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Layouts are created in the Layout Manager. Once created, a layout cannot be modified and then saved again. This means any changes made to a layout can only be captured by creating a new layout (which will automatically be based on what is seen on the canvas), and then deleting the original layout. To assist you, NetPoint keeps track if any changes were made, and it will prompt you to capture a new layout, when necessary.

If an object is deleted from one layout, it will also be deleted from every layout. If an object is added to one layout, it’s position will be the same (or as close as possible, depending on the number of grids) across all layouts. Once a layout is created, a separate file with a .NPL extension is also created within the schedule’s project folder containing supporting data.

Steps

Creating New Layouts

  1. Click Schedule > Open Layout Manager from the menu bar.
  2. Under the list of Saved Layouts, click the New button. A new layout will be added to the list based on the network currently being viewed on the canvas.
  3. To rename the layout, select it in the list under the Description column and enter a new name.
    1. When finished, click outside the layout or hit Enter.
  4. Click Save or Close to both save the list of layouts and close the manager.

NOTE: At this time, a layout cannot be updated after it has been saved. To effectively update a layout, first apply the layout to the canvas that you want to update, make the desired changes on the canvas, save a new layout (which will automatically be based on the current network), and then delete the layout you originally wanted to update.

Switching Between Layouts

  1. Click Schedule > Open Layout Manager from the menu bar.
  2. Choose a layout in the list and click Apply. Alternatively, you may right-click on the layout to apply it.
  3. If the layout on the canvas contained unsaved changes, a warning will open. To save click Cancel and see Creating New Layouts above. Otherwise, click Apply, Discard Changes. The canvas will update with the network of the selected layout.
  4. Click Save or Close to both save the list of layouts and close the manager.

NOTE: When switching between layouts, pay special attention to shades and text boxes, because they may be positioned optimally in one layout but not make sense in another. For example, if a layout was ran with lanes, previously created shades and text boxes may clash with the lanes’ shades and text boxes. For this reason, the Layouts view includes a section at the bottom for turning on and off shades and text boxes specific to certain layouts.

Deleting Layouts

  1. Click Schedule > Open Layout Manager from the menu bar.
  2. Choose a layout in the list and click Delete. After deleting the layout, the canvas will still remain the same.
  3. Click Save or Close to both save the list of layouts and close the manager.

NOTE: Layouts will be deleted without being asked for prior confirmation. To restore a deleted layout, click the Undo icon in the toolbar immediately following the delete, and then click anywhere in the Layout Manager to refresh the window.

Managing Shades/Text

  1. Click Schedule > Open Layout Manager from the menu bar.
  2. Choose a layout in the list. The list on the bottom will refresh.
  3. To hide a shade or text object, select it in the list and uncheck the box under Show. The canvas will update in real-time.
  4. To fade a shade or text object, select it in the list and check the box under Fade.  The canvas will update in real-time.
  5. Click Save or Close to both save the list of layouts and close the manager.

NOTE: The display of shades and text will be unique to each layout; however, the position in one layout will apply to all layouts.

Notes

Layouts View

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The Layouts view contains two list boxes.

Upper List

The main list on top displays all saved layouts. As you click through the top list, the bottom list refreshes and shows which shades and text objects are being displayed in a given layout.

Column Definition
Description A text field for describing the layout.
Layout Score A measure of layout optimization. The lower the score, the tidier the layout relative to link/activity crossings, link overlays, and link length in terms of number of grid crossings. For more info, see Link Scoring.
Date Created The date and time the layout was stored.
Structure Criteria Checkboxes displaying whether or not certain structure criteria was used when the layout was generated (for automated layouts). For more info, see Locking Objects on Grids and Setting up Swimlanes.
Selection Criteria Displays the type of selection criteria used when the layout was generated (for automated layouts). For more info, see Selection View from Running the Engine.
Placement Criteria Displays the type of placement criteria used when the layout was generated (for automated layouts). For more info, see the Placement View sections from Running the Engine.
Link Penalty Criteria Displays the link penalty values when the layout was generated (for automated and manual layouts). For more info, see Link Scoring.
Statistics Displays statistics for when the layout was generated (for automated and manual layouts). For more info, see Viewing Statistics.
Lower List

The secondary list on bottom displays all user-created shades and text objects on the canvas. As you click through the list on the bottom, the canvas will scroll to their location and they will spotlighted in yellow.

Column Definition
Show Controls whether or not the object will be displayed on the canvas.
Fade Controls whether or not the object is faded on the canvas.
Type Displays whether the object is a shade or text box.
Description Displays a description of the object, and the text (if it’s a text box).
Grid # The grid number or row the object is located on.
Start Date The date the object is located at on the canvas.
Color The color of the object (shades only).