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Selection Settings for Shapes

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The Selection Setting for Shapes in SI 2015 allows you to set rules for what Shapes you want to drop in Visio for the four Page Types.

What are the benefits of this feature?


You can customize your preferences.

When to use this feature?


When you want to customize the rules for what Shapes drop.



You may never decide to change these settings as the defaults were designed to be logical. Unless you are an advanced Visio user, you will likely not make changes to these settings.


If you do make changes here, these changes will affect all users of SI 2015, i.e. this is not a local setting.


In the D-Tools SI 2015 window within Visio, click the Manage Shapes button and select Selection Settings:


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This will open the Shape Selection Setting form:




There are three sections on this form and they are applied top to bottom.


The first section on the form is "Use shape assigned to product and category". The default is "Yes" and this relates to specific settings you may have made using either the Assign Categories to Shapes or Assign Shapes to Categories features.




If you click the Options link, you can change the defaults to your liking. These settings apply top to bottom. For example, if there is no specific Shape assigned to the Product, it will then attempt to drop the Shape assigned to the Subcategory, assuming you leave the option set to "Yes":


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The second section on the form is "If no shape is assigned then use shape recommended by D-Tools SI 2015 ". The default is "Yes" and this relates to pre-populated Shape assignments that are coded into SI 2015.




If you click the Options link, you can change the defaults to your liking. These settings apply top to bottom. For example, if there is no specific shape assigned to the Product from a Manufacturer Stencil, the Shape recommended for the Subcategory will drop.


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The third section on the form is "If no shape is assigned or found then D-Tools SI 2015 should". Here you have quite a few options.




The first major option is "Use default shape based on category type" and this refers to three Category Types for Products: Equipment, Speaker, and Wire. This is the default setting in this section. Here you can select the Category Type from the dropdown and the click the Assign link for the View Type (Page Type) that you want to set.


In this example, I selected the Category Type of "Speaker", and then clicked the Assign link for the Plan View type:




This opens up the Assign Shape to Category Type form where I selected the "8-Star Icon" shape from the "General Plan Shapes" Stencil:




I left the "Display shape data on assignment" box checked and clicked [OK]. This opened the Shape Data window where I then changed the Fill Color to "Orange-Dark":


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I clicked [OK] and can now see that this Shape is assigned to the Plan View Type:




The other option in this section is "Prompt to select shape":




When this is selected and you drag a Product to a drawing page that has no Shape assignments, the Select Shape form will open where you can choose whatever Shape you want:




From this form you can choose to either set this shape as the default just for the Product, for the Category/Subcategory, or just the Category.



Really, you will only want to make changes to these settings if you know what your are doing. Otherwise sit back and let the pre-programmed code drop an appropriate shape for you.

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