Layout Book View Settings

The layout book has global view settings for items placed onto the layouts. These view settings include layers and pen set, and once changed are applied to all layouts.

Drawings and Figures placed to layouts use the source view or Drawing Elements pen and layer settings; but elements drawn directly on the layout (Lines, Polylines, Fills, Splines, Text, Labels, etc.) use the layout books layer and pen settings.

Unfortunately there is no direct control for the pens and layers of the layout book. If you notice elements on the layout are missing (hidden layer) or using the wrong pen set as in the following image:

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Go directly to the layer or pen settings under Options > Element Attributes. Notice the drop down menu includes “(Layout Book)…” after the normal menu option for these settings:

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Changing the settings here changes the Pen Set & Layer Combination for the entire layout book:

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2 thoughts on “Layout Book View Settings

  1. Brian Spears (@arktek)

    It seems inconsistent (and like an oversight) that there is no place to ‘save’ these settings – in a Teamwork project Publishing results can vary depending on each team member’s individual settings for the Layout Book, since there is no location to Reserve, apply LC and Pens, and therefore have that set for the entire Teamwork project.

    Excellent post. Something I’ve struggled effectively communicating to users in the past.

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    1. wwabim Post author

      It is a very random and obscure way to set the pens and layers. Ideally most (or all) content should come from the master layout or drawings/figures. But there is always an exception (ie; revision/change elements). And the setting for those is universal for the entire layout book, I think it should at least depend on the folders/subsets of the layout book!



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