Layout window boundaries

It may be that this should go into Feature Requests but I need to make sure I am not missing something first.

When you import a SU drawing into LO, it comes in with a certain amount of blank space around the linework drawn. I expect this is related to what is visible in the scene that gets imported. But when you are working in SU, you normally look at things in landscape format so that is the default that gets imported. In LO, you often want to have windows that are a different shape, say portrait. It’s easy enough to adjust boundaries to show what you want, but here’s what I would like: a one click operation that reduces the boundary to the minimum required to show the linework in the window. Am I right to think that there is no way to achieve that apart from manually at present?

I believe you are correct that this is not currently possible. In InDesign, you can right click and say ‘fit content to frame’ or the opposite, ‘fit frame to content. This would be very helpful as adjusting each of the four viewport sides every time you want to show the model adds time to the process. Definitely a +1 for feature request.

Another reason to always use templates. You do it once and forget about it.

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Nick, I don’t understand that. Do you mean that you set up windows on your template page the size you are likely to want? If so, my issue with that is that my drawings would rarely fit into a standard template. I have different numbers of windows of different sizes each time. Or maybe you mean something else?

Yes, that kind of thing is exactly what I would like. How do I move this topic to Feature Requests?

Yes that is what I do. The size of the windows are pretty easy to determine if you are using consistent scales. As an example I know I can only fit 2 elevations or 2 sections on a given sheet, 1 plan etc at 1/4”=1’-0”. I have this setup for all my LO file types. I don’t do one LO file for an entire project. Each project has a LO file for each drawing type. This makes setting up the different formats for each drawing type very easy while also drastically increasing the performance of LO.

Complimenting that is using corresponding SU templates that keep scene naming and position the same for each file. Everyone of my projects are unique in design, but the setup for modeling and layout are identical. There will always be a unique condition that requires an adjustment of a particular view port but that is fairly limited.

This process requires using a proxy model in the LO file, so you only need to update the reference.

Although the suggested concept of a one click sizing I agree would be nice!

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Although I am not sure your way of working would suit me, it is interesting that you have a separate LO file for each drawing. I tend to have multi-page LO files which allows me to print out a complete set in one hit. Presumably you have little or no use for the Pages dialog in LO?