Maybe we're still stuck in the 20th century, but I'm just now working on getting an automated drawing list on our cover sheet. So, I'm using the "Sheet Index" as a base and making my own custom one (all I want is the drawing name and number). I have a couple questions/problems....
We number our cover/title sheet as T-1 and our architectural drawings as A1.1 for foundation plan, A1.2 For first floor, etc. This creates a problem. The T-1 comes up last on our drawing list. Since I want the drawings listed in order, what can/should I do???
Another problem is when we use consultants, how do we get their drawings to show on our cover sheet? We normally have them send us PDF's and add them to the printed set when we're done. If we're trying to be as automated as possible, how do you achieve this?
I am interested to know how people do their drawing lists in general. We usually have to manually type them in at the end, so anything more automated would be much welcomed.
The list will return the Subsets in the order they appear in the Criteria Panel (see attached). We create 'dummy' layouts for our consultants' sheets -- it's a work-around, but doesn't require any additional effort than entering the sheet name/numbers as we usually would.
Unfortunately, a lot of Architects here prefer to track the sheets submitted at each issue in a matrix (see attached), which defeats the purpose of an automated Drawing Index. I haven't figured out a way to make this happen in AC in an efficient manner.
We use folders to put our sheets in (ex: Floorplan folder has all floorplans in it so we can use the automatic numbering). When I try to break the criteria
down into values, it lists only the folders themselves. I cannon select individual sheets, so I cannot put some before others. Can you help with this?
If I'm understanding you correctly -- the 'folders' you refer to are the Subsets -- and perhaps your T-1 sheet is within your floor plan Subset and this is why it is listing last? Attached is a screen shot of our typical Layout Book within the Navigator, which corresponds to the previously attached Index Settings dialog.
If you structure your layout book in the same order you want them indexed (typical IME), then you should just be able to use an all-encompassing subset as criteria and you won't need to apply any sorting whatsoever.
As you can see in the image it works (in AC12 2325).
Please note that since GS won't allow us to use subsets as index fields (still!), that I have used custom text to show the different sections of the document set. Then manually entered these headings into the index. Consequently they aren't live.
Link wrote: ...you should just be able to use an all-encompassing subset as criteria ....
I should have made note that the primary purpose of our Layout Book is construction documentation, so we don't bother with an additional "all-encompassing" Subset, although it's a perfectly logical practice.