Previous blog: Composing Drawings Blog Series: Building Design – Blog 2 of 4
In the previous blog we customized the drawing seed and used it for automating dynamic views. In this blog, we will add sheets to the sheet index and customize the sheet numbering.
You can organize the sheets in a sheet index by different categories. For example, by discipline such as Plumbing, Electrical etc. Each category is a different folder in the sheet index. For our project, let us create folders for each sheet type.
Note: Please get the updated WorkSet from here.
To create a sub-folder, select the folder in which you want the sub-folder and then click the Create Folder icon.
As we learnt in the Basics blog, there are multiple ways to add a sheet to the sheet index. Let’s use one of the methods and add sheets to the sheet index.
Sheet numbering is the numbering that you apply to sheets in the sheet index. Following is how a typical sheet number looks in a sheet index:
You can customize this numbering to match your organization’s sheet numbering standards. Following properties are provided for customizing numbering a sheet index:
The customization of sheet numbering is possible at sheet index level as well as folder level. To customize the numbering before creating a new folder, you can use the Manage Properties dialog (clicking Manage Sheet Index icon).
To customize the numbering before creating a folder:
To change the properties of sheets in a folder after creating the folder, use the Properties dialog.
There could be a case where you want a specific sheet to be excluded from sheet numbering. To do so, you can use two special properties, namely, Exclude From Auto Numbering and Exclude From Sequence Number. These properties are accessible from the Properties dialog.
Using the combination of these two properties, you can achieve different types of sheet numbering exclusions. Following table describes the effect of different combinations of the two properties:
Exclude From Auto Numbering
Exclude From Sequence Number
(Default) Sheet numbering is displayed properly.
Invalid selection. Avoid this setting as it would display invalid sequence number.
Sheet index displays the model name, followed by (Excluded). The sequence number is unchanged.
Sheet index displays the model name, followed by (Excluded). The sequence number is set to zero.
Following are the links to the previous blogs of this blog series:
In Composing Drawings Blog Series – Building Design blog 4 of 4, you will learn placing the sheet index as a table and generating reports.