Archived Tips and Tricks


The complete list of archived articles in the Reviews category of AECbytes is listed here in reverse chronological order (most recent first), grouped under the year they were published:



  • Implementing Performance-Based Design to Meet a Growing Industry Trend

  • Revit 2015 - Enhanced Hidden Line Control and More


  • Mobile Model and Document Review with BIMx Docs

  • Using Building Materials and Priorities in ArchiCAD 17

  • Revit 2014 - Materials Revisited

  • Using the Morph Tool to Create Custom Objects in ArchiCAD

  • The Origin of the Teapot Symbol for Rendering in Revit


  • Soffit and Bulkhead Modeling in Revit

  • Tracing Graphic Images in Revit's Family Editor

  • Managing Revit Drawing Revisions in Newforma Project Center

  • The New Materials User Interface in Revit 2013


  • Using Newforma Project Analyzer to View Staff Utilization

  • Using the Shell Tool to Create Custom Objects in ArchiCAD

  • Using Shared Parameters in Autodesk Revit

  • Finding Discrepancies between BIM Models and Contract Documents using Newforma Project Center

  • The Seven Keys to Best Practices for ArchiCAD

  • Advanced Optimization Capabilities of Scia Engineer


  • Optimization of Buildings with Scia Engineer

  • Assigning Information in ArchiCAD for Material Takeoffs

  • Understanding Shared Positioning in Revit

  • Controlling the Graphical Representation of Elements in Revit

  • Using Worksets to Help Improve Large Model Performance in Revit

  • Using ArchiCAD for LEED Calculations

  • Lean Design using  Excel and Newforma

  • A Quick Primer to Using Autodesk QTO for Model-Based Takeoff

  • Revit Architecture 2011 User Interface

  • Type versus Instance Parameters in Revit

  • From Sketch to BIM & Back Again -- SketchBook Pro and ArchiCAD

  • Using Newforma  to Drive the BIM Markup Process

  • Get Your Families Connected with Revit MEP 2010


  • The Ins and Outs of Collaborating with ArchiCAD 13

  • Visualizing Architecture with SketchUp Scenes

  • Touring Google Earth with a SpaceNavigator

  • Unlocking Hidden Drafting Power within ArchiCAD

  • Creating Panoramas in SketchUp and Pano2VR

  • A Workaround for Tagging Components in Legends in Revit

  • Looking for Missing Items in Revit

  • Relocating the Insertion Point in Revit MEP Families

  • The Curtain Wall Tool in ArchiCAD 12

  • Bezier Splines in SketchUp Using Ruby Scripts

  • ArchiCAD's New Virtual Building Explorer

  • SketchUp Scenes in Google Earth

  • Growing Grass in 3ds Max Design 2009

  • Creating a Collage of Exploded Views in ArchiCAD

  • Modeling a Return Air System in Revit MEP

  • Creating and Formatting a Custom Interactive Schedule in ArchiCAD

  • Creating Architectural Animations with Photoshop CS4 Extended

  • Breaking Edges in Google SketchUp 7


  • Using PDF Files in ArchiCAD

  • Harnessing the Composite Map in 3ds Max Design 2009

  • Creating New View Types in Revit's Project Browser

  • The Workflow Between Revit  and  Inventor

  • ArchiCAD's 3D Views and 3D Documents

  • Choosing Color Themes with Adobe's Kuler and Live Color

  • Using the Intersect Tool in Google SketchUp

  • Creating a Room Occupancy Tag in Revit Architecture

  • Creative Uses of ArchiCAD's Complex Profiles

  • Simplifying the Creation of Revit Families by Nesting

  • Creating Custom Wall Types in Revit Architecture

  • Networked DataSet Configuration for Bentley's Building Solutions

  • Brainstorming with Autodesk SketchBook Pro

  • ArchiCAD Office Standards and Templates

