Organizing Layers – Using “children”

  • Organizing Layers – Using “children”

    Posted by David Cutler on October 19, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Did you know that you can create “layer hierarchies”? It’s really quite simple:

    1. Create a new layer – “Takeoff” is one that I use

    2. Right click on your “Parent” layer and select “Add New Layer, Add Child”

    3. If you have other layers that you’ve already created you can click and hold on them and then drag/drop them under your Parent layer.

    This is a great way to keep all of your layers together in the layer tree when there are hundreds of “native” layers from the CAD file.

    Bonus Tip – You can drag your Parent layer to the top of the layer tree so that it is easy to find – just make sure that the option for “Sort Layers Alphabetically” is not selected

    Troy DeGroot replied 1 month, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Vince

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    October 20, 2022 at 9:07 am
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    Thanks @David Cutler !

  • Troy DeGroot

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    October 20, 2022 at 3:13 pm
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    Great post @David Cutler thanks for sharing.

    I knew there was a catch to Child Layers so I tested it. If you assign your custom tools to a child layer in your toolset, it will only show the parent layer on a new document. Layers are extremely powerful, and child layers can definetly make a project easier to manage. Too bad it doesn’t stick in the toolchest. The work around I guess to to filter by color or label in the markups list.

    • David Cutler

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      Good point @troy-degroot . I’ll have to see if I setup my Parent/Child Layers on my Takeoff Coversheet if they stick. Of course there is still the issue that @Vince identified with 20.7.80/.85/Revu 21 with disappearing layers to be aware of too…

      • David Cutler

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        @troy-degroot my new “thought of the day” is to make a set of “Custom Layer Tools” that I can include on my Takeoff Coversheet. That way I can bring my “standard” Takeoff Family with the parent/child relationships into every takeoff right from the start.

        For a moment this morning I was afraid that the “disappearing layer” issue from 2020.20.80/.85/20221 had migrated back to 20.70 as I couldn’t see my Takeoff Layers – then I realized that I was on a page that didn’t have anything assigned to those layers on it…🤣

  • Vince

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    @David Cutler how about naming your parent layer “aaa Takeoff” (or starting any title with “aaa “) and then ensuring that “Sort Layers Alpabetically” is turned on?

    Then that way it might not be necessary to drag to the top? 😀

    • Troy DeGroot

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      October 21, 2022 at 11:59 am
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      I sometimes use a * or _ to sort them to the top, but that doesn’t always work if the person in CAD used the same idea.