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    Moving switches in plan but not elevation?

    Is it possible to have a light switch symbol move in plan but not in elevation? In order for the symbols to read in plan we need the spacing to increase, but when we look at the elevation the switches are too far apart. Can you unlink the two?

    #2
    Yes, but you will have to go to the family and edit it. I'd save it as a new one first. Then:
    Open it. Select the ref level view in the project browser. Open the visibility graphics for that view and turn on the wall, then under the model tab turn on the dimensions and reference planes. They are off by default in this family.

    Add a reference plane over to the side and name it something like symbol. Select the "S" symbol and unlock it from the reference plane it is currently on. Align and lock it to the new reference plane you just drew.
    Dimension from the center reference plane to the new reference plane. Select the dimension and, in the options bar, add a parameter. Instance. Name it something like symbol location. Load into your project.

    Now you can change the symbol location on the family for each instance separately.
    Dan

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      #3
      Or simply create the plan view symbol as a tag, Use tag all not tagged to tag all in a plan view and rearrange as needed.
      But I like your solution too Dan! (rep points...)
      Martijn de Riet
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        #4
        I like yours better. :laugh:
        Dan

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          #5
          symbol offset

          when I make my electrical families I always have the symbol ofsettable left/right and away from the wall (I often have sockets/plugs one above the other). instance parameters

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            #6
            offset both ways?

            How do you make it offset both ways? I set up a reference plane and it will offset in that direction but if I try and make it go the other way I get an error message.

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              #7
              Set up two reference planes, one dimensions from center line of fixture to 1st ref plane (i.e. left), one dimension from 1st ref plane to 2nd ref plane (i.e. right).
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              Last edited by iru69; April 29, 2011, 04:15 PM.

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                #8
                you have a center default reference plane.
                than you create a parallel one in the left with the name RPleft.
                you put a dimension a dimension between center and RPleft that receive the parameter Left(instance parameter).
                you create another PR with the name PRright in the right side of the PRleft.
                you put a dimension between RPleft and RPright.
                you move RPright over the RPleft
                your dimension will show zero.
                you select the zero demension and you create a new parameter from option bar meniu with the name Right(instance parameter)
                you open type dialog and make a new parameter Position that is dimension type and instance.
                you fill the next formula to the Left parameter:
                if(Position>0,0,-Position)
                you fill the next formula to the Right parameter:
                if(Position<0,0,Position)

                Now ready. In project Position parameter can receive negative values for left offsets and pozitive values for right offsets.


                Edit : lol iru was faster that my mobile post abilities.
                Last edited by gaby424; April 29, 2011, 05:07 PM.

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                  #9
                  That's actually a bit different than the way I do it, but the way you're suggesting it is very clever. I just use a "Left Offset" and a "Right Offset".

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                    #10
                    thx iru. i edited the left formula (inserted a minus sign)

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