4D Library 2021

The 4D Library v25 is now shipping. All the features of the latest 4D Library are now ready to use in ArchiCAD 25. New – ArchiCAD 25 specific features will be released later in the year

Update 5 now available.

Even more features have been added to the version 24 library. The 24 upgrade has now, easily become the single biggest upgrade in the long history of the 4D Library. (Since 2008)

Now that all users download the same library and then ‘activate’ that library: adding new features, fixing bugs and releasing major updates is comparatively easy. The old licensing system made this rapid upgrading almost impossible.

Improved 4D Tools addon..

You will now see the ‘good morning’ dialog very infrequently!!

New label maker v2. (Preparing for a new v25 only label – coming toward the end of the year)

Allowing for multiple text styles, frames around blocks of text in each label, superscript text for creating m2 style texts.., improved favourite handling and much more. The labels below are 1: Attached to a window and is displaying window size in mm and brick height, head height in brick courses and the associated zone. 2: Attached to a slab and displaying area, finished floor level and soffit in brick courses – and thickness of the slab

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Zone Dimensions Calculation

New menu function to calculate and display zone overall dimensions with a simple button click. No Python or other work arounds required.

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Works with all 4D Library zones. These sizes are turned on and off using model view options

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Air movement.

New update allows wet areas to have ventilation calculated and checked. Just number your wet area zone and select the right zone category. The screen shot below shows the wet area and mechanically ventilated zones checking ventilation only.

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The Next Level – Release 3 & Release 4

  • The latest upgrade is now available.
  • As before – Electrical Legend update (Release 3)
  • Now – Air-movement and Light Schedule updates via a simple button
  • All site tools update easily
    • Setback Averaging tool
    • The soak well calculator
    • The Site Setout tool
    • Links back to the Air-movement and Light Schedule
    • Site coverage tools.
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  • Help files have been updated and consolidated into one large PDF file – making it easier to search and view. Installs into the ArchiCAD Help menu / documentation
  • Use ‘Check for updates’ to see if you have the latest library.
  • Note: You must re-download and install the 4D Library tools again

This menu also brings…..

  • Single click electrical legend updating. With the power of the ArchiCAD API, the much loved 4D Library electrical legend can now be updated near instantly with the click of a button. Wattage and Penetrations are still calculated – its just quicker and easier. And more reliable. No extra work required for the upgrade, no new library parts, just start using it.
  • 4D Library license’s can now be easily handled without the issuing of new libraries. Activate your library using the new 4D Library licensing server. This will make updates, new features and bug fixes, far easier. All users will be using basically the same library that is then activated on their machine.
  • 4D Library ‘Check for updates’ feature. New features and bug fixes can be easily “pushed” out from the 4D Library server. Simply check for updates to get the latest and greatest.

Plus, in the new library | Release 2.

Jason Windows

A new ‘Jason windows’ – Window. Partnering with Jason windows, the 4D Library now contains a dedicated ‘Jason’ windows – window. This will make quoting and compliance that much easier. Knowing that any window you place into your project will be a compliant ‘Jason’ window. The new window has the full catalogue range of ‘Domestic’ frames and automatically creates the correct product code for ordering and estimating.

The window features 2 stretch modes. One for configurations based on best fit and one mode for configurations based on the currently selected window.

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Roof Accessories – Downpipes

The 4D roof accessories now feature an attached down-pipe. Easily added by moving a hotspot in plan or elevation. Downpipes are fully editable, connect either to the bottom of the gutter, or the back of the gutter and have all the features you would expect with a 4D object, like editable and moveable text, model view option control of the display in 3d and plan etc etc.

Other new features

Roof and Wall  accessories – end mitring

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Mitred Sheeting
New sheet mitring option for roof sheets and wall sheets.
Easiest way to setup this up is to apply the accessories to wall and roof planes, cut a section through the connection of the sheets then measure the angle (halve it of course). Then enter the angle in the sheets interface
There is a hotspot in the wall sheets so the cut can be edited graphically (Not possible with roof – you must do this manually)

Cupboard End Panel Options

End panels to the vanity and the laundry cabinet that can go to the floor.
This enables a waterfall type end panel as well as a standard fixed panel…

Bullnose Veranda – New Interface and 3d Corrugated Roof Sheeting.

Create far more realistic bullnose sheeting. With a new, easy to use interface, the Bullnose Veranda Object has never been better.

New features from 2020 | Release 1

All new example project for version 24

2020 has been an unusual year for everybody. But even Pre-Covid-19, I had become 100% focused on the 4D Library after finishing my work as a BIM manager. This new focus has created a ground breaking upgrade for many reasons.

But possibly the most important part of this years upgrade is the Example project and resulting template that have been created for version 24: from the ground up. This is the first time I have put my 12 years experience as an ArchiCAD BIM manager to use, and created a template specifically for release with the 4D Library.

This new example project will showcase many of the features of the 4D Library plus best practice usage of ArchiCAD 24.

