APS-CONFIG - Layer Schemes
Architectural Production Software 2005


Main Configuration Dialog
Layer Control
Layer Schemes

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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