I have given up on Layout. Whoever is involved with or in charge of developing and releasing it should be fired. I’m sorry, that’s harsh, but LayOut has been too buggy for too long. It is totally useless and has wasted scores of hours of my time.
At first I was excited, as I am an avid Sketchup user and was delighted when LayOut was released. Finally, there would be a program that would facilitate converting the wonderful models into drawings and presentations. I have tried to work several projects in LayOut that I would consider to be of modest scale in terms of file size. I have had nothing but problems and have wasted so much time on what are now completely useless files. Today, I opened one presentation so that I could merely print it out and mark it up before converting it to Revit. When I opened the file it initially looks fine but when I use the print command, the previously perfectly formatted file has take upon itself to change the page size and reformat all the viewports. They are completely unusable with notes and dimensions all over the place and no longer related to the drawings they were attached to. I cannot get a PDF export that is properly formatted. This is garbage. It would take me so many tedious hours to fix it. I am going to have to abandon it entirely and start fresh in Revit.
This is so frustrating and it is irresponsible of Trimble to keep a product on the market that is a time bomb and booby-trapped for it’s customers. My opinion of the company has drastically fallen with this experience. Very sad.