Open ( Drawing Editor > Ctrl + o )

Tool summary :

Also see :


An overview of the " Save As " " Rename " and " Delete " buttons. The video points out that -- for erection views -- these buttons are also available in Modeling . Also see " New ... ." ( SDS2 Detailing , v2018)

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   Step-by-step instructions :

. Please note that if you apply a " Detail complete date " to a detail sheet or gather sheet (press " Yes " in step 2), you'll get the option to apply that same date to all details (or submaterials) on that sheet. Also note that Step 4 of these step-by-step instructions applies only if a " Detail complete " date has been set for the drawing you attempt to open.

1 . While accessing a drawing in the Drawing Editor , invoke Open using one (1) of the following methods:

Method 1 : Click the Open icon. The icon can be taken from the group named ' File ' and placed on a toolbar (classic) or the ribbon (lightning).

Method 2 : If " Drawing Editor layout style " is ' Classic ', you can use the menu system to choose File > Open .

Method 3, 4 or 5 : Open can also be invoked using a keyboard shortcut , the context menu , or a mode . For the ' Lightning ' layout style, configuration of the interface is done using Customize Interface .

2 (if applicable) : Skip this step if it does not apply. The Save Changes dialog opens only if you made changes to your current drawing. Optionally enter or clear the " Detail complete date " or " Detail frozen date ," then press one (1) of the following buttons.

Detail complete date: A month day year or **NOT SET** . Double-click to enter today's ' month day year ' (see entering dates ). This prevents your current drawing from being auto detailed again. Users can save changes made in the Drawing Editor to a detail-complete drawing, but to do so they would need to press " Yes " on the dialog that asks if they want to override. Enter ' **NOT SET** ' (type ' 0 ' then press Tab) to clear the detail complete date and thus permit the drawing to be auto detailed again.

Detail frozen date: A month day year or **NOT SET** . This option is available only if your current drawing is a member detail . Double-click to enter today's ' month day year ' (see entering dates ). This prevents users from changing any layers except comment layers . Setting a date also prevents re-detailing and the changing of this member's piecemark. Users must clear the frozen date before they can make changes to non-comment layers. Enter ' **NOT SET** ' (type ' 0 ' then press Tab) to clear the frozen date. Click here for more information.

"Yes" writes to disk the changes you have made to this drawing (including detail complete status changes). If you changed the " Detail complete date " on a detail sheet or a gather sheet , another yes-no dialog lets you apply that same date to all details (or all submaterials) on that sheet. Go to step 3 .

"No" also closes your current drawing, but does not save to disk any changes you have made to that drawing (including the changed " Detail complete date "). Go to step 3 .

"Cancel" keeps you in the Drawing Editor drawing that is currently open and keeps everything as it was before step 1 (except the " Detail complete date " if you have changed it). Do not continue.

3 . A drawing selection dialog opens. Select one (1) of the drawing types shown on the selection dialog, such as   Details (which includes group member details) or   Job standard details or   Global standards , etc. Changing the drawing type updates the selection list on the dialog to show drawings of that type.


" New ... "" New ... " " Save As " " Rename " " Delete " " Sub-Members " " Hide " and " Show All " and " Status Display " are options that you should be aware of. Some of these options may become disabled ( grayed-out ) when you change the selection category from, for example, ' Details ' to ' Submaterial '.

The check box " Detail Views " can be used to show or hide available detail views that are under the drawing type category ' Details ' or ' Submaterial ' or ' Erection views '.

Alternative 1 : Double-click a drawing name (or select a drawing name, then press " OK "). Go to step 4 (if it applies), or go to step 5.

Alternative 2 : Select a drawing type, then click " New... " to create a drawing of the same type. (Exceptions: ' Submaterial ' and ' Erection views ' and ' Connection cube details '.) Go to step 5.

Alternative 3 : You can select an item, then press " Save As " " Rename " or " Delete " to perform the stated operation on the item. After doing this, alternative 1 or alternative 4 can still be performed.

Alternative 4 : Press " Cancel " to be given the option of exiting the Drawing Editor . Do not continue.

4 ( if applicable ): Skip this step if it does not apply. If the drawing or sheet you double-clicked in step 3d has its detail complete date set, Open Drawing opens a no-yes-cancel dialog that tells you that date and asks the question, " Do you want to clear the date? " Do one of the following:

Alternative 1 : Press the " No " button to keep the " Detail complete " date. Go to step 5.

Alternative 2 : Press the " Yes " button to clear the " Detail complete " date (so that it reads ' ***NOT SET*** '). Go to step 5.

Alternative 3 : Press the " Cancel " button to go back to the drawing selection dialog (step 3).

5 . The detail or sheet or sheet outline you selected in step 3d is now your current drawing (it opens).

Tip: You can now use various Drawing Editor tools to graphically enhance and modify the drawing you just opened.

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   Open to restore work lost due to a crash :

Work-loss scenario: You are working on a drawing when a power outage causes you to lose all the work that you have done. Fortunately, you had set the User and Site Options > Drawings > " Automatically create recovery files interval " to 15 minutes, and you were working on the drawing for more than 15 minutes. As a result, a recovery file was created, and that auto saved file includes the work that you lost when your computer crashed.

To get back the work you lost: After restarting your computer, run the Verify and Fix utility to unlock files that were locked due to the crash. In the Drawing Editor , Open ( Ctrl + o ) the drawing that you were working on. Since an auto saved recovery file of the drawing was saved, you get the following yes-no dialog:

Restore work from auto saved drawing?

You press the " Yes " button to restore the work you lost due to the power outage.

Tip: If you find that you don't want the restored changes after all, so can File > Revert .

Also see: File > Restore Backup Drawing .

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