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updating and converting an older customized master template template
November 7, 2013
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Greetings, I have been happily using the template for many years and am finally going to update to the 17 template that I recently purchased. I am wondering about just turning on all the layers for a project copy pasting the objects 2d and 3d into a new 17 template file. I figure this will bring in my settings for the objects and layers. Then I can export my layer combinations and bring them into the template file. Thoughts?

November 10, 2013
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Hi Saxon -

Nice to see you here on the AMT forum.

If you copy and paste things into a new AMT 17 template file this will bring in your favorite objects and layers. But it may also bring in other things, not all of which will be "clean" or optimized.

Any attributes that do not exist in the target file (that you are pasting into) will be added to the file. This means that if you have elements on layers that do not exist in the target, those layers will be added. Layer combinations will have to be rechecked to make sure they coordinate.

If the pasted elements include walls, slabs or roofs made with composites then if the composite does not exist in the target, it gets added. Likewise with fills, materials/surfaces, and custom profiles. "New" pasted-in Composites and Profiles will cause ArchiCAD to create new Building Materials. All of these will have to be carefully examined and cleaned up as needed.

I recently created a video for the Best Practices Course that goes over some of the issues and steps you need to go through to bring a project forward into AC17. I will be reposting it here so that AMT users may see how this is done.

Be careful and work with a copy of your template, so if you find you have unintended results, you haven't messed anything up.

Eric

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November 11, 2013
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very good Eric, thanks for the heads up

February 7, 2014
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Hi again, so to get my layers and layer combinations into the new master template 17 that I am customizing for me, I opened the mt17 and copy pasted the objects I wanted from my old customized template noting your cautions from above. But then I really also wanted the layer combinations from my old template so I opened the attribute manager and went to the layer combinations that show up on the left side of the column. I opened the old template that is done on the right side and selected all the layer combinations and chose append in order to get my old combinations added to mt17 layer combinations. Note that i did the same procedure for layers first.

Does this make sense and any pitfalls you see with this strategy?

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Hi Saxon -

It's fine to add layers through Attribute Manager using the Append option - these layers then show up in your Layer Settings as you expect. However, the existing Layer Combinations will not "know about" these recently added layers. I think these layers will default to "off" or hidden for these layer combinations. You will need to select each layer on the right side, then look on the left hand side, and verify or adjust the eyeball and lock icons and possibly the layer intersection priority for the layer for each of the layer combinations.

If you bring in Layer Combinations through Attribute Manager, the names will be added to your list. I'm not sure if they will really retain the settings you previously used for which layers are visible etc. I suggest that you select each of the new Layer Combinations on the left-hand side and verify or adjust the layer visibility/locking/priority as needed. After you're done reworking it for that layer combination, click Update (bottom left) and proceed onto the next combination.

Eric

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October 3, 2014
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Hi Eric and Saxon,
Can you post a link to the above mentioned Best Practices course video about bringing an older project forward into a newer version of AMT? I'm not sure where to find it or what it's called. I could really use some info on this as I pull my AMT 14 project into AMT 18 (using ArchiCAD 18).

Thank you!

Cary

Eric Bobrow said

Hi Saxon -

Nice to see you here on the AMT forum.

If you copy and paste things into a new AMT 17 template file this will bring in your favorite objects and layers. But it may also bring in other things, not all of which will be "clean" or optimized.

Any attributes that do not exist in the target file (that you are pasting into) will be added to the file. This means that if you have elements on layers that do not exist in the target, those layers will be added. Layer combinations will have to be rechecked to make sure they coordinate.

If the pasted elements include walls, slabs or roofs made with composites then if the composite does not exist in the target, it gets added. Likewise with fills, materials/surfaces, and custom profiles. "New" pasted-in Composites and Profiles will cause ArchiCAD to create new Building Materials. All of these will have to be carefully examined and cleaned up as needed.

I recently created a video for the Best Practices Course that goes over some of the issues and steps you need to go through to bring a project forward into AC17. I will be reposting it here so that AMT users may see how this is done.

Be careful and work with a copy of your template, so if you find you have unintended results, you haven't messed anything up.

Eric

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