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02-26-2010 12:58 AM  10 years ago
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Girard Ibanez

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Visio 2007 Users .... Construction Drawing
Can Visio do plans for an extension patio? Drawings showing the rafter layout, foundation, rebar ... etc. (Blueprints)

If so, can anyone provide me with a simple drawing from Visio to get an idea.

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02-26-2010 07:51 AM  10 years ago
dilberteinstein

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Piece of cake
I used Visio 2000 Technical to produce drawings I presented to the Army Corps of Engineering for my bulkhead design. They approved it with no changes. I bought my visio 2000 on ebay for a song. I used Visio 4.1 for years and it is a great program. If you already have Visio 2007...great! If you don't, the earlier programs are great and are cheap. You can easily cut and paste drawings from anywhere and suck into the drawings...you can easily make a template of any shape. The photo in one drawing is actually part of the drawing.

My drawings are simple, but you can go as detailed as you want.

Check out this web site:

http://visio.mvps.org/

You are limited to 8 1/2" x 14" on drawing size in Visio 2000...I don't know about later years. Good luck!

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02-26-2010 12:23 PM  10 years ago
Girard Ibanez

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dilberteinstein,

Yes I have 2007 Visio. Looks like I have to read and play more with this software.

Your drawings are typical to what I need to draw a blueprint for construction plans.

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02-28-2010 12:14 AM  10 years ago
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I've done up to 36" X 108" sheets in visio 2003 ans 2007. Works fine.This hobby is like Kryptonite to chicks!
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02-28-2010 03:27 AM  10 years ago
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AndyH
I've done up to 36" X 108" sheets in visio 2003 ans 2007. Works fine.
Good grief! You're right! I use my Visio at home and have the page size matched to my printer...thus the 8.5" x 14".

I never even looked at another size until I read your post. What an amateur mistake.

Thanks AndyH. I love learning about Visio. I have AutoCad and SolidWorks (older versions) on my home computer but I prefer Visio because of the stuff I draw.

Of course AutoCad and Solidworks are real design packages, but my drawings are simple. Some of these older versions are really good and cheap.

Thanks again.
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03-02-2010 01:32 AM  10 years ago
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Visio will work, but it's not free.

Google SketchUp is free and even more powerful for building design. It's got a step learning curve though.

http://sketchup.google.com/
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03-02-2010 10:31 PM  10 years ago
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You can go download the beta version of Visio 2010 and try it out. No limitations on the software until October of this year.
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03-03-2010 12:50 AM  10 years ago
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No problem dilberteinstein... My pleasure.

I use visio all the time at work to set up large drawings to plot. It just works better that way then plotting directly from whatever piece of software I used to generate the diagram.

Sketchup is awesome and powerful, but Anthony.L you sure weren't kidding about the learning curve! Ouch!
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03-05-2010 12:13 AM  10 years ago
Girard Ibanez

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Visio 2007, how do you create a page (1) with the floor plan another page with the page 1's floor plan but with dimension.

As an example: I draw the floor plan on page 1. I then use page 1's floor plan as my background layer so that on page 2 I can see the floor plan layer but my main work on page 2 are on the dimensions.

I want to create a page tab for every aspect of the drawing, dimension, cabinets, electrical ... etc. That way I can turn on the page layer that I want.

I don't want to turn on or off the layer in the view layer menu.

Hope that makes sense.

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03-05-2010 04:44 AM  10 years ago
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Here's how I do it on Visio 2000.

1. Use the cusor to select everything on page one and hit "ctrl c"
2. Go to tool bar and depress "Insert" and select "page"
3. Go to page 2 and hit "ctrl v"

That will take everything on page 1 via copy(ctrl c) and paste(ctrl v) and transfer to page 2.

Once on page 2, you can change line colors to light gray in you want the layout to appear in the background....or any color.

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03-05-2010 04:57 AM  10 years ago
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I LOVE watching people tell others how to work in a drafting program when they (meaning ME!!) have no clue!! I've got 26 years of Autocad experience and I type everything in. Even guys that have done Acad for years wonder how I do it. Yet, I wonder how they do it with toolbars. Never used one, but somehow I'm much faster. I love what I do for a living and I think most draftsmen/designers do to. Sometimes it's almost not like work.........
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03-05-2010 05:22 AM  10 years ago
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Sometimes it's almost not like work.........
That's for sure.
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03-05-2010 05:30 AM  10 years ago
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right now I just wish i had more of it. I'm self employed and the custom home market is slow to say the least. I've been dabbling with the idea of getting back into Civil, but by now I'm a few gen's behind in the software. Should've never got out of the Civil field. The guy that took my place is ready to retire.
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03-05-2010 05:50 AM  10 years ago
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I loved civil. I even have an old beautiful working brass transit here....and my slide rule.

I studied civil for a year and branched into mechanical. Worked in mechanical for 40 years and I am retired from a paying job...but I see all jobs at home as "projects"...drives my wife crazy.

Someday, I want to improve my skills in AutoCad and Solidworks (lots of room for improvement).
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03-05-2010 01:06 PM  10 years ago
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I've been wanting to get into Solidworks for a while. Just for myself if nothing else. I do miss Civil. Designed a lot of roads around here.
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03-05-2010 01:38 PM  10 years ago
Girard Ibanez

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Here's how I do it on Visio 2000.

1. Use the cusor to select everything on page one and hit "ctrl c"
2. Go to tool bar and depress "Insert" and select "page"
3. Go to page 2 and hit "ctrl v"

That will take everything on page 1 via copy(ctrl c) and paste(ctrl v) and transfer to page 2.

Once on page 2, you can change line colors to light gray in you want the layout to appear in the background....or any color.

Good luck

I thought of that ctrl A / ctrl C / ctrl V but that's not what I want. If I update the main floor plan then I have to do the same with every page that I used the floor plan as a reference.

I do recall in Auto Cad R12 I could select a layer called "Dimension" turn it off or on but also have a dimension for example a patio attachment and turn it on or off independent of each other.

In Visio 2007 all the dimension are linked so if I turn off the layer dimension even the dimension for the patio extension gets turned off.

Hence why I would like to have a page for just the patio extension yet be able to link to the main floor plan layer for the snap and glue function.

I know it's possible, maybe I just need more play time with this software.

I tried making the main floor plan a page background (shaded color)which appears on a new page but I can't snap or glue any of the shapes.

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03-05-2010 02:28 PM  10 years ago
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yep. In autocad, that's simple layering commands and working in model and paper space. 26 years experience here and I'd be lost if I had to work off another platform. I've thought about doing it just to see if I'm as smart as I think I am.....
Can't you just set up different dimension layers??? That's what I do. Layer for plumbing/foundation, one for exterior dimensions, one for inter dim.'s, etc. I'm running R14 which is ancient. The new stuff is really great, I just use the older version because it's what I'm comfortable with. If I had a ton of work to do with little time, I'd use the new stuff. Much faster.
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03-05-2010 05:24 PM  10 years ago
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Just looking at it for a few minutes I think what you want is in the page setup. Set your patio extension as a background then when you create a new page as a foreground type and set the background as your patio extension.

Now it will update whenever you update that background page.

File> page setup, then the page properties tab.
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