Story Marker; Environment Settings & Getting Start (EN)

Environment Settings

IndigoFigs Story Marker uses its own parameters within the setting tab. Although, some of the settings from ArchiCad can overwrite the display settings of the story marker.

Turn on all story markers in “Story Settings” dialog (Design > Story Settings).

In Elevation / Section Selection Settings, turn off Story Level Line(s) but keep Story Level Marker(s) on the left / right side open. Also enable “Use Symbol Colors”.

Please note that IndigoFigs Story Marker does not use text settings or symbol size settings from the Story Levels tab.


Getting Start

General Settings / Display Marker Options

Viewport Length

Since the viewport length (Length of Elevation / Section on Floor Plan) is not available for GDL. Manual input is needed. The quickest way is to use the Measure command (shortcut M), click the first end to start measuring. While hovering the cursor on the second end, click “D” to highlight the “Distance” field. Then copy the value and paste it into the Viewport Length input within “IndigoFigs Story Marker” tab.

The viewport length value is used for drawing Story Level Lines (Project Stories and Additional Stories / Levels). Since this IndigoFigs Story Marker offers the ability to offset / move markers on the left / right side individually, it is highly recommend to enable this option and not using the settings in the “Story Levels” tab.


Display Left / Right Marker Option

There are 6 options available ;

Left Only – Show markers on the left side only.

Right Only – Show markers on the right side only.

Both Sides – Show markers on both sides.

Alternate Left / Right – Show the lowest story on the left side, then alternately show the next story on the right side.

Alternate Right / Left – Show the lowest story on the right side, then alternately show the next story on the left side.

Custom – Customize display to show / hide markers for each story. When selected, additional button will appear to direct user to the “Additional Levels Settings & Custom Display Stories / Levels” page.


Story Marker / Stagger Settings

Setting dimensions for story marker. If “Working Units” (Options > Project Preferences > Working Units) is using the metric system, all of the values are in millimeters (mm). If the “Working Units” is using the imperial system, all of the values are in points (pt).

There are 5 stagger options ; Off, Down, Up, Auto, and Custom.

Off – None of the contents’ height will be calculate. If you don’t need to use the stagger option, turning it “Off” will greatly reduce the calculation time.

Down, Up, Auto – All of the contents’ height will be calculate, hence each of these options require more time to calculate.

Custom – None of the contents’ height will be calculate. Users have option to enter the stagger height value for each required story. If the project contain just a few stories that require the stagger option, the “Custom” option is recommend since it require less time to calculate.


Text Settings

Select the content you want to edit and use this tab to set Font, Font Size, Font Style, etc. Each of the content can have its own character’s settings.

If “Enable Uniform Text” is selected, all but the settings for Uniform Text will be locked. All of the content will use the same Font, Font Size, etc. as the Uniform Text.


Marker Head Settings

There are 2 locations of Marker Heads, inside and outside, and mainly 3 types of Marker Shapes, each with “Solid” option.

The “Show Marker Axis” and “Axis Line Overhang” are available for “Elevation Marker” and “Elevation Marker (Solid)” only.


Content Positions, Alignments & Text Block Width

IndigoFigs Story Marker comes with 6 preset positions. Disable “Use Preset Positions” to customize the available settings.

Please note that most of the parameters for IF Story Marker is created with “Marker on the left side” setting. “Marker on the right side” is a mirrored of these parameters.

If the Text Block Width value is greater than the actual width, the actual width will be used and the input value will be disregard.

If the Text Block Width is set to zero “0”, the width will be calculate automatically.


Content Preferences

Set preferences for Story Name, Story Elevation 1, and Story Elevation 2. All contents have 3 main options (Use Project’s values, Overwrite All, Custom Overwrite).

“Custom Overwrite” allows you to overwrite individual story / level with an option of using “Remark Pen”.

Each type of content (Story Name, Story Elevation 1, and Story Elevation 2) has its own separate remark pen.

Navigation to the target story is done by selecting project story (>> Set Value for) and additional story / level (> Select Add. Level). If the selected story or additional level is currently inactive/not shown, a warning icon will appear.

Prefix and Suffix affect all marker stories, as the “Overwrite All” option.


Batch Offset Distance for Left / Right Markers

Enable this feature to set offset distance for multiple stories at the same time. If enabled, the first batch will always be active. The lowest and the highest elevations of active stories / levels is automatically filled.

“Batch Offset” works from the bottom up. Start from the lowest elevation of active stories / levels to the next elevation found. For example ;

From the above picture, by using Project Zero as the reference level, from the elevation height of 0.00, the marker on the left side will be offset -3.00 and the marker on the right will be offset 0.00. And, from the elevation height of 6.00, the marker on the left will be offset 0.00 and the marker on the right will be offset -2.00 until the highest elevation height of 27.20 is reached.

The value for “Start Elevation for Offset Distance” cannot be lower than the previous batch’s value and cannot be higher than the highest elevation of active story / level. If there are more than one batch have the same elevation height value, but with different offset distance, the highest batch will become the only active one.


Additional Level Settings & Custom Display Stories / Levels

By selecting a home story (Project Story) and an additional level, the Level Name and Offset from Home Story will be set accordingly. There are 5 additional levels per home story.

To active or to “Show Story Marker”, if the “Display Marker Option” is set anything other than “Custom”, enable the “Show Story Marker” checkbox. If the “Display Marker Option” is set to “Custom”, enable the “Story Marker on the left side” or “Story Marker on the right side” or both. Enable “Link Markers” to set both left/right markers at the same time.

“Batch Offset Distance” needs to be disable before customizing left and right markers for each story / level.

The “Stagger Height” input is available only if the “Stagger Option” is set to “Custom”. The input field accept both positive and negative values (+/- ; + = Up, – = Down).


Vertical Line Settings

Enable / Disable drawing vertical line between stories / levels.

The vertical line is drawn from the bottom up. IF Story Marker automatically search for the position of the upper marker. If the upper marker is not at the same vertical position as the lower marker, no line will be generated.


Custom Dimension Format

This feature allows you to set separate dimension format, other than using the ones in Project Preferences.

Using “Fractions in Small Type” for “feet & fractional inches” and “fractional inches” needs to be set here since there is no direct link from the Project Preferences > Dimensions to GDL.

If this current tab is locked, click the “<” button to navigate to “Content Preferences” tab and change the associated content’s format (Story Elevation 1, Story Elevation 2 , …) to “Custom”.