  • Project Navigator in AutoCAD Architecture: Part 2

  • Turning an Image into Video with Photoshop and After Effects

  • Rounding Edges at Render Time in 3ds Max

  • Using Images with Alpha Transparency as Components in SketchUp

  • ArchiCAD Virtual Trace: A Versatile Catalyst for BIM

  • Project Navigator in AutoCAD Architecture: Part 1

  • Processing Image Stacks in Photoshop CS3 Extended

  • Remodels and Additions in ArchiCAD

  • Turning Wood, Blowing Glass, and Throwing Pottery in 3ds Max


  • Using Polygons to Make Mosaic Patterns with Google SketchUp

  • Designing with the Golden Rectangle in AutoCAD

  • ArchiCAD's Powerful Clone Folders

  • High Dynamic Range Imagery in Photoshop and 3ds Max

  • Integration of BIM with Structural Analysis Tools: Some Cautionary Notes

  • Expanding Dynamic Range in Photoshop

  • Creating a Revit Annotation Symbol for Exit Access

  • The ArchiCAD BIM Experience Kit

  • Best of Both Worlds: Running Windows on a Mac

  • Compositing 3ds Max 9 Renderings in Photoshop CS3

  • Using Layers and Scenes for Design Exploration in Google SketchUp

  • Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration in Revit

  • Collaborating with Acrobat 3D Version 8

  • Using Images for Interior Presentation in Google SketchUp

  • ArchiCAD 10 Title Types

  • Crafting Interactive Panoramas with Photoshop CS3 and PTViewer

  • Perspective Matching in Photoshop CS3 Extended

  • Compiling, Managing and Integrating Your Own Detail Libraries in ArchiCAD

  • Using Parametric 2D Objects and the Detailer Template in ArchiCAD

  • Sharing the Work in Revit

  • Animating Illustrations of Design Changes using Newforma Project Center

  • The Detail Marker Tool and Detail Drawing Window in ArchiCAD

  • Creating Walls with NURBS in 3ds Max and VIZ

  • Archicad 10 Project Indexes

  • AEC CAD Standards and Projects in Autodesk Architectural Desktop

  • Placing External Drawings in Archicad 10


  • Automatic Comparison of Two PDFs

  • ArchiCAD Favorites and Visual Legends

  • Creating Walls with Complex Profiles in Archicad 10

  • How to Switch Your AutoCAD Tool Palettes Dynamically

  • Enhancing Plans with Photoshop Layer Styles

  • Modifying Vertical Offsets of Autodesk Revit Wall Components

  • Solid Element Operations in Archicad 10

  • Placing a Google SketchUp Model in Google Earth

  • Modeling the Exterior Steel Structure of a Building in ArchiCAD 10

  • Making a Template File in VectorWorks

  • Autodesk Revit Building 9 Detailing Improvements

  • ArchiCAD 10 and Google Earth

  • Using Cover Fills for 2D/3D Ceilings in ArchiCAD

  • Converting a VectorWorks Viewport to a Design Layer Object

  • Creating a Plain, Shiny Texture in RenderWorks

  • Light Sources in Piranesi: Setting a Vertical Cone

  • Combining Several PDFs on One Page in Adobe Acrobat Professional

  • Autodesk Revit Building's Linework and Paint Tools

  • Interactive Schedules in ArchiCAD 9

  • Hiding Edges During Intersection in SketchUp

  • Autodesk Revit View Templates

  • Making a Custom ArchiCAD Door Panel  

  • Mass Modeling Tools in Autodesk Revit Building 8.1

  • Getting the Most from your Materials in ArchiCAD  

  • Master Layouts in ArchiCAD's PlotMaker

  • Creating More Specific Wall Tools in Autodesk Architectural Desktop

  • "Get it to Go" in ArchiCAD

  • Flattening PDF Annotations in Adobe Acrobat


  • Data Linking in Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2006

  • Follow Me with Components/Groups in SketchUp

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