Custom Line Styles – Duplicating

  • Custom Line Styles – Duplicating

    Posted by Vince French on February 25, 2023 at 1:57 am

    Is there a way to duplicate a custom line style in order so it can be edited instead of starting again from scratch?

    Liz Larsen replied 1 year, 1 month ago 3 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Liz Larsen

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    February 25, 2023 at 12:09 pm
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    You can edit the line style file as a text file.

    Find the location of the line style .blx file. Right click the file and Open With –> Notepad

    From there, select the style you’d like to duplicate, copy and paste the text for that line type, and save the file. Close and reopen Bluebeam and the duplicate line style will be there for you to edit.

    See attached files for more details.

    • Vince French

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      February 25, 2023 at 2:25 pm
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      Excellent – thanks @lizlarsen !!!

    • David Cutler

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      February 25, 2023 at 7:13 pm
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      Is there a similar way to modify custom markup tools @lizlarsen ?

      • Liz Larsen

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        February 26, 2023 at 8:18 pm
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        I’m not sure what you mean. Can you elaborate?

        • David Cutler

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          February 27, 2023 at 6:19 am
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          Let’s see if this helps explain my question better @lizlarsen

          Over time I’ve created going on 200 custom markup tools that correspond to our “Item Database” in B2W (the estimating software that we use). My custom tools have 4 custom columns (Item Number/Description/Quantity/Unit) and updated Subject and Description in the standard fields.

          In the database we have specific items for various specific types of work. A few example items would be:

          1010 6” PVC Sewer

          1020 8” PVC Sewer

          1030 10” PVC Sewer

          I create custom tools as I need them so when I come across a job with 12” PVC Sewer I create a markup using the existing tool for 10”, update the markup to indicate 12” PVC with the correct item number and then add it to my Sanitary Sewer Toolbox.

          This works, but takes time. @troy-degroot has taught me some organizational techniques for my tools that work great (thank you Troy!), but I haven’t found a way to “bulk create” tools. Seeing your method for modifying @Vince ’s custom line types got me wondering if there is a way to modify custom markup tools “outside” of Revu in bulk and then bring them back in…

          Any ideas?

          • Liz Larsen

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            February 27, 2023 at 6:32 am
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            It appears that you can open the tool chests using Notepad and see information regarding all the individual tools, similar to the line styles one.

            If you’re just looking to edit the text within the text box (e.g. 10″ –> 12″), this might be possible. But you wouldn’t be able to edit anything else about the tool, like the size or shape.

            • David Cutler

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              February 27, 2023 at 6:56 am
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              That might allow me to do what I’m looking to do @lizlarsen

              Where did you find the file?

            • Liz Larsen

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              February 27, 2023 at 6:59 am
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              It’s just the file that is your tool chest, so go to wherever you keep your tool chests and open it with Notepad.

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