Getting Started Special Interest Group February 2019

In this session, we covered template files, including saving door and window settings and using the Eyedropper tool to save the default settings of your favourite tools.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:14   To start, I opened a template file. Right away, we noticed that it opened up with Dimension as the active class. You do not want all your objects ending up on that class, so we made None the active class. Also, the fill on my Attributes palette was set to none, instead of solid. I made the changes and updated my template file so that I would start on a better footing the next time.
  • 02:23   We reviewed all of the window settings. I like to give Rough Opening dimensions so that the contractor knows exactly how big to make the opening and the windows are easier to work with when using concrete blocks and bricks. I also like to add the Sash Width and Shim Gap to the Jam Width so that there isn’t a gap between the window and the wall in the model and on the window elevations. If you’re using a different class for each window part, your class list can become complicated—but it can be very handy. For example, your interior and exterior sashes might be different colors. We demonstrated the flexibility of using the classes to control 2D and 3D visualization.
  • 25:17   We discussed how to save window attributes as a new window style and how to save the style in our template file. Another option is to use the Eyedropper tool to save all of the plug-in parameters of your window and, by clicking on the Pick Up Sets Defaults option, set them as your defaults for each new window. You can also use this to save the graphic style of, for example, a scale bar. You can change tools and objects to match your preferences, and add these to your template file so that it saves you time and aggravation in the future. Remember to resave your template file, replacing the old one. We also went through the steps for adding the window style to our favorites library.
  • 41:04   Someone was having a problem turning off a door swing in 2D. On the door Object Info palette under Visualization, there’s an Angle option that can control whether the door is shut or open, and to what degree. There are also classes in the Door Settings to help control the graphical attributes of different door parts, which can be useful when creating a reflected ceiling plan. It is possible to have viewports already set up in your template file, especially if you often do similar projects. With the Eyedropper tool, it is also possible to copy attributes in one file and put them down in another.

Getting Started February 2019

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