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Editing View Ports

Did you know...

...that you can adjust the settings for each individual view port in Paper view? Read our Tips & Hints this month to learn more about customizing the appearance of view ports. 

About Paper View 

With Paper view you can easily choose to print your entire drawing, or parts of it, and also set the layout of the sheet (see example below). You can edit the settings for both the 2D and 3D views. In Tips & Hints this month we take a closer look at the settings that can be made for each type of view port. 

Example of a sheet layout created in Paper view.

 

2D view port settings

After placing a 2D view port in Paper view, you can click it and work with the following settings found in the green input box. 

  • Lock or Edit: Switches between the two options while creating Paper view layouts. When in lock mode, the drawing has a lock symbol on it and the view cannot be changed. When in Edit mode, you can zoom, pan, and even make changes to the drawing in 2D.

  • Visibility: Change which products or layers (i.e. panels, electric etc.) are visible in the Paper view and printouts. The visibility can be customized to even greater detail on the Advanced tab in Visibility settings (see description further down the page).

  • Elevation: Set the elevation of the view port relative to other items on the paper.

  • Frame: Select the checkbox if you wish a frame around your drawing. When the checkbox is selected, it is possible to make settings for the frame’s appearance, such as line style and line color.

  • Black & White: Select the checkbox if you wish to have the 2D view show in black and white instead of shaded colors.

  • Scale: Choose which one of the predefined scales in the drop-down menu you wish to display the image in.

  • Free Scale, 1: If you wish a different scale than the ones specified in the above drop-down menu, state it in this input field. If in Free Scale and Edit mode of the Paper view, the Free Scale ratio changes as the view is zoomed in or out.

  • Text scale: Select the checkbox if you wish to change the scale of the text that is shown as labels or tags on the products themselves (i.e. panel sizes). This is for “readability” purposes only on the plans, and does not apply to the scale text itself of the Text or Label tools.

  • Lock: Refers to how the image is regenerated as the view port is stretched or shrunk. None may result in the image being outside of the view port requiring additional panning to see the layout. Center keeps the image in the middle as the view port is shrunk by height and/or width. Rectangle keeps the image in the middle of the window and keeps the rectangle at a consistent ratio (height: width).

 

3D view port settings

After placing a 3D view port in Paper view, you can click it and work with the following settings found in the green input box.

  • Lock or Edit: Switch between the two options while creating Paper view layouts. When in lock mode, the drawing has a lock symbol on it and the view cannot be changed. When in Edit mode, you can zoom, pan, and even make changes to the drawing in 3D.

  • Quality: Set the view port preview quality. 1x requires less system memory however is not clear, while 8x requires the most system memory but is useful to get a sense of the end result.

  • Visibility: Change which products or layers (i.e. panels, electric etc.) are visible in the Paper view and printouts. The visibility can be customized to even greater detail on the Advanced tab in Visibility settings (see description further down the page).

  • Rendering: Set the quality of the rendering output.

  • Render: Render the scene in the view port.

  • White background: Set the background to white

  • Frame: Select the checkbox if you wish a frame around your drawing. When the checkbox is selected, it is possible to make settings for the frame’s appearance, such as line style and line color.

 

Visibility settings

The visibility settings for a 2D or a 3D view port let you control what categories are visible in the viewport for either the View Mode tab or the Advanced (categories) tab.

Visibility settings for 2D and 3D view ports.

  • The View Mode tab matches what you see in the 2D or 3D views when selecting the View mode buttons.

  • The Advanced tab allows you to select exactly what you want to print.

You can Save/Load the visibility settings from the Advanced tab to your hard drive or network drive to load in other drawings for printing. 

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