I would like to create and use a layout template in Chief Architect. How do I do this?
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 setup a layout template
Start by selecting File> New Layout from the menu to create a new, blank layout file.
Navigate to File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup .
Set the Drawing Sheet Orientation and Size to your liking.
In most cases, the Printer Paper and Drawing Sheet sizes 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, click the Help button at the bottom of this dialog.
Make any other desired changes, then click OK to apply your settings and close the dialog.
To create a layout border and title block
First, go to Page 0 of the layout file.
Page 0 is the Default Page Template. Items placed on this page show on every page of the layout that is assigned to follow this Page Template. It's possible to set up more than one page template. Please refer to the Related Articles section below for more information.
Using the CAD tools, create a border and title block that you want to display on each page of the layout.
Using Text or Rich Text , add a company name, project information and any other notations that you may want to display on each page of the layout.
To insert a company logo, image, or PDF, select File> Import> Import Picture or File> Import> Import PDF .
Macros are special commands that insert dynamic information into a text box. After placing a text object in the layout, select the Insert Macro tool to insert a macro.
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.
You can use the Layout Page Number (%page%) macro to show the page number for each page of the layout.
Use one of the Time or Date macros to insert the date or time in the layout to automatically let you know when you printed this layout.
Add the file name 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.
To save and use this file as a template
Select File> Templates> Save As Template .
In the Save as Template dialog that displays:
Note: In Chief Architect X11 and prior program versions, the ability to remove data during the template save process did not exist.
Check the box beside each category of object or data that you want to delete from the current file.
Starting in X13, the Delete Objects tool can be also be used to delete specific information from one or more pages of a layout file.
Check Set Template as Default for Imperial/Metric Layouts to use the new template as your default template whenever you select File> New Layout .
Give the new layout template a short, descriptive name.
Click Save, and the program will automatically save the template to the program's Templates directory on your computer.
To change the default layout template
You can change the default layout template that is used whenever you open a new layout file by accessing the program's Preferences dialog. If the Set Template as Default for Imperial/Metric Layouts was checked in the section above, it's not necessary to follow the instructions below as you've already set your customized layout to be the default layout template.
Select Edit> Preferences from the menu if you're on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences if you're on a Mac.
On the New Plans panel of the Preferences dialog:
Click the Browse button to the right of the Layout Template text field for the unit of measurement you're using.
In the dialog that opens next, browse to the location of your new layout template file, select it, and then click Open to specify this file as your default layout template.