Mar 15

MasterTemplate Reaches a Milestone

By Eric Bobrow | News

We reached a significant milestone this past week with the 100th license of AMT sold. I’m delighted with the continuing and growing interest in our product, which is about to extend its reach around the world as we prepare an international metric version. We’ve already had purchases from all parts of the U.S. as well as a few from Australia, South Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.

I’d like to ask your help in two ways.

The first one is to give us feedback, ideas and suggestions so that we can improve AMT. If you’ve been using it on your projects, you’ve undoubtedly customized it to suit your needs. We’d like to hear what you’ve done besides putting your name on the corner of the title block.

If you added layers or layer combinations for specific purposes, and feel others likely would need the same, let us know. If you’ve created new schedules or views that could be of general use, share them with us. I’m particularly interested in developing the Interactive Legends further, with more element types and variations as well as sample room layouts.

The second way you can help is by writing a short statement about how AMT has helped you in your work. These testimonials are crucial for establishing the credibility of AMT. When we say the ArchiCAD MasterTemplate is good, it’s one thing; when users says it’s good, that’s much more powerful.

Email us your feedback or testimonial at template@bobrow.com, or post it at the BCG ArchiCAD Forum at http://www.bobrow.com/forum

If you’d really like to help AMT succeed, you can go further. Post your comments on ArchiCAD-Talk, the online discussion board maintained by Graphisoft. I’ve placed a notice in the ads section with a short summary of AMT along with several quotes from users. Your positive comments here will go a long way, and will be greatly appreciated by me and Scott. Feel free to mention AMT in other areas of ArchiCAD-Talk or on other online places if you feel it is relevant to the discussion.

We’d like to reach out more to ArchiCAD resellers and distributors. In addition to being sold at our website (www.archicadtemplate.com), ArchiCAD MasterTemplate is now available at the web stores of Objects Online (www.objectsonline.com) and Graphisoft West (www.graphisoftwest.com). Let your reseller know that you are using AMT and find it a worthwhile add-on for ArchiCAD users. When they hear from a few users about AMT, they’ll tell others about it. If they’re interested in getting a free review copy, or in adding it to their product line, tell them to contact BCG at template@bobrow.com

Thanks again for your support.
We look forward to continuing to serve you with the best startup kit for ArchiCAD projects in the world: MasterTemplate!

Feb 07

MasterTemplate 1.1 released

By Eric Bobrow | News

Bobrow Consulting Group is pleased to announce the release of MasterTemplate (AMT) version 1.1. The update incorporates user feedback to refine the layer system to better support remodels/additions and structural models, and provides an alternate layer set for compatibility with AIA/NCS/UDS standards.

Files have been posted on the BCG ArchiCAD Forum website – www.bobrow.com/forum – for download by licensees. A complete guide for users to update their customized versions of AMT will be posted during the next few days, as well as a list of all the changes and improvements.

Bobrow Consulting Group is proud that AMT has garnered great praise and feedback from both novice and veteran users alike, with over 100 licenses distributed in less than 3 months. BCG has started to develop a version of AMT supporting international metric standards and libraries, to be released in March.

2/28/08:
We have just posted updates to the Manual and QuickStart Guide.
You can find the latest versions in the MasterTemplate section of the FORUMS.

A draft version of the AMT 1.1 Release Notes may be downloaded from
http://www.bobrow.com/mastertemplate/AMT_1.1_Release_Notes.pdf
It has a description of what’s new and what’s changed in version 1.1, as well as guidance for how to update customized office templates.

Nov 21

MasterTemplate 1.0 Released

By Eric Bobrow | News

Bobrow Consulting Group is pleased to announce the release of MasterTemplate 1.0 today, November 21, 2007.

All licensees who have downloaded a Beta version during the past few weeks are encouraged to go to the BCG ArchiCAD Forum website at www.bobrow.com/forum then login, and download the latest versions of all files. (Note that the large FREE TEXTURES file has not been updated and does not have to be downloaded again.)

As before, place all of the files and folders into a single folder, and unzip so they all are “at the top level” next to each other. This way, when the SAMPLE.pln or the MasterTemplate.tpl are opened, they will automatically find the associated libraries. You will still need to go to File menu / External Content / Hotlink Manager to update the links to the Hotlinked Module (HLM) files – see the QuickStart Guide or Manual for more details on this simple process.

The MasterTemplate folder can be anywhere you wish, but we suggest you place it into an “ArchiCAD Office Standards” (AOS) folder inside your Jobs folder. The AOS folder can be on your workstation or on your server in the area where you keep common reference material and libraries.

Over the past few weeks, we have been focusing on refining and extending the template and sample files, as well as building out the forum website. Next, we’ll work on bringing the QuickStart Guide up to date, and expanding the Manual. Other plans in the short term are to create a version of the MasterTemplate for ArchiCAD 10, as well as the creation of an alternate layer set using AIA, NCS and/or UDS compliant naming. We’ll also continue to enhance the Sample file to show more tips and techniques that will be explained in the Manual.

Thank you for your interest in MasterTemplate. Please give us your feedback and post questions and suggestions via the forum. If you have any problems using the forum, please email template@bobrow.com. For urgent matters, call the BCG office at 888-442-4496.

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are very thankful for your support.