How to create an archicad template [New Info]



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How to create an archicad template

What is an ArchiCAD template?

You may have a different one if you downloaded ArchiCAD in your own language, which I recommend you to do. But what is a template? So the template is a set of preference and settings that we save in a TPL file that we can open and reuse it again, and this will save you a lot of time.

How do I save an ArchiCAD file as a template?

Save this project file as a template: use File > Save as, and choose “ArchiCAD Project Template (*. tpl)” as the file type.

How do I export an ArchiCAD template?

Creating your own template file is rather easy: simply choose the File menu > Save As… command, then select ArchiCAD Project Template as the file type. The file you save will have a file extension of TPL rather than PLN, and may be saved wherever you wish.

Where is master layout in archicad?

Master Layouts are found in the Masters folder of the Layout Book and can be given distinctive names. ARCHICAD includes several predefined Master Layouts. You can use one of these predefined Master Layouts, or customize your own. Most of these options are set in Master Layout Settings.

How do I open an ArchiCAD template?

using File>New launches a new 'Untitled. pln' document based on your template settings for you to work on and save as a new project file . using File>Open>ArchiCAD Project Template means that you are opening the template.

How do I create a PDF in ARCHICAD?

Save Document in PDF Format. Go to File > Save As, and choose PDF as the file format. PDFs created with ARCHICAD can include standard PDF features such as layers, thumbnails, and bookmarks. Note: To limit the window contents to be saved, use the Marquee tool.

How do I copy master layout in ARCHICAD?

Click on a layout and hold down the mouse button + either the alt key on a Mac or CTRL key on a PC then drag it. A plus icon will appear indicating you're dragging a copy.

How do I plot a drawing in ARCHICAD?

When outputting documents to a plotter, you first need to set up the plotter for ARCHICAD. The communication with the plotter device is ensured by specific plotter drivers stored in the PlotWare folder located by default in the same directory as ARCHICAD. Choose File > Plot Setup to open the Plot Setup dialog box.

How do I change the title of a drawing in archicad?

Select a placed Drawing and open its settings. Go to the Title tab, and choose your new drawing title from the drop-down menu, and then click OK.

How do I change the name of my project in archicad?

You can also edit the project name in the Chart section of the Planning area. Hover over the name of the project and click the options button (three dots). Select the Edit project details option from the Manage Project subsection of the pop-out menu.

How do I remove a title block in archicad?

To turn off the drawing title of a View placed on a Layout, select the drawing and open its Settings, under Title select No Title.

How do you add drawings to layout in archicad?

  1. Use the File > External Content > Place External Drawing from File command.
  2. From the appearing Place Drawing dialog box, select a drawing file from the file system. (The PDF format, many image formats, DXF and DWG are among the available formats.) Click Open.
  3. Use the cursor to place the drawing in the ARCHICAD window.

How do I export a PNG from archicad?

Select with marquee tool, go to file > print. Choose PDFCreator as your printer and print. Once the PDFCreator dialog box comes up, choose "PNG" under "profile" and click save. Enter filename and location and you're done.

How do I convert PDF to PLN?

take a PDF, drop it into a "new" template PLN file for example. Select the PDF. then go to "edit">reshape>explode into current view......and watch. Amazing!

How do I save a 3D PDF in archicad?

  1. Open your project in ARCHICAD and go to the 3D window.
  2. Save a View in the View Map.
  3. In the “save as” dialog, set the file format to a .
  4. Go to the Layout.
  5. Place the View from the View Map onto a Layout.
  6. Add this Layout to a Publisher set and set the file format to PDF.

How do I copy a master layout?

You can press Ctrl / Option as you drag the layout you want to copy down. You will see the "+" sign as you left click while pressing CTRL / Option. In the name of consistency you can no longer Right Click>Duplicate or Cmd/Ctrl-C anything in the Layout Book Navigator, nor individual Views in the View Map Navigator.

How do you insert a drawing into a layout in Autocad?

  1. Right-click a layout tab in the destination drawing.
  2. Select "From template".
  3. Choose the file type (DWG, DWT, or DXF) of the source drawing.
  4. Select the source drawing, then Open.
  5. Choose a layout or layouts from the list, then OK.

How do I change the paper size in archicad?

you can change it here via the drop down menu to the one you want (ie the one that has the correct page size you need to use). Thanks! so if you go to "master layout settings" at the bottom of that drop down list you will be able to change the paper size (via plot/print set-up) for that "master".

How do I print multiple pages in ArchiCAD?

Print Range: Choose either All to print all pages, or choose a page range for multi-page output. See the Preview at the bottom right of this dialog box for how multi-page output will be arranged. Size: Choose the layout output size. Fit to Page: Click this button to make the output fit the page.

What is drawing title block?

Title block: comprised of the information boxes found on the bottom right-hand corner of a drawing, the title block indicates drawing details such as the title, author name, scale, and date a drawing was created.


