How can I change the layer properties for every drawing?

Changing layers on a DynaSCAPE drawing is easy to do but, before making any significant changes to layers, it is best that you fully understand the implications. One of the main benefits of using DS|Design is that it uses a standard set of layers for an important reason. Each layer has been assigned a line width and a line style that gives printed drawings a professional appearance. In addition, DynaSCAPE library figures are created using these layers and changing them could change their appearance. DynaSCAPE also uses modes which turn specific layers on and off based on this standard set. ‘Clusterable’ and ‘colorable’ figures have specific layers built into them that are essential for both functions.

It is not recommended to change the existing layers unless you simply wish to adjust the line weight or color of the layer while maintaining its intended purpose.  If you need to add layers, add them to the empty layer fields as opposed to overwriting existing. You can add new layers by opening the layer table editor and typing in new layer names.

There are two ways to use your new layers in future drawings:

  1. Import the layers from a drawing that has them
  2. Create new prototypes that contain the new layers

To import your revised layer list into a new drawing, open the Layer table editor and choose the Import option, find the drawing with the new/revised layers, and click Open. This is less work up front than creating new prototypes but you’ll have to remember this each time you start a new drawing (or before you print).

To create new prototypes, start with a new DynaSCAPE drawing and make the adjustments to the layers. You can find detailed instructions with screen captures in the Design User Manual; the section entitled Creating Custom Prototypes (templates) on page 18.2. You will need to create a prototype for each scale of drawing you use. Each different scale prototype will have different default settings for things like text and leaders, line weights etc. This could be a time consuming process.

Also, please be advised that making significant layer changes will make it harder for DynaSCAPE Support to troubleshoot any issues that you may run into and may interfere with the normal operation of our commands.

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