I wonder why so few seem interested in this. We should ALL VOTE! For me, especially the library management part, as quoted below, would mean an immense improvement
. Had it been in place, I would have probably have steered clear of this issue
But above all, I think it would be huge benefit to all CAD managers trying to keep track of version libraries, localized libraries, office libraries and personal cystomized libraries, especially with the tighter one-year release cycle,
It is really time to do something about it. As time goes by, and more and more projects are realized with Archicad and other BIM tools, the need to access old projects for maintenance, refurbishment and additions will accelerate.
Think of it as a 'live' .pla
- a workable archive file. As long as you don't need any new objects, you don't have to worry about libraries at all, everything is stored in one place. And if you want to add something, just load any library and go to work. If that library is lost later, no worries!
BTW, isn't this how Nemetschek's sister application Vectorworks works? Please correct me if I'm wrong!
I do think that the library management benefit is more important than the teamwork admininstration benefit - but I have little experience with that.
(I've added some emphasis of mine into Matthew's quote below)
The new unified project file would always contain it's own project library. Now that it is possible to read library parts directly from an archive this seems like the logical next step.
The file would initially load only the lbrary parts contained within itself greatly speeding up the library loading process. Additional (external) libraries are loaded as reference libraries available for browsing in the library manager. One a new part is placed in the project it is automatically added to the internal set.
The program (AC) alerts you if the part from the reference library are different from the installed parts and provides the option to update either way or not at all. This protects against undesired changes from updated or revised library parts.
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