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  • Graphisoft BIMx for ARCHICAD

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    Alongside ARCHICAD 24 Graphisoft has recently released an updated version of the BIMx app and in addition to the webviewer has also been improved.

    As before this latest version comes in a FREE or a PRO version, the latter being on a subscription model with monthly or yearly payment options.

    If you previously paid for BIMx Pro (which was a one off payment), you qualify for a 1 year free subscription.

    The big changes are that the FREE version can now also display Hyper-models, i.e. a model with ‘hyperlinked’ drawing set.

    The major differences between the two versions are that only BIMx PRO allows for the following:

    • unlimited 3D model size
    • Presentation mode
    • API access – Integration with any external web service or app directly from the Hyper-model
    • AirPrint support
    • bookmark favourite Views

    It is unclear what will happen to the currently still available and free BIMx Lab version, which has a very similar feature set.

    And in case you are wondering how much BIMx will set you back, here is a Screenshot from the AU App Store…

  • ARCHICAD 24 replacement icon(s)

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    What a change for 2020… Graphisoft has rebranded!

    So without any further ado here are our alternative / replacement icons for ARCHICAD 24.

    To ease the transition to the new identity for die hard / nostalgic ARCHICAD users, we have also included a LEGACY version…

    As usual all icons are available in full Retina Display glory…

    Click here to download.

    To install, simply replace the original ARCHICAD logo in:


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

  • ARCHICAD Terminology

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    Vectorworks ARCHICAD Notes
    Classes Layers In AC Layers can also be controlled via Layer Combinations
    Design Layers Stories Scale in AC is controlled via Views. Note that some Elements are scale- sensitive, i.e. they may change their LOD according to the selected Scale.
    Viewports / Saved Views Views / View Map
    Sheet Layers Layout Output Resolution in AC is controlled in the Publisher
    Graphic Attribute Overrides Model View & Pen Sets & Graphic Override Styles in AC Graphic Attributes are controlled on an Element / Type Level, i.e. they can not be changed via the Class as in VW
    Object Info Info Box
    Organiser Navigator
    Resource Browser Object Library
    Symbols Objects
    Workgroup Referencing / Project Sharing Hotlink Manager & Drawing Manager AC allows multiple Users to work concurrently in one file via Teamwork
    Workspace Work Environment
    Batch Export Publisher
    VectorScript GDL


    ARCHICAD file types.

    Please note ARCHICAD files come in the following formats:

    PLN = standard ARCHICAD file format (extension) containing a single standalone ARCHICAD Project

    PLA = ARCHICAD Archive, used to archive old projects and potentially contains all linked objects and textures (similar to an Indesign package)

    BPN = a backup file which gets automatically created once you save your ARCHICAD file

    MOD = an ARCHICAD module file omits unused attributes from the file.

    TEAMWORK = these files can only be accessed by connecting to a Graphisoft BIM Server

    LCF = Library Container File

  • Exporting IFC from ARCHICAD

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    Exporting IFC files from ARCHICAD can be a lengthy process, which often fails after an extended period. To minimise your risk of wasting your time, consider these tips:

      • Check your ARCHICAD model for 3d errors / invalid polygons.
        More details how to best do this are available here.
      • Create a specific IFC EXPORT view and associated LAYER COMBO, optimised to only show relevant and ideally low polygon count elements;
      • Create a publisher set for repeat export;
      • Verify the exported IFC model with a free IFC viewer (e.g. Solibri Anywhere)
      • Before you distribute the IFC file to third parties, compress the IFC file via the free Solibri IFC Optimiser.

    Also consider subscribing to our comprehensive File Exchange Field Guide, which includes details on importing IFC files into ARCHICAD as well as the specific tips and tricks for exchange of other file formats (e.g. DWG, 3ds, SketchUP and Revit).

    Or if you’re after the basics, refer to Graphisoft’s reference guide here.


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  • mACT ARCHICAD Work Environment

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    As part of the annual development of mACT our ARCHICAD Template, we also produce a continuously refined Work Environment.

