Program help

Inserting and Editing Objects

Inserting Viewports

Properties of Viewports

Printing Viewports to Scale

Deactivate Vector Printing

Inserting Stamps

Stamp Properties

Insert Dimensions

Editing Text

You can insert various objects into your Layout pages. In this chapter you will learn how to insert viewports and stamps and how they can then be edited using the Properties editor.

Other options available in the Layout area are the insertion of images and drawing elements.

Inserting Viewports

Using the Viewport means that views of the design area can be placed into the Layout area. This is how:


1.Click on the Viewport button in the Tools group, on the Layout tab.
2.Now click anywhere on the page and drag to create the Viewport.
3.A second click will fix the size of the window.
4.It is now possible to create further viewports on the Layout page. The Properties Editor and Interaction mode allow the user to make individual settings for each Viewport.

Properties of Viewports

The properties of any object on a Layout page can be edited separately. For this, the Properties Editor is an important tool, to be found on the Toolbar within the Layout area. Select any object on the page, then click on the Properties button. Now you can start to modify them. The following screenshot shows the properties of a Viewport and the modifications that can be made to it.


The Camera item is where all standard projections a Camera defined specially for the design can be selected. The Render mode or Render style can also be set for each Viewport, a Title given to it or the Border color set, etc.

Printing Viewports to Scale

A scale can be defined for viewports in orthographic or isometric projection as well for a viewport in a 2D view. Under the Properties Editor, use the Camera entry to set the view to one of the aforementioned projections. Under Properties Editor you can than set predefined standards in the Scale field, or you can enter your own values.


Deactivate Vector Printing

If you would like to avoid vector printing, you can simply disable it. The print will then be of conventional quality. This way, the file size of the PDF will remain smaller and printing will save memory.

1.Open Print Preview or your Layout area.
2.Click on the viewport for which you want to disable enhanced line printing.
3.Find High Quality Printing in the Properties Editor.
4.Remove the checkmark from this option.

Inserting Stamps

A further step in editing the Layout could be to insert a Stamp. Stamps are headers for drawings which provide information on, for instance, the project, the author and the scale at which the present design has been created. pCon.planner comes with a number of Stamps that can be inserted in your Layout. Now follows the insertion procedure.

1.Click on the Stamp button in the Tools group on the Layout tab.
2.A file dialog will open. Select a Stamp (DWG file) and click on Open. The Stamp will be inserted into the Layout and placed at the center of the page.

The positioning of stamps and other items on your Layout pages is explained here.

Stamp Properties


Just like any other element, a Stamp will have particular properties (see screenshot on left). These can, of course, vary depending on the type of Stamp.

The Properties Editor shown on the left shows the features of a Stamp accompanying a design. As soon as you make an entry (perhaps under designer or date) and confirm this with Enter, what you have written will be visible in the Layout. The following illustration gives an example.




Assigning Attributes

In the Tools group on the Layout tab, you will find the Assign Attributes function. This is the function whereby the details you have entered in Document Properties, Address tab and Summary tab will be transferred automatically to the Stamp.

The Project name (as property of the Stamp) will be determined by the name given to the design file. If it has for example been called “pCon_layout.dwg”, the Project name will be pCon_layout.

If you make manual changes to the text of the Stamp using the Properties Editor, for instance changing the name of the customer, and later carry out the Assigning Attributes function, the manual changes will be dropped.

Inserting Dimensions

In the Tools group, you can find options for inserting dimensions into your layout page. You can add simple, rotated, angle, radius, diameter and circular arc dimensions in the layout area. In the Insert group, you can also find Callouts (Text menu). More information on inserting dimensions can be found here.

You can dimension viewport content as well as distances between viewports and further objects on your layout page. What’s important here is:

If you are dimensioning within a viewport, the dimension line will automatically attach to the lines and edges in the viewport. Dimensions within the viewports reflect the dimensions of the contained objects in the planning area. The attachment of the line to the viewport content will occur regardless of whether you started the interaction mode or set a measurement in an inactive viewport.
Dimensions between viewports, drawing elements etc. on the layout page specify the distances on the print page. These dimensions will indicate the lengths and sizes that the depicted objects on the print page had.



Note: To distinguish between the two dimension levels, pCon.planner will give you a warning if you are not above a viewport before you set the extension line or dimension arrow.

Please only use dimensions in windows where you have enabled the Freeze Scale option (Properties Editor), otherwise zoom movements in the viewport may lead to unintentional changes in dimensional orientation.

Using Dimension Styles

The dialog Dimension Styles is also available in the layout area. Please create your own dimension style for your layout page. The size of the dimensions and other properties are oriented to the size of the layout page so that the proportions from dimension styles in the planning area do not match to the scale of the print page. If you use a dimension style from the planning area, dimensions or arrows may appear too large in relation to the content of the output window.

Editing Text

In the case of text, editing can be done not only in the Properties Editor but also with the pencil symbol, which becomes visible when the text is selected (see screenshot below).