Toolbar: Settings > Explore Layers ()
Menu: Settings > Explore Layers
Alias: LA, REN, DDLMODES, DDRENAME
Experience Level: Intermediate
Displays the progeCAD
Explorer with the Layer Name list displayed. You can view, create, copy,
or edit layers in the progeCAD Explorer. You can also control visibility for
the current viewport, all viewports, or new viewports. You can easily freeze
or thaw entities on a layer by single-clicking the entity you want to freeze
or thaw. You can determine whether entities on a layer print, and you can also
assign a color, linetype, lineweight to entities drawn on a layer.
Layers are like the transparent overlays you use in manual drafting. You use
layers to organize different types of drawing information. In progeCAD, each
entity in a drawing exists on a layer. When you draw an entity, it is created
on the current layer.
You can control the visibility of layers. When you turn a layer off, entities
drawn on that layer are no longer visible and they do not print. Although a
layer may be invisible, you can still select it as the current layer, in which
case new entities are also invisible until you turn the layer back on. Entities
on invisible layers can also affect the display and printing of entities on
other layers. For example, entities on invisible layers can hide other entities
when you use the Hide
command to remove hidden lines.
You can also freeze and thaw layers. Entities drawn on frozen layers do not display, do not print, and do not regenerate. When you freeze a layer, its entities do not affect the display or printing of other entities. For example, entities on frozen layers do not hide other entities when you use the Hide command to remove hidden lines. In addition, you cannot draw on a frozen layer until you thaw it, and you cannot make a frozen layer current.
Similarly, you cannot freeze the current layer. If you attempt to freeze the
current layer, a dialog box appears asking you to specify a different layer.
You also cannot freeze a viewport layer. To set this property, the Model tab
must be active.
You can lock or unlock layers. The entities on a locked layer are still visible and will print, but you cannot edit them. Locking a layer prevents you from accidentally modifying entities.
You can rename a layer by right-clicking the layer name, and then from the
shortcut menu, selecting Rename. You cannot rename layer 0. If you attempt to
rename layer 0, a dialog box appears asking you to specify a different layer.
You can control whether entities on each layer are included or omitted when
you print the drawing.
Each layer has its own color, linetype, lineweight, and print style (if using
named print style tables). Entities you draw on a particular layer are displayed
in the color, linetype, lineweight, and print style associated with that layer
unless you override these settings. A color swatch next to the layer name displays
the color of each layer. Change a layer's color, linetype, lineweight, or print
style by clicking the corresponding column for the desired layer, and then make
your selections in the Color,
or Select Print Style
dialog box (if using named print style tables).
Layers from externally referenced drawings appear in the right pane. To differentiate them from other layers, externally referenced layers include both the drawing name and the layer name separated by the "|" character. For example, BUNGALOW|WINDOWS indicates the drawing name (BUNGALOW) and the layer name (WINDOWS). You control all of the associated settings for layers using the Layers elements in the progeCAD Explorer.
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Control layer printing
Control layer visibility
Create and naming layers
Lock and unlocking layers
Set a layer’s linetype
Set a layer’s lineweight
Set a layer’s print
Set the layer color