    It has been optimised for 27 inch displays or larger and includes the following refinements:

    1. Workflow based layout > from left to right, putting the focus on Favourites for efficient modelling;
    2. Quick menus > providing a logical structure to the most important commands;
    3. Drawing essentials > quick feedback on coordinates and drawing method controls;
    4. Logical shortcuts > providing a logical syntax of key combinations;
    5. Performance based Work Environment settings > all performance relevant settings are optimised;

    Only use for the specified ARCHICAD version.

    Included with mACT or available separately for

    only $0.00


  • ARCHICAD 23 replacement icon(s)

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    Another year for new versions of our alternative / replacement icons for ARCHICAD 23

    All icons are available in full Retina Display glory…


    Click here to download.


    To install, simply replace the original ARCHICAD logo in:


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

  • AC22 replacement icon(s)

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    As every year new here are our alternative / replacement icons for ARCHICAD 22

    All icons are available in full Retina Display glory…

    Click here to download.


    To install replace the original AC logo in:

    /Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 22/

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

  • mACT ARCHICAD Template – Version and Feature comparison table

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    Layer Combo & Layers: updated naming & added layers

    Fills consolidated & Fill by room type set added

    Pen Sets Consolidated & Refined for better graphic output

    Pen Sets for consultants added to override placed external drawings to help identify consultant drawings in plan views

    Pen Sets pen-by-function system expanded to include pens dedicated to zone types, company colours, FRL, mark-up

    Pen Sets modified to allow for seamless integration with the standard ARCHICAD Library

    Continuous index numbers


    Integrated Property Manager with Graphic Overrides and building elements to facilitate Scheduling

    Integrated Property Manager set up allowing detailed information for finishes, fixtures & fittings schedules to be added

    Improved Property to IFC Export

    Integrated expressions, eg. cost per square metre, apartment number


    Version proofing and added Favorites for new objects/ ARCHICAD features

    New Favorites for Rail , Curtain Wall & Opening Tools


    General maintenance, version proofing and added objects

    2D construction documentation symbols (power points, light switches, sprinklers, etc.) added

    ARCHICAD 20 Stair Library extract (stability workaround)

    mACT Smart Tree – linked Plan, Section / Elevation & 3d projections

    mACT Document Transmittal – easy & automatic Transmittal

    mACT Universal Label – allowing for all you could possibly do with a Label (improved)

    mACT Wall Label (improved)

    mACT Views from the Sun

    mACT Hydraulic Fixtures with Model View penetration override

    mACT Electrical objects updated with Model View Control

    mACT Labels improved MVO overrides

    Model View

    Customised Graphic Overrides & MVOs updated to include new features

    Central display overrides for labels and zone stamps

    Central display overrides for 2D & 3D detail, clearance zones

    Central display overrides for penetrations


    Revision letter/ number automatically included in digital file name.

    Revision & Transmittal System: semi-automated and fully managed from within ARCHICAD

    Automated object-based transmittal


    Various added & consolidated (e.g. window schedules, view & layout management)


    Cinerender presets

    Work Environment

    Rebuilt to enable new ARCHICAD features

    mACT toolbar rebuilt & features added

    Adjusted layout for improved workflow

    Reference Project

    Added extra detail

    Example for automated Revision & Transmittal process

    Userguide interface


    Essential info & workflows added on dedicated mACT Help worksheet


    Online ARCHICAD Field Guide trial subscription

    Online installation & Getting Started guide

    Quick tips and best practice workflows newsletter


    Indicates new or updated feature.

  • ARCHICAD Font Size : points vs mm

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    [12/06/2020 > updated with latest info & process]

    To the uninitiated trying to match the font size in ARCHICAD to font size used in a document generated in another application, e.g. design reports may cause a major headache. Read on if you ever wondered how to get this right…

    (go straight to PROCESS below if you are faint hearted… ;0)

    In the typographic world, font size is typically measured in Point (pt).

    There are approximately 72 (72.272) points in one inch or 2.54 cm. (1inch = 2.54cm)

    In ARCHICAD however, you can insert text with font size in points only if the Project Preferences Working Units (ARCHICAD>Project Preferences>Working Units) are set to Imperial units (i.e. feet and fractional inches) and the text scaling factor is set to Paper Size.

