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Different Dim on Different Modes
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New SP convert from ACAD here. I need all dims on in Framing Mode but only some of them on in Custom 1 Mode (which is going to be my Plumbing Mode). How can I do that?

Also, I don't see where I can rename Custom 1 to Plumbing. What am I missing?

Bill Wimberley
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Hello Kimberly. You say

I need all dims on in Framing Mode but only some of them on in Custom 1 Mode

Dimensions don't normally translate over from mode to mode. The reason is that each mode represents something unique. And dimensions can behave differently for different modes. For instance you may be dimensioning to the outside of brick in Drawing mode but then in Framing mode you would of course be dimensioning to the framing since the brick does not display in Framing mode. And you may be dimensioning other items in Drawing mode that do not even display in Framing mode so you would see dimensions that go to nothing. As a result you will need to add dimensions in Framing mode rather than just making the dimensions from Drawing mode visible. Having said that, it is possible to show your dimensions in Framing mode that are created in Drawing mode by selecting Options⇒Visible Items⇒Display Everything. But doing so will also display items you probably don't want to show.

One way that you could show specific dimensions in some modes but not others would be to assign a layer to the dimensions and extensions you wish to show in multiple modes. Then in each mode where you want to show that dimension and extension you could turn the visibility for that layer on. And even though this is possible it is usually easier to just add the dimensions rather than going through the whole process of setting up layers and layer visibility just to show a few dimensions. The reason this works is because layer visibilities override other visibility settings for objects. I use this technique for example to show certain lines or notes on some modes but not on others.

One other trick is to set a layer for each custom drawing mode. For instance I have custom drawing modes named as Plumbing and HVAC. I also have layers named Plumbing and HVAC. For the Plumbing Mode I have the layer set to Plumbing and for HVAC Mode I have the layer set to HVAC. So anything I draw in those modes are automatically assigned those layers and since I have those layers only visible in the appropriate mode the items only show in those modes. To set a layer for a mode simply switch to that mode and select the layer name up at the top right of the screen. Normally it says "Default Layer" but if you change it to a different layer you will be drawing in that layer rather than the default.

To rename a custom mode select File⇒Drawing Options⇒Custom Drawing Modes. Select the name of the mode you want to rename and type in the new name. If you want to make this change for all future drawings you create you can also change File⇒System Options⇒Custom Drawing Modes.

Again, when in a custom mode you can dimension just the items that you want to be dimensioned for that mode.

SoftPlan is a completely different program than ACAD. Even though they are both drafting tools they have very different methodologies for achieving the same goals. If you learn how SoftPlan works rather than trying to translate your ACAD skills and methods you will come out way ahead in the game.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com