How can I make just exterior and garage walls visible but not interior walls?
I would use Building Options for that. Building Options are sort of like Layers on steroids. Just assign all your interior walls to a certain Building Option and then turn that Building Option off. The net effect is as if you had deleted the walls. But they are still there. Just turn the Building Option back on and they all appear again.
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This is great! Thanks! Is there a way to set the Building Option on the wall type instead of having to select and change each wall every time I draw? I didn't see anything in Define Wall.
No, but you can edit all walls of a certain type at the same time. Just right click a wall and select Add Type Selection. All walls of that type will be selected. Right click the wall again and select Edit then click on the Common tab and assign a Building Option to all the selected walls at once.
Just out of curiosity, and because I have never heard of anyone wanting to hide all the interior walls before, what are you trying to accomplish?
I'm trying to help a builder more fully utilize SP. They've been using it more like Autocad....line drawings, etc. So I'm trying to help them keep the integrity of their drawings as close to what their contractors are used to seeing...and still use SP more properly. We do a sloped slab foundation for the garage and flat slab for the rest. They need the foundation plan (which is engineered) to show the basic foundation but with the garage walls along with the exterior walls. He's afraid if we show it without that, the contractors may try to add the dimension of the walls to their own calculations instead of going by the drawing. The foundation plan shows the plumbing also.
And this is also why I keep asking my other odd questions. I'm trying to help them move toward using SP more fully but keep them comfy enough to make the changes needed. Linetypes, colors and visibility have been the biggest challenge. They've been drawing each plan separately...ele, found, roof, ceiling, floorplan,. I think I have them sold on upgrading to 2016 based on Plan Sets alone! They'd been creating and combining pdfs which could take ah hour or more. But I've only been using SP for a year so I'm limited on my abilities but I'm an old ACAD user so we can speak the same language. I'm just trying to translate.
Also, you can assign Building Options to items as you draw them. But that can get a little problematic it you forget to change the BO back to Default. But basically you just select the Default Building Option button and change it to a different BO. Anything you draw will be automatically assigned the new BO.
My concern is that this builder has other drafters. I need this to be simple and was hoping I could just create a set-up for them and their drafters could then draw and it would turn out right. Like, if I could define the wall to be on the correct Building Option or layer from the start. Like in ACAD, you just create your layer then draw. Drawing lines is quick and easy....at first. The whole reason they haven't been using SP properly is because it takes too long to set everything up properly. I had another builder who was using it almost the same way. As powerful as SP is, it's only as useful as you set it up to be.