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ArchiTiles “User Guide” Version 1.0 for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh © 2001 Cigraph S.r.l. Copyright The contents of this manual and the software described therein are the sole property of Cigraph S.r.l. with all rights reserved. As per copyright laws, this manual and the software programs cannot be copied either fully or in part without the written consent of Cigraph S.r.l., except during normal use of the software to create a back-up copy. This exception does not allow the buyer to make copies for others, even if the software is sold, traded or given away. Written by Gil Liebrecht Layout by Chiara Carnevale Cover Illustration by Marco Marella Coordination and Package design by Rossana Mason Guarantee limitations Even if Cigraph S.r.l. has tested the software described in this manual and reviewed its contents, Cigraph S.r.l. can give neither express nor implied guarantees or statements with reference to the software, its quality, its performance or suitability for any particular purpose. Therefore, this software is sold “as is” and the buyer assumes all risks with reference to its quality and performance. In no case shall Cigraph S.r.l. be held responsible for direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages deriving from any defect in the software or from errors in the manual, even if its notified of the possibility of said damages. In particular, Cigraph S.r.l. shall not be held liable for possible loss of data or of the program on computers, including the cost of recovery or the cost of data reproduction or of the program itself. Licences and Trademarks ArchiTiles is a registered brand name of Cigraph S.r.l. ArchiCAD, PlotMaker, StairMaker, PlayBack, and GDL are registered trademarks of Graphisoft. Microsoft Windows and Windows 95/NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Inc. Apple, Macintosh, Power Macintosh and Mac OS are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.. Other products and trade names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of other companies and are used purely for demonstrative purposes in favour of the trademark holder, without intent of breach.
Where should the ArchiTiles plug-in be placed? The plug-ins cannot be opened directly through the Finder (Macintosh platform) or through Windows Explorer (Windows platform) and therefore. but with more functions.User Guide ArchiTiles Plug-In for the creation placement e calculation of tiles What is an ArchiCAD plug-in? A Plug-in is a software component that allows ArchiCAD to provide new functions in addition to the standard characteristics. ArchiCAD allows you to manage the plug-ins automatically. once the Plug-in has been installed. you must copy them into the ArchiCAD Add-Ons folder. ArchiCAD Version ArchiTiles is compatible with ArchiCAD 6. starting them up and closing them through the menu bar. In this case. In fact.5 (we suggest you use the 6. This menu will behave completely like any other ArchiCAD menu. Indeed. more storage space in the Disk Operating System can be made available by closing other applications or decreasing the storage space assigned to ArchiCAD. a new menu will appear in the menu bar. It will allow you to access the ArchiTiles palette and therefore to access all of its tools. you will not even realise that you are using a Plug-in: it will still be similar to using your ArchiCAD. 3 .5 V3-R3 release) and does not work with older versions of ArchiCAD. a warning message will be displayed. System Requirements ArchiTiles’s configuration is established by the configuration requested for ArchiCAD. However if you do not have enough storage space for the libraries. to be able to start them up.
If the Plugins are not found in the correct place. In this window. ArchiCAD will not be able to access it. If positioned elsewhere. you may run the Plug-in requested via the Load Add-On… command present in the Tools menu. To install ArchiTiles. a new menu will have been added to the Menu Bar. If the installation has been performed correctly.Lib” folder. the additional library is not loaded. or within the Graphisoft folder present in the System folder. ArchiCAD verifies the presence of Plug-ins when booting up. • Windows: the Add-Ons folder must be in the same folder as the ArchiCAD application. you must quit the program and place them in the correct location and then restart ArchiCAD. found in the ArchiCAD folder. please carry out the following procedure: • Copy the ArchiTiles folder into the Add-On folder. the program will notify you and suggest that you start it up.Lib folder and add it to the list of active libraries. for whatever reason. 4 . select the ArchiTiles. For temporary use. you will be able to display/hide the ArchiTiles Toolbox. when you use one of the ArchiTiles commands for the first time. The library needed for running the “Arcsfaçade. Installing the package The ArchiTiles folder contains the ArchiTiles plug-in and the “ArchiTiles. Thanks to this added menu.ArchiTiles • Mac OS: the Add-Ons folder can be found in the same folder as the ArchiCAD application.Lib” is automatically added to the list of active libraries by ArchiTiles. If. Select the Load library… command from the ArchiCAD Archive menu.
