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#1 Terry Babcock

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:00 PM

has anyone set something up for quicker access to your "top ten" or however many you have symbols/openings/doors you use all the time rather than drill-down method.  I know I can keyboard shortcut to anything- leaving that as worst case back up plan for now.  I have a lot of keyboard shortcuts already.  I now have enough screen real estate now that I am envisioning either (1) symbols screen to stay open all the time to a custom folder with often used items (tried this as a child window, but it still closes all the time), or (2) a pallette "on screen" of common items copied forward to each job- seems clunky, how to handle visibility when in 3d...Probably overthinking this- the menus work fine, but I just dont like wasted/redundant steps. Ideas??


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#2 Kevin Rabenaldt

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:44 PM

I have thought of the same thing, some way to put the most used/common symbols in top of the order.  I am experimenting with creating a symbol group for each type of drawing (floor, foundation, elevations, electrical, cross sections, etc) with all the symbols i use on each of these drawings.  Then i place the group on the drawing off to one side, explode once, then use move/copy to place where I want them.  When done, just group delete the left overs.  I have not gotten finished quite yet.  I will see if it is a time saver.  I do place each symbol used in all four directions so I do not have to rotate when I move or copy them.  I did a shorten version of this for my site plans a long time ago and I know it speeds those drawing up, especially notes because I have them sized appropriately for the typical scale of a site plan.



#3 Steve and Carla Farnam

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 06:09 PM

Under System Library you are able to sort the library placing the most often 

used symbols at the top of the list.



#4 Philip Frank

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:00 AM

As Steve and Carla said, resort the libraries. I have done this for nearly every symbol library as well as the openings and even the paint libraries. I have the 4" horiz paint listed 1st on my Siding folder since that is what I use 90% of the time. Big time saver and doesn't take much time to set up. Do yourself a favor and sort the libraries.



#5 Keith Almond

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 07:45 AM

... I do place each symbol used in all four directions so I do not have to rotate when I move or copy them ...

 

Quicker than that ... if you put "DRAW SELECT" on a keyboard shortcut (mine's on "S"). Instead of using MOVE/COPY, use DRAW SELECT and draw at the right angle all the time. Much quicker especially if adding multiple items on multiple angles.

 

I use/create multiple symbols in the "Assembled Symbols" Library. All Bathroom items, Kitchen items, mechanical items etc. are together. That way just explode and draw select. Works well for me.


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#6 Brian Berzinskis

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:04 PM

I would wish to see either a "starring" type favorite system implemented or even when I select the Symbols, not having to click inside the Text Box for starting a keyboard based search. I will use the Seach tool often but it is annoying that I have to click in that little Text Box instead of the cursor automatically being there.



#7 Keith Almond

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 12:47 PM

... but it is annoying that I have to click in that little Text Box instead of the cursor automatically being there.

 

What I find even more annoying is typing in a box to only find that it doesn't accept input unless you check the little box. If you are typing in a box, it should automatically check itself.


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