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    Viewport "Styles"

    Until Viewport Styles will become a reality here are the steps with which such a workflow is possible for edit once for X Sheets For class or layer visibility only select all the target viewports in the organization menu → edit to turn on or off the target class or layer For graphic attributes and visibility 1st define the needed graphic attributes in the Data Visualization dialog Next Select all the target viewports in the organization menu → edit → turn on the target class or layer and select the Data Visualization setting previously defined (see OIP screen capture) Note that the Data Visualization tool is only available when a design layer is active Update: The Data Visualization setting will remain set when switching to saved view design layer(s) environment → need to switch to Data Visualization setting to none, or find the preference or VS script to add to each saved view to switch the Data Visualization setting to none. To expand on the Data Visualization viewport option either as a wish or bug: As long as Data Visualization is an option for specific Viewports it does not make sense for the Data Visualization setting for specific viewports to remain visible in the design layer(s) environment.
  2. To delete objects outside any page boundary the "Purge" command has three options (see attached screen capture.)
  3. Disclaimer: Any of my comments below are in a sense my subjective proposal for the mentioned improvements to be taken in consideration only, Not a Demand. Any reader who for whatever reason believes that the tone of any my comments imply a connotation of Demand can refer to this disclaimer. To begin with from my experience there is significant distinction between the glamorous process of 3D modeling, or 2D design development drawings, or any hybrid combination of 3D modeling and 2D drawings, and the production drawings annotation process. During the production drawing annotation process, I can say with certainty from my own experience, and of other users I met that the spirits are high about the precise annotations necessary Not only for the plan check/permit requirements, however additionally for the builder to interpret the drawings accurately excluding as much as possible any RFI requests during the construction process. Even though many projects are similar holistically, every single project is Unique, therefore each project's annotations are unique to the project as mentioned before not only for plan check/permit requirements, however in addition for the building process, therefore during this process of high spirits a streamlined annotations workflow would be highly valuable. As a side note, there are a variety of 3rd party hardware, and software available that facilitate heads up menus for any programmed menu item, or keyboard shortcuts time savers and especially stress. Worksheet improvements: • Keyboard shortcuts: All menu commands to have the ability to be assigned keyboard shortcuts that work at all times -Currently, I can assign keyboard shortcuts in the mac os system preferences, however the keyboard shortcuts only work sporadically. • Format cells options - Alignment tab: Having all the alignment options as graphic Icons visible would help to easily click the needed option without the need to choose from a pulldown menu, where the user could easily miss the needed option, or sometimes forget the need to assign the proper alignment. - Patterns tab: Similar to the Alignment tab to have all the pattern options displayed as graphic icons to easily click the needed fill, rather than choose from a drop down menu when many times either the item below, or above is accidentally selected. - Border tab: currently, there is a graphic representation of the border options, however having all the options available as graphic icons similar to the typical worksheet software would be a time saver. • Or inclusive (excluding redundancies), add a toolbar with icons below the menu commands with all the typical menu commands (e.g. text alignment, summarize, sort, font, fill color, border options etc.) • Collapse/Expand Database Row - Currently, I have check list worksheets for various pios, or objects with records with 3 database rows--Selected, Visible, and All Having the ability to collapse/expand any of the database row rows would help • Freeze row(s), and Column(s) - As mentioned previously by other users this option would be an additional time saver. Walls Dimensioning: - Add a 2d locus or similar graphic representation at the center end of each wall so that dimensioning from center to center of of each wall would not require the typical need to double check sometimes to verify if the dimension snapped to the center of the wall. Such an option could have a toggle option in the tool bar along side the "Auto Join Wall" option. - In a previous post I mentioned the option for walls to represent their respective starts and ends while in top/plan view. If such a option would become available, then snapping dimensions to these respective graphic representations would eliminate the need for any additional graphic option. Templates: As much as I can set up a template, during any project the actual template improves while working with specific conditions. I find it a waste of time to copy the improved settings from the an actual project to a template. I could delete all the objects in the actual working file with the improved settings, however and especially with each newer version the file is prone to become corrupt. Therefore, the ability to import all or any Not only Design Layers, Sheet Layers and Classes, however in addition, Saved views, which will inadvertently import any design layers and classes with their default settings Stories etc. Or inclusive, preferably a "Create Template File Command" from a Current Working File where all the possible settings (including units, dimension standards, title blocks, viewports, etc.) can be imported would be a great time saver.
