ArchiMaterial

 

The first Archicad API based plug-in for ArchiCAD surface materials management

 


 

Description
ArchiMaterial allowes a new managing of ArchiCAD's surface materials, organizing them in a pecking order (definable by the user) defining some favorites and using the drag and drop technique that allows to select the material preview to drag it on the element we want to place it on.
 
A simple procedure allows to generate textures without tiling and images to be used for bump-mapping effects, transparency, etc...
 
Working method
The first and probably the main function of ArchiMaterial pertains to the managing of the material of every single element of the project: the first icon of ArchiMaterial's palette opens the Materials Tracker that allows to check and modify: 
  • the materials assigned at every selected element's parameter;
  • the materials of several elements contemporaneously (for example Columns and Walls);
  • the different components of every material (color, texture, fill)
  • the name of the associated fill and texture.
To be considered: the possibility to see the textures used by the Open GL engine for the 3D view and the ArchiCAD rendering engine, or the ones used by LightWorks engine.
 
 
The different materials that are in the project can be seen as a preview (all the materials of the file or only your Favorite ones), or in a hierarchical list. 
A little example can explain better the potential of this tool: let's imagine to manage the materials of an object from the 3D view, choosing from the hierarchical list...
 

Otherwise, disabling the Element/component filter toggle, you can modify a material setting just with a drag&drop, regardless of number and type of elements to which it's associated: if a building is designed to be yellow and then you decide white is better, it's quite obvious that there are many walls, slabs and columns settings to change... with ArchiMaterial it's just one command
 
ArchiMaterial allowes to deal with great semplicity both Favorite and the Hierarchical lists, and the eyedropper and the syringe functions are simple too, they let you transfer materials (only them) from an object to another, for example two doors with dimensions, opening side, and other different parameters that have use the same materials in their different components.
 
With ArchiMaterial you can create a Texture from a picture, maybe taken on site, even with an unwanted perspective, ArchiMaterial can straighten it.
 

Sometimes the opposite result is necessary, you may not want to see the ordinary tiling effect on your texture, so you should use a photo editor software to trim the picture perfectly.
 

 
ArchiMaterial can create textures without tiling very simply, just one click and it's not all: with the same simplicity you can obtain the Bump Mapping effect.

 

ArchiSuite System Requirements
The add-ons require the same configuration as your version of ArchiCAD.

 

ArchiCAD Version
ArchiSuite is compatible with ArchiCAD 13 and subsequent versions and it does not work with previous versions of ArchiCAD.
 
A special version of ArchiSuite is available for ArchiCAD Start Edition 2010 and subsequent versions (ArchiSuite for ArchiCAD Start Edition is NOT compatible with the full ArchiCAD version).
 
Installing the package
Select the ArchiSuite folder and after extracting it, copy it to the add-ons folder in the ArchiCAD folder on your computer. If installed correctly, when you next launch ArchiCAD, the Design menu will include a submenu providing access to ArchiSuite.
 
Custom Work Environment
If you use custom work environments, the add-on menu might not appear automatically in the ArchiCAD Design menu.
To show the Work Environment Manager dialog, click on Options/Work Environment.
Use this dialog to configure your custom work environments to include the menu for the new add-on.
 
Managing the object library
We recommend not moving the libraries used by the add-on from their original location (in the same folder as the add-on).
Here they will be managed automatically by the add-on and you will not experience any difficulty loading them.
 

ArchiSuite is provided with an hardware protection, the Cigraph Dongle, available on our on-line store together with ArchiSuite, with no additional shipping cost.

ArchiSuite download must be related to the ArchiCAD version and Operative System in use.

DEMO versions are available for test purposes.
DEMO versions are not provided with any protection system, but only with a few limitations on their tools capabilities.




ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 18 last update: 01 September 2014



ArchiSuite DEMO - ArchiCAD 18 last update: 01 September 2014


 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 17 last update: 01 September 2014



ArchiSuite DEMO - ArchiCAD 17 last update: 01 September 2014

ArchiSuite FULL doesn't work on ArchiCAD STUDENT version. Some plug-ins included in ArchiSuite are available for students on myarchicad.com ArchiSuite Student version contains the following plug-ins: ArchiFacade, ArchiForma 2, ArchiPanel, ArchiQuant, ArchiTerra 3, ArchiStair 2, ArchiTools. Please visit our Educational web page.
 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2014 last update: 01 September 2014

 



ArchiSuite DEMO - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2014 last update: 01 September 2014

 


 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 16 last update: 31 July 2014

 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2013 last update: 31 July 2014

 


 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 15

 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2012

 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 14

 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD Start Edition 2011

 


ArchiSuite FULL - ArchiCAD 13

 



 

Download User Guide and Software License for ArchiSuite 16 and 17
The default configuration of ArchiSuite 16 and 17 provides User Guides in English and Italian.
Other languages can be added by dowloading and adding them to the ArchiSuite/Documentation folder.


Download User Guide and Software License for ArchiSuite 15 and previous versions
The chosen .pdf file must overwrite the one you can find in your Plug-in folder, the default manual is the English User Guide.
 



ArchiConverter
ArchiConverter is an ArchiCAD 10 plug-in enabling batches of ArchiCAD 6.5, 7.0 and 8.0 Project and Archive files to be converted to version 10 with one simple command.
It only works on ArchiCAD 10, that's why it's not included in the downloadable ArchiSuite packets. Please download ArchiConverter here.

 

ArchiConverter FULL - ArchiCAD 10

 


Updates e bug-fix

Cigraph Plug-Ins for the current and the previous ArchiCAD version are constantly up to date, a soon as new new bugs arise.
When you launch ArchiSuite, it immediately advises you for new updates available for free download.
Remember to quit ArchiCAD, before installing any ArchiSuite Update.


If you need to download previous Cigraph Plug-Ins versions (for ArchiCAD from version 8.1 to 11), the ones protected by the Cigraph Dongle, or the ones protected with the old system based on the Registration ID, please contact Cigraph and write us about the ArchiCAD version and Operative System you're using.

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