Tips & Tricks
  
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New in LayerManager v4.1   3D-Orbit-View
Display-Filter
Auto-Structure (1)
Auto-Structure (2)
Auto-Structure (3)
Working-Layer-Window
Layer-History
Create Group/Hierarchy
Drawing entities
  
Improved in LayerManager v4.1     Network-/Multi-User features
Foreground/Background-Control
Reposition Property Columns
Context menus for column headers
Display Updates (1)
Display Updates (2)
Display
Drag & Drop is smoother now
Advanced ToolTips
Handling Windows and Dialogs
  
All versions   

LayerManager and AutoCAD®-Profiles
Advanced Explorer concepts
Using optimum column width
Sorting display by column
Create Layergroups easily
Extend Layergruppen easily
Create Hierarchies easily
Extend Hierarchies easyly
Create Sub-Hierarchies easily
Exchange Layermanager-Structures (1)
Exchange Layermanager-Structures (2)
Drag-and-Drop with LayerManager (1)
Drag-and-Drop with LayerManager (2)
Drag-and-Drop with LayerManager (3)
Assigned Drawings
Using LayerManager-Structures within Prototype-drawings
3D-Orbit-View
Un-Install LayerManager
   


New in LayerManager v4.1
3D-Orbit-View
  

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(only with R2000) Similar to the AutoCAD® 3D-Orbit LayerManager offers an own 3D-Orbit-View ==> all drawing entities of SELECTED Layers, Groups and Hierarchies are visualized there. So you will get a fast overview on the content of your selection: in hidden, shaded or rendered view
  

Display-Filter
  

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There is a new "Display Filter" to define / reduce the content of right window panel's displayed list : by hiding unnessecary objects you may speed up navigation, improve clearness and get a faster window refreshing. The Display-Filter also works with all window modes (like "All Layers", "All Groups", "Visible Layers" etc.)
  

Auto-Structure (1)
  

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Setup your own templates for layergroups and hierarchies, and attach these template(s) to your drawing. LayerManager will then automatically (and in background) create layergroups and hierarchies when pre-defined layers/groups are creating. Same applies to hierarchies, when pre-defined layergroups are detected.
  

Auto-Structure (2)
  

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Even existing import-/export-files may be used as Template(-files). Thus Hierarchies and Layergroups are not immediately created. Instead, these imported Hierarchies and Layergroups will be automatically created, if the corresponding layergroups / layers are created inside the drawing (manually or by application).
  

Auto-Structure (3)
  

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You may also assign Template(-files) to prototype (template) drawings. This way, just at the beginnig of work, all your drawings have that "knowledge" to create hierarchies and/or layergroups automatically in the background, without having all corresponding layergroups and/or layers already defined in your drawing.
  

Working-Layer-Window
  

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There is a new function under <View> called "Working Layers" - a small window will open, that always contains all layers of all those selected objects (Layers, Groups, Hierarchies) of the current LayerManager's window panel. With a click on one of these "Working Layers" that layer becomes the current drawing layer. This way, a very fast and secure access to a pre-selected layer set is offered, even if the LayerManager window is minimized.
  

Layer-History
    

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LayerManager allows you to save any Layer situation to the Layer-History, that is maintained separately for each modelspace / paperspace (layouts). You may step forward and backward through the Layer-History. IMPORTANT: The Layer-History is only related to the layer visibility, layer properties and drawing entities are not effected. The Layer-History is completely saved inside the drawing and is not lost when closing AutoCAD® !
  

Create Group/Hierarchy
  

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There is a new method for creating Layergroups and Hierarchies. LAYERGROUP: select any Layers needed for the new Layergroup (in any window panel) and use function "New/Layergroup" from the (context-)menu. A comfortable dialog will open for Layergroup creation. HIERARCHY: select any Layergroups needed for the new Hierarchy (in any window panel) and use function "New/Hierarchy" from the (context-)menu.
  

Drawing entities
  

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There are some new functions related to drawing entities on selected Layers / Groups / Hierarchies : you may set color, linetype, lineweight, plotstyle etc. for these entities on Layers / Groups / Hierarchies to any value of your choice including "ByLayer".
  

Improved with v4.1
Network-/Multi-User features
  

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LayerManagers Network- and MultiUser handling has improved : All users will get their own, last-used LayerManager settings with all details on EVERY machine in your network - under the a new sub-directory "...\INI" there is a separate directory for each user with all related configuration files.
  

Foreground/Background-Control
  

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LayerManager now offers to save all display sort orders as "Named Orders", separately for Layers, Groups, Hierarchies - You will have different sort orders as many as you need (i.e. separate orders for modelspace and paperspace(s) and layouts) only with some mouseclicks !
  

Reposition Property Columns
  

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(only R2000) You may change the order for property columns directly by Drag-&-Drop : Simply click to a column header and drag it to the new position : small red arrows will indicate suitable positions to "drop" the column header.
   

Context menus for column headers
  

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There is a new context menu available if you right-click on a column header : there are functions given to automatically fit current / all column(s) to optimum width, and functions to sort and hide columns.
   

Display Updates (1)
  

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If the right/lower window panel is configured to mode "Dependent Layergroups" or "Dependent Layer", you can position the mouse pinter over an object within the left/upper window panel, and the contents of pointed object is displayed in the right/lower window panel immediately.
   

Display Updates (2)   
  

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By improvements related to routines for build-up and refreshing of right window panel there is considerable speedup of the display. Especially when displaying very large lists and when sorting the display by columns, the new improvements will take effects.
  

