Layout Tab

The Layout Tab allows you to send information about your site to the field.

Tips for Using the Layout Tab

  • Depending on your current view on the Layout Tab, certain keyboard shortcuts may not be available. For example, pressing [P] to display the Properties popup window only works when you have selected a line or an area.

  • If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can magnify any region on the Layout Tab by moving your cursor over the region you want to magnify and scrolling up with the scroll wheel. Scrolling down reduces the magnification level.

  • You can use the keyboard for magnification purposes. Pressing [I] increases magnification on the center of the drawing; pressing [O] decreases it.

  • When you have magnified the tab, you can move the sheet by pressing and holding Ctrl and moving the mouse toward the area of the sheet you want to view. Release Ctrl to continue working as normal.

Button Reference

Icon

Description

Allows you to select a line, area, or stake by clicking the stylus or mouse on the item you want to select. If you select one item and then select another, the first item you selected will be deselected.

Allows you to create single stakes at any point on your job site.

Magnifies a selected region of the tab when you click the button and drag the stylus or mouse over the region you want to magnify.

Restores the drawing view to the limits of the located drawing after you have magnified the view or zoomed into a specific section.

Displays the entire job site you are currently working on in respect to all the other drawings or phases of a job, such as viewing a golf course hole in respect to its location and position on the golf course along with all the other holes. Fit to World is useful only when you have multiple drawings for a job.

Displays the Properties popup with the layout-related properties of the line or area you have selected.

Displays subgrade elevations in the lower half of the tab.

Displays finished grade elevations in the lower half of the tab.

Displays contours and elevations on the drawing. Click Elevations again to hide contours and elevations.

Displays areas on the drawing. Click Areas again to hide areas.

Exports the staking information for the job to a text file.

Allows you to create point to point and trace annotations faster and more accurately. Set the sensitivity of the tool on the Preferences screen. When you turn on the Align to Image tool, it is activated on the Takeoff, Area, Trench, Len/EA, and Layout tabs. Click AI again to turn off the Align to Image tool. You can also hold Shift to turn Align to Image on or off temporarily while you are digitizing.

Displays the Select Layers to View popup window.

Keyboard Reference

Key

Description

[S]

Activates the Select tool.

[K]

Activates the Stake tool.

[Z]

Activates the Zoom tool. Click on the drawing where you want to center the zoom, then using the scroll wheel on the mouse or [I] and [O] to zoom in and out on the drawing.

[D]

Activates the Fit Drawing tool.

[W]

Activates the Fit World tool.

[R]

Displays the Properties popup window for the selected item.

[B]

Displays subgrade elevations in the lower half of the tab.

[F]

Displays finished grade elevations in the lower half of the tab.

[E]

Displays contours and elevations on the drawing. Press [E] again to hide contours and elevations.

[A]

Displays areas on the drawing. Press [A] again to hide areas.

[X]

Exports the staking information for the job to a text file.

[I]

Zooms in on the center of the tab.

[O]

Zooms out on the center of the tab.

Ctrl

If you have magnified the tab, hold Ctrl and move the mouse to the portion of the sheet you want to view.

Shift

Hold Shift to activate or deactivate the Align to Image tool temporarily. Release the Shift key to return the Align to Image tool to its previous state.

[Crtl] + [I]

Activates the Align to Image tool without changing the sensitivity level.

Shift + [0]

Turns off the Align to Image tool.

Shift + [1]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Low.

Shift + [2]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Medium.

Shift + [3]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to High.

Shift + [4]

Activates the Align to Image tool and sets the sensitivity to Maximum.