Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Color by Worksets

There are some options for you to help see the different Worksets visually.. and can be found by clicking this little button (across the bottom of the screen):

Worksets can be color coded visually to represent a few different scenarios:

If set to Checkout Status - you can visually see who has different Worksets checked out. We don't typically check Worksets out, so this won't help much. Just sayin'.
If set to Owners - you can visually see who owns what.
If set to Model Updates - items that have been updated since you did a Sync to central will turn a color. Also, items deleted since you did a Sync will be highlighted a different color.
If you set to Worksets - each Workset will turn a different color - giving you a quick visual.

You can set the colors by clicking on the Worksharing Display Settings...

One other way to visually display the worksets is a simple button I like to use. On the Worksets dialog box there is a button to 'Grey Inactive Worksets'. So make sure you are on the correct Workset (active) and then check this button.. the rest of the model goes gray. All items are still editable.

Happy Reviting

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hide Elev Marker at Some Scales

Enlarged Plans. We create them all the time. And, just as often, we drop in an Elevation Marker to create an Interior Elevation. Well, if you simply toss in the marker with the default settings.. you will see your elevation marker in all the Floor Plans.. not just this one Enlarged Plan.

There is a way to fix this.

Select the Elevation Marker's Triangle Pointer (not the main circle) as show here in this image:

Then you can change the property under the Graphics Settings to 'Hide at scales courser than 1/4"=1'-0". That way it will NOT be on the main 1/8"=1'-0" Floor Plans, RCP's, Furniture Plans, Finish Plans, Color Presentation Plans, etc.

Good to know.. for HIDING them all (individually) would be a real pain! You will find you may not have to HIDE them anywhere.. but keep your eyes open in any other Enlarged Plans. =)

Views NOT on Sheets

Two important things for you today:

TipOne: Delete any views that are temporary or unused.
I wish this went without saying, but.. When you're in the process of working on a specific project, you are going to have to create various project views. In many situations, you are most likely going to require hundreds of various views for a building that is complicated and large (typical). You should always look through your views and try to find any that you have originally created for visual and temporary reasons (that you are not using any longer).. and delete them. Not only is this going to result in your project being leaner, meaner and cleaner.. but it will also increase file performance speeds.

TipTwo: Quickly View all views NOT on Sheets.
You already know that if an Elevation, Section or Callout view is NOT on a sheet, it will NOT have a detail/sheet number reference. But if you want to quickly SEE which views are not on sheets (in the Project Browser).. Switch the 'filter' of your Project Browser.

Here's How: Select  View>User Interface>Browser Organization

Switch the Browser Organization for Views to 'not on Sheets'. Once this is done.. your Browser will ONLY show views that are NOT on Sheets. You can then see if you have accidentally not placed a detail (or other view) that was supposed to be part of the Drawing Set. And you can easily open views to see if they are needed any longer.. good candidates for deletion/ retirement.

*NOTE: Don't' forget to switch your Browser Organization back to normal! Whatever 'normal' is for you.