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Bill M
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Changes to same drawing, multiplied
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I honestly didn't have a better title come to me for this thread.  I had read a thread by Bill asking for suggestions of changes for future upgrades but couldn't find the thread so I'm here.  I have looked and don't see any indication that this can be done so I'll explain here.  

I recently had to make changes to drawings I had already completed and sent to the client.  When I do my drawings once the floor plan has been approved I create an electrical drawing, slab drawing, roof drawing and elevations.  I had to change each drawing  separately.  It would be nice if there were say, a root drawing that could be changed and then the same changes applied to the remainder of the drawings.  I realize the elevations and probably slab couldn't be included but the electrical could be changed as the floor plan is.  Make sense?

Thoughts?

Bill Wimberley
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Modes

Bill, there is no need to have a separate Floor Plan and Electrical plan. They can both be the same drawing. Just use mode visibilities to turn off the electrical in Drawing Mode and in Electrical Mode turn off or on anything you want to see in your electrical plan. Then when you crate your Plan Sets you create one page for the floor plan and another for the electrical. You place the same drawing on both pages. You set the drawing to Drawing Mode on the floor plan page and to Electrical Mode on the electrical page.

You can also use layers to make things visible or hide other items in each mode. Layers are turned on or off individually for each mode. So for instance you could assign some items such as a note or a symbol to a layer and have that layer visible in electrical mode but not visible in drawing mode.

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Bill M
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The obvious is sometimes

The obvious is sometimes hardest seen.  I have used mode visibilities in drawing mode but had not considered or thought to do so in electrical mode.  I often use notes in the floor plan for the electrical drawing so I would save as a different file and turn the electrical on in drawing mode.  I'll put some thought into it on the current drawing I'm working on.

I really need to look more at the layers feature.  I know when I read the building options article I determined they may not be something I would use but I haven't gotten to the manual to read up on using layers.  This is probably a tool that would be helpful.

Thanks for pointing out the obvious.

Bill Wimberley
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Layers

The concept of layers is pretty simple. They are either on (visible) or off (not visible). Each mode within a drawing can have any layer be either visible or not visible. So layers can be on in some modes and off in others. And each drawing can have a completely different set of layers.

There is another option for text that does not require setting up layers. If you edit a note you will see an option for "Visible In All Modes". With this check box turned off then the text will only appear in the mode in which it was originally inserted. So if you have a note created in Drawing Mode and the visible in all modes box is not checked then that note will only appear in drawing mode. If it is checked then it will show in any mode that also has notes visible. So text can often be controlled in that manner without having to set up a layer.

Additionally, layers will override other visibility settings. So for instance if you have a note assigned to a layer named Stuff and the Stuff layer is turned on for the mode then the note will be visible even if note visibility is turned off for that mode.

Bill M
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I have some stock drawings

I have some stock drawings that I have never completed that I'm going to finish and will practice using the layers and Visible in all modes methods.  Thanks for the info Bill.