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    Structural Grid Draw Order

    Typically a structural grid will show "in front of" every object in a view, which is a good thing. So, if you had an object that had a solid black material on it, the structural grid, which is set to half-tone, will show up as a grey line over your solid black object. This goes for modeled objects as well as detail items.

    While typically this behavior is exactly what you want, is there any way to turn this off? Is there a way to set the structural grid to show "behind" an object? We have several occasions where the structural grid lines up exactly with the edge of an object with the same line weight. The half-tone structural grid hides the object edge. And since grids show in front of detail items we can't even mask it in the view.

    Suggestions? Work-arounds? Confirmation that I'm just SOL?
    Mia Frietze
    LPA, Inc.

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    Use a grid that has a split center in the type, and set its Center Linetype to something other than the halftone. You can even omit it there. (Look in type properties and set it not to continuous or whatever else its on).
    Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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      #3
      Actually, in retrospect: If the Grid category is set to half tone, thats probably not going to do squat, unless you tell the center portion to be <invisible> or <no segment> which will make it not exist. Although, i think thats the *effect* you are after. Try one of the following:

      1. Set up a Filter that looks for that specific Grid (or all grids that have that issue) and set that filter to not be halftoned.
      2. If 1 doesnt work, because Halftone comes from VG as an override and the Filter is basically a NON override, then:

      2a. Undo the halftone setting in VG/VT.
      2b. Set up a Filter grabbing all grids EXCEPT those, and set them to be halftone.

      The only way to get it to otherwise disregard the hard coded superceding draw order is two viewports, = totally lousy answer. Go with the above.
      Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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        #4
        Ooooh, great idea. Very smart.
        I made the center portion to be <no segment> with a crazy long "End Segment Length" so basically it shows up normally, and in the offending views l can pull the ends apart to either side of the object. After checking a few other views it seems to be working great.

        Awesome. Thanks!!
        Mia Frietze
        LPA, Inc.

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          #5
          I use something similar for changing the color of my radial grids. New Grid type and a filter. Works great.
          -Alex Cunningham

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