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Archicad Icons

Can we please have a bigger difference between the Archicad version icons, maybe the version number included in the icon. We generally run the last 3 versions and they are all very similar. Can the .bpn icon also be made very different to the standard .pln icon, maybe make it red. 

Lee Hankins
ArchiCAD 4.5 - Archicad 27UKI Apple Silicon 27.2.0
macOS Sonoma (14.4.1)
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4hotshoes
Advisor

I agree!! The only difference between AC 25 and AC26 is subtle shadowing. The name is the same the color is the same. We also run several versions and need to keep them separate especially since it takes time to load and unload the wrong version.

Todd Oeftger
AC27 Mac MacBook Pro 15", 2019, 2.3 GHz i9, 32GB, Radeon Pro 560X 4GB, 500GB SSD, 32" Samsung Display (2560x1440)
Eduardo Rolon
Moderator

Wish going as far back as AC8.0 so I wouldn't hold my breath…

Eduardo Rolón AIA NCARB
AC27 US/INT -> AC08

Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram, OS X 10.XX latest
another Moderator

Just FYI, if you want to check which version of Archicad a file is saved in you can use the Quicklook feature in macOS and that will show you the version number. We introduced a file naming protocol where the Archicad version the file is saved in has to be included in the filename.

Lee Hankins
ArchiCAD 4.5 - Archicad 27UKI Apple Silicon 27.2.0
macOS Sonoma (14.4.1)

It's madness, it can't be that hard to implement, it's surely just a different icon file.

Lee Hankins
ArchiCAD 4.5 - Archicad 27UKI Apple Silicon 27.2.0
macOS Sonoma (14.4.1)

Yep, we used to manually switch them around.

Eduardo Rolón AIA NCARB
AC27 US/INT -> AC08

Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram, OS X 10.XX latest
another Moderator

AC24,AC25 and AC26 icons are almost the same, because AC remained the same between these versions.

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Lingwisyer
Guru

If need be, and you have admin rights, you could go into your registry, or just use a 3rd party program and edit the default icon for each of the relevant file types?

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mikas
Expert

On Mac it probably still is a copy-paste to program info-palette icon (the small one, and you'd need to authenticate). You would still have to draw the number by yourself on top of the original icon.

Or a little bit more sophisticated way from 2009:

AC-talk

which will replace all sizes of icon appearances.

I didn't test that myself, only the copy-paste in Mojave was tested.

 

You can see the version on Mac in Dock when hovering on it.

mikas_1-1659429054168.png

And in the program shifter too, but only with hovering on it.

mikas_2-1659429432661.png

 

But if you need to know the file version, I'm not sure that's easy to change. At least it would be more teadious.

 

Still I would vote for this change of a little version number, if only in the program version, and at least in those bigger icons. Maybe not in small ones, that might be too little text to understand. Looks good (ver 6) and informative on the Rhino symbol in the screengrab, I think.

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mikas
Expert

Or maybe not that difficult though:

From 129 on seems like the ones to go and alter.

mikas_0-1659430717494.png

And boy, have they drawn some icons for the program, huh. That 12212 files in there, and some of them are a series of different sizes of icons.

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