Thank you for purchasing MasterTemplate (AMT). You may download and install the ArchiCAD 13 version by following these instructions.
NOTE: Other versions of MasterTemplate are available from the links in the sidebar menu.
MASTERTEMPLATE 13 – DOWNLOAD & SETUP
1. Please download the files appropriate for your version of ArchiCAD.
2. Unzip and place all the contents together into a suitable folder (you may want to call it AMT, and place it into your My Documents or Documents folder).
3. Open up ArchiCAD 13, and tell it to browse for a file, choose All Files from the type popup rather than solo project, and go to that folder and open up the MasterTemplate 13 [USA/INT] TEMPLATE.tpl file.
4. You will likely get three warning messages while the file is being read, which are easy to correct:
5. After the file finishes opening, you will need to relink the Hotlinked Modules. In the File menu > External Content > Hotlink Manager, highlight one of the HLM files in the lower section, click the Relink -> from file button, then browse to the MasterTemplate Linked Files folder and find the file (you may need to switch the popup to show MOD files rather than PLN files). Repeat for the other two HLM files. Click OK to finish the relinking, then ArchiCAD will reload the HLM files from their new location.
6. You should save the file at that point, having cleaned up these basic links.
7. You will want to customize the template to make it your own. A first step is to replace the company logo file (AMT Layout Master Company Logo.jpg) in the MasterTemplate Linked Files folder. You can open this file in an image editing program, paste in your company logo, and then save (replacing the original file). The Master Layouts (title blocks) refer to this file, and will update to show your logo when you update any of the drawings on the sheet.
8. Other customization is described in the MasterTemplate Manual (see link below). As you revise the template, you may want to give it a different name than the original (MasterTemplate 13 [USA/INT] TEMPLATE.tpl) to make it clear that this is your own version. This file should remain (and be saved as) a TPL (template) file.
9. If you’d like to bring into your template information from previous templates or projects in your office, you may open up two sessions of ArchiCAD (click the checkbox when you browse for the file to start a new instance of ArchiCAD), and copy and paste between the two.
10. You can use the TPL right away in your work – when you start a new project, you’ll pick the Use a Template option and browse for this file. Later, when you pick Use a Template it will remember this file as the default for new projects, and it will stay in the popup list in case you pick another one for any reason.
The documentation for MasterTemplate is in the process of revision. You may download the latest version here:
MasterTemplate 13 – Updated Manual (in progress)
This manual was updated in April 2010, but some sections at the end (from pages 91-105) will be expanded in the near future. You may find it useful to refer to the Release Notes for the past two versions, which go into further depth about certain features:
AMT 12.1 Release Notes
AMT 13 Release Notes
There are video tutorials and other materials in the website member area in the Quick Tutorials and MasterTemplate Training menus.
SAMPLE PROJECT FILES
Please explore the Sample Projects that illustrate many of the features of MasterTemplate in context.
The sample projects are saved in PLA format, which means that they contain all the library parts referenced in the project and the template Legends (kits of parts) and do not rely on any outside library. This is not the way we suggest working on a normal project, but it is useful in this case to enable International users to open the files without needing to download the entire USA library.
When you open the sample projects, use the option for referencing the library directly from the archive, rather than saving the library as a separate folder. You’ll get the standard warning messages about the Hotlinked Modules being missing, which you can ignore – leaving them unlinked will not cause any problems as you browse around inside the file.
There are two main sample files: one functions as a base design, and the other as a remodeled version that has the base file hotlinked into it. For general study of MasterTemplate, open the base SAMPLE PROJECT. To understand how we recommend working on a remodel, review the section in the manual on this topic and open the SAMPLE REMODEL PROJECT.
QUESTIONS / ASSISTANCE
If you’d like BCG to help you set up MasterTemplate, or are interested in project-focused assistance or guidance on how to optimize ArchiCAD for your office, we are available on a consulting basis. We can work remotely via GoToMeeting to share a screen while talking on the phone, and address any or all of your implementation or training questions. Please email or call us at 1-800-752-4314 if you’d like to discuss how we might help you.
Thanks for your purchase of MasterTemplate.
We appreciate your business and look forward to working with you!
Principal, Bobrow Consulting Group
Creator of MasterTemplate – The Office Standard for ArchiCAD