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Thanks for your comment Jonathon Maroudas, have a nice day.
- Phil Beckel, Staff Member
in this video we're going to continue looking at the object library and now we're going to look at how to import some objects from outside of our file so when we go into the object library let's just go back to where we started we're looking at the embedded library we see that there's nothing there at the moment and the linked library we see that we've got the ArchiCAD library 22 and it's got quite a lot of things in it but some of the things aren't that attractive and it might not have exactly what you want particularly if you are trying to create some interior styling and you want a very particular type of say a chair you might not find exactly what you're after in ArchiCAD so what do we do one of the things that we can do is search online within archicad itself so i've just typed this in share of course i'm using a very generic name I know that's what I can CAD tends to use to call the file anyway and so it's searching and it's just found 105 library parts so we'll start scrolling and we can see that most of these already are straight from and of ArchiCAD but then as we go further down the list we see this symbol which means it's generally online it's being brought in it's on the BIM components portal perhaps it's found these online in databases that are related to ArchiCAD so we can't be assured of exactly how perfect they are for what we want and I've had some issues with these before but generally we can assume that they're at least going to work in ArchiCAD because we can find them through ArchiCAD and of course the problem with searching for anything online is you just don't know of the reliability of it and downloading something like an object file could be dangerous because you don't know whether there's other things in there viruses all or whatsoever so more elements on the BIM components portal let's click there hopefully my internet speed isn't so slow that this process is horrible so BIM components this website is built entirely for this purpose for you to be able to go straight out of archicad or straight into archicad trying to find what you're after so which we can see if we go back to our file it said we'd found 105 plus library parts and we just clicked down here under BIM components portal and it's already taken us to somewhere that says it's got nine hundred and forty-one chairs so that's pretty good show more so this is a great place to start and this might be as far as you ever need to look but what we will find is that there are so many different web sites available now where we can find so many different types of things so let's forget about the actual search and look at the way that it's categorized it so we can choose of course the problem is that we're gonna end up with thousands of objects and in some cases millions of objects around the world so how do we break it down how do we find exactly what we're looking for so maybe we're searching for something by alphabetical order but of course that all depends on how people have named it so that's not necessarily helpful maybe we'll use other people's searches so we'll use something like popularity to help be able to find it language sometimes I guess where we're quite blessed to be able to have a language that is spoken a lot around the world we're using the English language so it's a bit funny when we find Australian language stuff but maybe that's where it's coming from of course I use a bit of Australian language and hopefully you all understand me because of that I realize I say gonna too much instead of going to when I look at my own transcripts I realize I have to stop saying that I need to speak more properly but hopefully you at least understand what I'm going on about and all license types of course this is very important as well to understand just because we can find something online it doesn't mean that we necessarily have the license to be able to use it so knowing whether it is for public use or commercial use and if we're getting it for commercial use are we paying to use it is the person who is offering it and who owns it or do we need to seek a license that's another important question so this is probably the first place to search BIM components comm but then in the next view we'll have a look at the other places that we might start to find other objects
Thanks gruigen your participation is very much appreciated
- Phil Beckel
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