NEW TECH TIP
USING THE DRAWING OFFICE MANAGER
This tech tip explains how to use the Drawing Office Manager. The Drawing
Office Manager (DOM for short) is active if you have checked the Use Drawing
Office Manager box in the File Menu ► Save Options ► Save Settings option...
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PRODUCT INFORMATION - version 3.4
IMPROVED ARCHITECTURAL TOOLKIT IN THE LATEST ALLYCAD 3.4
The architectural toolkit may be used to speed up
many of the activities that are used to draw building plans.
The toolkit allows you to:
Draw outside walls.
Draw internal walls.
Add a roofline to the plan.
Place a door and window symbols.
Add symbols for internal doors and windows.
Add a roof to elevations.
Draw horizontal and vertical cross-sections.
Add stairs to the plan and elevation views.
The steps involved in drawing a building are
sequential, and must be followed and adhered to for maximum results:
The wall setup dialog allows you to edit, save and reload previous internal
and external wall types. It also specifies whether you would like foundation
or cavity walls included. You may swap between the external and internal wall
types with ease and can specify whether you would like the wall to track
around an existing line, or to be drawn fresh.
Other handy features allow you to specify whether the wall is drawn with
inside or outside justification, whether your drawing direction is clockwise
or anticlockwise and which layer you would like the wall drawn on. You may
even specify the wall end finish. This includes what your start and end angle
should be, and whether the ends of the walls should be open or closed.
Adding a roof line to the plan
Adding a roof line to the elevations is easily achieved by first specifying
the eaves overhang, pen colour, linetype and the layer in which you would like
the roof line to be drawn in. The roof line is then tracked around the
existing plan layout in a matter of seconds.
Placing symbols on your drawing
For ease of reference, the symbols for doors, windows, sanitary ware, kitchen
units and other symbols, have all been grouped in a tree structure, and now
appear in a symbol library tree. Symbols are placed easily on the drawing by
clicking on the desired symbol library in the tree.
This loads the relevant library and a dialog that shows a selection of symbols
in the library. These can then be selected and placed anywhere on the drawing.
Symbol options include, allowing the symbol to snip the lines around it, to be
rotated, to be scaled in the x and y planes or to auto-rotate itself onto a
line. Users can also specify different symbol library trees by changing the
path in the architectural setup dialog.
Draw the elevations
You may draw all elevations by simply clicking on the plan layout, and then
indicating the roofline as well as the doors and windows that will appear in
the elevation. The elevation is then automatically placed on the correct layer
and The eaves height, door height and layer settings may be configured in the
elevation setup dialog.
Adding a roof to the elevation
By adding a roof to the elevation, the last stage of the elevation function is
completed. The dialog allows you to specify the roof pitch, pen colour,
linetype and layer settings. Facing and side gable roofs may be added to the
elevation by indicating the roof line of the elevation, and then indicating
the facing and side gables you prefer to appear in the plan layout view.
Drawing cross sections
Horizontal and vertical cross sections may be drawn by specifying the external
and internal walls, as well as the trusses in the plan layout. Section lines
and labels as well as truss specifications and foundations, are all specified
in the cross section setup dialog. Section lines and labels are automatically
placed on the plan layout, while the cross section is automatically placed in
the correct layer.
The stairs function places stairs in the drawing plan and elevations. The
following options are specified in the stairs setup dialog: railing and tread
dimensions, tread and baluster spacing, rise, going, pitch as well as nosing
The staircase height and length may be adjusted according to the number of
treads and tread dimensions specified, while the different railing and tread
settings may be edited, saved and loaded.
The user has the option of specifying left and/ or right railings. The
landings may be added by simply indicating start, corner and end sections on
the plan. In addition, the landing elevation may be drawn by indicating the
start, corner and end sections, and then indicating the foot of the landing in
the corresponding elevation view.
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