Layouts don’t actually have a scale.
The drawings you place on the layout do have a scale.
That is why the scale bar needs to be part of the drawing title.
Placing a separate object in the layout will have no relation to the drawing.
You could however place the object in the Archicad view.
Then it can read the scale of that view (I do this all the time – never use drawing titles).
That would work unless you are then re-scaling the view in the layout (which in my opinion you shouldn’t be doing).
Yes, we went through the same thought process – objects on the layout can’t see the scale of the drawings, and ARCHICAD only fills out autotext after placement so the GDL doesn’t see it. We ended up having separate positioning options for the scale bar within the title object, to position it relative to the drawing or to the layout itself. There still has to be a drawing on the layout, but the scale bar doesn’t have to be placed with the title, and the scale bar doesn’t necessarily move with the drawing.
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