Rotate layout view

A basic premise made when using CAD software such as gCADPlus is that designers work in real-world units. Every component in the design should be drawn full size and not to scale. When it comes to presenting the design, it is usual to create a layout on a sheet of paper chosen from a range of paper sizes.

The figure below shows a full size landscape model created using decimal feet as the base unit – metric units (mm) can also be used. When complete, the design can be displayed on any number of layout spaces, each complete with site details and designer’s logo, ready for printing. These views in layout space are most important, because they provide a quick impression of what the design will look like before printing. The figure below shows an example printed from an architectural C size layout sheet. Note the inclusion of a plant schedule that is automatically generated using one of the tools in the specialist gCADPlus drop down menu.

How to create an new layout

Select the Format drop down menu, then choose Create Layout.

A Page Setup dialog box appears. A new layout is created by selecting the button at top left of the dialog box.  The desired sheet size can then be selected from the drop down list. Rather than accept the size of sheet for the attached default printer, it is recommended that you select a sheet size appropriate for your final plot and scale.

Tip: To identify wrongly placed entities, use the zoom extents option in model space before using the create layout tool.

Tip: It is recommended that you give each of the layouts a meaningful name. If you are working in the USA, the first sheet might be labelled A1 Sheet 1:100 but Architectural C size 1/48 is equally good.

After a while, you will more than likely dispense with the sheet name in the title as this can be determined from the Layout Manager. Names such as front entrance, wetland, deck, demolish, rear garden etc., then become more the norm.

Click OK and the new layout is created. Switch to the layout by clicking on its tab at the bottom of the drawing editor.

The view will likely be zoomed in. To display the entire sheet, right click and select the zoom extent option. The design itself will be seen inside the border of the layout sheet that is drawn in the current color.

To rotate a view, select the floating viewport and type a new angle in the properties box. Remember that all entities including text will be rotated by your chosen angle.


Spline  A short movie showing how to create a new layout.

Spline We take a design for redevelopment of some primary school surrounds and show how it is possible to rotate views inside floating viewports. Rotation affected the orientation of text that had been applied using the AUTOLABEL tool. We showed a strategy to overcome that issue.

Spline  A designer wishes to show different options for the layout of an entertaining space on a single sheet. The basic design for the space is on an angle in the design so we square things up by rotating the layout porthole used to view the design. By separating alternative options on different layers, it is possible to use the VPLAYER tool to achieve our aim.