  1. Using ArchiCAD in a ‘modern’ manner. With Priority Based Connections and profile modifiers improving the way we model
  2. Using the curtain wall tool to create Sycon type cladding for wall and ceilings.
  3. Using the Railing tool to create modern fencing styles and balustrades
  4. Labelling of 4D tools with notes on their use. This intension of this example project is to become a huge and beautiful – ArchiCAD and 4D Library help file!
  5. The International/Australian pen set has been used, with every 4D Library parts default set to suit. This means a user can easly move from a 4D Library part to a part in the Object Library – like stairs and handrails, with no issues with pens and colours.
  6. The project has been setup as a ‘Renovation’. With an ‘Existing Plan’ together with a ‘New’ and ‘Demolition’ plan
  7. This project will be ready a few weeks after the library has shipped.  But you can preview the project pdf here THE-PASTICHE-WIP.pdf (347 downloads) … but of course the complete pln and a published pdf file will become available soon.
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Example Project 24
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Sectional View

New Library Features

Almost every Interface has been updated with rich 2d and 3d representation pages. Along with consistent pens and materials set for every single library part. Aligning all 4D Library settings with the International and Australian pens and materials. The good news is existing users can continue with no interruptions. Because of technology introduced over the last few versions, no placed library parts or favourites will be effected by this huge change.

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All New zone tool

  • All the great features of the old 4D zone tool
    • Re-orderable text
    • Property display
    • Boxed text
    • NCC Energy reporting
  • But with full text editing – wrapping text – Leading – Line Spacing – Width – Alignment – Anchor
  • Ready for the new v24 Python scripts – the zone size below (5.71×4.88) has been set automatically by a new Python script.. See here to download the zone size python script.
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Note the wrapping hotspots
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Note the text editing…

Cupboard Assembly –

Corner entire cabinets – internally or externally or at any angle. The resulting cabinet work can be either mitred, or end panels set to either side. Note: The kitchen below has been modelled using only 3 Cupboard assembly parts .

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This entire kitchen created with 3 Library parts – Oven, rangehood, sink and laminated panelling included

This video gives a quick demonstration of the new features.

Universal Notes.

This tool enables your office to have consistent but easily updated notes spread amongst all your files. All while having flexible font and text box settings. Its similar to linking your standard notes to a module, but without all the restrictions a module creates. A similar part was developed for my old work place years ago, but this new and improved version is ready for the big time.

Each universal note is linked to text file that can be either loaded with the library or located in a fixed position on your network. Different universal notes are available for Floorplan, elevations, layouts and site plans. But because the linked text file is easily changed, you can create universal notes for any type of document.

An example of the Universal notes usage. The below screen shot contains a line ‘REFER TO ADDENDA FOR ALL INTERNAL WALL FINISHES’. But perhaps your office next year decides to replace the word ‘ADDENDA’ with ‘CONTRACT DOCUMENTS’. Simple edit the linked text file and every project with that note will automatically be updated. !!

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File linking and general setup
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Choose your required note

Waffle Slab Tool (Accessory)

A dedicated tool to instantly create waffle slabs. Complete with footings – ribs and pods. Every edge is adjustable and the setout of the pods easily modified to suit engineering. Up to 17 different edge types can be created. The means the one favourite can potentially allow for every scenario that your office could create. In the screen shots below, note that the foam insulation is actually part of the tool. You just model the slab portion and the complete waffle is created underneath.

Curtain wall furring channels

Create cladding on any angle and shape using the Curtain Wall tool, and easily add standard furring channels. Great for Scyon type claddings with express joints. As per the new Example project above. Favourites have been created for easy setup.

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Furring Channels

Fence and Railings

New Fence and Railing part. Now you can attach your fencing to ArchiCAD elements like walls and meshes. Using all the usual picket options with a few extras added for 24. Gothic, triangular, trident, spear, pool loops, splayed and bevel are all available. Favourites have been created for many different fencing types, which are a great starting point for your own customised types.

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Fencing UI
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Splayed top
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Gothic Pickets

Shutters

Now available in windows – perfect for the ‘Hampton’ look. Including swings in floor plan and full model view option control

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Shutter Plan view
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Internal Appearance
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External Appearance
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Interface Page

Improved UI in roof accessories – gearing up for an international release of a 4D Accessories bundle.

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Smaller tweaks

Thickening – ability to multiple along a line

Elevation height line – reference text can now be before or after the text

Course height marker – can now reference any story – not just Project Zero or a Reference Level

Interface dimensions changed to red for clarity when used in ‘Dark Mode’ (Experimental only)

Internal Doors with lift off hinges show door head and frame correctly, also now with a door stop option

Roof and Wall accessories – Recoding of 3d battens, preventing the unwanted visibility of 3D lines.. at some angles.

ALL NEW PEN sets as default. Using the international pens. Mappings to be published

Simplified installation. No need to use the Setup utility anymore. Just load the library and you’re good to start

Asked by Graphisoft to create a python script for publishing.. most important one did not make the cut!!