- Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:08 pm
This is actually a deeper topic than it might appear on the surface and one of the reasons that firms find that they need to hire a consultant ... days later when they discover they have problems.
Copy/Paste can happen in a couple of ways, but I consider both 'dangerous' unless you are just playing or doing one-offs.
The easiest way is to copy a building element that uses the desired profile - e.g. a wall - and paste it into the other project, and then delete the wall. You'll be left with just the attributes that came with the wall ...which will often be more than just the profile(!).
The other way is to copy the contents of the Profile Editor and paste them into an open Profile Editor in the other ArchiCAD. Note that stretch lines, etc all do come across. Any fills will NOT come across, rather, they will be matched to fills by index number in the file into which you are pasting.
In either Copy/Paste scenario, you have no control over the index number assigned to the profile. You can only see these index numbers in Attribute Manager, which is one of the reasons that it is the only way (IMHO) that you should ever transfer attributes between files for 'real work'.
It is almost assured that when you paste into the new file, that the profile will have a different index number than in the original file - and that some of the fills and materials will also not match. You are then doomed if you hope to hotlink the two files into a master site, for example, because there is no way that the attributes in the master site file can make the elements of each hotlinked file appear the same.
Attribute management requires patience and thoroughness to be able to re-use your work in other projects or to combine files via hotlinking - and also to avoid conflicts with the pre-defined attributes used as defaults by the ArchiCAD libraries.
[Editorial rant / Advertisement]: As I've commented in the past, as has Link who also teaches these concepts thoroughly to his clients, Attribute Management is a bit of the 'dirty underwear' of ArchiCAD. You cannot be an effective ArchiCAD user without really, really understanding attributes, but it is something that is glossed over by too many tutorials and trainers. And, the inconsistency between index numbers being honored before names in most cases, but names before index numbers in others, just makes it all the more difficult.
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