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ArchiCAD Tip: When to avoid using the 'Show an Element in a Single Renovation Filter Only' option


Similar to the previous tip on Renovation Filters, if you have not investigated the new Renovation workflow in ArchiCAD 15, please find more information & video content on Graphisoft's 'Renovation' New Features webpage.

Within the Renovation Palette, there is a button/option 'Show on current Renovation Filter Only/Show on all Relevant Filters', which can be applied to any model elements.

When this button/option is assigned to any element, the element will only show on the current Renovation Filter, and will be hidden if any other Renovation Filters are applied.
This button can be useful in certain situations, and one example is developed in the ArchiCAD Help file.
See Contents > Virtual Building > Renovation > Renovation Filters > Show an Element in a Single Renovation Filter Only


A situation where it may NOT be appropriate to use this button/option is when developing a view to, for example, highlight new columns, but not show (hide) new beams'
Some users have created a new Renovation Filter specific for this type of view and then used the 'Show on current Renovation Filter Only' option to link that element to that filter, to arrive at the required display - this would not be the optimum approach.

A better approach would be to simply use the 'New Construction' Renovation Filter AND use a layer combination to develop the specific view required.
The issue lies with a possible parallel requirement 'to highlight new columns AND beams'.
If an element has been specified to 'Show on current Renovation Filter Only', it cannot be shown in another filter - thus leading to confusion if that element is to be shown on other views.
The same better approach would be to simply use the 'New Construction' Renovation Filter AND use a different layer setup to develop the specific view required.

A sample ArchiCAD 15 PLN can be found here , with four views developed & placed on a single layout:
• one showing the existing elements
• one view hightlighting new columns
• one view hightlighting new columns AND beams
• one view showing the final planned model

Note the use of the same Renovation Filter for view 2 and 3, but with different layers shown/hidden.
Also note some modifications have been applied to the Renovation Filter Overrides and Pens & Colours to develop the view colouring.