(only with R2000)
Similar to the AutoCAD® 3D-Orbit LayerManager offers an own
3D-Orbit-View ==> all drawing entities of SELECTED Layers, Groups and Hierarchies are
visualized there. So you will get a fast overview on the content of your
selection: in hidden, shaded or rendered view
There is a new "Display Filter" to define /
reduce the content of right window panel's displayed list : by hiding
unnessecary objects you may speed up navigation, improve clearness and
get a faster window refreshing. The Display-Filter also works with all
window modes (like "All Layers", "All Groups", "Visible Layers" etc.)
Setup your own templates for layergroups and
hierarchies, and attach these template(s) to your drawing.
LayerManager will then automatically (and in background) create
layergroups and hierarchies when pre-defined layers/groups are
creating. Same applies to hierarchies, when pre-defined layergroups
Even existing import-/export-files may be used as
Template(-files). Thus Hierarchies and Layergroups are not immediately
created. Instead, these imported Hierarchies and Layergroups will be
automatically created, if the corresponding layergroups / layers are
created inside the drawing (manually or by application).
You may also assign Template(-files) to prototype
(template) drawings. This way, just at the beginnig of work, all your
drawings have that "knowledge" to create hierarchies and/or
layergroups automatically in the background, without having all
corresponding layergroups and/or layers already defined in your
There is a new function under <View> called "Working
Layers" - a small window will open, that always contains all layers of
all those selected objects (Layers, Groups, Hierarchies) of the
current LayerManager's window panel. With a click on one of these "Working
Layers" that layer becomes the current drawing layer. This way, a very
fast and secure access to a pre-selected layer set is offered, even if
the LayerManager window is minimized.
LayerManager allows you to save any Layer
situation to the Layer-History, that is maintained separately for each
modelspace / paperspace (layouts). You may step forward and backward
through the Layer-History. IMPORTANT: The Layer-History is only
related to the layer visibility, layer properties and drawing entities
are not effected. The Layer-History is completely saved inside the
drawing and is not lost when closing AutoCAD® !
There is a new method for creating Layergroups
and Hierarchies. LAYERGROUP: select any Layers needed for the new
Layergroup (in any window panel) and use function "New/Layergroup"
from the (context-)menu. A comfortable dialog will open for Layergroup
creation. HIERARCHY: select any Layergroups needed for the new
Hierarchy (in any window panel) and use function "New/Hierarchy" from
There are some new functions related to drawing entities on
selected Layers / Groups / Hierarchies : you may set color, linetype,
lineweight, plotstyle etc. for these entities on Layers / Groups /
Hierarchies to any value of your choice including "ByLayer".
LayerManagers Network- and MultiUser handling has
improved : All users will get their own, last-used LayerManager
settings with all details on EVERY machine in your network - under the
a new sub-directory "...\INI" there is a separate directory for each
user with all related configuration files.
LayerManager now offers to save all display sort
orders as "Named Orders", separately for Layers, Groups, Hierarchies -
You will have different sort orders as many as you need (i.e. separate
orders for modelspace and paperspace(s) and layouts) only with some
(only R2000) You may change the order for
property columns directly by Drag-&-Drop : Simply click to a column
header and drag it to the new position : small red arrows will
indicate suitable positions to "drop" the column header.
There is a new context menu available if you
right-click on a column header : there are functions given to
automatically fit current / all column(s) to optimum width, and
functions to sort and hide columns.
If the right/lower window panel is configured to
mode "Dependent Layergroups" or "Dependent Layer", you can position
the mouse pinter over an object within the left/upper window panel,
and the contents of pointed object is displayed in the right/lower
window panel immediately.
By improvements related to routines for build-up
and refreshing of right window panel there is considerable speedup of
the display. Especially when displaying very large lists and when
sorting the display by columns, the new improvements will take effects.
Now LayerManager supports complete textfont
selection including text color for both the left and right window
panel; additionally, under "Preferences/Advanced" you may optionally
define Layergroups and Hierarchies to be displayed with Bold textfont
and also withseparate text color
If you use Drag selected objects into the left/upper
window, you may open the LayerGroup/Hierarchy under the mouse pointer
by pressing CTRL-key; additionally, using the SHIFT-key will close
that LayerGroup/Hierarchy again; Please refer to <Configuration> and
activate the Drag&Drop option with CTRL/SHIFT
There is a new ToolTip implemented : normally the
short ToolTip text inside dialogs and menus is displayed - but there
is also a more detailed information available : in this case a small
black arrow is displayed at the right side of the ToolTip window.
Simply move the mouse pointer into the ToolTip window, and detailled
information is shown.
By improved handling, all LayerManager-Windows,
-Dialogs and -ToolBars are completely saved and restored now : the
complete "Layout" of all components is saved and restored, even the "minimzed
icon" position is restored (after using "Minimize" from the title's
If you're using multiple AutoCAD®-installations
and/or several profiles with these AutoCAD®s, you should register
LayerManager to all desired profiles : this could easyly be done by
"Register 2 AutoCAD®" program, that is located in LayerManagers program
group under "Start/Programs/LayerManager..." on the startmenu.
You can select several ranges of objects : select
the first object of range with CTRL+left-click, then select the last
object of that range with SHIFT+left-click; SHIFT+left-click is ALWAYS
related to the last selected object.
You may sort the displayed lists in the right/lower
window panel by column values; therefor left-click to the
column-header to resort displayed list by that column; the display is
alternating sorted in ascending and descending way.
Simply drag your desired layers (by Drag-%-Drop)
into a window panel that is configured to one of the layergroup modes.
You may then enter name and description for the new layergroup in the
target window panel.
Simply select your desired layergroups and drag
them (by Drag-&-Drop) into one window panel, that is configured to
Hierarchy mode. You may then enter name and description for the new
hierarchy in the target window panel.
Select your desired layergroups and drag them (by
Drag-&-Drop) to the PARENT hierarchy. If you select "New" from the
drag-&-drop-contextmenu, you may then enter name and description for
the newly created sub-hierarchy
(only with R2000) To transfer LayerManager
structures between 2 drawings, open 2 LayerManager windows and attach
the source drawing resp. the target drawing to these windows. By using
Drag-&-Drop you may completely copy/move any selected objects from the
source drawing to the target drawing. If some objects are already
existing in the traget drawing, you may select objects to transfer and
To transfer LayerManager structures between
drawings, you may use the Import/Export-files. At first create an
export file with those objects selected and then import that import/export
file from inside another drawing. All objects to import may be chosen
very comfortable at the import dialog.
LayerManager supports Drag-&-Drop very
extensively and easy : Simply select any objects and drag them to any
other window or even within the same window. You may use the left or
right mouse button anyway - if you leave the mousebutton, the drag-&-drop-contextmen
will appear with all available (and suitable) functions.
(only with R2000) Selected objects may be draggen
(by Drag-&-Drop) into another open LayerManager, that has another
drawing attached than the source window : this way you can simply
transfer LayerManager structures between drawings.
(only with R2000) Each LayerManager-windows knows
2 methods to work : 1) there is the current AutoCAD® drawing displayed
always and in generally -OR- 2) you may "attach" a specified drawing;
therefore use function "Menu/View/DWG-List" or "Menu/File/Drawing..."
to select and attach any drawing to the current LayerManager window.
If you want to Un-Install LayerManager, please
run the program "Un-Install", that is located in LayerManagers program
group under "Start/Programs/LayerManager..." on the startmenu. Or you
may also use "Start/Control panel/Software" to uninstall LayerManager.
By both methods, LayerManager is completely removed from your PC.