  4. I will add another what I consider needed consistency--All the Field Value dimension settings NOT to be Layer Scale Dependent. The Text Options Section dimensions are NOT based on the layer scale--the "Max Text Width" value --a 2.5" max. width will still be 2.5" max. width regardless of the layer scale. The Bubble Options dimensions are based on the Layer Scale (i.e. RR Corner Radius, and Text Margin) Leader Options dimension are based on the layer scale (i.e. Shoulder Length) --(see screen capture reference) It would be a great time saver to have all the callout settings values NOT based on the layer scale in the Callout PIO Settings dialog, and the same values to display the same dimensions in the OIP. Also, if not mentioned thus far a "Save Settings" option would be an additional time saver in the Callout PIO settings dialog. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What I could not find a work around, is Left Text Alignment when the leader is at the right of the CallOut PIO (see the attached screen capture reference.)
  5. I managed to save the script to run in any file per your referenced post. Thank you Pat.
  6. Does anybody know if there is a way to list the Callout PIO layer scale in a Worksheet Column? I created a Callout PIO Check List Worksheet with various fields to double check. I would like to find out what layer scale for each Callout PIO so that I can manage the text margin field value. There is no layer scale record field value for the Callout PIO as an option, nor any function available to call the layer scale from the database drop down menu.
  7. For what is worth I attached a file with a Data Tag Detail Callout PIO which uses two clicks to insert the PIO. All the info is included in the file. Data Tag Detail Callout VWorks2019 080219.vwx
  8. Pardon my ignorance, not to specify when walls are Not selected in the beginning of the comment. I made a single implied reference of the wall selection status at the end. To reiterate, when walls are Not selected in top/plan view the walls to show the wall start, and the wall end similar to when walls are selected. As far as this preference option being an impediment not for myself--to know which side of the wall is which for pios, and to know before I select the wall which end of the wall I will cap via the OIP. A simple preference toggle VS would toggle this option just in time to either show, or not show the wall start, and wall end for walls.
  9. For whatever reason record fields of a record attached to an object are not visible in the OIP data pane, when I use the context menu/properties to be able to view the OIP data in the center of the screen rather than stretch across the desk sometimes to view certain data.
  10. The need to know which end of the wall is the start, and which end of the wall is the end in top/plan view as an option (marker colors to be selected in the "Interactive Appearance Settings" preferences) would be a great time saver, for a variety of reasons such as door and window pios trim, sill and other options, other pios that use interior/exterior wall sides, or knowing before selecting the wall which wall end to use the "cap" option on in the OIP.
  11. My initial post may not have been clear. When all the walls are joined I would like to achieve the Start/End direction of all walls to be set in a clockwise position, so that I can easily distinguish the interior/exterior sides that PIOs use with walls. What I was hoping for was the value that the OIP uses for any wall to reverse sides. For example, when all the walls are joined the start/end direction value entered into a worksheet database would end up with two rows of summarized walls. A set of walls with the start/end direction one way, and another set of walls withe the start/end direction the other way. So far it sounds like a serious VS task to analize each wall's start/end direction from farthest wall on the right, then each horizontal, or vertical, or angled wall with a T Join would receive a start/end direction "clockwise", and Corner wall join would receive the same start/end direction "clockwise." (not to confuse withe the round wall only clockwise option.)
  12. Is there any way to call the wall direction into a worksheet database setting, so that I could set wall walls to be drawn clockwise. During the wall layout drafting process I would use the most efficient means to draw the walls, and eventually I would loose track of the wall side direction. Settings such as door and window interior/exterior trims, door and window ID tags and similar use the wall side direction as far as I know as the left side of the direction as the exterior of the wall and the right side of the direction as the interior of the wall. So far I tried Pat's PIO to Worksheet PiO fields, however walls seem not to hold PIO record values. I tried setting a wall type database worksheet, where only functions are available, however there is no visible function to offer the wall direction option. Over the years, I recall that there are at times functions that are not yet documented (e.g. Pat's PIO fields to WS) , so I hope that someone in the forum may be aware of such a function, or a similar setting to be able to set the walls direction clockwise. I have no VS proficiency beyond simple preferences settings, as such.


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