User Guide The ArchiTiles working philosophy The process of laying tiles with ArchiTiles is as follows: • Build the tile library objects • Transform a room into elevations • Choose or create the tile pattern • Lay the tiles onto the elevations • Rotate your tiles to your walls • Lay tiles on the floor and or ceiling • Smile. you’re done! The rest of the manual describes this process. Smiling is not obligatory! 5 .
click on the Square tile tool icon.ArchiTiles Building Tile Library Objects Click on ArchiTiles in the ArchiCAD menu and select Open ArchiTerra palette. in order to construct the tiles of your choice. The New tile dialog box will open: 6 . They are: • • • • Square tile tool Rectangular tile tool Perfect polygon tile tool Custom tile tool Square Tile Tool We start with the Square tile tool. ArchiTiles provides you with 4 different tools to choose from. The first step in the tiling process is to construct tile library objects that you will use to lay in your ArchiCAD room. To construct a square tile.
• Create a tile without an ArchiCAD material. Start by inserting the measurement for the side of your square tile. in order to create a custom material/texture for your tile object. To Create a tile without an ArchiCAD material To Create a tile without an ArchiCAD material. The image for your 7 . The bottom of the dialog box will remain active. Select the desired material with texture.User Guide Parameters Mode When the dialog box is first opened. There are two ways to proceed from this point: • Create a tile with a material from ArchiCAD. allowing you to insert the various information that describes the physical attributes of your tile. “General”. Only the textures that have been loaded in the ArchiCAD Active library will be visible in the ArchiTiles dialog box. ArchiCAD will demonstrate a color referring to the material you chose in the 3D model. and demonstrate the attached texture in the ArchiCAD photo-rendering. Notice that only some of the ArchiCAD materials contain textures. To Create a tile with a material from ArchiCAD Click on the material pop-up menu which now contains the word. Selecting an ArchiCAD material deactivates the image commands at the bottom of the New Tile dialog box. it is in the parameters mode. Now click on Open. and the linked image section will disappear. and select the tile texture from your active library. You will now be able to select from the various ArchiCAD materials. leave the “General” material as the chosen material. in order to create a custom material/texture for your tile object.
Select the image.ArchiTiles personalized tile. 8 . Re-click this button to undo the gloss affect. and click OK. Pict. or Bmp file. can be a Tiff. Jpeg. click on the color pop-up menu and select the color that best represents your tile. Giff. click on the Gloss button. Glossy Effect Once you have created your custom tile. ArchiCAD will demonstrate this texture in the ArchiCAD photorendering. To give your tiles an appropriate color for the 3D model. in order to have a glossy photo-rendering affect.
you can enter the producer of the tile. If you click on the button so that it becomes unchecked. the tile code. Calculations Mode Here. you are entering the price per tile. you are giving the price per surface of tiles (by square foot or square meter depending on your standard ArchiCAD settings).User Guide Click on the calculations icon to change the dialog box from parameter information. 9 . and the price. the numbers of pieces in a box. to calculation information. to ﬁnish constructing the tile object. Click OK. If the Price per item button is checked. In the calculations mode. you can enter administration information for your tiles. the currency you work with.
Give the tile a name. Make sure you are saving the object inside an active ArchiCAD library. 10 . ArchiTiles will tell you that you have successfully created a new tile library object.ArchiTiles The New tile dialog box will close and a new dialog box will open giving you the chance to save the tile as a GDL object. and click on Save.
The New tile dialog box will open: Notice that this dialog box is identical to the dialog box for creating a square tile. Except for this difference. 11 . except that here you need to enter both the length and the width dimensions to define the tile. click on the Rectangular tile tool icon. the process of creating a rectangular tile is identical to that for creating a square tile.User Guide Rectangular Tile Tool To construct a rectangular tile.
