Create a Schedule

Schedule window

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.

Schedule Types

On the Create tab, is a check box to set the schedule mode.

1.  Click the Quick Schedule check box and select an existing palette or list to schedule. Click the Create button to pick a schedule area and specify an insertion point.

2.   Uncheck Quick Schedule to define or generate a Saved Schedule.

Quick Schedule

In its checked state as shown in the screenshot, an existing list can be selected to schedule.

Click the Create button at the bottom of the dialog to begin. You will be prompted to specify a selection window or optionally to select, or draw a polyline which will define a selection area.

Ensure the extents of the polyline are visible and at the prompt, pick an insertion point to create the schedule.

Saved Schedule

When ‘Quick Schedule’ is unchecked (the default state), saved schedules are displayed in the listbox as shown in the screenshot here.

Creating and saving a schedule 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

Multiple schedules can be selected and regenerated by clicking the Update button. 

Using the Display button at the top of the dialog, you can 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.

To create a new schedule, click on the ‘New’ button which will expand the window.  Name the schedule and define settings including insertion point, selection area and lists to save.

You can delete single or multiple schedules depending on the selection.

Ignore layer

Check to include data which belongs to a PlantManager list but has been moved onto a layer not specified by it. In some circumstances it is helpful to move data to a new layer to manage plotting visibility.

Any label

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. 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.

Format tab

Click the format tab to define schedule text styles, height and colour. 

See the Schedule Format section for details.

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