Title Blocks

New options have been added to the New Layout dialogue when creating a new Layout project. When the Title Block option is checked, the user can load a custom or pre-defined title block into the project.  Clicking the Open folder will open a directory of pre-defined title blocks which can be selected for the project.  Alternatively, a user-created title block can be loaded from this open dialogue and inserted into the project.

 

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The Layout dialog.

 

By default, the title block is inserted at the project origin and a “TITLE BLOCK” layer is added to the Layers palette.  However, when the Placement box is selected, it overrides the title block default placement and activates the radio button field.  The radio button field corresponds to the location on a project sheet for which the title block can be placed.  That is, if the lower right radio button is selected, the title block is inserted at the lower right corner of the project sheet.

 

The Name field displays the name of the file that is being loaded as the title block and the Path field displays the file’s path.

 

The Title Block Dictionary defines the project settings for specific strings that will be substituted in the title block.  That is, the matching strings from the title block file are automatically replaced with the corresponding string from the project’s tile block dictionary.  The title block dictionary is a list with two columns.  The Name column on the left defines the tag that is placed in the title block file.  The tag must start with the “<” (less than) character and end with the ">" (greater than) character.  Tags can be placed in the title block file in any note text.  A number of default tags are provided.

 

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Title Block Dictionary.

 

The right column of the list is the Definition column.  These are the definitions for the project that will be shown in title block wherever the title block file includes the tag from the left column.  The <sheetnumber>, <date>, <filename> and <filenamefull> tags support a special definition of “<auto>”.  When this is selected, the definition is created using the logical information for the name. For example the <sheetnunmber> tag generates a numeric value for the sheet that the title block is representing and the <date> tag will automatically be set to the current date defined by the operating system.

 

The <sheetnumber> tag is a special tag.  Sheet number can be overridden from the <auto> definition to a user-defined value in the Sheet Parameters dialogue.

 

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Sheet Parameters.

 

Additional tags can be added by clicking on the green plus button at the bottom of the list.  A tag can be removed by clicking on the tag to highlight it and then clicking on the trashcan icon.