Chief Architect X1

Creating a Layout Template

Before creating a layout file, it is very helpful to create a layout template. Templates save default, layer and page setup settings and then apply them to new, blank files - saving you the time and work of specifying them every time you begin a new project. For more information about plan and layout templates, see "Template Files".

To create a layout template
  1. Select File> New Layout to open a new, blank layout file.
  2. Select Edit> Default Settings from the menu to open the Default Settings dialog. Make any changes that you wish to the Text, CAD and Layout Defaults. This tutorial will simply use the default settings, but you can customize the defaults to suit your own tastes. See "Default Settings". Click Done when you are finished to close the Default Settings dialog.
  3. Select Tools> Display Settings> Display Options to open the Layout Page Display Options dialog. Here you can set up line weights, styles, and colors for the layers in your layout template. See "Layout Page Display Options". These settings do not affect objects within layout views - they only affect CAD, Text, Dimensions and layout box borders placed on the layout pages. Click OK when you are finished.

  4. Select File> Print> Page Setup to open the Page Setup dialog. First we'll specify the printer.
    • If you have a local printer/plotter you will be using, click the Printer button and select it from the list.
    • If you do not have a local printer, and you have not already installed the PDF995 driver, insert the Chief Architect X1 program DVD and install it now. Click the Printer button and select PDF995 from the list. See "Printing to PDF".
  5. Specify the Size and Orientation for the Printer Paper and Drawing Sheet. The sizes available will be limited by the current printer. In most cases, the printer paper and the drawing sheet should be the same size. If you would like to print a test page or if you would like to tape smaller pieces of paper together to create a larger sheet, the printer paper and the drawing sheet can be different dimensions.
  6. The Drawing Scale for layout files should always be 1 in = 1 in (1 mm = 1 mm for metric plans). For more information, see "Page Setup Dialog". Click OK when you are finished.

  7. Select Tools> Layout> Page Down to go to Layout Page 0. Any information that you place on Layout Page 0 will display and print on all pages of the document, so this is a good location for your border and title block. See "Layout Page Zero".
  8. Using the Text and CAD tools, design a border and title block. See "Text, Callouts and Markers" and "CAD Objects".

  9. Select File> Templates> Save Plan as Template . The Save Plan File dialog opens to the Templates directory specified in the Preferences dialog. (See "Folders Panel".)
  10. Save your new layout template with a short, descriptive name such as "My 24 x 36 Template.layout".
  11. When prompted, click Yes, specifying that you would like to use your new template as the default.

  12. Your template layout file will close and (provided you have no other plans open) a new untitled layout file will open with your border, title block, default and layer settings ready to go.

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