Layers (legacy)

The Layers (legacy) panel allows you to edit layer names and properties in the current drawing, and to create, delete, edit, apply layers, layers states and layer filters.

  1. Layer list
  2. New layer
  3. Delete
  4. Purge
  5. Settings
  6. Search
  7. Layer States Explorer
  8. Layer State Control
  9. Layers Explorer
  10. Filter used
  11. Invert filter

Layer list

Displays a list of layers and their properties. The list can include all layers in the current drawing or a subset of those layers based on selected layer states or filters. Column headers describe the properties of each layer. You can sort the layer list in order or reverse order for any of the properties by clicking once or twice on the column header.

A context menu displays when you right click menu on a layer name.

Merge to
Merges the selected layers to a target layer.
Note: Merged layers will be purged from the drawing.
Remove From Group
Removes the layer from group.
Select All
Selects all available layers. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A.
Remove Viewport Overrides
Removes overrides from properties that were set differently for viewports.
From Selected Layers
Removes the overrides from the selected layers.
From All Layers
Removes the overrides from all layers.
For Current Viewport
Removes overrides from the current viewport.
For All Viewports
Removes overrides from all viewports.
Isolate Selected Layers
Isolates the selected layers. All other layers are either locked or turned off.

A right-click menu on the column headers allows you to customize them. You can enable or disable the columns and restore the column positions.

Current
Specifies the current working layer. Only one layer can be current at a time.
Name
Specifies the layer name. To rename a layer, double-click the layer name or select Rename from the right-click menu.
Description
(Optional) Specifies the content or purpose of the layer. To create or edit a description, select one or more layers and double-click the description field for one of the selected layers. The text you enter is applied to all selected layers.
On/Off
Specifies the On/Off status of the layers. Entities on layers are turned off are not visible in the drawing. However, they are processed during operations that require a regeneration of the drawing. Turning a layer on and off does not require the drawing to regenerate. Therefore, this toggle is most useful when you want entities on a layer to be hidden for only a short time while you edit the drawing. To change the status, select one or more layers and click a light bulb icon for one of the selected layers. The status is applied to all selected layers.
  • On: displays entities on that layer.

  • Off: hides entities on that layer.

Freeze
Specifies the Thaw/Freeze status of the layers. Entities on frozen layers are not visible in the drawing and are not processed during operations that require a regeneration of the drawing. This can save processing time if the layer includes many entities. However, the process of freezing and thawing a layer requires the drawing to regenerate. Therefore, this toggle is most useful when you want entities on a layer to be hidden for an extended time while you edit the drawing. To change the status, select one or more layers and click a sun/snowflake icon for one of the selected layers. The status is applied to all selected layers.
  • Thaw: displays entities on that layer.

  • Freeze: hides entities on that layer.

Locked
Specifies the lock status of the layers. Entities on locked layers cannot be edited. They remain visible; however, they are dimmed based on the LAYLOCKFADECTL system variable. To change the status, select one or more layers and click a padlock icon for one of the selected layers. The status is applied to all selected layers.
  • Unlocked: allows entities on that layer to be edited.

  • Locked: prevents entities on that layer from being edited.

Color
Specifies the color of the layers. To change the color, select one or more layers and click the current color for one of the selected layers. The Color dialog box displays. The color you select is applied to all selected layers.
Linetype
Specifies the linetype of the layers. To change the linetype, select one or more layers and double-click the linetype for one of the selected layers. If the linetype you want is not displayed in the drop-down list, choose Load to display the Load Linetypes dialog box. The linetype you select is applied to all selected layers.
Lineweight
Specifies the lineweight of the layers. To change the lineweight, select one or more layers and double-click the lineweight for one of the selected layers. The lineweight you select is applied to all selected layers.
Transparency
Specifies the transparency of the layers. To change the amount of transparency, select one or more layers and double-click the transparency for one of the selected layers. You can enter a value between 0 (fully opaque) and 90 (almost fully transparent) or select a predefined value from the drop-down list. The value you specify is applied to all selected layers.
Note: The TRANSPARENCYDISPLAY system variable must be turned on to experience transparency.
Plot style
Specifies the plot style of the layers. If plot style mode (PSTYLEMODE system variable) for the current drawing is set to color dependent plot styles, the layers’ plot styles use the layers’ colors and are read-only. If plot style mode for the current drawing is set to named plot styles, you can change the plot style. To specify a different named plot style, select one or more layers and click the current plot style for one of the selected layers. The Select Plot Style dialog box is displayed. The plot style you select is applied to all selected layers.
Plot
Specifies the print status of the layers. Entities on No Print layers remain visible in the drawing but are not printed. To change the status, select one or more layers and click the printer icon for one of the selected layers. The status is applied to all selected layers.
  • Print: prints entities on that layer.

