General Upgrade Information
ArchiCAD 20 is a great upgrade. Don’t believe the negative trolling you see on the forums. I feel that ArchiCAD 20 is the best upgrade we have seen in many many years.
The upgrade contains no WOW features (like the morph tool did back in version 16), but I think it has more real world benefits than most upgrades I remember. Graphic overrides are amazing. We are still finding new ways of using this powerful new feature. The completely re-vamped favourites are fantastic and the “element properties” with the import/export feature have so many uses.
The other good news is we have been testing ArchiCAD 20 on projects for many months, and are very happy. My office will be moving to ArchiCAD 20 ASAP 🙂
So whats new with the 4D Library 20?
4D Library 20 – New features
Behind the scenes
In the background. Full compatibility with version 20. This has been a huge undertaking. All 3d library parts are now fully compatible with background processing, allowing for faster generation of sections and elevations. ALL code has been optimised, updated and modified to comply with stringent new AC 20 guidelines for developers.
New Free Form Shower
We now have the ultimate shower. It can quickly and easily create the easiest shape to the hardest. All with an easy to use interface and hotspot editing
Rapid Section Detailing Part
New room sizing tool
Using the polyline accessory and the magic wand, instantly create re-positional room names and instantly calculated room sizes!
In this video I am using a keyboard shortcut to get to the polyline accessory.
New ‘Cranked Steel’ Library part
New window and door ‘sketch’ modes.
We have three representation types for windows. Standard – Detailed and now Sketch. All set through model view options.
New corrugated sheeting part
Used for free standing wall claddings, that would be impossible to model otherwise
New silicone jointed panels
Create glass panels with silicone butt joins. Can also be cornered with a silcone join mitre.
Easier to use downpipe object with preset common downpipes ready to go.
New handrail connector part
Allows for the connection of vertical sections between balustrades
Upgraded standard notes part.
Create complex standard notes boxes quickly and easily. Mix fonts, font style, size and colour to create easily read notes boxes, perfect for use with the new version 20 favourites.