the Maximilian ArchiCAD Template System

gavinNZz
Beginner
Yes thanks I have used QR codes in the past to allow access to on-line BIM models from the printed plan set. Systems like Kubity have QR reader buil into a dedicated app which makes site access to BIM models really easy and then add in the Augmented reality functionality and it maks for an awesome tool

The question really is why this isn't embedded links just a standard feature? Its such a basic function that is available in most other publishing systems. Taking it a step further there should also be embedded links in objects and fills so web access can be provided directly from clicking on a toilet in the plan for example.

The information is already being embedded in these objects for use in ifc systems so its not much of a step to allow the PDF publishing to access these links too.

Ghaleb Khadra
Newcomer
Hi All,

Thank you for your active participation on the forums!

I'm happy to say that we took notice of this request and added it into our WishList!
For future reference, the Wish number is 8112.

I hope we will see this being implemented in the future!

Until then, I wish you all a great day!

Kind regards,
Ghaleb
Ghaleb Khadra
BIM Expert
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petsagouris
Newcomer
Please don't forget to integrate some of the URL shortening (and thus link management) services found online. This would be amazingly useful because you could then change the URL at a later date when the initial one has changed (due to vendor site restructuring for example). Even Graphisoft could provide such service at a profit.

Ghaleb Khadra
Newcomer
petsagouris wrote:
Please don't forget to integrate some of the URL shortening (and thus link management) services found online. This would be amazingly useful because you could then change the URL at a later date when the initial one has changed (due to vendor site restructuring for example). Even Graphisoft could provide such service at a profit.
Hi,

Thank you!
I have added your note into the Wish

Have a great day!
Kind regards,
Ghaleb
Ghaleb Khadra
BIM Expert
GRAPHISOFT

For Troubleshooting and useful Tips & Tricks visit
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methy
Newcomer
I think I have been harping on about this for a while now myself also!

with the hyperlinking it should be able to work in the way you can do it in 'MS word' as in; a link is applied to a piece of text, but the url is itself hidden, without the need for a written url or url shortener at all.

ie:

Link to this thread

instead of

https://archicad-talk.graphisoft.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=67474&p=300257&hilit=hyperlink#p300257

Hyperlinking should work throughout ArchiCAD and bimx files, it works great with elevation, section and detail reference markers, but simple things such as the sheet index should automatically hyperlink the page numbers so they can one click jump to the page from the cover sheet in a pdf, I have had to set this up manually using individual references for each page which is a bit of a work around and a bit of work as soon as pages are added or removed, but this could easily be coded to work automatically,

Other such places are the title block where in a pdf someone can click on your business website or
links to social platforms, email address would bring up the 'mailto:' prompt and phone numbers can be opened via mobile or skype for example. physical address can bring up google map.
and within the archicad documentation links to manufacturer websites or products.
if you are viewing the documentation only as a pdf, links could take you to bimx hypermodel stored on graphisoft website, links to videos on youtube (once upon a time youtube videos could embed into pdfs, not sure why that changed?), or link to a VR twinmotion model to the web somehow?
a plan of the building with hyper links to photorenders from differing angles from an external source renderer such as twinmotion, perhaps twinmotion could talk back to archicad and show on plan where this view marker would be located. think outside the box, the sky is the limit.

glad to hear Graphisoft are looking at this one.
Jason Clark
Architectural Designer - LBP Des2
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