View Full Version : Creating Backgrounds for Mechanical Drawings

2006-12-07, 06:13 PM
I'm using Autodesk Building Systems 2007 without service packs. My goal is to xref an architectural floor plan as an overlay and display it grayscaled behind my HVAC drawing. The architecural drawings we receive do not have a "screened" configuration available and don't respond when I copy in a screened configuration. The check box that locks the xref's default display configuration is not checked.
There must be an easy way to make grayscaled backgrounds?

2006-12-07, 07:49 PM
There must be an easy way to make grayscaled backgrounds?Hi ScottR,
A forum search will turn up something like this:

Is it possible to change the layer color of an Xref file? (http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=28912)

Need help writing a script file - Change line color and style of a xref file (http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=24056)

Change colours of everything in a drawing, including Blocks, Xrefs etc (http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=44813)

Halftoning x-refs (http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=49262)

Let us know how you get on, won't you?

2006-12-08, 05:44 PM
Well, it can be quite a task to tweak the settings, no doubt.

But, a few things to keep in mind:

-- ALL of the project drawings need to have the SAME display settings for things to work properly. Project Navigator synchronizes these settings.

-- Once the settings have been succesfully tweaked, you cannot DIRECTLY use the drawings sent to you in the progress update files -- unless you get the ARCH to update their settings........ You will need to manually replace the entities in YOUR working XREF drawing.