Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mac OS X Lion & HP Plotter/ Printer Drivers

Further to the previous post titled Mac OS X Lion and ArchiCAD compatibility I received a request from a client who had taken the plunge and upgraded all their Macs in the office to Mac OS X 10.7. and were now unable to plot. My initial thought process to the question was “where does the problem lie?”, is it with  ArchiCAD, is it with Mac OS X 10.7 or is it with the HP Plotter. Then thinking it through I knew that from past experience new Operating Systems require new drivers. It does not matter if it is Mac or Windows 7, drivers are an issue, especially when considering 64-bit. Therefore I started my search by going to > Support & Drivers > selected Drivers & Software tab. Then when prompted ” Enter a product name/number” I typed Designjet 500 plus. The search returned “4 matches found. Please select one below”. I selected the second one in the list after establishing from client that they had the A0 version.

I was then presented with “Select operating system”. At this stage I held my breath and thumbs, hoping that I did not get message “not supported”. But I could once again breathe as I could immediately see that there was support and a driver. I then clicked on the “Obtain software” button which opened a PDF titled ” HP Designjet printers – Updating HP Software to Support OS X 10.7 Lion”. According to the Introduction – With the release of OS X 10.7 Lion, HP is providing updated print drivers and software. These updates will be available through Apple Software Updates in Mac OS X.

I then instructed the client that all he needed to do was to go to System Preferences > Print & Fax and to click on the “+” button to initiate a search for printers connected via his network. According to the client a HP designjet 500 was detected and when he clicked on “Add” the OS started to download the driver via Apple Software Updates.

Of course the client could also have read the instructions “Getting HP software updates immediately”.



How to: Not schedule empty openings

When empty openings (Empty Door/ Empty Window) are placed into a project these will appear by default in the Interactive Schedule – Door List or Window List. To not schedule empty openings select “Scheme Settings…”.

We will now add a new filter criteria under the tab “Criteria / Door List”. To do this click on “Add” and then change the newly created “Criteria” button to “Library Part Name”.

Change the “Criteria” to “is not” (this excludes stuff). Click on the value button (3 dots) Please note: it might take a little while to open up the next window depending on the size of the loaded library. which will open up list “Library Parts”

You now want to find the library part called “Empty Door” or “Empty Window”. Hint: to speed up the search when the window first opens click on any library part and type in “em” this will automatically scroll down the list for you.

To summarize: you want to add a new criteria > Library Part Name > is not > Empty Door. Click on “OK” to close the window “Scheme Settings”.

Any empty door openings will now not appear in the schedule.

How to: Separate doors that use the same object but have different panels

If a user places doors that use the same same object (e.g. D1 15)  but the instances have different door panels the Interactive Schedule will schedule it as “one” instance (by default). As per the screenshot below the Door List displays “Quantity = 2” and displays 1 cell for the door.

To fix this open the Scheme Settings > Fields / Door List > Additional Parameters…

The “Additional Object Parameters” window will open. Click on the top drop-down menu – “Select Object by: = Folder View (used Objects only). In the example project file I placed only 2 instances of D1 15.gsm. But in your own project you can select any door to access the “Available Parameters: = gs_cust_panel  -Custom Panel Name”. Click on the “>>Add>>” button and then “OK” to close the window.

The “Scheme Settings” window for “Door List” will now include “Door Panel Style” under “Schedule Fields:”. Click “OK” to close.

The Door List now separates D1 15 into two cells, by Door Panel Style.