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Draft it Help System

The complete Help system for Draft it is available on these pages.

How To The Program Interface
File Menu The Ribbon
Architectural Ribbon Page Draw Ribbon Page Modify Ribbon Page Settings Ribbon Page Views & Zoom Ribbon Page Command Specific Ribbons Minimise/Expand the Ribbon
System Toolbar Quick Access Toolbar Command Window Drawing Tabs Layout Explorer Properties Explorer Referenced Drawings Status Bar Symbol Library Explorer
Architectural Symbols Group

Available in: Architectural

The Architectural Symbols Group is part of the Architectural Ribbon Page. There is only one command available in the 'Architectural Symbols Group'.

AEC Easy Block button

Use the 'Architectural Symbols' command to insert a 3D symbol from the system library into the current drawing. The majority of these symbol are parametric so you have the ability to change some or all of the keys sizes.

When selected the following dialog box is displayed.

AEC Easy BLock Dialog Main

The dialog box can be resized to suit your requirements. The left hand portion displays the symbol categories available, simply click on the required category heading to preview the available symbols in the right hand window.

Click on any of the available symbols and the lower portion of the window changes to display a further preview window and a list of the sizes that can be modified.

AEC Easy BLock Dialog Main

Below shows the lower area of the box after the re-sizing the whole dialog box. You will see that the preview window of the selected symbol is now larger. Click and hold the left mouse button down in this preview window to spin the view of the symbol, roll the mouse wheel forward and backward to zoom in and out. This feature allows you to examine the symbol in more detail. You can edit any if the sizes and the preview will instantly update after entering the value.

There are 3 buttons above the preview, the first Elevation Button allows the preview image to be reset back to the original view, the 2nd Elevation Button saves the current view as an image file (.jpg), the 3rd button Elevation Button copies the current view to the clipboard so it can then be pasted elsewhere.

AEC Easy BLock Dialog Main

Underneath the preview window is the 'Alter Colours and Layers' button. When selected a further dialog box is displayed.

AEC Easy BLock Dialog Main

The entities within the symbol are pre-assigned to a number of layers. In this example 4 separate layers have been used. So for example if we wanted to use a different colour for the '3D-Bedroom-Linen2' simply click on the layer name itself. The image below shows the result if this is done.

AEC Easy BLock Dialog Main

The toggle switch immediately below the preview window controls what happens in the preview when a layer is selected. It turns on/off the display of just the selected layer or all of the layers. Set this to your preference as and when required. Because this is set to 'on' only the entities on the selected layer are shown in the preview.

The actually layer for the entities itself maybe changed by clicking on the down arrow next to the name and selecting a different layer from those already existing in the current drawing. The current colour of that layer will be used and the layer swatch and preview will update.

To change to colour of the selected layer click on the swatch next to it, pick a colour from the 'standard' colours or 'more colour' mixer. Once done the layer swatch and preview will update, the example below you will see the second layer colour has been changed.

AEC Easy BLock Dialog Main