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TotalCAD01- Change BIMx Background Image

Date: Friday, February 21, 2014

The BIMx desktop application has a way of changing background image to explore your project design in a professionally rendered 3D environment.
The BIMx app background is a cube map hence one has to create or download one to change a default BIMx background image. Cube mapping is is a method of environment mapping that uses the six faces of a cube as the map shape. In this Tip we are going to change the BIMx background, where one can create a desired environment of a model incase a default winter sky does not suit in a design.
To create a cube map we will need a photo editing application like Photoshop, Gimp etc.
First I downloaded the skybox images, there are several download sites e.g., etc. There should be six cubemap images with medium size 4095 x 683 pixels.
Then arrange the images in the photo editing application like Photoshop. Select the images one by one and place them on separate layers, arrange the images and rename as shown in the figure below.
Save the images in .tga format with the following names to be able to use them in BIMx properly.

The images are now ready to be used as BIMx background, first the location of the default skybox has to be established.

  • Windows: C:Program FilesGraphisoftArchiCAD 16Add-OnsBIM ExplorerDataTexturesSkybox
  • Mac OS X: /Applications/Graphisoft/ArchiCAD 16/Add-Ons/BIMx/Data/Textures/Skybox

The BIMx explorer application uses the images of the skybox folder to display them as background environment. To keep the original content of the default Skybox folder, rename it first.

Place your new Skybox folder containing the 6 .tga images into the BIMx Texture folder and rename it to Skybox. When launching BIMx desktop application the new modified images will be automatically used as background.

Find a video clip on changing BIMx background image on the following link: 
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