To begin constructing a perfect polygon tile. • There are push buttons that let you choose between entering the dimension of the tile by the length of a side or by the length of the extending box. 12 .ArchiTiles Perfect Polygon Tile Tool The perfect polygon tile tool allows the user to construct tiles that have 6 or 8 sides of equal length (an equilateral hexagon or octagon). except that: • There are push buttons that allow you to choose between a six sided and eight sided polygon. Except for these differences. The New tile dialog box will open: Notice that this dialog box is identical to the dialog box for creating a square or rectangular tile. click on the Perfect polygon tile tool icon. the process of creating a perfect polygon tile is identical to that for creating a square or rectangular tile.
select the fill. The fill can be curved but must not have any holes (have you ever seen a tile with holes?). Draw this fill anywhere on the plan. Use the ArchiCAD Fill tool in the standard ArchiCAD way. because the measurements of your tile depend on the measurements of the fill’s design. and click on the Customize tile tool icon. 13 . to design the shape of your tile. Design the fill according to your desired tile specifications. Once you have drawn the shape.User Guide Customize Tile Tool The Customize tile tool allows the user to create tiles of any shape.
• The width measurement is calculated from the farthest point along the left part of the tile. or. except that: • The width and length measurements of the tiles within the dialog box are already entered according to your design. to the farthest point along the right part of the tile. 14 . to the farthest point along the bottom part of the tile. the net space this tile covers on the X axis. it has measured the extending box. In effect. In effect. it has measured the extending box. • The length measurement is calculated from the farthest point along the top part of the tile.ArchiTiles The New tile dialog box will open: Notice that this dialog box is identical to the dialog box for creating a rectangular tile. net space this tile covers on the Y axis. or.
15 . the third image with the same name and the number 3. Randomizing the Texture: for more realistic photo-renderings There is one extra feature that needs to be explained: You can also make the texture photo rendering look more real by using up to 5 different images to Randomize the texture. the process of creating a Custom tile is identical to that for creating a square or rectangular tile. You must have multiple images (textures) saved in an ArchiCAD active library. in the New tile dialog box. The bottom of the dialog box will remain active. while creating your tile. then the second image with the same name and the number 2. You must first check the Randomize the texture check button. etc. Here is an example of how the different textures must be named in the ArchiCAD library: 1st image: pink_marble 2nd image: pink_marble2 3rd image: pink_marble3 4th image: pink_marble4 5th image: pink_marble5 When creating the tile pattern.User Guide Except for these differences.). They also must be saved with the same name except the last digit which must have a different number (the first image name without a number. leave the “General” material as the chosen material.
ArchiTiles Now click on Open. ArchiCAD will demonstrate this texture plus the other 4 versions in a random pattern in the ArchiCAD photo-rendering. Remember to also select a color to designate the Tile colors in the 3D plan. 16 . and select the 1st image: pink_marble. and click OK.
The ArchiTiles Preferences dialogue window will open: This dialogue window allows you to: • Edit the default measurements that are normally displayed in the various data fields within the New tile dialogue windows. • Select the minimum dimensions of a cut tile that ArchiTiles should lay. These fields include: • the default measurements for the side of the square tile.User Guide The ArchiTiles Preferences The ArchiTiles Preferences allows you to edit the default measurements for tile creation. Edit the default measurements that are normally displayed in the various data fields within the New tile dialogue windows by simply typing new values into the existing fields. Click on ArchiTiles in the ArchiCAD menu and select Preferences. 17 .
ArchiTiles • the default length and width of the rectangle tile. the new preferences will be seen every time you create new tile objects. • the default layer. The bottom two fields allow you to select the minimum dimensions of a cut tile that ArchiTiles should lay. • the default selection for whether you desire price per tile or price per unit of measurement. Once you change these preferences. • the default width of the grout. • the default measurement of the side and extended box of the perfect polygon. • currency. 18 .
so that its area is less than your specified minimum. The second field allows you to select the minimum volume measurement a tile must have in order to be laid. If a tile must be cut so small.User Guide The first field allows you to select the minimum width a tile must have in order to be placed. ArchiTiles will not place any tile in that place. If a tile must be cut so small. and instead leave only grout. so that its width is less than your specified minimum. ArchiTiles will not place any tile in that place and instead leave only grout. 19 .
double click on the Tile Object icon from the standard ArchiCAD tool palette. click and hold on it. If the StairMaker icon is visible. and modify tiles already laid in the plan. The ArchiTile object icon will appear. Move your mouse onto the tile object icon. by utilizing the Tile Object Settings dialog box. lay them as individual objects. and release the mouse button. visualize them. To enter the Tile Object Settings dialog box.ArchiTiles The Tile Object Settings Your ArchiTiles tile objects must be saved inside the ArchiCAD active library. sharing a spot with the StairMaker icon. The tile object icon is on the bottom of the ArchiCAD tool palette. The following Tile Object Settings dialog box will open: 20 . Now you can access them. Now double click on this Tile Object icon.
