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    dashed door swing in rcp

    hi all!

    i am wondering if there is an easy way to make door swings and door panels show as dashed lines in the rcp? for some reason, i'm seriously struggling with this! it seems like it would be so easy.
    first i just tried to change all doors to dashed in the view. i've tried changing all door categories to dashed in visibility/graphics. when that didn't work, i tried overriding graphics by element, but that didn't work either. when i hover over the instance of the door in both cases, the door lines "seem" to be dashed, but don't appear that way in the view. the only thing that seems to work is changing the line type by using the linework tool, but that's as bad as using autocad!!!

    i've included the door family i am working with. someone, please tell me there's a way!

    thanks so much in advance for your help!
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    #2
    I'd try to add a symbolic hidden line in the family, then set it to only show up in fine detail. Set the other line for plan view to only show up in medium. That may work, but you'd have to remember to set all of your RCP's to fine.
    Dan

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      #3
      The cut plane of a RCP view is "too high" for a door to be cut, so it won't show up by default. It is usually set to 7'-6" (Imperial Template) If you lower the cut plane setting in View Range (something like 6'-0"), the doors will show. It just has to be low enough to intersect with all your door geometry. Then use Visibility/Graphic overrides to change the line pattern for the doors so it looks the way you want. Try it with stock door content first and then just make yours the "same".
      Last edited by Steve_Stafford; January 17, 2012, 03:47 PM.

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        #4
        Ahhh, of course. Cut plane. :smackhead: Makes total sense...
        Dan

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          #5
          I suggest you control this visibility via filters.

          120117_RCP_Doors_Dahsed_Filter.JPG
          Pfaulder | London, UK

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            #6
            thanks so much for everyone's answers.
            the problem is not that i can't see the doors in the view, because i can. i just can't get the lines to be dashed. i know it sounds like a weird problem. somehow i can't control the lineweight of the symbolic lines while i'm in the project without using the linework tool.

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              #7
              I think the Linework tool only works on model elements and the plan swing is, as you said, symbolic.

              If you've placed the swing on its own subcategory, and if you can see the swing in your RCP, you should be able to change the linework of the swing through Visibility Graphics.
              Greg McDowell Jr
              about.me/GMcDowellJr

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                #8
                Well the stock doors "swing" is using a sub-category called Plan Swing. Changing that will affect the line pattern/weight you see. If you've made your own content the perhaps you don't have the same sort of approach.

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                  #9
                  here is an image of what i'm seeing.
                  all symbolic lines are in the family on their own subcategory. as mentioned, the lines appear as "Plan Swing [cut]" etc.
                  i've changed the visibility/graphics of the view so it overrides all lines associated under "doors" as dashed. if you look at the image, you'll see that some of the lines of the door are dashed, but that the other components of the door are not dashed.
                  on the left, there is a door that i have made dashed by using the linework tool. this is the say i want the door to look, but i want to be able to control it from visibility/graphics, so that all doors automatically will be dashed in the rcp.
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                    #10
                    Looks like the 3D geometry is competing with the symbolic. Sorry to keep referring to the stock stuff...but it's a benchmark you can refer back to... they've turned off the visibility of the solid panel/glass etc in Plan/RCP. Only the symbolic linework shows up so it's easier to alter the appearance. Keep in mind that line patterns are affected by scale, if the pattern is "too long" it won't show a pattern, just solid.

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