Project organization in ARCHLine.XP 2017

In order to make our project organized and easy to handle, it is necessary to manage the project properly.

During the organization of the project we need to take two important steps:

1. Proper handling of layers

2. Proper setting and naming of views


Through the project below let's see how we can arrange the layers properly.

In this project we have two separate rooms. One is the dining room, and the other is the reception room. We want to place them on separate layers. This process takes only a few minutes. The floor plan window should be active. Open the Layer Manager. Here we can see All layers, including the Used layers. Within the Used layers group, we can see which layers are currently in use and which ones are active. This is shown by a small green tick sign. In the Used layers group, we can’t create a new layer, so the program automatically also warns us. Therefore go to All layers group and create our own layers. We recommend the following method:

We create four layers for each rooms. One for the furniture, one for the decoration elements, one for the lamps and one for the curtains. Click on the Add new layer icon. Let's name it. –Reception_room_furniture. The hyphen is needed because this way it brings to the top of the list and we don’t have to search for it. The second layer is the –Reception_room_decoration, the third layer is the –Reception_room_curtain and finally, the fourth is –Reception_room_lamp. Let's repeat these steps in case of the dining room too. Close the window by clicking OK, and place the elements on the appropriate layers.

On the floor plan, in the reception room, select all furniture and then in the Property grid, select -Reception_room_furniture. The replacement is finished. Next will be the decoration elements. In the same way we select and move them to the –Reception_room_decoration layer. Repeat these in case of the lamps and the curtains, and then the dining elements.

Create one separate group of layer for the reception room and one for the dining room layers, so we can handle these together later. The first layer group is Reception Room. When we created, highlight the 4 reception room layers and drag them over here in order to copy them. Now create the Dining Room, then copy the 4 dining room layers here. Within one group we can lock, switch off or view the layers at same time.

Close the layers of Reception room and switch off the layers of Dining room. The closed layers is indicated by the locked padlock, the switched off layers is indicated by the grey light bulb icon and the locked padlock. We can change this at any time. When finished with the desired settings, close the window with OK. Activate the floor plan window. The switched off elements cannot be seen on the floor plan, the elements of the locked layers appear and it is possible to refer to them, but cannot be selected or modify them. If we rebuild the 3D, the elements of the locked and switched off layers will not be created in 3D. If we want to display the elements in 3D window too, go back to the floor plan window and unlock all layers.

We can recommend a faster method to switch off/ on the layers. This is the Layer walk feature. It can be also used in the 2D and 3D window. On the list the selected layers will be switched on. For example click on -Reception_room_furniture layer and we can see all the elements of this layer. Now, let's show all the items with press CTRL or Shift keys and rebuild the 3D.  

If you want to display only the furnishing, then select them, click on OK, and then select Axonometry from the views.

We can see that the layer management is easy, fast and greatly facilitates our work. Before rendering, besides the given room it's worth turning off the layers of the other rooms, so our images will be created faster.


Another important thing is to set and name the views correctly. The program shows the created and named views in alphabetical order. It is worth giving a name them, so the room name followed by view numbers, for example Reception_room_01. To do this, open the Views, then name Dining_room_1, Dining_room_2, and so on as many views as we want, and let's do this in the reception room as well. By closing this window, we can see that in each room the views are following each other in sequence.

In case of multiple levels, it is recommended to write a number before the name of the room indicating the floor level. For example, ground floor use “0”, the first floor “1” and so on for example 0_Reception_room_01.

If we follow this method, our views can be found in the right order, which makes our work easier and, last but not least, aesthetic and more transparent.