Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Master layout, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Before we continue documenting this plan like putting dimensions, putting levels, I would recommend us to create some layouts, place those drawings into the layout, and then go back to finish documenting. The reason is because by then we're going to know what scale we're going to be documenting, how far can we go with the dimensions here without getting out of the sheet. To do that here on the organizer we're going to have on the left-hand side the view map with all the views that we have saved. On the right we're going to have the layout book.
The layout book has the layouts that came already with the template and some master layouts. How does that work? If I double click here in one of the layouts you will see that we have a drawing that is placed here in the middle of the sheet, and we have, in red, a reference of one of the master layouts. On this case, this layout is following the A2 Landscape master layout, which is this guy, here. Basically, we can choose which master layout we want our layouts to follow.
If I click here and change it to A1 Landscape, now this layout is using the A1 Landscape master layout. If I click here and change it to A3 we here are now following the A3. I'm going to go back to the A2. You'll notice that all of those sheets are following the same master. Which means that, if I go here and double click on this master and edit anything, like let's delete this logo, and go back here to one of the layouts, the logo will be gone.
This is great because you can have 100 layouts following the same master and if you have to change something in the master, all the layouts will be updated automatically. Let's take a look in one of those master layouts. If I double click here, you will notice that the master layout is made of 2D elements only. Basically this is line, this a borderline, those are text, and this is a 2D object. You will notice that the 3D tools here on the design tool box are gray because they are deactivated, but I still have the object 2 because in the object 2, here, we will find some 2D library.
If I click here on the 1.7, we have electrical symbols, which we don't want, but we have graphical symbols that are very useful, including some parts of the title block like revision history, graphical symbols, pens and colors, and some surface legend. I'm not going to use any of those right now. I'm just going to go ahead and cancel this. To draw here on the master layout we're going to be using mostly those 2D elements. They're very straight forward, they're just like drawing the walls or drawing the slabs when I'm doing fills.
Same thing for the borderline, so no big deal. One thing you do need to know is how to use some auto-text. You will notice that a lot of those text are already filled and they come from the project information that we did right at the beginning of the project. I'm going to create some text here. Create a window here and start typing something like "project"... and instead of typing the name of the project, I'm going to use the auto-text.
The auto text is this icon here on the top. I'm going to click on it and now ARCHICAD is give me a list of the auto-text that I can choose from. Starting on project details, sight details, building details, so all the information that we have filled right at the beginning on the project info. I'm going to here to project details, choose the project name, which is here, and I'm going to go ahead and press "insert". There we go. If at any point we go back to the project information and we change the name of the project this will be updated automatically on every master layout and, naturally, on every layout.
This is great, so everything is interconnected. If one day your company changed the telephone number, you go to the project info, change there and it's going to be changed in all the layouts. What other auto-texts that are really useful here we need know? Let's go down a little bit. I'm going to click here on the auto-text button, again, and we have the information that we have typed on the project info, but we also have some other information about the layout, for instance, where we have the layout name, the layout number that is automatically filled, here.
We can also have some information about the drawings, like what is the drawings scale, so we don't need to type the scale here on the sheet. You can also have some information about the system like: what date is today, long or short? What is the file name? What is the file path? Those are really useful stuff and what time it is right now, so when you publish you can have the current date and the current time.
- 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.