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3D lines instead of textures?
The stonework on these cottage walls is drawn with 3D lines...
apart from a speed advantage over textures the real benefit for me
is that they show up in the elevations.
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created the stonework automatically using the Smart Fit module
(as described in my
2D techniques page), exploded the Smart Fit regions into
polylines, exploded the polylines into lines, converted them
to 3D lines, rotated them 90° into the vertical and moved
them just in front of the walls. Thereafter I cut and pasted
sections as needed... Not for every job maybe but useful here.
Also, as 3D lines are very thin (how thin?) they disappear when
full ray-tracing is used but work OK in 'quick
ray-trace' mode and as here in screendumps.
textures to show up in elevation you can make a render with
'get image from active viewport' option checked - but I have
never managed to get this to render to scale... and it can be
It does work with Cinema 4D XL ...
as shown (right), but plotting to scale is still a problem.
Watch out for this option which is unticked by default ...
This dialog is available from 'Tools->Options->Architecture'
It is not immediately obvious but I think what it does is make
smart symbols designed with the Smart Symbol Designer - i.e.
doors and windows - resize to any modification in the window
I would have thought that this was 'normal' and expected behaviour
but for some reason the default is Off.
May 2003 Allplan 2003 has new features to help with
editing smart symbols.
When choosing the editing option all foils are displayed and the
whole process is much more user friendly.
Update Sep 2004 Allplan 2004 takes this a stage further. You can edit smart symbols created with the Smart Symbol Designer tool.
A really useful tip this one [pre v 2003 ]
modify a smart symbol do the following:
the Smart Symbol whose properties you want to change.
2.Menu Tools->Smart Symbols -> Modify
3.Click on the smart Symbol's representation whose parameters you
want to change. (The Smart Symbol flashes once or sometimes twice).
4.Now use Modify Format Properties
to change pen (or other attributes - or you can modify, delete or
add elements using any tool) of the displayed foil
5.Make the desired changes.
6.Press ESC (you may need to press ESC
twice - once to exit the tool in use and once to exit the original
command... this is not obvious) and accept the pop-up dialog offer
to save (or not) the Smart Symbol.
7.NOTE: you must repeat the procedure for EVERY single foil of the
Smart Symbol (for every Reference Scale or 3D View).
to watch the command prompt which asks for input at a couple of places.
Also if you save it in the Office symbol folder as I did and then
wonder how to load the symbol using 'Get from
library' you have to click in the right hand window of the
'Get from Library' dialog - the entry
marked 'Tagged Symbol' will take you
to your smart symbol directories.
Another tool that does not appear in the actual Smart Symbol Module
but does appear in the Tools->Smart Symbols
menu is this one
Append Element to Smart Symbol ... which
sounds interesting - it seems to allow you to add new elements to
an existing foil but according to the online Help these new elements
are stretchable unlike a normal smart symbol. (Must check this out
in more detail....)
Smart Symbol Catalog does appear in both
locations and brings up a file list of 'tagged symbols' - the ones
you have saved yourself not the standard Nemetschek ones - for viewing
Modify Display Parameters appears only
in the Smart Symbol module and allows you to add new foils, change
the resizing parameters or reference points in an existing smart symbol
option in Animation...
May 2003 Allplan 2003 has moved the Wireframe option
to the toolbar at top or bottom (I put mine to the top) of the actual
Animation window. Neat :-)
Sometimes it is useful to use the 'wireframe'
option for the animation window - not so much to increase speed (which
it does) but more to see relationships of elements. The switch is
along with the anti-alias option and 'fast or
nice' for textures (fast always looks better to me) - you can
also click on 'About' for information
on your OpenGL driver implementation. Note that the Animation option
is only available when the Animation window is active
Allplan 2004 the animation options have moved - right-click in the animation window when active [F4].
walls... order of overlap?
After some trial and error testing it seems to me that walls join
in the following order (unless someone knows different!):
the horizontal wall first and then the vertical produces this
result - with the vertical being lengthened at the expense of
the horizontal wall.
the vertical wall first and then the horizontal produces this
result - with the horizontal being lengthened at the expense
of the horizontal wall.
Thus the rule would appear to be that the 2nd wall overlaps
This seems to hold true even on an internal corner
and drop imports ...
recently has it occurred to me to try 'drag & drop' from Windows
Explorer direct into a drawing file in Allplan. As I have accumulated
many 3D dxf files from various web resources drag & drop has proved
a very useful method for 'checking out' the models.
import does not work you may have to do the first one manually and
save the settings because Allplan will use the current settings for
the particular file type that you are importing using drag & drop.
In particular I would check the dimensions as they are likely to be
out by some factor of 10 - this can be changed in the manual import
illustrated here I just set up a Windows Explorer window and
an Allplan one (set to 'Animation' (F4) view ) - then left-clicked
and dragged a filename from Explorer into the Allplan window
and released the mouse button... Allplan then automatically
imports the model and it appears in animated view. Once I've
inspected the model I either click 'Undo' to remove it and then
drag & drop the next file in the list from Explorer into
Allplan or any that I want to keep I can save as a smart symbol.
All extremely clever and it works with 2D drawings just as smoothly.
Update 16.02.02 - Note, do not
make my mistake of ticking the 'explode elements'
options in the 'Advanced' options for
File->Import or the models come in
as 3D lines instead of surfaces!
If the models come in at the wrong scale try setting the metres/centimetres
etc. option to a different value and then 'Save'
at the bottom of the 'Advanced' import
dialogue which will then apply these settings to both drag & drop
and normal File->Import.
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