Join Thiago Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video The ArchiCAD interface, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Let's open a new ArchiCAD file by going into, File, New and then New, I will keep the ArchiCAD 20 template and then press New. So now let's take a quick look on the ArchiCAD interface. So here at the top we have some standard tools like undo and redo, and we have the eyedropper to pick up parameters of one object and the injection to inject in another. And then here we find some other useful tools like the guidelines, which is bascially a line that you can drag from this icon here, place on the drawing, that helps you snapping and orienting your model.
You can switch it on and off here or you can just click on it and drag it back to the trash can here on the side. Next we have some snap guides here, you'll notice as you model, that if you keep the mouse stopped in one point for a certain time, ArchiCAD will draw this blue circle around them or if you keep it in a line, ArchiCAD will also draw a blue line on it. And this means that ArchiCAD is now snapping from those elements and it will give you some other options. And, of course, you can switch it on and off on this button here.
Below, we have the info box, which is a dynamic box that changes depending on what element you select or what tool you have active. On the info box, you will always find an icon here, which is the same icon as the tool that we have. And if you click on it, we go to a detail settings of that tool. You can also access the setting by using the shortcut command t or control t if you're in a Windows.
But the info box will also give you some of these options here on the bar so you can scroll down and quickly change some of the settings. On the left-hand side here, we have our tool box with most of the tools that we have available here in ArchiCAD. And they are separated as Design tools or Documenting tools and More, which is some design and some documenting tools that we don't use so often, like Corner-Window. On the right-hand side, we have our navigator that we use to navigate in the project.
So here we can go to other Stories or to Elevations or the 3D window. Notice that as we open this 3D or D Elevations ArchiCAD will also open some tabs here on the top, which is a really useful way for you to go back to the floor plan or the 3D. But try to keep those tabs organized. Avoid having 20 tabs open because this might slow down a little bit your ArchiCAD, so close the ones that you don't need anymore. Here at the bottom we're going to find some zoom tools and some quick option tools like changing layer combinations and changing the pen set.
One important thing here is the scale. So right now, we're looking at 1:100 in this project, we can change here to 1:50. But, remember, we're going to be modeling in 1:1 scale no matter what we see here at the bottom. This is just a different way to visualize the plan. And then, finally, here we're going to find this informative bar that tell us what to do next. So, if I click here on this wall, the bar will say, enter first node of wall and then complete the wall.
So, it's just a quick reminder of what to do with the tool that you have selected at the moment. So, that's a brief overview of the ArchiCAD interface.
- Opening and navigating an ArchiCAD project
- Setting up working units and stories
- Importing drawings
- Modeling walls, slabs, doors, and windows
- Grouping and ungrouping objects
- Creating sections and elevations
- Working with dimensions
- Publishing drawings
- Modeling and documenting detailed designs
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 06/14/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: using the Stair tool and working with objects. In addition, new videos were added that cover what's new in ArchiCAD 21, stair settings, working with railings, railing settings, using the Multiply tool, and 3D styles.