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Wed, May 3, 2017 at 8:26:22 PM | scale nested family within a family (2017)




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I am in the process of creating some 2D plan Tree families. I would like to have several types within the family for the different diameter canopies for those trees. is there a to have a nested 2D linework family nested into another family and have that nested family be able to scale at different canopy diameter intervals? reason being is I would create several different canopy diameters but the size someone else might want and I did not create I would like for them to be able to add a type in the family that matches the size (canopy diameter) that they want. is there a way to create a parameter that will scale these nested families? or am I moving in the wrong direction?

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Wed, May 3, 2017 at 10:15:55 PM | scale nested family within a family (2017)



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I suppose, with shared parameters... which can open a can of worms. 


If I were you, I'd build one tree family with many types, but rather than have a single (or a few) parametric nested 2D canopy family, I'd suggest adding a large number of 2D canopies into your base family file that have their visbility toggleable in the type properties. 


Despite sounded inellegant and tedious, the process would be quick and effective. Draw your symbolic lines, set their visibility properties to a yes/no parameter for, say, 20' diameter, copy all, group, and then move on to the next canopy--paste the lines, scale them down, select all, link to yes/no parameter 15' diameter, group, so on and so forth.


Attached is a pic of what it's like to go down the parameter rabbit hole.


edit: typos. 

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Wed, May 3, 2017 at 10:28:43 PM | scale nested family within a family (2017)




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That is what I have done for now. I was hoping to move away from this method so that if people would like to create a new type that is not in the family they could do it with parameters instead of having to open the family and go through the process I went through to set up the original types in the family.

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