(EDIT) This thread started as a question about if there was a way to reference a page other than the one the auto-text was on. The answer seemed to be “No” and the thread evolved into more of a feature request discussion. At the bottom of this post you will find the original text of the question so you can follow the train of thought. Below is a summary of what this feature request would consist of (I will edit this list as it evolves):
Create a new entity in LayOut that is similar to a group but has attributes associated with it (like components or dynamic components in SketchUp). For the sake of discussion we are calling this new entity an “Assemblage”
These attributes can be auto-generated or manually entered. For instance: if the assemblage contains a SU viewport the attribute for “scale” could auto display whatever the scale of the viewport is or you can manually enter it.
Other attributes might be:
-Scene name = Displays name of scene shown in SU viewport
-Document name = name of the LayOut file where this assemblage is from. You would be able to reference assemblages from other LO files in case you break up your construction drawings into multiple files (As Nick Sonder recommends)
-Label = an abbreviated symbol to be used in drawing identifications
-Page URL = unique identifier for the page so that if the page order changes you won’t have to manually
update references on other pages.
So why do this?
The speed of revisions is (in my mind) the most powerful argument for adopting Layout. This would make the program more dynamic and easy to revise. If you need to add or remove a page everything updates.
Having clickable references inside the exported .PDF construction documents would be a very powerful feature. Especially for large sets of plans. Will help our industry become less paper oriented.
You could also create an index that updates automatically. I’ve always wanted that. And I bet there will be other unforeseen cool things that one could do with this new feature as well.
The process of entering drawing identification information would be much faster if the auto-text pulls up things like scale and scene name
It is a feature for more advanced users but LayOut is designed for Pro users. Not many hobbyists use LayOut I’m guessing. And if this is not the case this feature can be completely ignored by anyone who doesn’t like it.
Updating every drawing because a client changes some detail right before you are about to hit print and ask for that final payment is an experience we all know. Show architects how easy that revision is in the SU and LO workflow and you will turn some heads.
LayOut is due for an update of features and capability.
If clickable references are a possibility then perhaps an export to HTML and/or SVG with support of clickable references so LayOut may become a web-design tool suddenly.
Questions for you?
- Do you see any adjustments to this proposed expansion that would be better?
- Do you think this would be a helpful feature? How would you use it?
- Do you see any other possible uses for this new functionality?
- What other assemblage attributes might be helpful?
I’m hoping to find a way to tweak the functionality of the auto-text so that I can reference a different page than the page where this text resides.
For example, I’m working on construction documents right now and on each drawing there are multiple references to other pages. I may have a section symbol on page 3 that tells you that you can see the section in drawing “A” on page 15. Of course I can input this manually but if I shuffle the page order or add an additional page in the middle of the document then all the references need to be changed manually.
Does what I want make sense? Is it possible? I see that I can create my own auto text but I don’t see any way that I could get that functionality.
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