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Impossible to reference to Sheet Layer?

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Hi folks, I've read through everything I can find here with no love - it seems one cannot reference directly to a Sheet Layer, only to design layers. I'm curious how people handle things like typical details (not 2d) or Legends? Everyday stuff that one doesnt necessarily want in design layers interfereing with the building model?

 

For example: our office's general notes page needs to have 3 or 4 diagrams required by the bldg dept. I've drawn them, they work. One is in plan view, it wasnt hard to make that a symbol and drop in onto the sheet layer & scale it down to fit. The other diagrams are section and elevation views. Turns out you cant make symbols of elevations. I figure, hey, I'll reference them in, but that means still having at least a reference, or a viewport reference on a design layer = exactly what I'm hoping to avoid.

 

Is the easy answer the stupid way, keep the diagrams in a file, and burp out pdf/jpg? I hate that answer but cant find a less messy one than having excess geometry in a file, or extra viewports I dont really want.

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