Sometimes no amount of building material priorities, wall junction priorities and creative composites will yield the plan view you are aiming for. For example, this is a wall relationship with cluttered cores and finish skins applied to 4 different composites:This can quickly be cleaned up by creating a new custom profile. Copy the walls in the plan view and paste into the custom profile window. Delete all lines, crop to the minimum effective dimensions, consolidate fills, and adjust fill border pens to match the composites. Store the profile for future editing.
If your windows have a fill that is being changed by the renovation filter options or a background fill that is masking out elements below the window that you want to see on your plan, you can turn off the fills by changing them to the transparent pen.
In the Cadimage Window Selection Settings go to the Parameters tab, then scroll down to 9 Appearance. Next look for the Mask Pen settings and change this pen to 0(Transparent).
In Cadimage Windows/Doors for 17 there is only one Mask Pen, for AC18 you will have the option to have a background and foreground pen.
The result for both AC17 & 18 of changing the Mask Pen (Background Pen) to Pen 0 will be a sill view in plan that is transparent and will not be changed by the Renovation Override Styles.
If you need to turn a background fill on your stairs, or match the fill above the break line to a background fill below the break line, the setting is in the attributes section of the stair editor. If you do not have “show fill above break line” checked, you may still have a fill in your plan view, depending on MVO and renovation overrides. To get the fill above the breakline to match the fill below the breakline, ensure this box is checked and apply a fill that works for both locations, or transparent background for stairs that do not mask.
I have a couple of quick tips on dimensioning tools and features that you may or may not know about. First is the “Dimension to Core” function in the dimension settings dialog box. If this is checked before (or after) placing a dimension that has been associated with a wall it will assign the dimension to link to the core elements of the wall only.
The next tip is automatically dimensioning the exterior of of your building envelope. Even with a complex building profile you can simultaneously dimension all exterior faces of your plan in one operation. First, set your dimension style to what you want to see in plan view, this can be done simply by selecting the “Face of Framing” dimension from the favorites. Next, select your exterior walls (see the post on Find and Select for the most efficient way to do this). Then open the Automatic Dimensioning dialog (Document > Document Extras > Exterior Dimensioning), set the dimension settings in the dialog to reflect the elements and geometries you are trying to dimension. The image below shows the settings that work well; note that “Dimension Structures” and “Dimension External Geometry” should not both be checked.
After clicking “OK” in the Automatic Dimensioning dialog box you simply have to give your dimension a reference line with a two click operation and an offset distance to place with a third click.
The Result is a fully dimensioned floor plan that needs little or no clean up. One thing to note is the “Dimension only the Core” in the dimension selection settings NEEDS to be selected before using the automatic dimensioning. Unlike an individually placed dimension, this is no longer an option for automatically placed dimensions after they have been placed.
Before I finish I will comment on the interior automatic dimensions; I don’t recommend this tool. I have never yielded satisfactory results without spending more time than if I just manually dimensioned the interior spaces. If anyone has experienced otherwise please share your process and maybe I’ll amend that statement and follow up with a recommendation on how to properly use the automatic interior dimension feature.