Tutorial VII – Hotlinked Modules

Using hotlinked modules is an option for working with parallel model files while in the meantime integrating them into a joint project file. This soltuion can also be a way for working in a team, though ARCHICAD also provides much more developed options for this. Final tutorial of the Modeling chapter shows the most important features of the Hotlinked Modules and working with mod files. Watch the video with subtitles to be able to fully follow the thinking of the training. The boxes paired with the tutorial shortfilm will help you to quickly overview the key points of the construction process. 

Requirements of Joint Project File

It is wise to use the same layer structure and combinations in the module files and in the joint project file that hosts the hotlinked modules. The same way it is highly important to set up a system that helps to keep the same coordinates for the models, for instance a map that provides the same reference for the spatial positions.

Saving and Placing Module Files

The module file can be only saved in floor plan view by selecting the Module File (*.mod) extension during the saving process (Ctrl / Cmd + S). Placing a formerly saved mod file can be achived in the following way: ‘File / External Content / Place Hotlinked Module’. From the ‘Place Module’ panel the required file can be found using the ‘Choose Hotlink’ method.

Updating Modules

If the source mod file has changed and we want to apply these changes in the joint project file, we need to open the Hotlink Manager from ‘File / External Content’.  In the Hotlink Manager you will find which module file’s status has changed from ‘OK’ to ‘Modified’. By pressing the ‘Update’ button, the selected mod file will become up-to-date based on the latest save.

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