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How to create an archicad template


Comment by Arron Quilling

Thanks for this great article


Thanks for your comment Arron Quilling, have a nice day.
- Henry Smayda, Staff Member


Comment by Neta

good day everyone welcome to school day tonight design studio this is a Richmond speaking your resident architect this is the beginning of a six-part video series on how to set up your own personal template which you can save and use any way any time you can also edit it as you find more efficient ways to use a ticket so as you can see I do have my own template which I've created quite a number of number of years back because I've been using like he cared for and for seven years right now past seven years so I do have a standard but for this instance I want us to use the ArchiCAD template which is already preset by a cable you get it so with that said let's just get into it so you start up ArchiCAD this is basically what you get obviously you just get a travel plan and this is basically the interface so before we go in afraid of it setting out of the template I just want us to get acquainted with the interface of ArchiCAD and how to set it up so that everything is within rich for you when you are actually doing your design workflow so basically what you get here is this is basically the ArchiCAD interface and let's just get into it so a couple of things I want us to get into is I wants us to get into the right up here this drop-down menus obviously be a file and opening new templates you can not not necessarily a new template but in your article project or you can open an existing ArchiCAD project you can save your current like a project or you can save as depending on whether I write X saving maybe as a PDF or as a there's a rendered image or whatever it's really up to you later on I'll be showing you guys how to work the project info tab so that's something that you should be looking forward to it will be codifying to the series but more importantly right now because I don't want us to take a lot of time here is I just want to go to the window drop down menu obviously here you can see that we have the toolbars and currently we have a toolbar right here on top this toolbar does indicate quite a couple of things which are very much essential to ArchiCAD as you can see we have your undo and you have your radio and the - no shortcuts like in in in brackets so if I go to this this is a major this is when you want to measure you can just press them and then it brings them that ruler which shows distance angular x coordinates and Y coordinates and then you can use it to image you can also measure area and angles and everything like that according to your preference or what you need at the time so if you just double click it right here when you see that that you can stretch it however you like and you can once you see that cross right below that the close tab right there you can double click it and it locks itself wherever it came from so basically this is sort of fact the standard so if you go to windows and n equal to 2 paths this is the standard toolbar so if I take it out it goes away if I just go back to toolbars and then I press on standard check it into view as you can see here it's checked in there are other ones but I wanted to get into that towards the end I'm not I don't really want us to go deeper into that first of all let's just talk about the interface so basically what you get is you get this this is called a a tool box and then this is their info box so if I go here I can have I can just scroll and get that info box this is just quite common to ArchiCAD I don't perfectly using it like this what I do prefer is because I already understand that this is a wall this is little classic classic black and just sort of like slide the edge in and then all I see is the icons and the reason being why I like that is now because I have more real estate so that real estate what I can do is I can undock the info box and just talking next to my shoes basically so if I do this I don't have to scroll is it's actually an eye so even if it's right there that's hope I don't prefer that as I find it easier to use it when it's sort of like vertical rather than horizontal it just shows more information more efficiently basically for me and so even with with the toolbox you can right click it and then go to box and then you can go ahead and obviously under design these are the icons or tools that you can use are the documents that I chose to use and the mode is that the tools you can use you can remove some of them if you don't want to see them so if I say okay here some of the ones that I just removed and I'm not showing this so that's just basically something that you can do if you want to if you if you are keen on using the type of information so another thing I want to add is these this on the side here this is sort of like the what you call this this is actually a navigate so this Navigator right here it shows sort of like the flow air as the sections the elevations and other important information before your design workflow 3d you can save 3ds you can save or create schedules and everything like that so that's very important information so what I suggest you do just go to palettes and then you just show many pallets up only and with that said the toolbox the info box the distances power which aren't usually that much and the navigates and quick options are shown these are the quick options right here so I can just double click them they just drop back to where I remove them from and so basically that's the information that you need this is quite valuable information you just need to ever do anything while quite awaking in a container so with that said let's just go back into palettes other palettes that you might want to use later on I like quick layers I like having quick layers I can order for myself if I'm doing I'm doing work it's part of my design workflow and then I can use something like a profile manager obviously you won't have to go to palettes and do all of this there are much easier ways to get around all of this information so yeah so let's just go back to our toolbar so basically our to apply has some information here so what you can't do and I wanna do is I wanna ticking all the toolbars that we have and then we'll show you which ones I prefer using it's really kind of going to be up to you it's really up to you to create whatever example you want to create and how to create create your you're sort of like efficiency when it comes to workflow to design workflow so I'm going to show you my preferred sort of like two parts which I like to have in views because of setting things that they have so I'm just gonna do the antis or just bear with me for a moment okay guys so I've gone through the process of bringing all the to pass into interview and now I can sort them out and find out which ones I prefer to use n neutrons I do not want to be showing so I can easily tell you that this one I use quite a lot because I like to so when we're working with groups you can suspend quite a lot of things and bring them into you one of them is already topped themselves so a couple of them already docked themselves actually so yeah basically that states you can stretch them or you can make them sort of like vertical and everything like that but


Thanks Neta your participation is very much appreciated
- Henry Smayda


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