This article is a part of a series titled Archicad Quick Tour.
The Navigator Palette (Navigator) is a tree structure that lets you build up the entire logical structure of your project and navigate within it.
The Navigator is divided into 4 parts, shown on separate tabs:
Project Map, View Map, Layout Book and Publisher Sets.
It is designed to follow the BIM workflow.
Understanding the Navigator = understanding the BIM workflow
The Project Map, View Map, Layout Book and Publisher Sets are connected to each other. Therefore any kind of changes in the model will be followed by changes in all of the items (Viewpoints, Views, Layouts, Publisher Sets).
The Navigator Palette is not shown by default to dedicate the largest area to modeling and design. You can show/hide the Navigator using one of the following options:
The Navigator can be pinned/docked to the side of the work environment by dragging the palette close to the window's edge.
The viewpoints (sometimes also called model views) define the position and the direction from where you are looking at the model and also the type of projection. It can be a 3D view (perspective or axonometric) of the model or a 2D view, like floor plans, sections, elevations, details, etc.
You can navigate between the different viewpoints simply by double-clicking on their names listed in Navigator. An open viewpoint will have the name in bold characters. If you click only once on another viewpoint, you select that viewpoint, but you won't be navigated to it, however you can access its settings and many other options of the selected item with a right-click.
If you create a new section, elevation, or story, it appears automatically under the Project Map.
In case of floor plans, you need to create a new story. You can do this in these two ways:
The second map of the Navigator is the View Map: the list of saved Views in your project.
Viewpoints define the position and the direction from where you are looking at the model but not the content of that particular view.
A View is a stored version of a Viewpoint. Each view is defined by a combination of View Settings that you configure for a particular purpose as you construct your Virtual Building.
There are multiple ways to create a new View in Archicad:
The Save View dialog appears, allowing you to modify the view settings before saving it. Click Create to save the View.
Once you saved the view, it stores the combination of the following settings:
The tab bar icon of the viewpoint will turn blue to indicate that it is now a saved view. Tab bar icons of viewpoints are black. It is not possible to modify the source viewpoint of a saved view.
Views can be organized into subsets (represented by folders). It can be created using the button New Folder… at the bottom of the Navigator’s View Map. Views can be dargged and dropped into a folder.
After the View is saved, you may want to change its appearance in the View Settings. But in case you want to quickly override the settings of a View with the current window’s settings, there are two ways of doing that:
When View settings are changed using another settings combination, the ID, Name and Source of the View will stay the same.
A Layout is a 2D representation of the final product. What you see on the Layouts reflects what you will receive after the publishing process. Layouts are stored in the Layout Book of the Navigator.
Every layout is defined by a Master Layout. The Master Layout is a template which defines the sizes of the layouts. The graphic and text items that you place on a Master Layout (called Master items) will appear on every layout that uses it as a template. This helps automate tasks such as the inclusion of a company logo.
Master Layouts are found in the Masters folder of the Layout Book and can be given distinctive names. Archicad includes several predefined Master Layouts in the default template. You can use these predefined Master Layouts, customize them, or create your own.
To create a new Master Layout, you can do one of the following:
Create New Master Layout dialog will be opened. Here you can set the name, the sizes, margins, etc... of the newly created Master Layout. Press OK, and the new Master Layout will be opened automatically.
Once you finished creating a new Master Layout, you can start drawing its title block by using the 2D documenting tools (Line Tool, Fill Tool, Text Tool, etc.) to add or modify the content.
When using the Text Tool, you can also use Autotext.
You can apply a Master Layout to any of the existing Layouts. Opening the Layout Settings of the selected Layout by right-clicking on the Layout > Layout Settings. Select the one you want to use as Master Layout from the list of Master Layouts in the Identification and Format part of the dialog.
The Publisher Sets part of the Navigator is where you can start publishing the Layouts and Views into various formats. Here you can create new Publisher Sets, or one or more Publisher items (views or layouts), and export them with one click.
A Publisher Set is a folder for the collection of multiple Publisher Items. Each Publisher Item refers directly to a View or a Layout. They are stored in the project, so you can edit them any time for re-publishing.
Depending on the default template, Archicad will create some Publisher Sets by default in PDF format. Publisher Sets can be selected by clicking on the list at the top of the Navigator.
PDF (Portable Document Format), is a format typically designed and used to distribute read-only documents that preserve the layout of a page. With PDF, you can ensure that the arrangement and formatting of the exported Layouts will be preserved for later production (distributing, printing, etc.)
The button at the top of the Navigator will provide an overview of all Publisher Sets you have in the project.
You can use them, or delete them either by
Deleting Publisher Sets/Items are not undoable, so be careful when you decide to delete a Publisher Item or Set.
The Organizer Palette is related to the Navigator Palette. It houses essentially the same controls, but has a double-tree structure to make it easier to move and copy views and layouts from one map to the other. The main focus of the Organizer is to organize the Viewpoints, Views, Layouts and especially the Publisher Sets.
The Organizer can be opened from the Navigator, or by going to Window > Palettes > Organizer
Depending on the mode of the Organizer Palette, you can add or copy the appropriate item (view or layout) from the left side to the right-side tree structure (View Map, Layout Book or Publishing Set)
On the other hand, the Navigator is designed to help the user focus on navigating between Viewpoints, Views and Layouts. It has a simpler design and takes less space compared to the Organizer.
Organizing the content of your Publisher Sets can be done only in Organizer, while publishing the sets/items is also possible from Navigator.
This article is a part of a series titled Archicad Quick Tour.