Hmm, it's an idea, but not ideal. We'd like to use the potential object to help with designing layouts, so it's something that'd need to sit on a layout master template. And we don't really want to have to get into turning layers on and off within the masters.
A code solution would be preferable - any thoughts? Anyone known what the GLOB_CONTEXT = 8 (Layout) refers to?
GLOB_CONTEXT = 8 could be used to stop an object's script from running - hence making it invisible.
if GLOB_CONTEXT = 8 then
But this would stop you even seeing the object let alone not letting it print.
This will only activate if the object is place in a layout directly - so you could place it in the plan and you would see it there.
But if placed in the plan you would still see it in the layout because it is only a view of the plan in the layout. Because the object was not placed in the layout it wouldn't disappear.
I'm not sure if I explained that so well.
I was thinking you could try making the object with white pens (these won't print) but the layout pages are white and this won't help.
There is nothing that you can do about this and the pen visibility option in the work environment has no effect in the layout book.
You could add an on/off switch to your object so that you could turn it off when not needed but then if it is in the Master layout you would have to open that to turn it off.
The best option I think is a new layer combination so you can turn it on when needed as Erika suggested.
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isn't this situation something that Trace was meant for? i was also trying to think of a way to do this with gdl but couldn't figure out anything until Trace came to my mind as you can trace anything, as well another master.
Can You just give the object a scale when it is visible? For exaple 2d script:
if a_<50 then end
It means that when 2d scale>1/50 then the object is invisible. 3d behaves the same way if needed. No Layers. You can also put the object in some other drawing or floor and trace it in Your drawing.
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sinatropus wrote: isn't this situation something that Trace was meant for? i was also trying to think of a way to do this with gdl but couldn't figure out anything until Trace came to my mind as you can trace anything, as well another master.
Agree, another solution is to have the object in a worksheet or detail window that can be shown as trace reference.
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Thing is, I need to be quite realistic about how people would actually use these, and in a lot of cases the other staff just wouldn't bother, and would line stuff up by eye instead. Changing screen colours etc would cause more fuss than solutions!
We were after a solution that takes zero effort on the final user's part, hence hoping to create a 'hot line' object.
Guess we'll just have to set up a hotspot grid for layouts instead.