Visibility, View Modes, and View Sets

It is possible to control the visibility of many components in CET Designer, such as text, dimensions, print frames, and arrows. Some manufacturer products can also be controlled this way.

For this purpose, CET Designer lets you choose between different View Modes that, basically, are collections of categories. They control what is visible in both the 2D and 3D views.

One or more View Modes constitute a View Set, which basically is a collection of View Modes.

The View Mode buttons are located at the bottom of the screen. Which modes you see here depends on which Extensions you have installed and how the manufacturer has set up their products. This is an example of how a default View Set with View Modes could look:


CET Designer lets you set up custom View Sets and View Modes, which is described in this article.


Setting up a Custom View Set

To set up a new View Set, follow these steps:

  1. Click the up arrow to the left of the View Set, and click Edit:ViewModeEdit
  2. Click the + icon in the upper right and enter a View Set name. Confirm with OK:
  3. Select the checkbox for each View Mode that you want your View Set to include. Your selection is instantly shown at the bottom of the screen:
  4. Expanding a View Mode will show what it entails:
  5. Close the dialog when you are finished.


Setting up a Custom View Mode

You can add custom View Modes to the list in the Edit View Set dialog. If you set up a new View Mode, it will be added to the current View Set by default.

To set up a new View Mode, follow these steps:

  1. In the Edit View Set dialog, click the Add Custom View Mode icon:
  2. Enter a new View Mode name and select the checkbox for each category that you want the View Mode to include. When checking/unchecking the boxes, the current View Mode is highlighted on the screen, and you’ll be able to see immediately how your actions affect your drawing views:CustomViewMode
  3. Click Save. Your View Set and the screen is updated with the new View Mode:

Selecting a custom View Mode from the list brings up the following tools:

AddCustomViewModeTool Add Custom View Mode
LoadCustomViewModeTool Load Custom View Mode
CloneViewModeTool Clone – copies the selected View Mode and opens the categories list to show which categories the View Mode contains. You can add or remove categories and save the clone.
EditViewModeTool Edit – opens the categories list where you can add or remove categories and save the View Mode.
ExportViewModeTool Export – lets you export your custom View Mode for easy reuse or sharing with others. The file format is .cmpvs.
DeleteViewModeTool Delete –  deletes the selected View Mode.



  • As a safety feature, the Default View Set and the Normal View Mode cannot be deleted.

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