when placed in your plan. • The second possibility is your personalized texture. • The first is an ArchiCAD texture. 21 . • The third form you may see. This means you saved your tile using an ArchiCAD material that had an ArchiCAD texture attached to it. will be seen in the 3D model and in the photo-rendering. is the ArchiTiles symbol of a clown juggling tiles. There are some differences that I will now describe: Only the tiles you constructed (and that were saved in an ArchiCAD loaded library) will appear in the object window.User Guide You will quickly notice that this is an ArchiCAD dialog window. This tile. This image represents a tile that you saved with a material that did not contain a texture. Another difference is that there is now a new ArchiTiles icon that allows you to view and modify your tile object settings. They will appear in one of 3 forms. while constructing your tile. with the color of the material you selected from the color pop-up menu. for which you already know how to navigate. and attached your own image as a texture. This means you left General as the material.
or if there is no attached image. 22 . and pen color. material. • You see information regarding tile size. and the following tile information area will open: A summary of Information regarding the tile.ArchiTiles Click on this icon. selected from the object window above. then ArchiTiles will tell you that no texture is attached. is now presented below. You can also see the texture with the name of the image below it.
User Guide • You can also choose to randomize the tiles by clicking on the randomize button. you revert back to the calculations figures you entered when constructing the tile. Spanish. and German. you can: • Modify the calculations information you entered before(Tile producer. cost per tile.). • Select any of the following languages: English. By clicking on this icon: “>>” . or unclick the previous setting to un-randomize the tiles. 23 . French. In this area. etc. Italian.
or press OK to finish your settings modification.ArchiTiles Press “<<“ to go back to the previous view. It is important to note that the changes you make do not get saved as new tile parameters. Instead. 24 . and are now selected. the settings are used for changing the information for tiles that have already been laid in the plan.
Select the Zone. These three options are. it is time to define the location where you wish to place them. The three options are as follows. 25 . and click on the Interior Elevations icon. This section describes how to create interior wall elevations from a room where you wish to place your tiles. the three different working methods that the ArchiCAD user can choose from to lay tiles.User Guide Creating Elevations from the Walls of a Room Once you have built your tiles. Note that the placement of a fill within an Interior elevation determines the location where tiles will be placed. The Interior Elevations Settings dialog box will open: This dialog box gives the user three options for creating the Interior elevations. so that the room you wish to tile. You must use the zone tool within an ArchiCAD room. in essence. contains one unique zone.
On the right side of the dialog box. enter the width of the first layer of tiles. Elevation without filling creates the interior elevations without placing any fills. activate the next layer by clicking on the push button to the right of the data field. In the lowest of these data fields. In the lower part of the dialog box. You can also select the pen color and ArchiCAD layer. If you wish to add yet another height of tile. you can specify the distance between elevations that will be drawn side by side on your plan. We added his option to give ArchiCAD users an extra tool to simply create interior elevations from an ArchiCAD room. Filling up to three rows divides the elevations in up to three rows of fills that can all be laid with different tile patterns. • Elevation without filling. To make the Interior elevations all contain 1 simple full filling. A simple full filling means the ArchiCAD user will be able to place a tile pattern over the entire surface of the elevations.ArchiTiles • A simple full filling. 26 . click on the Elevation without filling button. Now enter the width of the last height of tile. To change the settings to Filling up to three rows. activate the last height by clicking on the push button to the right of the last data field. In the next data field above. enter the tiles starting height. click on the Simple full filling button. To change the settings to Elevation without filling. are the four numerical data fields that determine the heights of these fills. Now enter the width of the next layer of tile. If you wish to add another height of tile. • Filling up to three rows. click on the Filling up to 3 rows button.
For this reason. we added numbers next to each wall in your ArchiCAD room. Please note: This version of ArchiTiles can not lay tiles on a curved wall. 27 .User Guide Click OK to accept your settings. the elevations drawn on the plan skip curved walls (the corresponding numbers are intelligent and take this into consideration). Notice that to make your work easier. These numbers exactly match the numbers under the corresponding Interior elevations drawn in your plan. Click once and ArchiCAD will draw your elevations. The pointer will transform into a pencil asking you to designate the location on the plan where the elevations will be placed.
