• AC18 replacement logo(s)

    The 2014 Graphisoft colour of the season…

    AC18 LOGO matrix


    To install replace the original AC logo in:

    /Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 18/

    Please note the above was also posted on AC-talk.

  • VW2011 not working on Mavericks

    Since Apple has released Mavericks, Vectorworks 2011 no longer runs on Macs with 10.9 / Mavericks – although this has been widely criticised, Nemetschek is most likely to stick with its policy to only provide support for the last 2 versions of Vectorworks.

    An overview on which version runs on what is available here.

    Currently you only have the following options to deal with this situation:

    1. upgrade to the latest version of Vectorworks;

    2. downgrade your Mac(s) to 10.8 / Mountain Lion (if you still have an installer), we have done this successfully on a variety of models – however the latest MacBookPro11,2 series can no longer easily be downgraded and it is only a matter of time before the new iMacs can no longer be downgraded either;

    3. if the above is too radical, setup a bootcamp partition as explained here.

    4. use Fusion or Parallels to setup a virtual instance of 10.8 and run VW2011 inside that – we must admit this is not ideal as VW2011 seems to have some speed issues when virtualised…

  • AS2890 swept paths

    ever wondered why there is no library part available that takes the pain out of checking if that loading dock or car park you just designed complies with AS 2890?



    AS2890 objects and more AS compliant objects now available from here.

    well we thought we help you out…

    please note we are offering this object for free – please contact us if you are interested.

  • archicad template (mACT)

    We have combined our years of expertise with ArchCAD (AC) and produced a template which implements various national and international standards (e.g. NATSPEC, UNIFORMAT, etc.) to facilitate quality assurance and ISO certification.



    mACT our ArchiCAD Framework / Template has a redesigned home.



    mACT17 is now available – if you have purchased mACT16 in the last couple of weeks you may qualify to get a free upgrade. In case you still require mACT16 please contact us.



    We are proud to announce that mACT16 has found a new home and pricing on

    original post

    mACT is the macinteract ArchiCAD Template and is currently available for ArchiCAD 11 – 15*.

    mACT is available as a combination of the following modules:


    The essential feature set of the mACT provides a fully functional base template suitable for a range of projects from domestic to large scale commercial and cultural. Key features include:

  • A comprehensive set of Element Attributes used to define element properties (Layers, Line Types, Fill Types, Composite Structures, Profiles, Materials, Zone Categories)
  • Model display settings to control appearance of elements to prepare various drawing types from the same model information (Layer Combinations, Pen Sets, Model View Options, Schedules, Project Indicies)
  • Predefined View Map items provide quick access to model views suitable for various design modelling tasks and documentation drawings – simply adjust view zooming to fit your project dimensions
  • Predefined Layout Book items containing a comprehensive, flexible documentation system along with sample documentation and presentation drawings from the predefined View Map placed on layouts – simply adjust drawings extent to accommodate your project and your first drawings are ready to go
  • Customized mACT Library to compliment standard ArchiCAD library, including both inhouse custom objects and a collection of useful objects freely available from various ArchiCAD sources around the world**
  • advanced

    The advanced module elaborates on the feature set of the core module to provide additional features including:

  • The Visual Favourites system for quick access to pre-defined Elements and Objects organized into categories for quick access whilst working, assisting the maintenance of drawing and modelling standards
  • Work Environments to maximize efficiency of display and shortcut usage
  • Element Attributes such as additional Profiles (BHP Steel profiles, precast concrete units, etc), comprehensive set of Zone Categories for larger range of project types, additional Materials
  • A Reference Project provides a hotlinked example model provides an invaluable interactive guide to the use of various template features – from simple attribute appearances applied to real elements, right through to PDF output of documentation drawings on titleblocks.
  • visualization

    We are currently developing two additional professional modules to provide for more advanced rendering using either ArchiCAD’s own Lightworks engine, or via a custom template for use with Maxons Cinema 4D Architecture Bundle.

    If you are interested in mACT, please contact us so we can provide more detailed information directly.

    * in fact we always update it to the latest ArchiCAD version as soon as it is available.
    ** Please note that all free 3rd party content contained in the mACT Library along with our own free content is available separately from the mACT at no cost upon request – we are simply including it with the template for simplicity. A downloadable version is in the works..

  • AC17 replacement logo(s)

    The 2013 Graphisoft colour of the season – to spice things up a little we thought we change the font…

    AC17 LOGO matrix


    To install replace the original AC logo in:

    /Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 17/

    Please note the above was also posted on AC-talk.

  • BIM reality check

    Lately we have noticed there is lot more activity and discussion occuring in the field of BIM – for example various Australian organizations such as NATSPEC, BIM-MEP Aus and most recently the AIA have now published BIM guidelines which to varying degrees adapt those which have already been developed overseas. There are also an increasing number of talks, seminars and conferences being held on the subject as the industry grapples with BIM .. what is it, and what does it mean for individual businesses and the industry as a whole.

    The AEC sector is a notoriously complex, chaotic and inefficient one with a myriad of participants so it is understandable there is both a lot of optimism and angst out there. Since we have been involved in this field for some time – through daily implementation with clients, regular involvement in various discussions exposing a multitude of views and generally keeping abreast of developments at local and international levels – we thought it time to contribute a little more openly by providing our independent critical take on BIM and related topics.

