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Please Note - Pages are now obsolete - tips and tricks....
they reflect my own experience in day-to-day
use of Allplan thus some areas are covered in more detail than others -
and many areas await exploration - Allplan is a vast territory!
Update Sept 2002 a
FAQ has also appeared on www.nemetschek.com
May 2003 Download all the pdf guides available from Allplan.co.uk
Update Sept 2004 Pending a revamp of the whole site I have updated some of the tips for Allplan 2004.
Update Aug 2005 Nemetschek UK have now posted an excellent range of
Step by Step Guides in English on their site here
ramps & slopes...
create ramps try using the freeform (or any) stair tool in the Stair
Designer Module but switch off all stair components except say, the
centre stringer and set it's side offsets to zero - result... instant
ramp, road, slope.
Wondering why sometimes you cannot select elements without the system
prompting you with a flashing element and a 'Enter or space bar for
next element' message? Check the filter assistant to see if the congruent
elements button is down. It is 'sticky' - i.e. it stays up or down.
Very easy to activate by accident. Useful tool when picking elements
in a very 'busy' drawing. Watch out also for it's friend the 'bounding
selection' box. This allows selection of elements without fully enclosing
them in a selection box (among other things). Again it is 'sticky'
and easy to forget about if you have set it - especially as it seems
to default to the last setting for the tool in use but does not update
the icon to reflect the actual state of the toggle (!)
Autodetect Outline active?...
do your selection tools seem to have a mind of their own? Check if
you have left the 'autodetect outline' option active in the Point
Assistant. It is 'sticky' and will stay selected until deliberately
unselected (i.e. it keeps trying to find an outline to trace).
drawing - offset by line...
- this works the same for 2D elements as the wonderful automatic offset
arrow in the 3D architectural elements tools - you can move the reference
point anywhere in fact. It avoids any need to draw construction lines.
Allplan 2004 - [Advanced Point Entry active] now included in right-click menu
drawing - division point...
- set the number of sides (subdivisions) to whatever you wish but
you can then set the division point to more than the number of subdivisions
to snap to a the projected points beyond.
Allplan 2004 - [Advanced Point Entry active] now included in right-click menu
As colour fills always plot on a colour plotter you can use the 'Filled
Lines' tool from the 'Paint' module to mark up a monochrome
plot. Pen thickness and the 'granularity' are set in the pop-up which
appears when the tool is selected.
You can create your own out of scanned bitmaps using the Scan Module
but Allplan FT includes many excellent bitmap element symbols.
Use 'Get From Library'->'Artist'.
The trees, shrubs and other symbols are excellent for adding interest
to elevations and isometric views (it looks as though you spent a
lot of time embelishing the drawing by hand).
drawings from Layout...
neat feature in Layout Editor is to Right Click the drawing file you
wish to modify and the pop-up menu has an option at the bottom to
'Edit Drawing Files' - this jumps you
back into Allplan proper and opens the relevant drawing file for editing.
Jump back to plot layout to check for layout conflicts etc. via the normal
'Layout Editor' button.
Although Allplan FT ships with only basic 3D smart symbols (including
a Charles Rennie Mackintosh chair!) there are thousands of 2D symbols.
Of particular worth are the trees in plan and elevation - Click 'Get
From Library'->2D Architecture. I find these work very well
in isometric 2D views as well as plan/elevation. (The
cars and vehicles are good too - and people, furniture and the usual
sinks and sanitaryware)
Ever wondered what this does (I have)? Use the 'Create
Layout Window' tool while in the Layout Editor and choose the
option from 'blank, with elements or add existing' (F1 gives further
explanation). If existing elements then select them, indicate the
window outline and exit the command. So what? Well, all the elements
are now linked so that they move together. If you place a fileset
in the layout it is very easy to move one drawing file and leave the
others behind but once part of a plot window they all move together.
Note that you can turn off the plotting of the plot window outline
from the first dialogue in the 'plot layout'
report from Project Pilot...
a printout of project or drawing file details? Start up Project
Pilot from the 'File' Menu. In the
left hand window, right click on the project name for a listing
of details on all projects. Right click on the 'Drawing
Files' heading on a branch below the project name. Either
way there is only one option 'Report'; expand this to another 'Report'
heading and click on it. A print preview will appear of the listing.
It is possible to enter Office address details in reports and even
put your own logo at the top of the page. The following is a FAQ
entry from www.nemetschek.de run through the Systransoft auto-translator
- but you get the general idea.