If you have created a Simple full filling. It is important to note. These fills are 100% modifiable using the normal ArchiCAD tools and methods.ArchiTiles Modifying the Interior elevations You have just built the interior elevations of an ArchiCAD room. then you have rows of fills covering the heights you designated in the settings dialog box (again avoiding the doors and windows).. to position the fill in the exact location you wish to tile. expand them etc. Do not cancel or modify these objects in any way! 28 . That means you can curve them. cut holes. your elevations are now completely covered by fills (except of course where you have doors and windows). that ArchiTiles places an origin object at the bottom left of every interior elevation. If you created a Filling up to three rows.
User Guide Selecting Tile Pattern and Laying the Tile Once your fills are ready. There are two options for laying the tile: • Choose a tile pattern from our list of most common tile patterns. 29 . Choose a tile pattern from our list of most common tile patterns Select the fill you wish to tile. it is time to lay tiles. You can select one fill at a time. Once you have selected your fill(s) click on the Tile pattern icon. • Design your own pattern. or select multiple fills to lay a specific tile in various parts of your interior elevations at once.
Scroll to the right until you find the pattern you desire. and then click on it.ArchiTiles The Select Tile Laying dialog box will open: This dialog box displays various tile patterns that you can choose from. 30 . The shaded tiles represent the tiles for which you will need to define with the tile objects you created earlier.
Press the 1 button. with a number on each tile that must be defined. There are corresponding numerical buttons below which allow you to select your tile objects from within the ArchiCAD active library. and a new dialog window will open that allows you to select the tile objects from your active library. 31 . Notice that the pattern you chose is now displayed.User Guide A new dialog window will open.
ArchiTiles The only objects you see in this Library window are the Tile objects that you’ve created. This means the tile was made with a texture you attached. • A personalized texture. Click on a tile to select it. This means the tile was made with a material but without a texture • An ArchiCAD texture. There is information that describes what type of tile it is that you have selected. This means the tile was made with a material that had an ArchiCAD texture attached. You can read about each tile on the bottom part of this dialog window. 180° or 270°. and the size. 32 . the dimensions. You can also select to rotate your tile 90°. You may see one or more of the following versions: • An ArchiTiles image of a clown juggling tiles.
This takes you back to the tile pattern.User Guide Select the tile that will be inserted into the pattern in the 1 position and press ok. The dialog window disappears. • Select the grout width. to finish building your tile pattern. This dialog window contains 4 other important settings: • Select the distance the tiles are to be set from the wall. Now click on OK. • Select the grout material. 33 . Repeat the process for each tile that must be defined. and the pointer becomes a pencil. • Select the layer in which the tiles will be inserted.
The first click designates the origin where the tiles will start to be laid on the fill. 15 Now select the next fill(s) where you want to lay tile. Move your pointer and click again to designate the tile laying angle. If you have selected more than one fill. The tile pieces that are smaller than the minimum setting you designate in the tile settings window. will not be placed. and repeat the 5process of Selecting Tile Pattern and. 34 . In laying the tiles. ArchiTiles will lay the tiles on all the selected fills. Tile settings is described on pg. Once you have finished. you will need to now designate the origin you desire for each fill. ArchiTiles cut’s the tiles where necessary. Laying the Tiles until you have finished laying tiles on the interior elevations.ArchiTiles Laying the Tiles (predefined pattern) To lay the tiles. click on a selected fill.
The tiles you have created can be accessed by entering into the ArchiTiles Settings dialog box.User Guide Design your own pattern If you wish to use a pattern that is not included in the ArchiTiles pattern list. or can be created by placing individual tile objects together. you will need to design your own pattern. Once you have created the module pattern. Move your mouse onto the tile object icon. Create Module Pattern A module pattern can be one tile. If the StairMaker icon is visible. or you have created a custom tile that does not fit in one of the standard ArchiTiles patterns. sharing a spot with the StairMaker icon. The tile object icon is on the bottom of the ArchiCAD tool palette. you will need to create a module pattern. First. you will be able to use the ArchiTiles Multiply Tile command to create a pattern from your base design of customized tiles. To enter the ArchiTiles Settings dialog box. The ArchiTile object icon will appear. click and hold the icon. and release the mouse button. 35 . double click on the Tile Object icon from the standard ArchiCAD tool palette.
place a fill on your pattern. select the fill and all the tile objects of your module pattern. 36 . Select one for your new pattern and press OK. and click on the Cut Tile icon from the ArchiTerra palette. Cut Tiles You may desire to cut the tiles in order to reach your desired result.ArchiTiles Double click on the Tile Object icon to open the ArchiTiles Settings dialog box. Place this tile on an empty area of your plan. To do so. Here you can view the library of tile objects you have created. Select other tiles that you may need for your pattern and place them according to your desired module pattern.