    In countries using the Metric system a simple conversion to mm’s helps to set the font to typographic standards. This dimension needs to be entered into the Paper Size scaling factor.

    Conversion factor (points to mms) equals  25.4/72

    In that respect :

    • font size 8pt would be 8*25.4/72 = 2.82mm
    • font size 12pt would be 12*25.4/72 = 4.23mm


    Unfortunately, it gets more complicated as in ARCHICAD text size is larger than text size used by Adobe, Microsoft and Mac applications due to a historic misalignment/misinterpretation of font size measurement >

    In a nutshell due to these historic circumstances, it is not possible to provide a universal conversion method, simply because font size measurements vary widely across the font type spectrum.

    Thanks to the extensive research we undertook, we have instead developed a simple process that allows you to match the font size in ARCHICAD to font sizes used in other applications.


    1. Create a document with some text in an application of your choice with the desired font type and size, e.g. in Adobe InDesign. We recommend to also include some 72pt size text to facilitate easy calculation of the conversion factor – see below.
    2. Print (save) your document as PDF file @ 100% scale.
    3. Insert the PDF file as External Drawing into an ARCHICAD file. Make sure that under the External Drawings Settings the Drawing Magnification is set to 100% and the View scale is set to 1:100.
    4. In the Text Tool choose the required font and font size, and check that you are using Paper Size. Start with a size less or matching the one font choosen previously in the app to generate the PDF.
    5. Now write the same text and overlay onto the PDF Drawing, then and compare the size difference and adjust the Text size in ARCHICAD to match the size of the text in the PDF drawing.
    6. To find the actual conversion ratio, change the working units to Imperial Units. Check text size under the Text Settings and calculate the ratio: i.e. Arial 72pt converts to 52.5pt in ARCHICAD, therefore 52.5/72 is a ratio that can be further used to calculate other sizes. i.e. Arial 8pt would be 8*52.5/72 = 5.83pt in ARCHICAD. Furthermore to convert pt into mm use the factor 25.4/72 mentioned above:  5.83*25.4/72 = 2.06mm.
      In our example using Arial, to match the PDF font size of 8pt the corresponding font size is 2.06mm in ARCHICAD.

    For your convenience see tables below for conversion factor and sizes of selected tested fonts:

    Text Scaling Factor

    There are 2 options to set text size in the Text Settings panel:

    1. Model Size: Text size will be adjusted with the scale of the model.
      (text size “relates” to your model and will print smaller or bigger depending on print scale)
    2. Paper Size: Text size will remain constant regardless of changes in the scale of the model
      (text size will print the same size no matter what scale the model is)

    In ARCHICAD the Text tool and text within Objects (pending on the type of GDL script) are the only elements that can be set to Model Size text size. All other tools i.e. Labels, Dimensions, Change Tool, Sections & Elevation Markers text size is available only in Paper size.


    [PRE 12/06/2020 > original post]

    ARCHICAD so far doesn’t adhere to the standard of measuring font size in points.
    Your only option is to enter text size in mm, whether that would be based on paper size (text stays the same size independent of the model scale) or model size (text size “relates” to your model, i.e. 100 mm in your model will always be 100 mm, no matter if you display your model at 1:100 or 1:1).

    ARCHICAD measures the distance from the font base line to the highest point of the font (text on the left is from a placed PDF, text on the right is the matching ARCHICAD text):

    Measuring this we’ve found the approximation of an 8pt font being equal to 2mm font in ARCHICAD.
    Thus we can conclude that (roughly) for every point ARCHICAD counts 0.5 mm, i.e. 10 point font will translate to 2.5mm in ARCHICAD, 12 point to 3mm, etc.

    Note however that this is a rough guide and there can be differences between various fonts. They should be minimal though. In the example below you’ll find Arial’s highest point doesn’t quite reach Helvetica’s.
    Nevertheless we’d recommend setting your favourites to an easy to remember and check whole number rather than one with decimals which would exactly match a font’s size in points.