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Best Practices - Room / Space Tags

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I was wondering if anyone could offer some suggestions regarding best practices for using Room / Space Tags.

We try to use the space tool to its full potential in that they contain lots of information contained within separate classes to be displayed on various drawings(Finishes, ceiling heights, area etc...)

The issue that I'm having is that, although the tags are fine on one sheet they conflict with information found on other sheets. Since the space tags exist on a specific layer it is not possible to move them on one drawing without moving them in another.

If you duplicate the tags on multiple layers you can not turn off the individual classes on a specific layer within a single viewport. So you end up with the same information displayed twice and you can not turn off the Space class on one layer without turning it off in the other...and vice versa

The only workaround I have been able to come up with is duplicating the space tags on each design layer, then stacking multiple sheet layer viewports with different visibility settings to achieve the desired appearance. (So, rather than turning on a Floor Plan and RCP layer within a single viewport there would be one viewport for each. One of which has the space class turned on.)

This isn't exactly efficient, especially when you have to edit or annotate within the viewport after the fact (as your never quite sure which viewport you're going to get.

Any thoughts?

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Hi Bear,

In 2015 and beyond, you have the option for three Space tags. Each one can contain different classable information.

PRIOR to placing any spaces, do the following:

1. Double click the Space Tool, when the dialog opens, select the Advanced Settings pane. (it’s at the bottom of the list)

2. In the center pane, near the top, check the box “Enable Multiple Labels” Once the box is checked, you’ll see additional Space Label options added to the list. (Space Label 1, Space Label 2 and Space Label 3.)

3. In the center pane at the bottom, under “Space Properties on Object Info Palette:” place a check mark next to Space Label 2 and Space Label 3.

4. Select the 2D Attributes pane, when the dialog opens, in the lower pane Leader Line, create a class called Space-Leader Line or similar.

5. The next step is to create classes for each of the three space label options so their visibility can be controlled in a viewport. From the pane on the far left, select Space Label 1.

6. In the center pane, under Space Label 1, insure that “Display Space Label” is checked

7. Create a class called Space-Label 1

8. Select a symbol to be used for this particular space (this can be changed later on the OIP)

9. Repeat steps 4 through 7 for the remaining two spaces.

Each of the three labels can now be positioned independently to allow the designer room to place additional information like dimensions, wall tags, etc. within the project.


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