Create a Schedule
Access the schedule window by clicking its button on the ribbon, the palette or main dialog.
The schedule window can also be opened by typing ‘sch‘ at the command line
The schedule window floats in the workspace allowing access to the drawing and other dialogs. Note the word ‘palette’ and ‘list’ are used interchangeably in all topics relating to schedule creation.
There are two ways to create a schedule.
The default type is a ‘saved’ schedule – see this video for a quick overview.
Saving schedule properties allows you to:
- Store settings about the area of the drawing to schedule.
- Specify which lists or palettes are included.
- Choose columns to include for each palette
- Choose to include graphic swatches or blocks in the schedule
To create a new schedule (basic steps)…
- Click on the ‘New’ button to expand the window.
- Name the schedule
- Select list/s from the Include Palettes panel
- Click the Insertion button and select a point in the drawing
- Click the Save button (bottom right of the window)
- Click the Create button
Once a schedule has been saved, multiple schedules can be selected and updated by clicking the Update button.
Click the Display button at the top of the window (screenshot at right) to zoom to any selected schedule or group of schedules.
To edit the properties of a saved schedule, double click on its name or click on the expand button at the bottom of the dialog.
You can delete single or multiple schedules depending on the selection.
To generate a Quick Schedule,
- Check the Quick Schedule box
- Select an existing list to schedule.
- Click the Create button at the bottom left of the window
- At the prompt, specify a selection window or optionally draw a polyline to define a selection area.
- At the prompt, pick an insertion point to create the schedule.
Ensure the extents of the selection area are visible when generating the schedule.
Check to include labels and blocks in a schedule which have been manually changed onto a different layer from that specified by the list. This feature can be useful if you want to control plotting visibility.
Note this setting will only work when ‘layer for list’ (in Options) is specified.
When checked, any label which matches one of the top two pre-set formats will be counted.
This can be helpful to generate schedules with drawings manually created or using another software package.
When used in combination with the ‘Ignore Layer’ check box, any label regardless of layer which matches a pre-set format, will be included in the schedule calculation.
Limitations are it will only work as a quick schedule (using the current list), it ignores blocks (assumed they are already labelled) and it won’t work with long labels or those made up of multiple key names representing more than one plant.
Write to file
Check to create a comma delimited file of the schedule output. This will create a .csv file which can be opened in Excel.
Browse for a folder location to save the file.
Check ‘Don’t Draw’ if you don’t want to draw the schedule to the drawing.
Click the format tab to define schedule text styles, height and colour.
See the Schedule Format section for details.