A template is simply a pre-saved drawing that can be used to base new drawings on. They are useful if you find yourself needing to:
- draw a border, company logo and title block on every new drawing;
- add any set of page objects or properties to multiple drawings;
- set page size or scale defaults for printing, e.g. to make default to A3
(Refer to CabMaster Help Topics [F1] - Scale Drawing Tutorial)
Although a template is typically applied when starting a new drawing, you can apply a template at any stage and can even apply several templates to the one drawing.
NOTE: You can turn on/off ‘ Show on New drawing ’ in File>Options [F10] as shown below. The CabMaster Help Topics [F1] available within the software has several documents about templates. Simply search for the topic and select to display.
To apply a template to a drawing, select from the File > Prepare > Apply Templates to open window as shown:
The dialog allows you to merge in a template in several ways:
- overwriting existing values with ones from the template
keeping the existing values
asking you about any conflicts. This means you can apply multiple templates that may affect different aspects of the drawing. For example:
one template may set up the drawing pages with borders, etc.
another may set some drawing defaults like cabinet depths and kickboard heights
- another series of templates could let you quickly select between various presets
- material colour schemes
- another may contain costing information (refer How To – Pricing Non Cabinet Costs)
Delete Existing Template
If you apply a template to a drawing that already has one applied , and the current template contains page objects (e.g. text boxes or rectangles) you will be asked whether you wish to delete existing template items.
- No - the new objects will be merged in with the drawing, leaving all existing objects untouched.
- Yes - all the objects that were added by the original template will be deleted, as well as any drawing properties that it merged in.
This effectively allows you to completely replace the current template, which can be useful in some cases. For example, if you have several templates with different border and title layouts, you can use this functionality to switch between the layouts at any time, without affecting the cabinets on the drawing.
Creating a Template
1. Start a new drawing with no library , and then place on it everything that you want to be part of the template such as border, images or text boxes, set page size and scale if required.
When editing the template, if you 'Renumber All Items', which is located on the Insert page, pictured below. In version 11 onwards this will allow all cabinets being placed in the drawing with this template to start from 1.
NOTE: The reason for creating a template with no library is so that when you apply the template, the drawing properties aren't replaced with those from whichever library you were using at the time. A template should contain the minimum amount of properties it needs to do its job.
2. Now save the drawing by selecting ‘ Save As’ from the File menu.
3. To make sure the drawing is saved as a template as shown:
1. In ‘Save as type’ dropdown list, select ‘Template (*. QIT) ’.
2. Type in a filename as required.
4. Make sure you save the file in the "Template" folder instead of the usual Data folder, so that it is detected when you start CabMaster.
From now on when you start a new drawing you will be able to apply the template you just created.
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