mACT 24

Simply smart.

mACT simplifies your interaction with ARCHICAD.
It saves you time and money.

Since 2007 the team behind mACT has distilled
it’s extensive international architectural experience into a template
that makes ARCHICAD production ready.

Work smarter

See the productivity increase across your office.

mACT – provides the foundation for your office standards, a documented workflow with a set file structure ensuring repeatable project integrity.

mACT will reduce errors and increase your project certainty.

Verified

mACT is continuously verified against our own real-world experiences working and testing ARCHICAD’s latest features in live project environments.

It includes all necessary workarounds to ensure a productive workflow.

Continuity

mACT was first released in 2007 and has been continually improved ever since by industry experts with a wealth of practical experience.

The same team has over this period gathered extensive experience in BIM implementation, ARCHICAD integration and training assisting offices big and small across Australia and New Zealand.

Save time & money

mACT is exceptional value.

Our efficient feature set will see you re-coup your investment into ARCHICAD in no time. Whether you are new to ARCHICAD or a seasoned user, mACT’s features will save you time.

At only $799.00 it’s only 10% of the cost of an ARCHICAD license – in most countries this is less than what you paid in tax for ARCHICAD.

Any platform

mACT is built for ARCHICAD and works equally well on Mac or PC.

We provide custom solutions to specific ARCHICAD problems, either via tested workflows or if necessary special GDL library parts.

Feedback

mACT is continuously verified against our own real-world experiences working and testing ARCHICAD’s latest features in live project environments.

It includes all necessary workarounds to ensure a productive workflow.

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only $799.00

What’s new in mACT 24

Favorites

 

We have increased the number of Favorites in mACT, making it even easier to get started on various types of projects.

All Favorites are preset to use the correct line types, pens and layers.

  • Favorite folders are organised by topic;
  • new mACT Element Transfer Settings presets;

mACT Simple 3D Objects

Ever been annoyed by the visual clutter of the default Library parts in ARCHICAD? Us too…!

Thus we have created our own visually distinctive range of 3d objects, they are visually refined, with a low polygon count… stay tuned, we plan to expand the range in the coming months.

For your reference an oveview of all Library Parts incl. new 3d previews is available here.

IFC import & export

Integrated Classification, Properties and IFC Data Exchange System throughout the entire template including:

  • improved mACT General Import & Export Translators;
  • faculty based Translators for IFC import to assign faculty specific building materials for easier visual distinction;
  • SAF Translators updated with mACT materials;

CineRender

The Surfaces in mACT are fully CineRender ready – simply  create your model then use CineRender to create rendered scenes of your Model.

Improved Element Attributes

We constantly review and improve the underlying attribute set in mACT, this version now incorporates the following changes:

  • Layers now allow for quick selection via keyboard character input;
  • Layers and Layer Combinations have been streamlined;
  • Surface names prepared to include material codes;

mACT Electrical Symbols

The mACT Electrical Symbol Bundle objects are based on a survey of a cross-section of Australian Consultant Drawings. Each 2d symbol has been redesigned for clarity and also so text & font settings can be globally controlled via Model View Options.

Also available separately.

Comprehensive Feature Set

In addition mACT contains all the following tried and trusted features.

mACT Smart Tree

The architectural tree object you’ve been waiting for.  The mACT Smart Tree features linked projections for Plan, Section / Elevation & 3d Views (incl. Shadows) and can easily expand for additional styles.

Also available separately.

mACT Auto Transmittal

Based on ARCHICAD’s Revision system, the mACT Document Transmittal object collates all relevant data and presents it in a logical and easily maintained form.

Also available separately.

mACT Universal Label

The mACT Universal Label is the Swiss Army Knife of Labels. It displays any data from all Elements in various combinations, with a high level of graphical control.  Also included for free are our mACT Wall labels and mACT Custom graphic label.

Also available separately.

mACT Views from Sun

The mACT Views from the Sun object facilitates placement of ARCHICAD cameras to create a simulated Views from the Sun diagram that many councils require as part of the DA process.

Also available separately.

mACT Sanitary Bundle

The mACT Sanitary Bundle objects allow for the display & control of the object itself and its related penetration symbol via Model View Options. Using these objects reduces costly mistakes during Documentation, as both object and penetration elements are locked and can no longer be accidentally moved around independently.

Also available separately.

mACT Smart People

Based on the mACT Smart Tree, this objects allows for easy placement of visually pleasing silhouette people in plan with corresponding 3d representation.

Coming soon…

Harmonised Element Attributes

All element attributes have a cohesive index numbering (no gaps) for easy identification of future new attributes.

Key attributes correlate mACT with the native ARCHICAD attribute set, i.e. the 2D and 3D pens of Objects from the standard ARCHICAD Library do not need to be adjusted.

