Seed files are kind of templates that can be used for working on repeated tasks to achieve a consistent output. Drawing seeds are seed files that are used while placing callouts and automating dynamic views in a project. The drawing seeds define the settings and properties while placing a callout, which simplifies the dynamic views creation process. A drawing seed can contain seeds for callouts, drawing boundaries etc. In the drawing seed, you can set the default values for various settings in the Create Drawing dialog. For example, discipline, purpose, whether to create drawing and/or sheet models, seed sheet and drawing models, annotation scale, detail scale, etc.
In this blog, we will learn how to customize existing drawing seed for use in dynamic views automation. We will also learn how to use the seed while placing a callout in a DGN file.
The WorkSet MSBasicsBldg is shared and the same is used as sample in the procedures in this blog series. You can download the MSBasicsBldg WorkSet from here. If you want to try out the procedures using the WorkSet, you will have to copy the .zip file into the Example WorkSpace (..\Example\WorkSets\).
In the previous blog, we saw how to place a callout. That was a simple workflow, where the drawing seed was not selected. The drawing seed can be selected from the Drawing Seed drop-down in the callout’s tool settings window.
When you select a drawing seed, the detailing symbol style used in that drawing seed is used while placing the callout. Also, in the Create Drawing dialog, various settings such as view type, discipline, purpose, annotation and detail scales, and creation of drawing model are inherited from the drawing seed.
It is recommended to create a new drawing seed by creating a copy of a delivered drawing seed. Create a copy of the delivered MetroStationDrawingSeed.dgnlib and rename it to SampleDrawingSeed.dgnlib. The seed file SampleDrawingSeed.dgnlib should be kept at a location pointed by the MS_DGNLIBLIST configuration variable. In the case of MSBasicsBldg WorkSet, it can be copied to the ..\MSBasicsBldg\Standards\Dgnlib\DrawComp folder.
The following steps explain how to create a sheet only plan drawing seed.
The following actions take place:
This customized drawing seed can now be used in any DGN file in your WorkSet. Following are the steps to use the same:
In the next blog, we will learn about using the sheet index feature.