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Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 3:42:14 PM | Visibility within a category - looking for best practice advice




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In a current project we have started to try out using more 2D families for furniture to keep the model simple and avoid some 3d elements we'll never show other than in plan view anyway. we even have a bunch of families that are basically just geometry with instance parameters to controll size, and we use the comments parameter for tagging. This have been working really good so far and is really speeds up some parts of the design process.

however, when it comes to visibility we ran in to a slight problem. Since all of our 2d families are line based we cannot just simply hide a specific linetype under the category furniture in our view templates since this would hide that line type in ALL furniture families.

some of the furniture needs to be shown in the production sheets and some furniture are purely for illustrational purposes or only needed in export views to exchange information with other consultants.

what is the best practice to separate these types of furniture? my first idea is to create a separate line type to create some kind of sub-category within the families that way I could have several types of hiden lines (for example) in the family category and be able to hidedifferent ones for different views. I haven't tried this out yet tho cus I would like to get a second oppinion on this topic and I feel like there might be a better way.

Any input would be awesome!



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Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 3:52:28 PM | Visibility within a category - looking for best practice advice



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How about setting up yes/no visibility parameters for these lines.

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Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 3:57:45 PM | Visibility within a category - looking for best practice advice



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Why line based families?

We do a lot of 2 1/2D familes for furnishings.   Symbollic lines for plans and elevations and 3D for 3D views only (if at all).  Some of these families are parametric and they are all in the proper category so they tag with furniture tags and schedule as furniture.


So I guess my best practice is use the correct family category.   And line based families set to the furniture category then have annotation lines in that category.

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