    As there is clearly far too much to discuss in a single post we think the following talking points can act as a framework for clarity of further discussion:

    BIM .. is a process

    Process Implications .. exist if the industry is going to really benefit

    Technology .. is becoming increasingly critical to the delivery process

    Legal Issues .. are uncertain and an obstacle to process change

    so until next time ..

  • Drawing Numbering System

    One major problem most architectural practices sooner or later have to deal with is how to come up with a logical and scaleable Drawing Numbering System (DNS).

    Ideally a DNS needs to accommodate projects from small scale residential to very large and complex institutional projects which may be staged and spread over a variety of sites – while at the same time being relatively easy to understand for all parties involved.

    Over the last years we have been involved in local and international projects and worked closely with their respective stakeholders and consultants. On most of these projects some party would ‘enforce’ numbering systems, most of which were of surprisingly varying quality, i.e. some were simply not able to handle the sheer quantity of drawings that eventually got produced.

    To our knowledge there is unfortunately no directly applicable ‘Australian Standard’ outlining a DNS, and the ‘US National CAD Standards’ (USNCS) to which all AutoDesk products & templates are tailored to can be rather daunting.

    So after much research and testing we have developed the following DNS which is based on the ‘USNCS’, however it has been adjusted to suit specific australian requirements (e.g. Lower Ground vs. Level 1) and simplified to reduce overall Drawing Number length (9 or 13 digits) – retaining the ability to scale to projects of all sizes.

    Please feel free to contact us to if you require any additional information – please also note the above DNS has been implemented in the latest version of our ArchiCAD Template (mACT).

  • AC16 replacement logo(s)

    Another year another colour…


    To install replace the original AC logo in:

    /Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 16/

    Please note the above was also posted on AC-talk.

  • MagicPlan Review

    We have been testing a new iPhone and iPad app called MagicPlan which aims to dramatically simplify the measuring up process and to some extent even the creation of basic plans.

    Basically, to use the app all you do is stand in the middle of a room and point your iPhone or iPad at each corner – an instructional video is included in the app to get you started. The capturing process works amazingly well and the interface (a coordinate cross photo overlay) is well thought through to allow capturing of hidden corners by simply realigning your device to the corresponding ceiling corner and moving it down from there.

    Once a room is completely entered you need to confirm the shape and if wrong the app offers to automatically correct it, we found this always worked however we tested it in a modernist building which has only right angles. In our testing the capturing process was much easier, once we ensured that all doors to room are closed and corners were not obstructed by any small furniture. Subsequently you are presented with a preview of your plan where you can easily adjust any opening dimensions and insert additional openings, furniture, etc.

    After the first room we got prompted to calibrate all dimensions which the app obviously only estimates – we found this to be a bit tedious, as it seems to require you to manually measure one entire room including all nooks and crannies, as opposed to say just one overall dimension in either direction.

    We also noted that any subsequent adjustments to dimensions are not easily done, as instead of editing the dimensions (which you can do for openings) you need to move entire walls around.

    Once you have captured at least two plans you can then assemble them together very easily, as wall corners snap to each other and even door duplicates get resolved properly… very nice!

    To proceed beyond three rooms the app requires you to sign up for an account, which you can do from within the app and confirm via email before it gets activated. An account is free and allows you to have the service send a JPG of your overall assembly and a PDF which also includes each individual room – note both are extensively (yes extensively) watermarked. To get access to a usable i.e. not watermarked JPG, PDF or DWG you need to ‘activate’ them, for which a link is provided.

    Which brings is to the not so nice aspect of MagicPlan, which is the arguably obscure pricing – yes even though the app is free, and there is no indication that the service costs anything it in deed does… it would be very nice if this was made clear on the iTunes page, Sensopias website and directly in the app itself.

    Basically you can pay ‘on demand’ per plan (AUD 2.49), in batches of 10 (AUD 20), 20 (AUD 35) & 40 (AUD 60) or as monthly subscriptions, e.g. AUD 20 for unlimited plans – payment is via paypal and delivery via email link.

    Unfortunately, the provided PDFs are not to scale – however, they include the overall assembly which shows all rooms’ areas and additionally all individual spaces which include all dimensions. The provided DWG, is organised into five layers (door_layer, furniture_layer, wall_layer, window_layer and text_layer) and elements are coloured via layers. Unfortunately, the walls are reduced to their centrelines, i.e. they are either individual lines or polylines, i.e. they have no thickness and all placed ‘furniture’ is offset (we assume the app uses a wall thickness of 150 mm for its PDFs).

    It would be much more helpful if the individual rooms had at least a continuous outline, which would facilitate any subsequent manipulation, e.g. addition of walls.

    Overall, this succeeds in simplifying the measuring process and creation of basic plans and is probably aimed at the real estate market. Please note the app can currently not handle more complex layouts, e.g. it can not do curved walls, but given this is only the first version we hope to see a few improvements in the next version.

    We are currently also in the process of reviewing Orthograph’s Architect for iPad which seems to be more sophisticated – watch this space.

  • AC15 replacement logo(s)

    here we go again.

    same options as before plus white with black outline and this time in 512 x 512 px glory…


    please note we have also included the original logo just in case.

    to install replace the original AC logo in:

    /Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 15/

    the above was also posted on AC-talk.