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Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 7:50:41 PM | Simplifying Family in Plan




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Hey everybody hope the reviting is going well.  I've got a quick and hopefully simple question about family creation.  I've made plenty of families and they all work fine but my issue is that in plan my windows end up looking really garbled because they're overly complicated with lines.  I need all the pieces that I have to get the look I want in elevation but is there a way to mask everything in plan and simply draw over it with symbolic lines something a little simpler so it cleans up my plan view a little more?  I tried a masking region but it doesnt seem to cover anything in the plan view but rather its placed behind everything for some reason....any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 8:00:42 PM | Simplifying Family in Plan



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You need to re-think how you build your families.  In some of our families, we turn off the model elements completely and only show symbollic lines.  In addition to that, some of our symbollic lines show on;y in coarse view ... then more detail in medium and fine views.

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Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 8:52:28 AM | Simplifying Family in Plan




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Another option is to turn off in plan (Visibility) all or some of the 3d objects that make up your family and add a simplified 2D component in the plan view that looks the way you want it to look. This 2D component can be parametric to match your 3D model.

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Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:07:13 PM | Simplifying Family in Plan




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To elaborate on what dianajohn had said, change the visibility settings so that your model only shows it's true lines in 'Fine' plan view and then draw some basic detail lines and assign those so they only show up in 'Course' and 'Medium' views.  I would think viewing a plan view in 'Medium' should be sufficient, where as showing a section through the window may want to show as 'Fine'.

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