APS-CONFIG - Layer Control
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Architectural Production Software 2005

LAYER CONTROL CONFIGURATION

Main Configuration Dialog
Layer Control System
 

Configuration dialog:

Click on an area of the dialog below to go to the description for that area:

For help on selecting which method of layer control is best for you see Choosing a layer control method.

The button keeps changes made and takes you back to the Main Configuration Dialog.

The button discards changes made and takes you back to the Main Configuration Dialog.

The button brings you to this web page for help during the command (without canceling).

 

The layer control methods

We offer four methods to control layers when using the APS commands:

No layer control

Objects are created on whatever layer is current.

Direct layer assignment

Define a layer or layers for each command to use.

Single layer layer-types

Commands are assigned to layer-types, each layer type has a single layer assigned to it.

Layer schemes

Commands are assigned to layer-types, each layer type has its layer assigned to it by a layer scheme. Change the layer scheme and the new scheme's layers are assigned to the layer-types.

 

Breakdown of configuration options

No Layer Control

Commands affected:  All Software commands

No layer control simply means that all the Software commands will create and insert objects on the layer that is current at the time the command is run. 

For help with selecting which method of layer control is best for you see Choosing a layer control method.

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Direct Layer Assignment

Commands affected:  All Software commands

Check "Define a layer for each command to use" to use direct layer assignment.

This method of layer control requires you to enter layer information for each of the APS commands. Once a layer is defined for a command that command will always use that layer information when creating objects.

To define and/or edit the layers that the APS commands will use press the button. Click here for here for more information on defining and/or editing the layer assignments

For a more in depth explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of this method of layer control see direct layer assignment.

For help with selecting which method of layer control is best for you see Choosing a layer control method.

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Single Layer Layer-Types

Commands affected:  All Software commands

Check "Assign a layer to each layer type" to use Single layer layer-types.

This method uses layer types to save you some of the repetitive work of entering the same layer name for several commands. By creating layer types we can enter the information for a layer only once in a layer type and then assign all the commands that should use that layer to the layer type.

You could consider a layer type a "reason" for a layer. It often helps people to use the form "A layer for ______" when thinking of layer types. Instead of saying "dimensions" (which could get confused with a layer name) we could say "A layer for dimensions". We are just reserving a space for a layer name later. For example in a drawing there is often a need to turn off the hatching separately from other elements and therefore you have a "reason" for a layer; a "hatching layer". We could then create "A layer for hatching and fills" layer type. We might also need a layer for notes and leaders in our drawings and might then create a layer type called "A layer for notes and leaders" etc. 

Start setting up this method by creating your layer types. Select one of the  buttons shown at left to define the layer types for each drawing type. See here for more information on creating your layer types.

Once your layer types are created you may then assign the commands the layer types they should use by clicking on the button. See here for more information.


Finally enter the layer information for each layer type. See here for more information.

 

For a more in depth explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of the method of layer control see direct layer assignment.

For help with selecting which method of layer control is best for you see Choosing a layer control method.

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Layer Schemes

Commands affected:  All Software commands

Check "Layer Schemes assign layers to Layer Types" to use layer schemes.

This method of layer control allows you to change the layers assigned to each layer type on the fly. If you are working on the 7th level floor plan the doors should be inserted on the 7th level door layer. Switch to the 3rd level floor plan and the doors should go on the 3rd level door layer. This layer control method allows this flexibility. Go from viewing the 7th level to viewing the 3rd level with everything set up and ready to go in one click. Switching to another floor, to a different plan type, or even to a completely different drawing type is a single click.

The setup for this layer control method is virtually the same as for the Single layer layer-types method above but instead of only having a single layer for each layer type you can have many.

You could consider a layer type a "reason" for a layer. It often helps people to use the form "A layer for ______" when thinking of layer types. Instead of saying "dimensions" (which could get confused with a layer name) we could say "A layer for dimensions". We are just reserving a space for a layer name later. For example in a drawing there is often a need to turn off the hatching separately from other elements and therefore you have a "reason" for a layer; a "hatching layer". We could then create "A layer for hatching and fills" layer type. We might also need a layer for notes and leaders in our drawings and might then create a layer type called "A layer for notes and leaders" etc. 

Start setting up this method by creating your layer types. Select one of the  buttons shown at left to define the layer types for each drawing type. See here for more information on creating your layer types.

The layers are assigned to the layer types by the current layer scheme. Layer schemes are created using the SCHEMEDIT command. Switching schemes assigns new layers to each of the layer types. See Using Layer Schemes for more information.

There are several settings that affect the way the layer scheme system operates; select to configure these settings.

For a more in depth explanation of the benefits of this method of layer control see layer schemes.

For help with selecting which method of layer control is best for you see Choosing a layer control method.

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