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By sir wig
#17698
it would be great if i could hot link a whole building as an entity instead of having to bring in individual floors and then mess about with the possibilities of alignment errors.
By sir wig
#17703
also it would be nice if when a well meaning person 'tidies' your files up for you and the directory structure changes slightly, that ther was a quick way of updating the broken links lik ethere is in the library manager. i think the whole hotlinking thing has great potential, but it has a few little holes that need filling in
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By Karl Ottenstein
#17704
If you want the entire building to be a single entity in another model, just view what you need to see (and no more - use layers) in 3D, top view, and save as a GDL object.

If you will be updating the building often, then save the view/layer combo as a view so that you can regenerate it "quickly" in the future (view + save). (There is no Publisher option to save as GDL, unfortunately, so the process can't be completely automated.)

Karl
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By Geoff Briggs
#17706
I had been thinking of posting this same whish myself.

Karl Ottenstein wrote:If you want the entire building to be a single entity in another model...save as a GDL object.


Karl, are you saying yours is the preferred method and we should therefore consider this an unimportant wish? I hope not. It seems to me that Hotlinking entire .plns into one another is the ideal (and preferred) way to created federated, hierarchical databases that will automatically update. The publishing system that GDL lacks is transparent in the Module system since it's intended just for this purpose. sir wig's wish is simply a logical enhancement that reflects the need for better tools to handle bigger projects.

Better Teamwork, better Hotlinking, better Library management. They all go together. And in an increasingly distributed, collaborative and connected world are all essential.
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By Matthew Lohden
#17714
It is possible to publish the floors as separate modules. Once placed in the master plan (and adjusted for elevation) the updates will be semi-automatic - like publishing to PlotMaker from ArchiCAD 7.

Naturally it would be far better to be able to hotlink entire models so it would not be necessary to open and publish revised modules from each and every revised building on the site.

For now it is a CAD management issue to remind everyone to publish the modules after any significant revisions.

As I get more involved in master planning projects, the importance of this wish becomes more obvious and pressing.
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By Matthew Lohden
#17725
Djordje wrote:
Matthew Lohden wrote:Naturally it would be far better to be able to hotlink entire models so it would not be necessary to open and publish revised modules from each and every revised building on the site.


A way to do this has been posted long time ago on ArchiGuide:

http://www.graphisoft.com/support/archi ... links.html


This method is still only semi-automatic, and, while it works fine for one skyscraper, it is not so handy if there are 10 or more 2 to 5 story buildings.

We are getting ready to start a project that could easily entail 50 to 100 distinct buildings. I suppose we will hotlink each one story by story and adjust the elevations. It will be tedious to start with but the updates should be automatic.
Last edited by Matthew Lohden on Mon Jul 12, 2004 4:30 am, edited 1 time in total.
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By Karl Ottenstein
#17731
Geoff Briggs wrote:Karl, are you saying yours is the preferred method and we should therefore consider this an unimportant wish?


Of course not. Just a workaround ... and a solution depending on what sir wig wants to accomplish. ;-)

Karl
By Ignacio
#40732
Typically the mother file has different Story Settings --individual buildings have different story and story height arrangements, and whole buildings (each with its own differing story arrangement) will move up and down with the slope. Of course, the story height and story arrangement for individual buildings will change along the design process, as will the site grading information. And once you have covered all of that you need to define to what story in each building will each story in each of the other buildings and in the master pln relate to, in terms of master floor plans.

At some point the interface would need to become quite complex in order to be able to handle all the possibilities in a single operation (the 'single operation' itself would need to become about as complex as inserting each story individually, if not more, because it would need to be able to handle not only the peculiarities of your master/slave files but also every possible peculiarity of every possible master/slave situation). It would need to rely heavily on graphics, like say some windows in MS Project.