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The Revision Tool

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.18.33 AMArchiCAD 18 new feature, the Revision Tool is devised to assist ArchiCAD Architectural designers and other ArchiCAD professionals to easily keep track of changes made during the cause of build design. This goes further to include changes that may occur during the period of construction or any other build environment collaborative exchanges. ArchiCAD will automatically record and link these changes in the Layouts, and in this article we are going to discuss two ways of creating Changes in a project. We can create a Change either by 1) a Change Manager or 2) Change Tool.

1) Change Manager

Revision Management usually starts after the first documentation set has been issued. Firstly for change manager to link changes made in designs, the first step is to create the New Issue Set.

Go to the Layout Book and right click on the Layout Book Icon on top of the Layout Tree. On the Pop-up Context Menu select Create New Issue to show the New Issue Dialog box. Then Click Ok to create the first Issue.


The New Issue is now Opened, the number of created issues will be listed in the Book Settings dialog, to access the Book Settings, right click on the Layout Book Icon and select Book Settings from the context menu. Here we can access issue details, delete issues, close issues etc.


To Link changes to Layouts, we need to create Change entries in the Change Manager. A typical example, While you have drawings placed on Layouts, Go to Window > Palettes > Change Manager to open the Change Manager palette.


When Change Manager is Open, Select a Wall on the Floor Plan View. Move or Modify its structure. To Link this change Click the "Create New Change..." Icon on the Change Manager.

The Create New Change dialog will Pop-up. Here we may rename two (2) of four (4) default  fields according to our workflow. for instance, Name and ID can be changed, but Date and Person who did the Modifications are automatically filled by ArchiCAD according to the settings of your Solo or Teamwork Usernames. Click Ok. The change will be listed in the Change Manager Palette.


After following the above mentioned steps. Every Layout that has this Revised Wall will automatically have this Entry added.


2) Change Tool

The Change Tool is located in the Toolbox and is used to insert  change markers in a project for Revised elements. The Change Marker is graphically represented by a cloud and has a variety of Marker Heads to choose from. To access these settings Double click the Change Tool icon in the Toolbox.


How to Place a Change tool: A Typical Example, dragging a window from one end of the wall to the other.


To link this change Select the Change Tool in the Toolbox. Make sure Create New Change is selected in the Info box and draw the cloud around the edited window. The change will be automatically linked.


And Every Layout that has this window placed will be automatically updated.