AECbytes Tips and Tricks Issue
#19 (June 14, 2007)
ArchiCAD 10 Title Types
Director of Technology, Integrated CADD Services
ArchiCAD 10 allows you to create Title
Types, which are intelligent drawing
titles that can automatically be applied to drawings
as they are added to sheets, or Layouts
as they are called. These Title Types change dynamically
to reflect changes that you make to the drawing's
location or the sheet's location within the project.
If you create your Title Types
in your ArchiCAD startup template, this one-time
operation allows you to use these items in all
of your projects. These items should be turned
into Favorites to make them easy
to access and use. In this exercise, we will create
several Title Types and turn them into Favorites.
We will use them to automatically add titles to
drawings in our Layout Book.
Formatting a Title Type
The easiest way to format a Title Type
is to bring in a drawing with a default Title
Type attached to it. Then you can edit the Title
Type and view the effects of your changes on this
drawing. When you are satisfied with the appearance,
create a Favorite.
1) Since we are working in our Startup
Template file, we need to make some temporary
walls just so we have something to place on a
layout. From the Floor Plan,
select the Wall Tool and draw
2) Double-click on the Drawing Tool
to open it up.
4) In the Drawing Tool, go to
the Identification area and set
the Drawing Name popup to By
View Name Only.
5) In the Title area, set the
Title Type popup to the desired
Title Type. We will choose Title with
Layout No 10. Now we are ready to bring
in a drawing with this Title Type. Once the Title
Type is attached to a drawing, we will
further customize the settings.
6) Set the Project Navigator
to the Layout Book mode by pressing
the third button.
7) Select the Create a New Layout
button. Name this Layout "Temporary Layout."
We will put it in a Subset for
Floor Plans where it will automatically number
8) Select the Layout you just
9) Switch back to the Floor Plan View by choosing
Floor Plan from the Window
10) This will bring us back to the Plan
View with the 4 walls we just drew. Our
intention here is to just add a view to a Layout
so that we can customize the Title Type
to our needs.
11) Since this is a temporary view we will use
and throw away, we won't get fussy about our view
settings. Place your mouse in an empty space outside
the area of the walls and right-click. Select
Save View and Place on Layout
from the contextual menu that appears.
12) You will be switched to the Layout
you selected and your cursor will have a square
attached to it representing the drawing. Click
in the center of the Layout to place this temporary
13) Select the newly placed drawing and Zoom
in on the Title Type. After you
change the various text and line settings, you
can come back here to view the results.
14) Double-click on the Drawing Tool
where we will fine-tune the settings for our Title
Type. Make sure it says Selected: 1 Editable:
1. Uncheck the boxes next to Uniform
Symbol Pens and Uniform Text
Format. If these are left activated,
you will have one text size and one line weight
for the entire Title Type. We
want a little more control to set independent
sizes for the various text entities.
15) We will start editing parameters for this
Title Type. Set the Circle Diameter
to 3/4". The Position to
parameter brings up a popup where you can select
Drawing or Layout
(that is, the Sheet). We want to anchor it to
our Drawing, so select that option. The Side
parameter determines where the Title is anchored.
Leave it set to the Bottom. There
are 3 offset settings. Set the Offset
to Drawing option to 1/2". This
will hold the Title 1/2" from the bottom
of our drawings. The Left and
Right offsets determine if the
Title is indented from the sides of the drawing.
Leave them set to 0".
16) Scroll the parameter list down to view the
next fields. Leave the Rotate with Position
and Link Width to Position options
17) If you continue down and use the Disclosure
Triangle to display the parameters for the various
text entities, you will find that the settings
are in millimeters (mm). If you are used to using
points (pts) like I am, we will take a brief detour
to convert mm to points. If you know your text
size in mm, skip down to Step 22. To convert pts
to mm, press the OK button to
save your work so far.
18) Go to the Options menu >
Element Attributes > Pens
& Colors to bring up a dialog box
for converting pts to mm.
19) Set the Pen Weight value
to your desired size in points (Pt).
Use the popup to change it to mm. This will be
the converted value in mm. So in this example,
12 pts equals 4.23 mm. Enter the various point
sizes you need in here and convert to mm. Write
down the converted values and return to the Drawing
20) Make sure that the drawing with the Title
Type you were using for setup is selected and
double click on the Drawing Tool
to open it up.
21) In the Show Drawing Name
section, click on the Font Type
line item and use the popup menu to select your
22) Enter the desired Font Size in mm
plus the desired Pen for the
font and any associated line type.
23) Do this for each of the various text entities
for the Title Type. When you
get to the Show Numeric Scale
section, there is a parameter that allows you
to type the text that appears next to the drawing's
scale. Make sure to include a space after the
24) Click OK and return to the
Layout. Deselect the drawing
and zoom into the Title Type
to see the results of your work so far.
25) Next, we will reposition the text to fine-tune
the appearance of the Title Type. Shift-click
on the Title Type to select it.
