stefan wrote:You never forget the feeling when you receive your first ARCHICAD box... Even though all you need today is pure digital: download, reference documentation and a software license.
On another note: let's not forget that GS has the tendency to develop features that take more than one release to be integrated widely and you may just see the full impact over a few versions e.g. glimpses of classification which were already in place in AC20 (together with the property system) and which will hopefully continue in the future, to not only cover element & zone classification.
And while we're at it... maybe it's time to get rid of the "tools" a bit more: it's not simply a "Wall" with the wall tool or a "Column" with the Column tool... There are
parametric objects (Window, Door, Object, Skylight...)
freeform geometry (Morphs, Shells, Meshes),
planar elements which can (or should be able to) host openings (Walls, Roofs, Slabs) and which can be layered
Profiled elements (Wall, Beam, Column, now also in Objects)
Hierarchic elements (Curtain Wall, Stair, Railing).
With the classification you are more free to give them any meaning which makes sense in the project and not be restrained by the initial geometric behaviour.
This is also more in line with current, complex projects and what is happening in other software too.[/list]
Let's also not forget that GS have a tendency and habit of introducing these big new tools every couple of new versions, and then abandoning any further development on them when they direly could use improvement.
Biggest example for me being the Curtain Wall Tool, which when they introduced it in Version 12, the building used to advertise it on the box,...in Budapest (I forget the name), little did we know at the time that it was (and frankly speaking, STILL is) virtually impossible to model the roof or upper part of that curtail wall structure (the curved part) with the curtain wall tool as it was (and is) and that the people who built the model (also the model used as a demo for the then BIMx progenitor..BIMexplorer) achieved this feat using custom GDL object modelling (which is still out of reach for most archiCAD users for that level of GDL scripting).
Suffice it to say there was a level of false advertising involved in that, but we let it slide in the hopes that this would get rectified in subsequent versions but it never was.
You still can NOT model that building as is, - NINE whole versions and almost a decade later - with the current curtain wall tool.
And that's a shame.
There was a similar issue with the custom profiler when it was first introduced in version 10 and being incapable of doing curved profiles, but at least in that case that was rectified a version later in version 11.
Let's hope the new Stair Tool (and Rail tool) don't fall into the same trap of stagnated development and that this isn't the last we see of any improvements on the two of them.
(*Similarly a Morph 2.0 and a possible Shell 2.0 would be nice, following in the example of Teamwork 2.0 which was a significant leap from the original. Just things to consider.)