Simplify markups and measurements with Dynamic Fill

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Revu 2018 eXtreme

Summary

Dynamic Fill is a powerful tool with many applications. Rather than a markup or measurement tool, it may be helpful to think of Dynamic Fill as a versatile selection tool. Dynamic Fill uses the lines in your PDF as selection boundaries, which can then be used for a variety of different applications. Dynamic Fill makes measuring irregular shapes—like a curved pathway or pool, for example—much easier than manually tracing around the shape. Instead it simplifies the process by allowing you to “paint” in the areas that you want to select, and then apply a Measurement, Space or Polygon markup to the selection.

 

Measuring irregular areas

To create a measurement with Dynamic Fill

  1. Go to Tools > Measure > Dynamic Fill (J).
    A floating toolbar appears, where you can access the Dynamic Fill tools, Settings , Markup, and Measurement choices. These tools allow you to either Define your fill or Create markups based on your selection.
  1. In the Dynamic Fill toolbar, click Fill .
  2. Click and drag inside the section you want to measure, and then move your cursor until the fill has reached the desired boundaries. To add more areas to your selection, click and drag until those areas are filled as well.
If the Fill tool is moving beyond the lines of your drawing, or if you would like to close off an open area of the drawing, use Add Boundary to create your own boundary. If necessary, you can also adjust the sensitivity of the Fill tool in the Settings of the Dynamic Fill toolbar.
  1. Once all areas are selected, select your measurement type from the Dynamic Fill toolbar. You can select one or combine multiple measurement types.
  2. Click Apply.
    Your measurements appear within the selected section.

Highlight important sections with Dynamic Fill

In addition to measurements, Dynamic Fill simplifies the process of highlighting areas of your blueprints with different colors. A common use for coloring sections of a drawing is to differentiate between HVAC ducts, so that the viewer can see at a glance which is the Supply Duct and which is the Return Duct, for example. In the past, these were drawn by hand with colored pencils. With Dynamic Fill, you can select an entire line by simply selecting within the boundaries of each HVAC route, and then create a colorful polygon shape on top of the selected area.

To create highlighted shapes with Dynamic Fill

  1. Go to Tools > Measure > Dynamic Fill (J).
  2. In the Dynamic Fill toolbar, click Fill .
  3. Click and drag inside the section you want to measure, and then move your cursor until the fill has reached the desired boundaries. To add more areas to your selection, click and drag until those areas are filled as well.
  4. Once all areas are selected, select Polygon .
    You can click the select the dropdown arrow to choose from your existing Polygon styles.
  5. Click Apply to create your Polygon.
  6. You can edit the color and opacity of your Polygon by selecting the markup and changing its properties in the Properties Toolbar.

Now that we’ve added some color to our drawing, it’s easy to see each section at a glance. So leave the colored pencils and highlighters behind, and let Dynamic Fill be your guide!

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