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customisable arrow heads!

__archiben
Newcomer
i would love to have the ability to add my own customisable arrow heads to the default selection.

i think that the default selection is currently region-based (US, INT, etc.) and compatible with the drafting protocols and standards used by these regions. however, they are somewhat 'technical' in their manifestation, and the ability to create some custom presentation arrow heads would be welcome.

i believe that archicad 8.1 can now properly export archicad labels (inc. arrow heads) to autocad leaders, so in their implementation of this wish, i would also expect to see archicad create a custom leader/arrow head compatible with autocad custom leaders/arrow heads rather than have archicad explode it to lines and fills as it used to do...

thanks graphisoft!
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James B
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
Yep, I totally agree.

If we can customise lines, then why not arrowheads?

Another thing I would like is to have different arrowheads for each end of the line. So there should be two buttons, choose arrow at start of line (or none) and choose a different arrow at the end of the line (or none).

I often need this with arrrows up stairs, where one end is an arrow and the other is a circle to show the start of a stair.


James.
Technical Product Manager, Graphisoft

__archiben
Newcomer
very good point james.

i hadn't considered the two ends being different, but now that you mention it, i can see uses springing into my mind . . .

yes. we can create custom lines and they are stored in the attributes file. this was just how i imagined custom arrow heads to be treated as well - an attribute that can be copied from file to file if necessary using the attribute manager.

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Anonymous
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Hi, guys. I was looking for an answer about customizable arrowheads and I found this thread. I'm not sure what the answer is. I am using version r3/v3, and I don't see a way to do it. Is there a way to create my own arrowheads? Are new updates going to address this issue? Any info you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Lee D.
Naples, FL USA

Anonymous
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James wrote:
If we can customise lines, then why not arrowheads?
If it could be created with gdl instruction, a new type (status code) of hotspot should be created, the one that would be used as base point of connection for the arrow.

Anonymous
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Is there any word on this option becoming available? has anyone found a way around this to create arrow heads? thanks for the update

Barry Kelly
Moderator
mjkoarch wrote:
Is there any word on this option becoming available? has anyone found a way around this to create arrow heads? thanks for the update
It has only been 5 years
Give it time.
You'll get the wish one day.
Barry.

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Anonymous
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has anyone had any luck with this yet in v12? any work arounds other than applying a fill over a line end?

andrewzarb
Booster
I agree with archiben and James, Customisable arrowheads with both ends being able to be individually set.

Anonymous
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Wow! The first message about arrow heads was posted in what? 2003 fortunately we have started second decade of XXI century and we still have no customizable arrow heads. I am really impressed [NOT for those from ACAD development team] not really sure how it works with the ACAD team but surely look around Adobe Illustrator, Nemetcheck and Autodesk all have done it, like 100years ago. Stop spending money on expensive marketing crap and put more into the development team get us freaking arrow heads that work and million of other things that have been lamented for years. Gi guys you charge $8K per licence.

Laura Yanoviak
Booster
klaude wrote:
Stop spending money on expensive marketing crap...
I REALLY doubt this is an issue. And I, for one, think GS marketing is more important than customizable arrowheads -- I would also doubt that one has anything to do with the other.
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DaveOlufs
Newcomer
I asked about customizable arrowheads when I started back in 1997. That was one of the first things I wanted... Why? Because the default arrowheads were ugly but at the time one was stuck with ACs forced look. Things haven't changed much in 13 years.

It's hard to incorporate personality into AC drawings. Oh, but maybe you're not suppose to... what was I thinking. But look at the other things AC can do...
Dave Olufs
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Anonymous
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11 1/2 years and counting.

Brad Elliott
Participant
This is unbelievable. My cheap pdf mark up program that has nothing to do with CAD even has this option.
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Anonymous
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DaveOlufs wrote:
I asked about customizable arrowheads when I started back in 1997. That was one of the first things I wanted... Why? Because the default arrowheads were ugly but at the time one was stuck with ACs forced look.
I am a new user, and I agree!! The default arrowheads are ugly, and not even standard size. The first thing I wanted to do was to customize the arrowheads to the standard of length = 3 times the width. It's a shame we've had to beg for it for 20 years ..... and still not have a standard sized arrowhead. Seems like it should be so simple..............

John Dunham
Participant
Also, being able to have different types of heads at the ends of lines e.g slashes, circles, dots, etc. as well as different combinations e.g an arrow one end, a circle at the other, etc....this is so basic we shouldn't be asking for it...
John

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henryL
Contributor
There are rumors about customisable arrow heads on Archicad 74

Tomek Piatek
Contributor
I don't really need to be able to customise the arrow heads themselves but it would be very helpful if we could have different arrow heads at the ends of lines. This would make creating certain types of annotations much easier and increase the power of the tool. For example, I could have a circle/dot at one end, to signify the start of a "path", and an arrow at the other end to show direction.

This would not be a big code change as we can already choose the arrow and specify whether we want it at one end of both ends. All that's needed is the ability to specify separate arrow styles for each end.

By the way, when it comes to software architecture, I think that it is very easy to look at the "big picture" and only see some greater scheme that lies ahead of us in the future and drive the software towards that "end". But there is no end. It's a moving target. There are many gains to be had by picking the low lying fruit, things that are easy to implement and are relevant right now, not in the future, but now in this moment.

This wish is an example of one such feature. It's simple and seemingly meaningless when compared to the oncoming AR revolution (oh, it's coming) but if implemented it would make so many people happy as it would actually enhance their workflow and make their jobs easier, right now, not at some imagined time in the future.

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