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Supplementary Materials

The GDL Cookbook

The GDL Cookbook is the only book that teaches 'Structured Programming in GDL', but it is so comprehensive that it can be used as a manual for GDL. Following on from the book 'Object Making with ARCHICAD', the GDL Cookbook takes you from absolute beginner level into regions of GDL that only professionals could dare to enter, with every grade of challenge that lies between. The Cookbook contains some unique work, such as formulae for circle and parabola geometry, routines for tube drawing and location awareness; yet it is laced with a sense of humour and so many tips and tricks on using ARCHICAD that it is fun merely to browse for pleasure. The standards defined in the Cookbook for structured programming give an insight into the future of GDL if it is to become the world language of 3D.

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The GDL Cookbook can be ordered directly from the author by fax (44-115-945-5121) or e-mail ().

Project Framework

The Guide for Organizing Your ARCHICAD Project

The ARCHICAD Project Framework provides a documented structure to be used mainly by new users of ARCHICAD, to guide them through the design and documentation of a building.

The emphasis of the Framework is on simple concepts and methods to organize an ARCHICAD Project from the construction of the model to the production of construction documents.

The document is accompanied by Tip Sheets and ARCHICAD reference projects. Based on his experience with the practical side of architecture, Bill Rattenbury created this guide in cooperation with CADImage Solutions.

The ARCHICAD Project Framework is published on a hybrid CD-ROM and a 124-page manual.

Illustration in ARCHICAD

This book is about making better communication with ARCHICAD. It will teach you how to make exciting artistic images, develop artistic judgment and optimize you effort creatively. It covers such topics as the appropriate image resolution, sharpening and ambient color control, customized material textures, assigning light reflecting behaviors for maximum visual effect, and photo manipulation techniques. It provides ideas and methods improving ARCHICAD models regardless of experience, judgment and skill, and to expand the notions of artistic ARCHICAD imagery by integrating photo editing and other complementary software products.

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ARCHICAD for AutoCAD users

Whether you intend to use ARCHICAD to supplement AutoCAD by adding design capabilities, or totally to switch over all your processes to ARCHICAD, this book shows you how to make the best transition.

This book addresses the needs of more experienced AutoCAD users, and shows you how to jump quickly to a similarly advanced level with ARCHICAD. Written for "experienced" users, the book presumes familiarity with layers and blocks, knowledge of a variety of AutoCAD tricks to produce floor plans quickly (mline or polyline-offset-trim), and of other types of drawings the AEC firm needs to create.

The book explains the concepts of ARCHICAD, making it clear how these different approaches will bring a significant productivity gain (as opposed of merely adapting AutoCAD working methods). It's also rich in practical advice; shows techniques to produce floor plans, sections, elevations and other types of drawings effectively.

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Creating Large Building Models

This book initially describes a method for establishing large ARCHICAD models (i.e. generally 100Mb or greater collective pln file size), decomposed into several "elemental" and other divisions, and managed through hotlinking.

The objectives of this technique are:

Our second goal is to demonstrate how the many features of ARCHICAD can be customized to suit individual requirements. Many examples are given of different methods. We trust you will adapt and modify these to create your own bespoke installation to fully support your business needs more exactly and to be more efficient and productive.

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