Monday, March 1, 2010

As posted here, we use a set of different colors to highlight rooms and make plans more readable.

Thing is, sometimes the colors do not show up as expected. This can have a number of different reasons and it has cost me quite a bit of frustration so far. So I figured I'd list a few the reasons that I have found that can make difficulties. I will try to go from basic to complex and if you are experiencing issues with the colors, follow the instructions by number.

This list does not pretend to be complete. If you find other issues / hidden switches that can cause the color scheme to not show up correctly, post a comment.

So here goes...

  1. Are there rooms in the view that can be filled? Check the drawing by selecting everything in sight and filter out the rooms.
  2. Do you have a color-scheme set up and the view set to show it? See the View Properties dialoge on the right:
  3. Do the rooms in your view have a color based on the color scheme you have selected? (If the color scheme is based on the Name of the Room, this should be the case. But check anyway.)
  4. Is there something blocking the colors? When you have a Floor in a Plan View that has its own color (check Surface Pattern and -Color of the material of the floor) it can lead to complications. Set the Surface Pattern to none.
  5. The same goes for Walls in Section Views.
  6. On the same note, it may help to set the Color Scheme Location in the View Properties dialogue to Foreground. (see right) Note that this will place the colors in front of everything, even the walls your view is cutting through.
  7. Are Rooms visible in this view? Check the Visibility Settings of the current view to see whether Rooms are visible.
Those are the issues I have come across. Happy troubleshooting.


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