[anchor]Layouts [/anchor]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.
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.
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.
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.
NOTE: The display of shades and text will be unique to each layout; however, the position in one layout will apply to all layouts.
The Layouts view contains two list boxes.
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.
|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 [bookmark postid=”12479″ anchor=”link-scoring”]Link Scoring[/bookmark].|
|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[bookmark postid=”12676″ anchor=”locking”] Locking Objects on Grids[/bookmark] and [bookmark postid=”11476″ anchor=”lanes”]Setting up Swimlanes[/bookmark].|
|Selection Criteria||Displays the type of selection criteria used when the layout was generated (for automated layouts). For more info, see [bookmark postid=”12646″ anchor=”selection”]Selection View[/bookmark] 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 [bookmark postid=”12646″ anchor=”placement”]Placement View[/bookmark] 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 [bookmark postid=”12479″ anchor=”link-scoring”]Link Scoring[/bookmark].|
|Statistics||Displays statistics for when the layout was generated (for automated and manual layouts). For more info, see [bookmark postid=”12663″ anchor=”layout”]Viewing Statistics[/bookmark].|
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.
|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).|