Recent Comments

  • User AvatarRobertWilkanowski { This was very helpful Eric! I just went through both parts of this tutorial and created my own room label symbol w/ parametric room names... } – Apr 21, 2:50 PM
  • User AvatarRobertWilkanowski { Hi Eric, Just watched the tutorial on fills and labels and wondered if there is a specific object or label that can be used for... } – Apr 17, 12:08 PM
  • User AvatarEric Bobrow { Thanks Scott! I'm glad you learned a few good tips that you were able to put to use right away. Eric } – Apr 10, 1:12 AM
  • User AvatarEric Bobrow { Thanks Chris! I'm glad that you found this lesson particularly useful. Eric } – Apr 10, 1:11 AM
  • User AvatarEric Bobrow { Chris - Thanks for posting your question. The best way to get my help is to send me your questions via email, and include a... } – Apr 10, 1:10 AM
  • User AvatarScottNewland { I almost skipped this, since it was mainly for older versions of ArchiCAD, but I'm glad I didn't. The tip about using the Organizer to... } – Apr 08, 12:25 PM
  • User AvatarChristopherEllis { Hi Eric, Watching from abroad. Great lesson on a tool that I was having trouble with. I now feel confident that I can do a... } – Apr 03, 1:01 PM
  • User AvatarChristianDvorak { Eric, I am having trouble with putting doors into a complex wall profile I created. I have done it successfully a couple times, but on... } – Apr 01, 6:20 AM
  • User AvatarEric Bobrow { Anja - As stated in the instructions at the top of the page, simply right-click on the links and choose Save As or Save Target... } – Mar 31, 10:48 AM
  • User AvatarAnjaWiehl { Hi, I am busy downloading the course and some files open when clicked, rather than download. I.E. Week 8-3+4, Week 9-2 and perhaps others. How... } – Mar 31, 6:30 AM
  • Older »
Week #8 – ArchiCAD’s Structure: The Navigator, Part 1
8-1. The Project Map and the View Map

ArchiCAD Training (Best Practices Lesson 8-1)

This 20 minute lesson examines the difference between the Project Map and the View Map, the first two icons in the Navigator palette. Users often are unclear and ask me “which one should I work in?” I explain the unique functions of each, and make recommendations for when you should use each one.

The Project Map contains all the Viewpoints in the project, organized into categories or folders such as Stories, Sections, Elevations, Interior Elevations, Worksheets, Details, etc. Note that over the past few years, these structural categories have expanded: for example, Sections and Elevations used to share the same tool and the same group in the Project Map, but as of ArchiCAD 12 now have separate tools and folders.

The View Map contains references to viewpoints from the Project Map, but each one is defined with context settings such as the layer combination, scale, model view options, etc. Each story in the Project Map will be represented by multiple Views in the View Map to set up Floor Plan, Reflected Ceiling Plan, Electrical Plan, and other variations. On the other hand, for several of the categories, there may only be one View for each Viewpoint – for example, each Section viewpoint will only have one View, with specific layers, scale and model view options.

I recommend spending most of your time working on your project using the Views in the View Map, since each time you activate a View you get a reliable result with the viewpoint in the proper context (layers, model view options, etc.). Switch to the Project Map only for specific purposes, such as creating a New Independent Worksheet (or Detail), or jumping from story to story with the current layer settings.

In addition to the reliability and predictability of Views, the View Map has one other major benefit – it can be organized hierarchically in whatever ways you find useful. This allows you to pack a lot of different Views of the project into a structure that can expand as needed but remain compact, legible and easy to navigate.

Please post your comments and questions below.

Eric

Thank you for visiting the Best Practices Course website. The video lessons are available for members only. If you are an active member and would like to watch the ArchiCAD training video on this page, please login to the website. If you are not currently a member, please visit the following pages for more information and to sign up for the Best Practices Course, the QuickStart Course or for the Best Practices ArchiCAD Coaching Program. Eric Bobrow, Creator of the Best Practices Course

Your Downloads

You may need to right-click the following links and select Save Link As to download the file to your computer

Click here to see the transcript of this ArchiCAD training lesson...

ArchiCAD Training: The Project Map and the View Map

Let us know how you feel... (5 comments so far)

You must be logged in to post a comment.

  1. LilianSeow
    Lilian Seow
    3 years ago

    So, what you say the View Map is what you will see in a drawing sheet for print ?


    • Eric
      3 years ago

      Yes, in general, that’s a good way to think about the Views in the View Map. Whenever you are working on actual drawings that will be printed, there should be a View that defines the context for that drawing – the layers, model view options, scale, etc.

      What you see onscreen will give you a good idea of how things will print. The only thing typically changed in the Drawing on the Layout is to swap out the colorful pens that are useful during design and drafting for a Pen Set that has the main structural information in a solid black (maintaining the line weights).

      Of course, there are other uses for Views – some of these are set up for tasks during the modeling process, in which particular element types are showing that may not be seen in drawings (such as certain Solid Element Operators used to “carve” the model”), and for other contexts that are useful for design, drafting or for creating details.

      The large majority of Views in a project are likely to be ones that will be used to create Drawings on layout sheets; for these Views, your statement / question is quite correct.

      Eric


      • Hagit Popper
        1 year ago

        Eric, every time I watch your lectures I learn something new.
        That makes me so very grateful and appreciative of your tutorials.
        I have a major dilema though. My saved files are gone missing.
        I have found some saved in another project file (in the “finder”), True another instance of ArchiCad was open on my computer, with the other project working…
        BUT, a saved file with a name to recognise it was created : 1st option as an addition to the name. It is disappeared. Can you suggest a solution? Many thanks
        Hagit Popper


        • Eric Bobrow
          1 year ago

          Hagit -
          I appreciate your kind words about my lectures.
          I am not sure about your current question or problem. When you save a project, ArchiCAD will create or update a file on your hard drive. If you pay attention to the name of the file and where you are saving it (which folder), you can always find it again. Be careful that you are using the File menu > Save command, or IF you use File menu > Save As – that you carefully choose to save as PLN (a standard ArchiCAD project file) rather than any other format (which is available when you do a “Save As…”).
          In the Finder, you can browse for files and use the File menu > Find command (or Command-F) to search for files by name or by other criteria such as the date modified.
          Eric


  2. ChristopherEllis
    3 years ago

    Eric,

    Very nice overview of the strengths and weaknesses of each. I have been using the project map forever by just setting the layers I wanted, “saving current view” and placing on a layout. A new world has opened up !
    Chris

Hide me
Not on my list yet? Sign up here for my FREE ArchiCAD tips & video tutorials!
First Name * Last Name * Email *
Show me