Enhanced Model View Options

mACT includes enhanced Model View Options sub-menu which facilitates control of object, label and zone display based on project phases:

  • Display options and overrides for complex 3D elements, clearance zones and penetrations
  • Centralised display overrides for mACT labels and zone stamps

Classification-Properties-IFC

Classification, Properties and IFC Data Exchange System are integrated throughout the entire template including:

  • Updated favourites palette and graphic override rules based on the latest default ARCHICAD classification (v2.0)
  • Refined IFC properties map translator presets for all major exchange standards

Pen Sets

Pen Sets to allow for seamless integration with the standard ARCHICAD Library (e.g. windows, doors, objects), while still including all mACT signature features:

  • mACT’s pen-by-function system allows fine grain control over all Elements graphic representation, e.g. adjust the outline pen of all structural elements by changing one pen.
  • mACT’s pen-by-function system facilitates easy identification of various elements whilst modelling, e.g. all structural elements are displayed in shades of red vs. interior elements in shades of brown.
  • mACT’s pen system includes dedicated pens for zone types, company colours, FRL, and mark-up.
  • Various pen sets are included in mACT, enabling full control over the graphical output at all scales.
  • Consultant Specific Pen Sets: Get a clear distinction between your model and external drawings, by overriding their pens with one of our discipline specific pen sets.

Libraries

mACT comes with more than 100 additional Library Parts in separate libraries:

  • mACT Library 24: contains e.g. additional construction documentation symbols, comprehensive suite of electrical symbols, standard 2D & 3D disclaimer objects, 2D furniture & complete furniture layouts, trees and landscaping, new silhouette people;
  • mACT Australian Standards 24: contains a selection of Australian Standards (AS1428 & AS2890) library parts for parking and circulation spaces;
  • Featured Objects: each copy of mACT includes all our special Library parts, mACT Universal Label, Smart Tree, mACT Auto Transmittal, Views from Sun, Sanitary Bundle, etc.;

Full list of all included Library Parts is available here.

Revision Management

mACT integrates the ARCHICAD Revision management system with the mACT_Document Transmittal object, creating a streamlined document management process directly inside ARCHICAD – eliminating any cumbersome EXCEL based workarounds.

The mACT Document Transmittal object facilitates the tracking and listing of each drawings latest revisions, and automates the quick issue of an up-to-date Document Register.

Additionally, it includes an easy to use and automated workflow to add the revision code to all published drawing files.

Graphic overrides

mACT includes Graphic Overrides for such purposes as:
  • council coding of materials
  • overrides based on mACT Zone Properties, such as re-colour based on meeting requirements for sun access or cross ventilation
  • re-colour cut fill based on Fire Resistance Level

Work environment

mACT comes with Work Environment presets for various screen sizes, incorporating a rationalised and extended list of Shortcuts for most used Tools and Commands.
mACT Toolbar: The Work Environment includes an updated mACT Toolbar to organise the most used commands by topic in drop-down menus.

Property manager

Property Manager is integrated within template structure and tight together with Classification and IFC Translators.

All ready to go, it is very convenient to add detailed information for finishes, fixtures & fittings that can be listed with provided Schedules.

Favorites

Favorites are key to efficiency and continuity thus mACT comes with plenty. They illustrate & preset common element settings and form the basis for the development of specific office standards to guarantee continuity.

Building materials

mACT includes a comprehensive list of Building Materials, coordinated with corresponding Surfaces and Fills.

Composites

A robust system of composites which change appearance of composites across the various views and drawing types.

Organisation

To streamline your workflow mACT includes a fully organised and automated Organiser setup.

View Map, Layout Book and Publisher are pre-populated according to the typical project stages and packages.

View map

Predefined View Map folder structure for each project phase and drawing type within that phase.
Individual views are already defined for common drawing types such as General Plans, Sections, Elevations, Ceiling Plans, Structural Plans, etc.

Layer structure

To maximise the potential of the  3D / virtual building model mACT contains a comprehensive layer list organised according to NATSPEC categories for easy layer identification.
mACT includes preset Layer Combinations structured to the USNCS / AIA Drawing Numbering System, which easily scales to suit Projects of all sizes.

Drawings

Pre-defined Drawing types such as sections, elevations and details are placed ready to be adjusted to suit individual projects and quickly generate a base drawing set.

Drawing numbering system

The mACT drawing numbering system is based on USNCS / AIA, providing an easily scalable system for projects of all sizes as well as integration with Autodesk-based consultants.

Titleblock

mACT includes a standard Presentation and Documentation Titleblock (A3 – A0 with folding marks) accompanied by a traditional Transmittal.

Industry standards

mACT is based on industry standards to facilitate collaboration with external parties and future-proof your projects.

It incorporates both Australian and International standards where applicable.

Omniclass zone names

mACT’s Zone Categories are based on the OmniCLASS system, which is indefinitely scalable and ensures compliance with international Standards.

Reference project

mACT features a reference project with improved guide interface demonstrating best practice workflows and various drafting and modelling techniques, which can be used for training purposes.
Both BIMx and BIMx Hypermodels are included.

Why you need mACT


Being new to ARCHICAD and having to set up a new project file can be a very daunting task.
Use mACT to get you up and running in no time.

Gain flexibility by having any person in your office join any project – mACT ensures they immediately know their way around.

mACT creates certainty that when it’s crunch time there’s less room for error…
no need for users to spend time inventing their own settings.

With less potential for errors mACT guarantees that what rolls out of the printer will conform to your standards and expectations.

Save time and money with the automated mACT setup.

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