If you click on the green node at the 3:00 position
on the circle, it allows you to resize the circle.
The Pet Palette will pop up.
Select the Stretch tool on the
bottom right of the Pet Palette. You can type
the diameter you desire and its value will appear
in the Tracker. If you are happy with the default
diameter. hit the Escape key
26) The nodes for the two numbers are currently
stacked on top of each other. To adjust them,
click on the green node below the number 1. Make
sure the Stretch tool is selected
on the Pet Palette and move the
27) Next, slide down the Sheet Number.
Its node was above the number A-100.
28) The node for the Drawing Name
is on the lower left of the Drawing Name text
block. Move it to the left.
29) Move the Scale Text in a
similar fashion. Its node is on the left side
of the text block. Move it to the left to align
with the Drawing Name and down
to line up with the Drawing Number.
Creating Title Type Favorites
Once the Title Type looks the
way you want, you should make a Favorite out of
it. A Favorite allows you to
set a tool up with one click and all of the stored
settings in the Favorite are
1) Shift-click to select the Title Type
you just set up.
2) If your Favorites Palette is not visible,
go to the Window menu > Palettes
> Show Favorites.
3) Click on the triangular arrow to display the
Favorite menu. Select Save
4) Name your Favorite.
5) The Favorite should now appear on the Favorites
6) We will make a second Title Type
Favorite to illustrate another way they can be
used. The next Favorite is one that is used when
you want to bring in a drawing such as a 3D view
for a Cover Sheet where you want no title at all.
You should make as many Favorites
as you have different styles of titles for your
7) Select the Drawing that had your Title
Type attached to it. Up in the Info
Palette, there is a field where you can
change the Title Type. Right
now it will be set to Title with Layout
8) Change this popup to No Title.
9) Repeat Steps 4 and 5. Your new Favorite
will appear on the list.
10) You would pick this Favorite
before bring in any drawing that does not require
Next, we will use the Favorites to set an incoming
Drawing to have the right Title
Using Your Title Type
Now that these Favorites for Title Types
are stored in your ArchiCAD template file, you
can use them on every job. The setup we have gone
through above is a one-time event if you use Favorites.
When you are working on a project and are ready
to add views to your Layout Book,
here are the steps you should follow:
Naming Your Stories
The Stories dialog may seem
like a strange place to start in an exercise about
Drawing Titles. But a little work in this dialog
makes your work easier when it is time to create
Views and place them on Layouts
1) Go to the View menu >
the Story Settings dialog.
2) The name that you give each Story
(or Section or Detail) becomes the default name
for any views created from that item. So rather
than renaming views, why not name the story the
way you would like the typical view to read? For
stories, I name the story for the typical drawing
derived from it. The first floor I call FIRST
FLOOR PLAN. I added the word PLAN so I don't have
to add it to all of the view names later. I like
my drawing titles all caps so I capitalized the
3) Keep this in mind when you make new Sections
or Details as well. The name you give them will
be the default View Name which
becomes the Drawing Title.
1) Display the Favorites List by going to the
Window menu > Palettes
> Show Favorites.
2) There is a Favorite's preference I would recommend
setting. Click on the triangular arrow to display
the Favorites menu and select
3) In the Favorites Preferences
dialog, make sure the box next to Show
Favorites of active Tool only is checked.
This will filter the Favorites List to show the
Favorites for just the tool you are currently
using. Close this dialog.
4) Select the Drawing Tool.
5) The Favorites list will display
your Drawing Tool Favorites.
6) Before bringing in any Views
to place on the Layout, apply
the appropriate Favorite. To
do this, double-click the appropriate Favorite
on the list.
7) Now when you bring in the Views,
the Title Type will have all
of the settings it inherited from your Favorite.
You had to do no additional setup to use this
8) If you want to change the Title Type
for a Drawing or Drawings, select the Drawing(s)
and double-click the appropriate Favorite on the
Favorites list. All the selected
drawings will be changed.
Automatic Title Types are a
powerful feature of the Layout Book.
There is intelligence behind them. They will automatically
use the View Name, Drawing
Number, and Sheet Number
of the Layout they are on. They
will use the scale of the Drawing they are attached
to. As you move the Layout around within the set,
these Title Types will automatically update. With
the use of automatic Title Types, it is just about
impossible to have a drawing that is mislabeled.
About the Author
Jim Mahoney has been using Archicad since 1993.
He currently runs all Archicad training courses
CADD Services and has an active role with
the Graphisoft Reseller team, which consults to
Graphisoft's tech support division. He is a seasoned
Architect with experience in restaurant design,
multi-family housing, office building design and
medical facility design. In addition to Archicad
training and support, Jim is a Senior Architect
for Integrated CADD Services' sister firm, Conyngham
Associates Architects, where he uses Archicad
daily to produce virtual building models of the
projects which he is controlling.
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