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Custom Drawing Titles part 2 of 2 - How to control position and content

dkovacs
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
A manually created Custom Drawing Title has its limitations. The best way to create a Drawing Title that is highly customizable is by creating it through GDL coding, but with the instructions in this article you can turn your manual Custom Drawing Title into an enhanced version without GDL coding. See the table below about the advantages:
Advantages Custom Drawing Title Enhanced Custom Title
Manually drawn content
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Flexibility through Autotexts
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Color override
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Content editable after saving
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Control Position of Drawing Title
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Control Content of Drawing Title
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Before getting Started with the 2-step process below, it is recommended to go through the first part of this article, to get familiar with the basics of designing a Custom Drawing Title.
1. Control which corner of the drawing your drawing Title is placed on The manually saved custom Drawing Title is always placed in the bottom-left corner of the drawing. As a first step, we will make a drawing title in which you can select which corner your drawing Title Should be placed on.
  1. First, download this Drawing Title Template object, rename it to something that you will recognize (e.g. My Custom Drawing Title) and load it into your library. You can either load it into the Embedded Library, or load a Linked Library you placed it in.
  2. Go to ’File>Libraries and Objects>Open Object...’, and select the Object you just loaded. Alternatively, you can place a drawing with this drawing title, select the drawing, and press ctrl+shift+o/cmd+alt+o (Win/macOS) to open it.
  3. The Drawing Title Object should open in the GDL Object Editor View, with the ’Details’ tab selected from the left-hand menu. Fill these fields (Author, Description, Keywords) as you see fit.
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  4. Click the window button next to „2D Symbol” in the left-hand menu to open the 2D Symbol Editor Tab/Window.
  5. You can use the 2D drafting Tools from the Toolbox (eg. Lines, Fills, Texts) to draw your own custom Drawing Title. See the previous article for help on how to do that. If you had previously created a Drawing Title with the help of that article, you can go to its 2D symbol, and copy-paste the contents from there.
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  6. The origin represents the insertion point. Make up your mind which corner you want to place the final title on, and place the title around the origin accordingly. You can see an example below with a bottom-left corner placement.
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  7. Once you finished with the drawing title, close the 2D symbol tab and go to the Parameters Tab in the left-hand side menu in the GDL Object Editor Window.
  8. Choose the corner you want the drawing title placed on from the drop-down menu of the "Position" Parameter.
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  9. Use ’File>Save’ to save your Drawing title, and close the GDL Object Editor tab.
  10. To use the Drawing title, open the selection settings of a Drawing, go to the "Title" tab, and choose your newly created Drawing Title from the drop-down list.
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2. Control the visibility of parts of the drawing title separately In this second step we will take what we made so far, and give it the ability to change its settings/content on the fly, from the Drawing Selection settings. This can be useful in case:
  • You have multiple drawing titles you want to use in your plan (e.g. a different title for layouts and different for drawings in floor plan)
  • Sometimes you want to turn off some information on the drawings title (e.g. scale, drawing name, Drawing ID)
  • You want the same drawing title to be available in all corners of a drawing - so you need to draw it 4 different ways, depending on which corner you want to place it on
  • If you want to set up any of the above for your entire office as the BIM manager, so others wouldn't have to meddle around with Drawing Title Settings.
What we will basically do, is set up "layers" for each content you want to control separately, and put the visibility toggle of these layers on the custom drawing title settings window.
  1. Go to ’File>Libraries and Objects>Open Object...’, and select the Object you created in the previous steps. Alternatively, you can place a drawing with this drawing title, select the drawing, and press ctrl+shift+o/cmd+alt+o (Win/macOS) to open it. If you don't have such a Drawing Title yet, you can also download this template Drawing Title and use this instead.
  2. The Drawing Title Object should open in the GDL Object Editor View, with the ’Details’ tab selected from the left-hand menu. If you haven't done so yet, fill these fields (Author, Description, Keywords) as you see fit.
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  3. Click the window button next to „2D Symbol” in the left-hand menu to open the 2D Symbol Editor Tab/Window.
  4. The 2D symbol window has 16 layers (use cmd+L/ctrl+L to open the Layer Settings Dialog). You can place different drawing elements on different layers (just like in a floor plan view) and later change their visibility from the finished drawing title. There are 2 ways to go about this step:
    • You can place each part of your drawing Title on different layers, so you can later turn them off separately (Drawing ID on Layer 1, Layout ID on Layer 2, etc.):
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    • Alternatively, you can design different drawing title styles and place each of them on different layers (Drawing Title #1 on Layer 1, Drawing Title #2 on Layer 2, etc.):
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      Note:

      If you later want to be able to place the same drawing title on different corners of the drawing, you can place the same drawing title on different layers, placeing each of them on a different side of the origin. See step 6 of the first set of steps for further explanation about this.

  5. Once you set up all your drawing elements on the different layers, close the 2D Symbol tab and go to the Parameters tab in the left-hand side menu in the GDL Object Editor Window.
  6. You will find a list of layer names among these parameters (Show Layer 1, Show Layer 2, etc.). Rename these options to something else, explaining what is on that layer. This will let you turn that part on/off with the button you are naming right now.
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  7. Remove the red X from the left side of the line of each layer you named, but leave the red X there for the other (unnamed) layers. Options with the Red X next to them won't appear on the user interface.
  8. Set Default settings: On the right side of each layer name, there is a toggle to turn it on/off. The ones that are set to "on" will be turned on by default when you select this drawing title, so decide what you will want to see by default. Set up the default setting for the Position Parameter as well!
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  9. Use ’File>Save’ to save your Drawing title, and close the GDL Object Editor tab.
  10. To use the Drawing title, Open the selection settings of a Drawing, go to the "Title" tab, and choose your newly created Drawing Title from the drop-down list.
  11. If you go to the "Custom Settings" tab, you can change the title type and position to suit your needs.
    • Here's an example of the results with optional contents:
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    • And here's an example of the results with different drawing titles, for different positions:
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Tips & Tricks
  • Save favorites
  • Different corners
  • You can use the „Uniform Title Pen” and „Flip Title” options from the Title tab of the Drawing Settings to override the saved representation.
  • You can drag the Drawing Title anywhere you want manually by clicking on one of its hotspots and choosing "move sub-element" from the Pet Palette. If you want it to go back to the default Position, turn off the "Manual Position" toggle in the Title's Custom Settings.
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