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I'm trying to make a cropped viewport, by creating a 2-D rectangle on the design layer, then opening the Create Viewport dialogue box, but for some reason I can't specify a sheet to creat eit on, but instead it automatically creates a new one. Unfortunately I can't cut and paste the viewport onto the sheet I want. Suggestions, fellow travellers?

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First of all, lets make sure that our terminology is up to date.

OLD:

Sheet = Set using buttons in lower left of VW window.

NEW:

Sheet = Created in the Layer dialog window, (two tabs at top: Design & Sheet)

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An example:

I have a floorplan with a complex window bay.

I want to have a blown up view detailing this on the same printed page as the overall plan.

The Design Layer that the plan is drawn on is called Plan1.

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In the Layer dialog window, I create a Sheet Layer named Plan1.Bay.

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In the Design Layer- Plan1, I create a Viewport of the entire plan, named Plan and specify Sheet Plan1.Bay.

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In the Design Layer, Plan1 I create a Viewport of the bay, named Bay and specify Sheet Plan1.Bay.

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Within the Sheet Layer Plan1.Bay I can now move, crop, and/or annotate these viewports, (also note the viewport options in the O.I. pallette).

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A Saved View, (formerly Sheet), at this point named A1-Plan1.Bay can filter classes and hold the page location for printing, Sheet Layers can also be directly printed using Batch Print.

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This is a basic strategy that does not begin to approach the capabilities. I especially like the annotation feature as it frees up the design layers from text and dimension clutter. I also appreciate how within a Sheet Layer objects can be grouped with a viewport for easier formatting; like notes and arrows pointing to parts of a rendered Viewport. [Cool]

[ 07-21-2004, 07:02 PM: Message edited by: EvB ]

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Please see my response post under the General Discussion section of the board.

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I think I'm following you now, but I noticed when I select the viewport and then try to render via the OIP- the viewport boundary lines suddenly become dashed, but the drawing in the viewport does not render---regardless of the rendering engine or view I choose. Cue the Twilight Zone theme song.

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You need to update the viewport. Select the viewport and click the Update button on the Info Palette.

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