Display
  

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Now LayerManager supports complete textfont selection including text color for both the left and right window panel; additionally, under "Preferences/Advanced" you may optionally define Layergroups and Hierarchies to be displayed with Bold textfont and also withseparate text color
  

Drag & Drop is smoother now
  

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If you use Drag selected objects into the left/upper window, you may open the LayerGroup/Hierarchy under the mouse pointer by pressing CTRL-key; additionally, using the SHIFT-key will close that LayerGroup/Hierarchy again; Please refer to <Configuration> and activate the Drag&Drop option with CTRL/SHIFT
  

Advanced ToolTips
  

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There is a new ToolTip implemented : normally the short ToolTip text inside dialogs and menus is displayed - but there is also a more detailed information available : in this case a small black arrow is displayed at the right side of the ToolTip window. Simply move the mouse pointer into the ToolTip window, and detailled information is shown.
  

Handling Windows and Dialogs
  

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By improved handling, all LayerManager-Windows, -Dialogs and -ToolBars are completely saved and restored now : the complete "Layout" of all components is saved and restored, even the "minimzed icon" position is restored (after using "Minimize" from the title's menu).
    

All LayerManager-Versions
LayerManager and AutoCAD®-Profiles
  

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If you're using multiple AutoCAD®-installations and/or several profiles with these AutoCAD®s, you should register LayerManager to all desired profiles : this could easyly be done by "Register 2 AutoCAD®" program, that is located in LayerManagers program group under "Start/Programs/LayerManager..." on the startmenu.
  

Advanced Explorer concepts
  

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You can select several ranges of objects : select the first object of range with CTRL+left-click, then select the last object of that range with SHIFT+left-click; SHIFT+left-click is ALWAYS related to the last selected object.
  

Using optimum column width
 

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You may have adjusted the columns' width in the right/lower window-panel automatically by double-clicking to the column divider line.
  

Sorting display by column
  

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You may sort the displayed lists in the right/lower window panel by column values; therefor left-click to the column-header to resort displayed list by that column; the display is alternating sorted in ascending and descending way.

Create Layergroups easily
  

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Simply drag your desired layers (by Drag-%-Drop) into a window panel that is configured to one of the layergroup modes. You may then enter name and description for the new layergroup in the target window panel.
  

Extend Layergruppen easily
  

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Simply select additional layers and drag them to the target layergroup, that you want to be extended.
  

Create Hierarchies easily   
  

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Simply select your desired layergroups and drag them (by Drag-&-Drop) into one window panel, that is configured to Hierarchy mode. You may then enter name and description for the new hierarchy in the target window panel.
  

Extend Hierarchies easily
    

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Simply select additional layergroups and drag them to the target hierarchy, that you want to be extended.
  

Create Sub-Hierarchies easily
  

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Select your desired layergroups and drag them (by Drag-&-Drop) to the PARENT hierarchy. If you select "New" from the drag-&-drop-contextmenu, you may then enter name and description for the newly created sub-hierarchy
  

Exchange Layermanager-Structures (1)
    

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(only with R2000) To transfer LayerManager structures between 2 drawings, open 2 LayerManager windows and attach the source drawing resp. the target drawing to these windows. By using Drag-&-Drop you may completely copy/move any selected objects from the source drawing to the target drawing. If some objects are already existing in the traget drawing, you may select objects to transfer and overwrite.
  

Exchange Layermanager-Structures (2)
    

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To transfer LayerManager structures between drawings, you may use the Import/Export-files. At first create an export file with those objects selected and then import that import/export file from inside another drawing. All objects to import may be chosen very comfortable at the import dialog.
   

Drag-and-Drop with LayerManager (1)  
  

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LayerManager supports Drag-&-Drop very extensively and easy : Simply select any objects and drag them to any other window or even within the same window. You may use the left or right mouse button anyway - if you leave the mousebutton, the drag-&-drop-contextmen will appear with all available (and suitable) functions.
  

Drag-and-Drop with LayerManager (2)
    

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You may drag selected objects within the same LayerManager (from right to left panel and vice versa); but you can also drag them into another open LayerManager-window.
  

Drag-and-Drop with LayerManager (3)   

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(only with R2000) Selected objects may be draggen (by Drag-&-Drop) into another open LayerManager, that has another drawing attached than the source window : this way you can simply transfer LayerManager structures between drawings.
  

Assigned Drawings
    

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(only with R2000) Each LayerManager-windows knows 2 methods to work : 1) there is the current AutoCAD® drawing displayed always and in generally -OR- 2) you may "attach" a specified drawing; therefore use function "Menu/View/DWG-List" or "Menu/File/Drawing..." to select and attach any drawing to the current LayerManager window.
  

Using LayerManager-Structures within Prototype-drawings
    

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You may define Layers, Layergroups and Hierarchies even inside your prototype drawings. Define all structures manually or by importing Import/Export-files, or by assigning Template-files.
  

3D-Orbit-View
    

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To control the 3D-Orbit-View use these mouse/key combinations : LEFT mousebutton = orbit; RIGHT mousebutton = PAN; CTRL key + RIGHT mousebutton = ZOOM.
  

Un-Install LayerManager
  

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If you want to Un-Install LayerManager, please run the program "Un-Install", that is located in LayerManagers program group under "Start/Programs/LayerManager..." on the startmenu. Or you may also use "Start/Control panel/Software" to uninstall LayerManager. By both methods, LayerManager is completely removed from your PC.