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What are layout template pages, and how can I make use of them to improve my productivity?
In Chief Architect X6 and earlier versions, you could only have a single page template, on Page 0.
Starting in Chief Architect X7, you can now use Layout Page Templates, which allow you to create one or more title blocks and borders and then assign them to the layout pages of your choice.
Unlike regular pages with content, Layout Page Templates do not print as part of a print range.
In this example, two Page Templates will be created: one for the cover sheet and one for the sheets that follow it.
To create multiple page templates
- Select File> Open Recent Files and select your new layout template from the menu to open it.
If you are unfamiliar with creating Layout Templates, please see KB-00737: Creating and Using Layout Templates on this process before continuing in this article.
- Click on the Project Browser docked to the right side of the program window to make it active.
- If the Project Browser is not open, select View> Project Browser to open it.
- Click the arrow next to the "Pages" folder to expand a list of the pages in the layout file that are currently in use. In a new layout, only Pages 0 and 1 will be listed.
- Notice the icons beside each page. Page 0 is specified as a Page Template, while Page 1 is a page with content.
Note: Page 1 is listed as a page with content because it has a Layout Page Table placed on it.
- Right-click on Page 0 in the Project Browser and select Edit Page Information from the contextual menu.
- In the Layout Page Information dialog, change the title to "Standard Sheet Template" and click OK.
- Right-click on Page 1 in the Project Browser and select Edit Page Information .
- In the Layout Page Information dialog:
- Change the Title to "Cover Sheet Template".
- Check the box beside Use as Page Template and click OK.
- Notice that Page 1’s icon in the Project Browser has changed and now indicates that it is a Page Template rather than a page with content.
Using the same steps, you can create additional Page Templates for every discipline and sheet type that you typically use in your own layout template file.
Once multiple Page Templates have been created, they can be assigned to non-template pages: either blank or with content. You can wait and do this when you actually send views to layout for a project, or you can save time and set aside pages for specific purposes beforehand.
Here, a fairly typical variation of the US National CAD Standard page numbering convention is used.
To use multiple page templates
- Select Tools> Layout> Change Layout Page and go to Page 2.
- Select Tools> Layout> Edit Page Information .
In the Layout Page Information dialog:
- Specify the Title as "Cover Sheet".
- Click the Page Template drop-down and select "Cover Sheet Template" from the list.
- Click OK and notice that page 2 is now listed as a blank page in the Project Browser.
- Select Tools> Layout> Page Up to go to Page 3.
- Select Tools> Layout> Edit Page Information .
- Specify the Label as "A1.#".
Note: If you type a pound sign # in the Label field, the characters before it will be treated as a numbering prefix, and the # will be replaced by the current page number on the layout sheet.
- Specify the Title as "Site Plan".
- Confirm that the "Standard Sheet Template" is selected in the Page Template drop-down list.
- Click OK and notice that in the Project Browser, Page 3 is listed now and that:
- It uses its Label, "A1.#", and that the # has been replaced with a 1.
- It uses its Title, "Site Plan".
- Note, too, that the sheet no longer has a title block and border. Instead, it displays a single revision table. This is because at the moment, the only object on its template, Page 1, is a revision table.
- Repeat the steps above to edit Pages 4 and 5 so that they also use the "Standard Sheet Template" and the Label "A1.#", and have the Titles "Foundation Plan" and "Floor 1 Plan", respectively.
- Modify Pages 6 and 7 so that they use the "Standard Sheet Template" use the Label "A2.#"., and have the Title "Elevations".
In your own layout template file, you can assign sheet numbers that you typically use in advance and use the numbering convention of your choice.
If you need to add additional disciplines, types, and/or pages, they can be easily inserted at any time: either in a specific project or in your layout template file.
To insert new layout pages
- Select File> Open Layout and open the layout file that you wish to insert pages into.
- Right-click on a Page Template, page with content, or blank page in the Project Browser.
- Select Tools> Layout> Change Layout Page and go to the page that is either before or after the location where you wish to insert a new page.
- Select Insert Page Before to add a page before the current page. The current page number as shown in the Change Layout Page button will increase by one but the page number defined by its Label will not change.
- Select Insert Page After to add a page after the current page. The current page will not be affected but any pages that follow it will have their page numbers increase by one.
- Right-click on the new page in the Project Browser and select Edit Page Information .
- In the Edit Page Information dialog:
- Specify the Title.
- If the page is to be a page with content, specify its Label and choose a Page Template from the drop-down list.
- If the page is to be a template, check the box beside Use as Page Template.
Once your Page Templates have been defined as such, you can create a border and title block for each that matches how it will be used.