Add any other tiles or make any further cuts to achieve your desired module pattern. and your custom tile pattern. 37 . The origin is the part of the custom pattern where the multiplying of the pattern will begin. Now select the fill where you wish to lay the pattern.User Guide The following dialog box will open: Choose whether you wish to delete the inside of the fill. or the outside of the fill. Laying the Tile (custom pattern) Place an ArchiCAD hotspot at the origin of your custom module pattern. and click on the Multiply Tiles icon. and press OK. the hotspot.
The following dialog box will open:
This dialog box contains various important features. First, designate the height from the surface to be tiles, where your tiles will be laid. Next, you will see that the width and length measurements of the extending box of your customized tile pattern, are already entered in the dialog box according to your design.
The width measurement is calculated from the farthest point along the left part of the tile, to the farthest point along the right part of the tile. In effect, it has measured the extending box, or, the net space this tile pattern covers on the X axis . The length measurement is calculated from the farthest point along the top part of the tile, to the farthest point along the bottom part of the tile. In effect, it has measured the extending box, or, the net space this tile pattern covers on the Y axis.
You must now make an adjustment to this measurement to restrict the multiplication to only the X and Y measurements (not the whole extending box) you desire multiplied. In the X coordinate field, enter the exact width measurement you wish repeated. This measurement should include the grout width and X portion of the tile pattern you wish to multiply.
In the Y coordinate field, enter the exact length measurement you wish to multiply. This measurement should include the grout width and the Y
portion of the pattern you wish to multiply. Please look at the below example to clarify this procedure:
Next, select the layer in which the tiles will be inserted, and select the grout material you desire. Disable the check box if you do not wish to create the grout. Click OK, and the selected fill will be covered by your customized tile. The pointer will become a pen and wait for you to define the origin of the fill (where you will start to lay the tiles). Click on the origin, then move your mouse towards the direction you wish to lay the tiles, and click again.
In laying the tiles, ArchiTiles cut’s the tiles when necessary.
along the X and Y directions. 41 . But sometimes it could be very useful to reuse the same pattern scheme inside other projects. Ctrl+C for Windows). We suggest that you also insert. will not be placed. defining the desired location for the new file. Using ArchiTiles day after day. Creating and Using Libraries of Custom Patterns Creating a custom pattern.User Guide The tile pieces that are smaller than the minimum setting you designate in the tile settings window. Let’s see. in order to have an efficient mnemonic reminder for the next time you use this pattern. Now from the ArchiCAD File menu. how we can store a pattern sceme by using the simple standard procedures provided by ArchiCAD: First of all. within the file name. could result in your building a valuable library of custom patterns that will be available for every ArchiCAD project you will create. showing a simple example. build the module of our pattern as we described in the previous paragraph. as we have seen above. Store them in the clipboard by using the Copy command from the ArchiCAD Edit menu or by using the universal keyboard shortcut (Command+C for Macintosh. select the Save as… command. is very simple. the two pattern step values. then select the elements that make up the pattern (the tiles and the hotspot that defines the pattern origin). Choose the “Module File from Clipboard” file format and type the file name.
42 . Note: You can also reach the same result by using the Drag-and-Drop technique: 1. 2. To use the saved pattern: select the desired Module file and drag it onto the ArchiCAD plan window.ArchiTiles In order to use the saved pattern in another project. To save the pattern: select the pattern elements and drag them to the desired location (ArchiCAD will automatically create a Module file). load it in the ArchiCAD plan by using the ArchiCAD Merge command from the File menu (choosing the Module file format).
It is crucial that you select the elevations with the origin hotspots that are on the bottom left of the elevations. and tile information. and rotate them individually. It also gives the user the ability to create separate tile selections. Now click on the Rotate Tiles icon from the ArchiTiles palette. origin objects. The following section describes how to paste the interior elevations back into your room. rotate all the interior elevations and paste them into the ArchiCAD room. with one command. Rotating the Interior Elevations You have now just finished laying tile onto the interior elevations.User Guide Rotating Tiles ArchiTiles gives the ArchiCAD user the ability to. with the mouse pointer. Select all the interior elevations by selecting all the elevations. The following dialog window will open: 43 .