  • No Print: does not print entities on that layer.

Note: Some layers created by BricsCAD®, such as Defpoints, are set to No Print by default and cannot be changed.
New VP
Specifies the default Thaw/Freeze status of layers for new layout viewports. To change the status, select one or more layers and click the sun/snowflake icon for one of the selected layers. The status is applied to all selected layers.
  • Thaw: displays entities on that layer when a new viewport is created.

  • Freeze: hides entities on that layer when a new viewport is created.

Material
Specifies the material of the layers. To change the material, select one or more layers and double-click the material for one of the selected layers. The material you select is applied to all selected layers. If the material you want is not displayed in the drop-down list, you can add it to the current drawing using the MATERIALS command.
VP Freeze
Specifies the Thaw/Freeze status of layers for the current layout tab or viewport. This property is not available from the Model tab and it overrides the model space Thaw/Freeze status.
To change the status, select one or more layers and click the sun/snowflake icon for one of the selected layers. The status is applied to all selected layers.
  • Thaw: displays entities on that layer in the current layout or viewport.

  • Freeze: hides entities on that layer in the current layout or viewport.

VP Color
Specifies the color of layers for the current layout tab or viewport. This property is not available from the Model tab and it overrides the model space color.

To change the color, select one or more layers and click the current vp color for one of the selected layers. The Color dialog box is displayed. The color you select is applied to all selected layers.

VP Linetype
Specifies the linetype of the layers for the current layout tab or viewport. This property is not available from the Model tab and it overrides the model space linetype.

To change the linetype, select one or more layers and double-click the vp linetype for one of the selected layers. If the linetype you want is not displayed in the drop-down list, choose Load to display the Load Linetypes dialog box. The linetype you select is applied to all selected layers.

VP Lineweight
Specifies the Lineweight of the layers for the current layout tab or viewport. This property is not available from the Model tab and it overrides the model space lineweight.

To change the lineweight, select one or more layers and double-click the vp lineweight for one of the selected layers. The lineweight you select is applied to all selected layers.

VP Transparency
Specifies the transparency of the layers for the current layout tab or viewport. This property is not available from the Model tab and it overrides the model space transparency.

To change the amount of transparency, select one or more layers and double-click the transparency for one of the selected layers. You can enter a value between 0 (fully opaque) and 90 (almost fully transparent) or select a predefined value from the drop-down list. The value you specify is applied to all selected layers.

The TRANSPARENCYDISPLAY system variable must be turned on to experience transparency.

VP Plotstyle
Specifies the plot style of the layers for the current layout tab or viewport. This property is not available from the Model tab and it overrides the model space plot style.

If the plot style mode (PSTYLEMODE system variable) for the current drawing is set to color dependent plot styles, the layers’ plot styles use the layers’ colors and are read-only. If plot style mode for the current drawing is set to named plot styles, you can change the plot style. To specify a different named plot style, select one or more layers and click the current plot style for one of the selected layers. The Select Plot Style dialog box is displayed. The plot style you select is applied to all selected layers.

New layer

Creates new layer with the generic name NewLayer1. The new layer that is created copies the properties of the currently selected layer. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N.

Delete

Deletes layers, except for the layer with the name 0 and any layer with entities, which cannot be deleted. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D.

Purge

Purges layers from the current drawing, except for the following ones, which cannot be purged:
  • The layer 0.
  • The current layer.
  • Any layer with entities.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P.

Settings

Displays the Layer Settings dialog box (see Layer Settings dialog box article).

Search

Allows you to search for specific layer names. The list is shortened to display only the layers that contain the entered sequence of characters, regardless of where they are located in the layer name.

Layer States Explorer

Displays the Drawing Explorer dialog box with the Layer States category selected.

Layer State Control

Displays the current layer state if there are any defined in the drawing. Click the down-arrow button to choose a different layer state.

Layers Explorer

Displays the Drawing Explorer dialog box with the Layers category selected.

Filter used

Displays the current layer filter if there are any defined in the drawing. Click the down-arrow button to choose a different layer filter. Some filters are automatically created by BricsCAD®: All, All Used Layers.

Invert filter

Inverts the content of the current filter so that the panel displays all layers not included in the filter.