NEW TECH TIP
HOW TO CREATE A
BILL OF MATERIALS
This tech tip explains how to create
symbols with attributes, placing the attributes into a drawing and
then creating the Bill of Materials file which assists in creating a
Bill of Materials.
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AllyCAD 3.4 contains something for
everyone with over 100 enhancements. The new and improved functions
and completely revised toolkits were based on requests from
thousands of AllyCAD users around the world who are unanimous in
their belief that it is the only CAD system for them.
NEW SYSTEM SETTING: REDRAW IN LAYER ORDER
Users now have the option of redrawing entities in layer order by
checking the checkbox marked “Redraw in layer order” in the System
Settings Dialog. This can be found in the Settings menu under System
Settings. If this option is not selected, entities are redrawn in
the order in which they have been created.
The layer order can be altered in the layer settings dialog as
Click on the layer you wish to move.
Click on the up arrow button to move the layer up, or on the down
arrow button to move the layer down.
Click the OK button to save your changes or the Cancel button to
close the layer settings dialog without saving your changes.
The layers will be drawn in the order in which they appear in the
layer settings dialog. This means that the last layer in the list
will be drawn on top of the preceding layers.
Redrawing in layer order is slower than redrawing in order of
This is a specialized option and may not be of interest to all
IMPROVED SURVEY TOOLKIT
The Survey toolkit in version 3.4 is categorized into three broad
parts. Firstly, it consists of a few simple functions that offer
assistance in drafting survey plans, secondly, it provides some
basic point manipulation functions and thirdly, it offers a suite of
functions specifically intended for Land Surveyors and town
Drafting Tools, Point Manipulation Functions and Land Surveyor
The drafting tools include simplifying tasks such as drawing grid
crosses, north signs and adding street numbers to an erf layout. The
point manipulation functions allow you to import and export a range
of numerically named points, drawing dimensioned lines between them
and calculating new points in a survey tache or traverse way.
The suite of functions specific to Land Surveyors, assist in
preparing cadastral diagrams and general plans for Surveyor General
submission. The idea is that you begin with a layout plan. For
diagrams, you trace the outside figure of the erf or farm and then
the toolkit generates the correctly tabled and annotated diagram.
For general plans the existing layout drawing can be fully
dimensioned, and all required tables generated.
In terms of Dimensioning, all polygons that have been given an
identifying (erf) number can be automatically dimensioned. This
means that the entire GP can be dimensioned in one go. The
dimensioning algorithm is intelligent enough to place the dimension
on the correct side of the line or alternatively, to straddle the
line as applicable. Road reserves are kept free of dimensions. This
routine is continually being refined and works really well.
Tables for the outside figure data, block corner, reference mark,
control coordinate tables, and the erf areas listing, are all drawn
as part of the toolkit.
NEW TO VERSION 3.4
Title blocks are made more SG-compliant;
There is a revamp of options and grid headings on the Setup dialogs
to be more correct and logical;
It provides an easier method of adding control coordinates to both
diagrams and GPs that allows you to make use of an external control
There is more annotation on a diagram such as two sections of notes,
i.e. servitude notes and any other additional notes;
It allows an extension of what can be included in the Setup dialogs,
allowing the template drawing to be simplified;
Automatic dimensioning can take place for a selected range of erf
The automatic dimensioning is further optimized, and handles
more situations such as where only one dimension is required on an
erf side irrespective of boundary offshoots on the other side of the
There are improvements in the identification of an erf polygon;
A distance and direction pair can optionally be two text entities or
one multiline entity;
Caters for additional formats of coordinate files for point
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