I have a customized layout that loads as the defalt for sheet 1 when I start a new drawing. What do I have to change to get the same startup sheet for sheets 2,3,4, etc. when I need additional sheets for more parts?
Ricky, I set up a template that is used by our engineering department that comes up when I start a new drawing. I did not modifiy the background sheets, but the background sheets load with the template I am using.
"Ricky Black" wrote: >Chris, >What are you doing to create your custom layout? >Did you go to the background sheet associated with Sheet1 and modify it? > >Regards, >Rick B. > >
Chris, Send your new template to me so I can better understand how you have set it up. If you have drawn geometry on Sheet1, then that geometry will not be visible on Sheet2. If you want to create your own borders, you draw that geometry on what is called a background sheet. Click on the View tab at the top. Click on Background. you will see the Background sheet tabs at the bottom. You can create as many background sheets as you want. Each working sheet can reference a background sheet for display. This is none in Sheet Setup. Right mouse click on the Sheet1 tab and click on Sheet Setup. Click on the Background tab. Rick B.
Ricky, Attached is the template file I am using. When I first open Free 2D this opens on sheet 1. How do I get this setup onto any additional sheets I create(sheet2, 3 4, etc.) without having to copy and paste on each sheet?
Chris, Open the template file directly. Right mouse click on Sheet1. Click on Sheet Setup. Click on the Save Defaults button. Click on OK to dismiss the dialog. Now any new sheet you create will be the same as this sheet. Regards, Rick B.
Ricky, Your suggestion worked for the basic title block but on the original template there are areas that can be highligted and informatin entered about the drawing; title, drawing number, etc. Can the highlighted areas be transfered to each new sheet as well? Would it be better to create an additional background with the original template information and if so how would I do that?
Chris, Some of the information can be automated. Look at the default template supplied by 2D Drafting. The Date and Author are defined on the background sheet using property text. The property text will derive the values. As for the part number and title, if you were creating drawings of 3D models, these would also be derived. However, there is nowhere to derive these values from. You could create custom properties in the file and use property text to derive these. In this case all sheets would obtain the same part number and title. If you want it to be more interactive, use blocks. Create a block out of the background geometry including the title area. Use block lables for the input text. Sheets will be blank when created. You then simply drag and drop the border block onto the sheet. The block will prompt for the inputs to display. I know this a brief description, but hopefully it helps. Regards, Rick B.