[Copyright Nemetschek AG]
Provision date: 12.03.2001
Processing status: 03.05.2001
Product: Project pilot
Topic: Replace report logo in the ProjectPilot with own Logo
With all reports at the end of each page is always the address
of Nemetschek AG . How can I replace these with our own office
address and change the Logo on the top right?
The input of the customer information takes place in Allplan
V16 under extras - > definitions - > office name and
address. The input or change of the customer information is
possible on use of the net manager only by the administrator
customer information you can enter two-line information (e.g.
your company name with the address). This information appears
also on list expressions (e.g. architecture lists) set off
and in the text block of the function project -, design -,
field name as inscription.
Logo is stored in the file rptlogo.bmp
in the file etc.. If you want
to begin their own Firm's logo, store this as square pixel
picture of for instance 120x120 pixel or more under the name
rptlogo.bmp in the file \nem\allplan\etc
You should rename the existing file before, so that this is
not overwritten. This change must be made on each job.
The customer information is stored in the file yen.nem
in office path STD. If you have
not entered so far any customer information, this file is
Click 'Help' on the top toolbar and the
menu item 'Shortcut Keys..' for a handy
complete listing of these. (note that you
can define your own via 'Tools->Customise'.)
by Arrow Keys. Handy when say, a symbol
is selected and on the end of your cursor and the position
you want to drop it is just off screen. The keyboard arrow keys will
move the screen over for you (most times). Also the '+' and '-' keys
will rotate symbol by increment shown on dynamic toolbar.
May 2003 When 'inside' a command, the arrow keys will
not work but Ctrl+Alt+arrow key may still
work as may AltGr+arrow
by Arrow Keys & Zoom with+/- keys in Project
on a drawing file name listed in the right hand window and the contents
of the file are displayed in the lower window. Left click and drag
in this window to zoom in or use the + and - keys to zoom in and out,
the arrow keys to navigate and the number pad keys to obtain isometric
views. '*' key to reset.
to drawing file number. It is possible to
jump to a drawing file number in the right hand pane
of the filelist manager - i.e. the 'Open and Select' tool. Timing
seems important - click in the window to make it active and then you
can key in say '834' and the system will jump to that file. However
it does not always work as it depends on where you are starting from
and the pause between entering digits - still experimenting with this
one. It's still quicker than manually scrolling down the list though.
a range in drawing file assignments. It
is possible to enter ranges as well as single drawing file numbers
if you right-click the fileset name in the 'Select Files and Filesets'
tool - then Click on 'Assign Drawing Files...' and in
the dialogue that appears you can enter ranges or numbers or both
- e.g "800-850 903-910 1010-1021" etc. (without the quotation
marks) all on the one line.
These are all listed in the Help files somewhere.
May 2003 The best place to look is in Help->Tips for
FWIW I always enable the option in Tools->Options->Global Options->Settings Tab->Middle Mouse button assignment=Windows compliant (2nd option).
This allows linear snap to be used by pressing the Ctrl key, which I find less visually intrusive while drawing.
click on the nearest toolbar to exit the current command
(often the zoom buttons at the window bottom are closest). Equivalent
to hitting 'Esc' key on keyboard.
the last selection= Double Right click
will reselect the last selection if a tool is still active (useful
for moving symbols around when you are zoomed in close) except for
the delete tool where it toggles undelete/delete until the tool is
exited. When no tool active it brings up the fileset listing.
click in the workspace when about to select elements (or
'interrupt' a command) to invoke the 'Open Brackets' command. If combined
with the 'Fence' selection (and all the other filter options) as many
elements and regions can be selected as needed before right clicking
again to 'Close Brackets' and complete the command.
Symbol= Hold down middle button and then
click left button on part
of a symbol will select the whole symbol if it has been saved with
all elements being in the same group (they usually are - see previous
note on Group Numbers).
Fence Selection= Hold down middle button
and then click right button to
implement a free form selection boundary. Final click near where you
started to complete the selection. (note
that the selection works in 3D window as well as plan/elevation)
to anything that lines up= Middle button
Linear snap - another brilliant idea. Offers to snap to
anything handy that lines up - a real time saver. You have to see
it in action to understand how useful it is. Turn it on/off via the
'Point Snap' tool (only available when another tool is active). Changed
in 16.1 onwards to give choice of Ctrl and Left Click for this function -
tab' and note above.
Handles to Edit Elements= Shift+Left
Click selection box will include elements not fully bounded
by the box. (Note Help file is wrong - it
says use Ctrl key - same
As in normal left click selection of elements a further right click
gives shortcut menu of options ' Move,Rotate,Copy,Delete'.
and middle click and drag= Pan
- depends on setting in Tools->Options->Global as to whether
the Shift key needed.
and middle click and drag= Open a zoom
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