44 . ArchiTiles will automatically place the object into your room.ArchiTiles ArchiTiles transforms the tiled interior elevations into 1 object that will be placed inside your room. Give a name for the Object to be created and click on Save.
and rotate them individually. ArchiTiles will open a dialog window to have you save the selection as an object. and click on the Rotate Tiles command. and then click your mouse a second time. will now be placed where you selected. The rotate tile command can be used to rotate a single tiled fill or even a single tile. The pointer will become a pencil. move the mouse along the direction your object will be pasted.User Guide Rotating individual selections ArchiTiles also gives the user the ability to create separate tile selections. Give the selection a name and Click Save. Just select the tile or tiled fill to be rotated. The tile object you rotated. 45 . Click once on the origin where you wish to place the rotated object.
ArchiTiles Tiling the Floor and Ceiling There are two ways to Tile the floor and/or ceiling. Use a zone to cover an entire room with Tiles To Create a fill that covers the entire room. Click on OK. select the room “Zone”. • Draw a fill(s) directly inside the room and transform the fill into a tiled floor. 46 . • Create a fill that covers the entire room. The following dialog box will open: Select whether you wish to create the pavement or ceiling by clicking on the appropriate push-button. and then click on the Tile floor or ceiling icon. You can also select the pen colors and the layer.
you need to paste the floor or ceiling tiles back into the room. You can modify this fill in the standard ArchiCAD method to contain holes. etc. and the fill will appear on your plan. and you will have to click on the plan to designate where you wish to place the fill that represents the floor or ceiling. you can tile it using the methods described earlier in this manual: chapter about Selecting Tile Pattern and Laying the Tile. curves. Click where on the plan you wish to place the floor or ceiling fill.User Guide The pointer will become a pencil. 47 . and click on the Create Floor or Ceiling icon. Now that you have the fill of the room’s floor or ceiling. Once your floor is tiled. Simply select the tiled fill.
Enter the distance and click OK. Another dialog box will open requesting that you save the floor as a GDL object. you can enter the distance you wish the floor or ceiling to be from the zone. 48 .ArchiTiles A new dialog window will open: In this dialog window. Make sure that the object is saved in an active ArchiCAD library! The tiled floor object will now be placed in your ArchiCAD room. Give the object a name and press Save.
Select the fill and tile it using the methods described earlier in chapter about Selecting Tile Pattern and Laying the Tile. select the fill tool and draw the fill(s) you desire directly into your ArchiCAD room. If there is more than one fill for your floor or ceiling. You can modify these fills using the standard ArchiCAD methods to contain holes.User Guide Draw a fill directly inside the room and transform the fill into a tiled floor To Draw a fill(s) directly inside the room and transform the fill into a tiled floor. Click OK to finish. curves. etc. repeat the process until you have finished to tile your floor or ceiling. Repeat this process if you desire to create a floor and a ceiling. Your work is done! Smile 49 .
click on the Help icon. ArchiTiles will open a help window where you can browse through various colorful explanations. will automatically open. the correct help page. On-Line Help 50 .ArchiTiles If at any time you forget how to use a tool. which describing the feature you were using. Also. if you make an error.
If you have properly loaded the ArchiTiles library. As we already described before. etc. quantity. you will be able to display/ print all of this information.User Guide Tile Calculations Some very interesting features provided by ArchiTiles concerning the tiles calculations. Using a set of predefined templates. when you create a tile object you can also link it to some information regarding pricing. producer. there will be 7 new list templates displayed in the ArchiCAD Calculate Menu: 51 .
name.Tiles/Stories o This template lists all the tile objects included in your project. giving information about name. .Tiles(3D) o This template lists all the tile objects included in your project. giving information about home story. and number of occurrences. 52 . sizes and number of occurrences.ArchiTiles The first three Element list templates provide you with: . total surfaces.
currency. It lists all the tile objects.Tiles (Grand Totals) o This template lists all the tile objects included in your project. and number of occurrences (this is a grand total list). total surfaces.User Guide . price. The Component list templates provides you with: . code. These components come from the data you inserted during the tile creation (producer. displaying all the info regarding these components. giving information about name. we want to point out a very 53 . number of tiles per box) or from the changes you performed by selecting the tiles and configuring the values in their dialog settings window. Once again.Tiles/Names o This is a very useful component template.
