This week we’ll explore an alternate approach to saving the settings for favorite parts, what I call Interactive Legends of Visual Favorites. These “legends” are arrays or kits of parts that you can browse in your plan or a worksheet window and eye-drop to pick up their settings. You may then return to your design or working area and place new elements similar to what you referred to in the legend.
These arrays of components can be placed directly within your working area (e.g. on the plan or in a worksheet or detail window) for quick access, then later may be erased from the project. Alternatively, they can be maintained for the life of the project but kept “offscreen” in another working window or hidden using a few different methods.
Part 1 is a 20 minute video tutorial that shows you a basic approach for creating your own “kit of parts” based on Favorites or by eye-dropping or dragging copies of elements from your current project.
This Legend can be copied and pasted into another project, or saved as a Module (MOD) file for merging or placement as a Hotlinked Module (HLM) into a project at a later time. Visibility of the Legend may be controlled using the Master Layer for the HLM. One may set up specific Views to quickly hide or show the Legend using this layer and corresponding Layer Combinations.
Part 2 is another 20 minute segment showing how to set up a Worksheet with a Trace Reference of the Legend to allow quicker access to the kit of parts.
My innovative approach (pioneered in MasterTemplate) involves placing the main Interactive Legends on the plan as a Hotlinked Module. Access to the Legends is through an independent worksheet as a Virtual Trace reference. This makes the parts appear in a separate window from the plan, allowing one to go back and forth very quickly between legends and work area.
Part 3 is also 20 minutes, and presents variations of Legend placement and usage, including the use of Worksheets for items specific to Elevations, Sections and Detail drawings. In addition, an alternate method is presented that may be used for placing Interactive Legends on a remote story in the Start Edition (which is not capable of using Hotlinked Modules).
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