Is it possible to have two 'Information Stamps' on the same line in a note?

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cbe
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Is it possible to have two 'Information Stamps' on the same line in a note?
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I am trying to get my plans to have a stamp that will show city, state as in "Baton Rouge, LA".  However, it doesn't print Baton Rouge, LA.  It prints as "@project_city, @project_state".  

- Cory

Bill Wimberley
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Information Stamps

You can't have 2 stamps in the same note. But you can have multiple notes side by side. For what you are trying to do I would set the @project_city as one note and have it right justified. Then a comma as another note. Then @ project_state as a third note left justified.

 

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cbe
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Thanks Bill.  That's a neat

Thanks Bill.  That's a neat trick.  The problem seems to come in when I have city names that are different lengths like the pics attached.  Every project I work on is in Louisiana so I can live without that note, but the city names vary a good bit.  

 

I've never used a 'system' border.  I've always stored a border in the project folder.  I then manually enter all the varying info (customer, address, project name, etc).  The only reason I am considering this is b/c of the way the border is handled in Plan Sets.  I usually move my project folders a couple of times a year into a 'completed' folder.  On a couple of projects I've needed to go make revisions, and the border is not found b/c the border file path is an absolute file path, not relative.  So I guess I need to figure out what is the least headache at this point.  I like the idea of using information stamps, but I am also kinda anal about the layout of my information.

 

Thanks again.

JimJ
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Cory,

Cory,

You might try saving your border file in the project you are working on.  Open the Title Block in another session of SoftPlan, choose the border you want to use and do a save as and save it to the project you are working on.  Then when you select your border while creating your plan set, just navigate to your project and choose the border.   It will then be saved with your project when you move it to your "completed folder".  It will also be a little easier to make the minor adjustments per project with the length of your city name since it will just be another tab in your project.  Of course, changes you make will not affect your original border file which will still be in the Title Block Project.  Note: It seems that after you make a change to the border file, you have to close the Plan Set tab and re-open before the change takes effect.

Jim

cbe
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You might try saving your

You might try saving your border file in the project you are working on.  Open the Title Block in another session of SoftPlan, choose the border you want to use and do a save as and save it to the project you are working on.  Then when you select your border while creating your plan set, just navigate to your project and choose the border.   It will then be saved with your project when you move it to your "completed folder".

Thanks Jim.  This is exactly what I do now.  The problem is that Softplan saves the file path to the border as an abolsute file path as in

c:\Projects\Doe-2013001\ArchD_border.spd.  If softplan saved the borders as a relative path, it wouldn't matter where I moved the folder.  The softplan method is a good method under one of two conditions, 1) you use a system border stored in the default folder and/OR 2) you never relocate the border file/folder once it has been set in the plan set.  I do neither which is why softplan's default setup can be a minor headache.

For example, when you relocate the project folder to c:\Projects\COMPLETED\Doe-2013001\ the plan in the project is looking for the file in the original location, not the new location.  Because of this Softplan throws up the error:

c:\Projects\Doe-2013001\ArchD_border.spd

This file does not exist.  Please reselect.  

 

It isn't a big deal, b/c you just have to go and relocate the border and assign it.  However, my file structure isn't as simple as the example I laid out above.  Mine is several folders deep b/c of the way I organize and backup my projects.  Couple that with the fact that I usually have b/t 2 & 4 plan sets & borders per project.  So when I move a project folder and have to go back to it, there is a little extra work involved.  This is also an issue when I copy a project to re-use a plan.  I have a subdivision that comprises of about 25% of the houses I design.  So I just setup a template for that subdivision and I always copy the project folder and rename it according to the Lot #.  Everything is setup and ready to go with the exception of the border on the plan sets.  

Like I said before it isn't a huge deal, but it can cause some small headaches.  The whole reason we all spent/spend the money we do this software is b/c it makes me more efficient than the alternatives.  I am always looking for shortcuts and faster ways to do something.  I try to accomplish what someone told me a long time ago... Work smart, not hard.

 cool

Bill Wimberley
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Borders

I've run into similar issues when sharing projects. I used to have my projects stored in a different location than the default softplan2014/projects folder. This worked just fine until I started sharing projects with someone who was using the default Projects folder system. Errors a plenty when he opened the project because it was looking for the border to be in a different location. I had to change back to the default projects scheme in order to be able to share the projects without border location errors.

I don't use the System borders. I would like to use them except for the fact that there are not information stamps for some items I need to include and thus far SoftPlan hasn't seen a need to allow us to define our own custom information stamps. So I keep my borders in the Project so I can add the information I need on the border.

HOWEVER this discussion brings up a very important problem that will become an issue in the next version if the absolute file path scheme is not changed. So currently people who are using System Borders are pointing their border path to C:\SoftPlan2014\Title Block. What happens when 2016 comes out and you move your projects over to C:\SoftPlan2016\Projects? All of your moved projects will still be looking to C:\SoftPlan2014\Title Block rather than C:\SoftPlan2016\Title Block. Conclusion: absolute path = bad. relative path=good.

SoftPlan really needs to change to file paths from absolute to relative. That will solve all these problems. And if they would allow us to define our own custom information stamps I could start using the system borders rather than having to copy my borders from project to project.

rodl
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Information Stamp

You can also just use the @project_city stamp and type the city, state and zip on same line.

Softplan considers it text.

I you want balance, use center justification.