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#23343 by Mark Toce
Tue May 01, 2007 2:51 pm
Of course, smart walls are fun to draw, but installing smart doors is even easier. You simply activate doors that you want to use in your drawing and then place them into the smart walls.

:arrow: To activate doors for insertion into smart walls:
  1. Select the middle button on the Types toolbar to open the Door Type Manager dialog box. Alternatively, you can Press [A] to display the Walls menu, make sure Auto 3D is highlighted, select Doors to display the Doors menu, and select Manage.
    Notice that the Door Type Manager has multiple tabs. This gives you more control over the components of the doors you include in your drawings. Each tab offers different display/rendering attributes that you may be able to change. Options that you cannot change are grayed out.
  2. Select the door type you would like to use instead of the default by double-clicking or by highlighting it and clicking on Load. Notice that when you make a selection, the illustration in the preview window and the door and line properties change.

  3. Refine the door properties by using the options in the various tab sections of the Door Type Manager.
    For most of the tab sections, you can change the display/rendering attributes to customize the doors for your drawing. Your alterations appear in the preview window when you change the focus to the next field.
    • Unit – you can change the unit type (single, double, bi-fold, double bi-fold, sliding, pocket, and overhead) in addition to head and sill heights.
    • Trim Out and Trim In – you can control the exterior and interior trim by specifying head and jamb width and thickness as well as head extension.
    • Header – based on the options you checked, you can change the header’s thickness, depth, and offset from the wall.
    • Jamb – based on the options you checked, you can change the jamb’s thickness, depth, and offset characteristics.
    • Sill – if Include is checked, you can control the sill’s thickness and its inside, outside, and side extensions.
    • Stop – if Include is checked, you can control the stop’s thickness and width.
    • Door – toggle Include on to display the door in both 2D and 3D views. A parametric door will be drawn for both. If you check Use Symbol in the 2D section, you can select a symbol that will be displayed in 2D views in place of the Trim In, Trim Out, Header, Sill, Stop, and Knob. If Include Parametric Door is not checked, it will also include the Door and Swing. If Include Parametric Door is checked, you do not need to include the Door or Swing in your 2D symbol because they will be drawn parametrically. Make sure the symbol you create has the correct depth to match the wall’s width, is wide enough to match the opening’s width, and has the insertion point at the lower left outside corner of the wall opening. When Flush is checked, the door is flush with the wall opening; if it is not checked, you can enter an Offset value. When Use Symbol 3D is checked, you select a 3D symbol to use in place of the parametric door for 3D views.
    • Knob – if Include is checked, you can control the appearance and position of the inside and outside door knobs. If you check Use Symbol and select a specific knob, you cannot change its diameter and extension.
    • Swing – use this tab to describe the way the door’s swing should appear in both 2D and 3D versions, including swing type, color, and angle. If you do not check Match Door Color, you can specify any color for the 2D swing arc or line. The Swing Angle for both 2D and 3D are applied to the door when the door is inserted. Once the door is created, they become a property of the door entity, not the door type. To change them after you created a door, you must change the property of each door with the Entity Properties Editor.
  4. Select Apply to finalize your choices; then select OK if you want to use this door in your drawing without changing the basic description in the file.
    If you want to use this door with all the attributes you changed in future drawings, select Save As. Give the door a distinctive file name and select Save in the Enter door type filename dialog box. Whenever you want to use it later, just select it from the list that appears in the Door Type Manager, activate it, and insert it in future drawings.
Caution: If you select Save, your changes will overwrite the original door file.

:arrow: To insert a smart door into your drawing from the Door Type Manager:
  1. Highlight the door that you want to use from the ones you loaded into the Door Type Manager.
  2. Click on Set Active and then select OK to close the Door Type Manager. Notice that the active door’s name is red and the inactive ones that you loaded are black.
  3. Make decisions about how you want to place the smart door into your drawing:
    • Toggle Sides on in the Doors menu if you want to place the smart door by sides. You are prompted to Click hinge side of door.
    • Toggle Sides off in the Doors menu if you want to place the smart door by its center. You are prompted to Click center of door.
    • Toggle Center Point on to add a snapping point to the center of the door.
    • Toggle Cutout on to automatically remove the smart wall where you place the smart door.
    • Anchor the door by its sill or head. Toggle At Sill on to anchor the door by its sill. Toggle At Sill off to anchor the door by its head.
    • Decide which layer you want to use. Toggle One Layer on if you want to search only one layer. Toggle One Layer off if you want to search more than one layer. If you toggle One Layer off, another option appears on the Doors menu to allow you to toggle on Any Layer if you want to search all the “on” layers for smart walls where you can place the door.
    • Select the point on the smart wall where you want to install the door. You are prompted to Click strike side of door and indicate direction of door swing.
    • Click to indicate the way the door should open.
    • Continue placing copies of that door into your drawing where needed.
    • Place other smart doors that you loaded in the Door Type Manager by selecting them from the pull-down menu in the Types toolbar.
:arrow: To replace one smart door with another:
  1. Select Search/Repl from the Doors menu. The Search and Replace dialog box appears.
    If you select Search and Replace from the Edit pull-down menu, select Door types from the Type pull-down menu in the Search and Replace dialog box.
  2. Select the door type you want to eliminate from the ones available in the Find pull-down menu. Only loaded smart doors are available.
  3. In the Replace pull-down menu, select the door type you want to take the place of those you indicated in step 2. Only loaded smart doors are available.
  4. Click OK. The Search/Repl menu appears.
  5. Toggle on the search parameter you want to use:
    • Entity – lets you replace the doors you select on a case-by-case basis, leaving the other ones as you originally indicated.
    • Group – automatically replaces all of the doors at once.
    • Area – prompts you to place a rubberband around the rectangular area where the doors need to be changed. Doors outside the area you indicated will not change.
    • Fence – prompts you to create a rubberband around the polygon-shaped area where the doors need to be changed. Doors outside the fence you indicated will not change.
    • Mask – lets you search for specific entities based on their properties.
  6. Select the entities to change.
:arrow: To change a smart door’s Z-Base, Z-Height, and door height:
  1. Go to the Change menu by pressing [Alt]+[C].
  2. Determine which option (At Sill or At Head) was used when the door was created:
    • If At Sill was toggled on, select Z-Base. This is the only way to affect the door’s z-position. Selecting Z-Height will do nothing.
    • If At Sill was toggled off, select Z-Height. This is the only way to affect the door’s position. Selecting Z-Base will do nothing.
Note that you can also use the 3D Move command to move Smart doors in the Z direction by switching to an elevation view, then defining the distance to move.
#56105 by BJjr
Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:28 am
Why can't I change the amount of glass panes I have on a French Sliding door? I just want to insert a simple sliding door with one full pane.

I am using DC12.
#56106 by Tony Blasio
Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:42 am
The doors with glass in them are actually symbols. If you open the Symbol Browser and set it to drawing you should be able to locate the door symbol used by the Smart Door and revise it to your needs.

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