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Importing and Exporting Layer Systems

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

To import and export layer systems, use the Layers command.

Ribbon: DME/DMH/DMP: Customization->Project Customization->  Layers

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical/HVAC/Plumbing->Customization-> Layers ->Edit Project List

The Layers customization dialog box works well for checking layer settings and making minor adjustments but can be cumbersome if you need to make several changes to your layers. The Import Layers from Excel and Export Layers to Excel buttons allow you to make these changes in Excel.

First, select a Layer System from the list and press the Export Layers to Excel button. This will create a file you can modify in Excel, which will automatically be opened.

The first three rows are file headers. Do not modify these rows.

Do not modify the first and last columns. The first column is the Layer Key, which corresponds to the Layer Key grid in the top-right of the Layers dialog box. The last column is labeled “DO NOT EDIT” and is used by Design Master to during the import process to transfer layer settings correctly.

When you are finished editing the file, save it. Excel may display one or more warnings, asking if you really want to save the file. Say “Yes.”

Go back to the Layers dialog box and press the Import Layers from Excel button. This button will import the selected file to the currently selected Layer System. You can either overwrite the layer system that was originally used to create the file, or you can overwrite a different layer system.

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