Creating an Output Sheet
Updated October 17, 2017
This article applies to:
- Terrain 3D
- Terrain Forestry
- RoadEng Civil
- RoadEng Forestry
This example is intended to familiarize you with the Multi-plot functions for creating an output sheet.
- File | Open. Select <Terrain>\CAD\park map II.terx.
- Press this Multi-Plot button in the status toolbar. A blank multi-plot page will appear.
- Multi-Plot | Page / Printer Setup. Ensure the printer is setup for Letter size (21.59 x 27.94 cm or 8.5 x 11 in) and Orientation is Landscape.
Note: The Multi-Plot output setup depends on the paper size of your default printer.
- Multi-Plot | Multi-Plot Options…. Check Snap to grid and Show grid and set the Spacing to 5.00 as shown in the figure below. Press OK.
Figure 1: Multi-Plot Options
A Multi-Plot sheet consists of a series of Sub-views such as plans, profiles, legends, images, title blocks etc.
- Multi-Plot | New Sub-View | Plan: 1. A Plan Sub-View will appear in the middle of your multi-plot sheet.
Note: Sub-view window options only allow you to add views that currently exist.
Notice that there are 8 handles that you can click and drag to change the size of the Sub-View. Click and drag anywhere else on the Plan Sub-View to move it. The <Delete> key will remove the selected Sub-View(s).
- Resize and reposition the Plan Sub-View until it appears approximately in the top 2/3 of the output sheet
- To center the map in the Plan window, press <Shift + Left Arrow >. A prompt as shown in the figure below will appear. Press OK and continue manually controlling the position of the Plan window using the <Shift + Arrow> keys.
Figure 2: Plan Window Sub-View Manual Scrolling Prompt
Note: Positioning the map inside the Plan Window can be done using the <Shift + Arrow> keys. By default, the Plan Sub-View scrolls with the main Plan Window (menu Plan:1).
Figure 3: Multi-Plot Plan Sub-View of plan1.terx
Adding a Legend and Scale Bar
- Multi-Plot |Legend button. A legend will appear in the middle of your multi-plot sheet.
- Double-click on the legend activate the Legend Sub-view Options dialogue box.
Figure 4: Legend Sub-View Options Dialogue
Note: When the Auto check box under column layout is enabled, the window frame size determines the width of the column. The frame can be made smaller or larger by clicking and dragging on any of the eight handles. If you disable the Auto option, the column width can be changed manually.
- Ensure the Legend Sub-view Options dialogue box matches the figure above.
Note: When the Legend Sub-view is created, the current file is searched to find all distinct symbols, line-types, and hatch types. These items are included in the default legend along with their associated feature name.
- To modify the legend entries, select the Items tab. We will remove all line-types that do not appear in the figure below. Change the descriptions to match the items on the right. Do this by clicking on the desired list item and then changing the Description in the Current item area. Press OK to close dialogue boxes.
Figure 5: Legend Sub-View Options Dialogue Boxes
- Re-size and re-position the legend directly below the plan sub-view and on the left side of the page as shown in the multi-plot output figure below.
- Multi-Plot | Scale bar. A scale bar will appear in the middle of your multi-plot sheet.
- Right-click | Multi-Plot Sub-View Options… or double-click on the scale bar to activate the Scale Bar Sub-view Options dialogue box.
Figure 6: Scale Bar Sub-View Options Dialogue
- Type in the Title: Plan Scale 1:15000 as shown above and press OK.
- Re-size and re-position the scale bar inside the Plan sub-view. If you click on the Plan Sub-View by mistake the scale bar will be shuffled to the back and you will no longer be able to move or size it with the mouse; use the Multi-Plot | Shuffle View(s) button or use Ctr +K.
Figure 7: Final Multi-Plot Output
- Multi-Plot | Rectangle button.
- Keep the text type as User-defined.
- In the Text field type in the text “PARK MAP EXAMPLE”
- Change font size to 18 and bold. Press OK and position the sub-view as shown in the figure below.
Figure 8: Multi-Plot Rectangle
- File | New. Do not save changes.