This 23 minute lesson shows how you can tabulate rooms and areas to compare against program requirements using either the Fill tool or the Zone tool.
The Fill tool has an option to display area text that is calculated from fill geometry. This number is automatically updated whenever the Fill changes shape or size. It is easy to create an Interactive Schedule to show these areas and tabulate totals. Grouping of the Fills in the schedule may be done by setting similar areas to use the same ID. The options here are limited, and for example, one cannot group the Fills by pen color or give them a category other than by Layer or ID.
The Zone tool has a similar option to display area text. This is calculated initially when the zone is placed, but the Zone stamp will not update when changes are made until the Update Zones command is used (see previous lesson for a demonstration). A similar Interactive Schedule can display the areas and room names. Since Zones can carry more data, it is possible to give them categories as well as names and numbers that can be shown and used for grouping or sorting. In the schedule Scheme settings, in the parameter area, one can use the “flag” icon to subtotal areas for all zones in the same category. The “headline” option can make this display even more clearly.
The final section of this lesson shows some easy ways to resize rooms or entire building facades using the marquee tool. It is possible to take a concept that was sketched by eye and tighten it up so that specific or whole number dimensions are created.
One key to this process is to use the marquee tool to outline just the area that you want to affect: use the rectangular, rotated rectangle or polygon option as appropriate; and make sure to use the thin marquee to affect a single story or the heavy marquee to affect all stories.
Make sure to leave the marquee tool active in the Toolbox, then click on any element within the marquee (you should see a checkmark or mercedes cursor rather than a trident) to start the stretch operation. Move the cursor to the new position using guidelines and the tracker as needed. To reference a distance from another point (for example, the other end of the room or building), hover the cursor over that point, then type in the offset (how far away you want to end up) and a minus (-) sign; if you have entered a whole number of feet (USA users only) then you will need to type the number of inches as well (this can be 0) or type an extra minus sign in order to complete the operation.
Technical Note: Only visible elements will be affected, unless Groups are active; in which case if a grouped element is moved using the marquee operation, other grouped elements on hidden layers will move as well.
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