In all the other lists. giving information about home room. Otherwise the cost will be calculate per area. This special list calculates the number of tiles in a smarter way: if the tile surface is less than half a tile. name. and number of occurrences. if the tile surface is more than half a tile. this number comes from the tile object occurrences and (not distinguishing whether the tiles have been cut or not). components and quantity. ArchiTiles calculates half a tile. Another calculation method you have to remember is the way in which ArchiTiles calculates the number of tiles.ArchiTiles important feature: if you enabled the unit price check-box (during the tiles creation or in the tile dialog setting window) the cost will be calculated by multiplying the tile price for the number of tiles you inserted in the plan. 54 . That means the typed price will be multiplied for the tile covered surface.Tiles/Zones/Names o This template lists all the tile objects included in your project. ArchiTiles calculates a whole tile. .
User Guide The last Zone list template provides you with: . giving information about home zone name and number.Cigraph Zones o This list doesn’t have anything to do with the tile calculations. and number of occurrences. tile name. It only returns all the useful data about the zones inside your project… enjoy it! 55 .Tiles/Zones o This template lists all the tile objects included in your project. .
the header data (all the info displayed in the page header) can be personalized by editing the following files (that you can find inside the ArchiTiles.txt (a text file that identify the data displayed in the third header row) AT_TEXT_4.txt (a text file that identify the data displayed in the fourth header row) Logo_Studio. your logo will be included in the list header) Tile Drawing inside the lists The ArchiTiles element list named Tiles(3d) can display also a graphic representation of the listed tiles.jpg (if you replace this image file with the logo of your office.TilePlan. If you use the Tile3D. In order to display these drawings.ArchiTiles Personalize the ArchiTiles list templates There are some features you should know in order to customize the ArchiTiles list templates. you have to select all the tile objects in your project and link them to one of the following Property Objects: . so we will suggest to you to read the ArchiCAD User Manual in order to better learn how you can link a property object to an ArchiCAD element.txt (a text file that identify the data displayed in the second header row) AT_TEXT_3.GPS .GPS This is a standard ArchiCAD procedure.Tile3D.txt (a text file that identify the data displayed in the first header row) AT_TEXT_2.GPS property object the ArchiTiles list will display a 3D view of the listed tiles: 56 . First of all.Lib/ ArchiTiles List/ Personal Data folder): AT_TEXT_1.
we suggest you use these lists only with the ArchiTiles elements. choose the Setup List Schemes command. This means that you have to customize these lists by properly configuring them. On the right side. the ArchiTiles list will display the plan of the listed tiles: Filtering the data calculation In order to get the correct result by using the ArchiTiles lists.GPS property object. 57 . select the list scheme you want to modify.User Guide If you use the TilePlan. From the ArchiCAD Calculate Menu.
From the tile laying on your room walls. remember that if you delete them. when you lay your tiles. you can put these tiles out of sight by hiding their layer (the same layer you will use for the calculation purpose!). when you want to display the calculation. you got single objects. Of course. you got a single object. DON’T delete the tile objects from which they have been created. on the First tab page. the final result produced by ArchiTiles is a set of objects that represents your tiles. This ArchiCAD object represents only the 3D visualization of your tiles. but all the calculation info comes from all the single tile objects ArchiTiles automatically inserted in the ArchiCAD Floor plan. and the ArchiTiles scheme lists will show all the requested data in the best way. Origin of the calculation data As you learned in the previous chapters. Once you have created the final 3D objects. otherwise you will loose all the data needed for the tiles calculations. you will not have any calculation features. From the laying of room slab and ceiling. always use the same layers. ect. But once again. The best way to filter the ArchiTiles element is by using the layer hierarchy.ArchiTiles Now. 58 . Then. configure the listing option. enable only these layers.
they will be displayed only in the ArchiCAD Floor plan. 59 . In the displayed Tile Object Settings window. In this way. Select all the tiles you want to hide 2. Double-click on the ArchiTiles Tile Object Tool 3. the selected tiles won’t be displayed in the 3D window. independently from your layer configuration.User Guide There is another “trick” we suggest you use to hide these tiles without deleting them: 1. disable the variable named “Show 3D” (Show 3D = Off).
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