In this video and blog we'll explore the new CONTRABIM Work Profiles, and discuss how presentation and productivity modes can help optimize your efficiency in ARCHICAD.
Well...2020 is off to a great start. 64GB's of RAM in my Lenovo Xeon Mobile Workstation: FAILED :/
Ugh, waiting on a replacement..
As I'm setting up my backup desktop with ARCHICAD 23, I'm reminded just how important it is to backup your Work Environment! It is one of the few settings that can become stuck in your computer if you don't export it and back it up outside the ARCHICAD PLN.
But as I build my work environment for the second time around, I thought I'd share a blog on the topic, and share my profiles with you as well!
If you want to download and test out my profiles, just complete the form and you'll get an email with download link.
Working in ARCHICAD, I often find myself needing two very different views. One, for optimal productivity, the other, a more streamlined visual view to maximize the working space.
Presentation Profile (Maximized View + Essential Tools)
Productivity Profile (Maximized Toolbars for Optimal Efficiency)
Let's take a closer look at how these profiles are developed and saved off. To do this, we'll start at the top in our settings and work our way down.
Saving a Work Environment "Profile", saves a combination of the Scheme Settings for each of these categories, where you can save individual scheme settings, utilized in different profiles. It's always a good idea to save/export and backup the Work Environment Profile from time to time.
Saving (Redefining) Changes!!!
Any time you make a change within a scheme, make sure to save the changes. Do this by clicking on the setting you want to update, and redefine. Any time you make a change, a CUSTOM setting will be created automatically, so make sure to update your own!
These settings largely control the functionality of "behind the scene" features of ARCHICAD, including Dialog Boxes and Palettes, Selections, Tracker Inputs, Guides, Rebuild Options, Publisher Settings and more.
I typically only make a few adjustments from the default settings.
Input Constraints and guides
Model Rebuild - Write Reports (for error checking)
Right now I'm 100% default here, but in the past I've added a few like SPLIT or COPY MULTIPLES...but for now i'm just using defaults.
For new users, I'd recommend to "Show Shortcut List in Browser", print out a copy, and highlight the ones you'll use regularly.
Makes it a nice quick reference and easier way to learn and memorize.
I always prefer having the entire toolbox turned on, including Ductwork, Pipework and Cabling. I often model MEPS, so for me this is essential to have these tools available!
QUICK TIP! If you don't have the MEPS Modeling License, you can still reference the MEP library and place elements manually (which works really well). For those who havn't tried it I'd recommend seeing what is possible, just download and install the MEP Modeler tool, so you can get the Toolbox Scheme and MEP Library.
Tool Settings Dialog Boxes
I'll usually leave these as default, but if you plan to use the LISTING and Calculation features of ARCHICAD, then you'll want to turn on the settings.
I prefer the Interactive Schedules for my reporting, so I'll leave these off.
Info Box - THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE I MAKE!!!!
Whenever I select an element in 2D or 3D, I'm doing so to check the settings or make an adjustment. To do this, we look to the Info Box, where all the selected parameters are available to us, without having to get into the tool settings.
I have a rule, that my Info Box follows. This way I have the most important settings at the top, and I never have to scroll to the bottom of this list to see my ID or Properties.
The Workspace is the visibility and arrangement of Palettes and Toolbars. This is one of the most important schemes to setup to optimize your work environment.
If you open all the available toolboxes and palettes, and dock the ones you want, and rearrange the others (undocked), then close them, you can save the exact location where they open everytime.
Just go to the Workspace Scheme, and redefine!
The command layout includes Toolbar Settings and Menus. I typically leave the Menus alone, but it is worth creating some customized Toolbars to maximize your productivity!
CONTRABIM Tools & Profiles
My new favorite toolbar. Quick access to key palettes, background grids & guides, and the option to change profiles quickly.
Several of these functions are buried deep into the file menu's, so I like adding them to a quick access toolbar.
I've taken out few tools from the 3D visualization toolbar (3D window, orbit & reset roll angle)
and added in the Creative Imaging_Set Texture Origin/Orientation/Reset functions.
A better use of space!
And finally, once you've customized your Work Profile, EXPORT IT!!!