As a daily user of the layout mode in FormZ 8 I thought i'd list a few things I've noticed recently that might be issues just for new or potentially for all users.
• Multi Dimension Tool - some of these disappear when you create a pdf, I've given up on using it and just use single Dimension tool.
• Leader Lines - I annotate a lot of my layout work with these and find it causes the application to crash a lot, enough times for it to be a real hinderance to getting work completed in time. I've talked to Tech about this before and have looked at fixing faults with fonts on my computer etc, but it still happens. The strange thing i've found is it doesn't tend to happen if the layout file is the only file i have open at the time, if i have multiple files open that is when the problem occurs.
Also when i output a pdf i find the text I have inputted into the dialogue box of the leader line has shifted down in the relation to the end of the leader line - this is a consistent fault and has happened since i began using layout.
• PDF Output - Thankfully the latest update has fixed many of the issues here, great stuff. The print line widths being corrected is a huge help. Also the addition of all the hidden line attributes to the options in layout is awesome, showing hidden edges is a great addition. My only gripe is that when outputting pdf's which i then take into illustrator to add title blocks is that any curves in my drawing (and sometimes straight lines too) become just a whole lot of points rather than a boolean curve. It seems FormZ already has a good interface with illustrator, being able to import/export illustrator files etc, it'd be great if the pdf's from layout had the same quality. Worth noting i've tried exporting illustrator field direct from layout and i get the same result.
Title Block Function - This was talked about being part of FormZ 8 but has still not materialised as yet??
• Also wonder if it'd be a good addition to the dimensioning tool palette to have a 'section' tool where you could annotate where you have a section. Would then be easy to show said section in another pane using a clipping plane or the actual section tool.
Interested to see not only what Tech thinks on this but any of the other FormZ users out there who use Layout regularly. I post a bit on Layout and sometimes feel as though not many other people are using it. Maybe I'm wrong and other people just aren't finding fault with it.
Thanks in advance.