The information in this article applies to:
I would like to create and use a layout template in Chief Architect.
A template file has all of your preferred default settings, layer display options and other file-specific information saved and waiting for you.
A layout template can also feature a border with your company information, logo, text macros and other details. When you identify a file as a template, Chief Architect refers to that file for this information any time you open a new layout file.
Creating a layout template is easy and can save you a lot of time when creating a new layout file.
To create a layout template
- Start by selecting File> New Layout from the menu to create a new, blank layout.
- Next, set the paper size, drawing sheet size, and the specify the printer for this layout.
To do this, select File> Print> Page Setup from the menu.
- In the Page Setup dialog:
- Click the Printer... button to choose the printer you will be using for this layout from the drop-down list of printers.
Once you have selected the appropriate printer, click OK to return to the Page Setup dialog.
- Select the Printer Paper and Drawing Sheet sizes you will be using.
In most cases, the Printer Paper and Drawing Sheet sizes and page orientation should be the same.
- Make sure the Drawing Scale is set at a 1 to 1 scale.
Example: 1 in = 1 in
It is important not to change this, as the drawing scale is set when you send individual views to the layout.
For more information about drawing scale as well as line weight scaling, see Article 705 in this database: How to use the line weight scaling options
- Click OK to apply your settings to this layout file and close the Page Setup dialog.
Once the page setup and printer are specified, set up the borders on the layout sheet.
To create a layout border
- First, go to page 0 of the layout sheet.
Page 0 is a special master page in the layout. Items placed on this page show on every page of the layout.
- Using CAD drawing tools, create the borders and title blocks that you want to be on each page of the layout.
- Using Text or Rich Text , add your company name, project information and any other notations that you want to display on every page of the layout.
- To inset your company's logo or other image, select File> Import> Picture from the menu.
Chief Architect can import the following file types: .bmp, .jpg, .png, .gif, and .tif.
- Macros are special commands that insert dynamic information into a text object.
They can be inserted in Text by selecting the Insert > option, and in the Rich Text Specification dialog using the Insert Macro tool.
Text Macros are available in both plan and layout files but are particularly useful in layouts, allowing you to automatically insert useful information such as the page number, date and time, and file name.
- Use a Text Macro to show the page number for each page of the layout.
Make sure to leave enough room in the text box to allow for 2 or 3 numbers depending on how many pages you expect to use.
- Use one of the Date or Time macros to insert the date or time in the layout sheet to automatically let you know when you printed this layout.
- Add the filename for this layout sheet using one of the File Info text macros.
Inserting this next to the binding edge will allow you to determine which file it is or even where this set of plans is located on your computer, should you need to reprint them in the future.
Now we are ready to save this file and use it as a layout template.
To save and use this file as a template
- Select File> Templates> Save Plan as Template .
- Give the new layout template a logical name.
Be sure to delete the asterisk (*).
- Click the Save button, and the program automatically saves the template to the Templates directory.
- To use this template to create a new layout, select File> Templates> New Layout from Template .
To use this layout whenever you open a New Layout File
To use the layout as your template whenever you open a New Layout file, specify it as your template in the Preferences dialog.
- Select Edit> Preferences from the menu to open the Preferences dialog.
- In the Preferences dialog:
- On the New Plans panel of the dialog, click the Browse... button to the right of the Layout Template text field.
- In the Select a Layout Template File dialog, browse to the location of your new layout template file and click Open to specify this file as your layout template.
- Click OK to close the Preferences dialog and apply your change.
For more information on layouts, see your Chief Architect Reference Manual chapter on Layouts, and online tutorial training videos.