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Layer Management

Layer Management

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Working with Layers.....................................................................................3


1.1

Create layers.............................................................................................3

1.2

Delete layers .............................................................................................5

1.3

Rename layers..........................................................................................7

1.4

Export the layer management configuration .............................................8

1.5

Import the layer management configuration............................................10

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Working with Layers

All elements are allocated to different layers in EPLAN. This affects simple graphical
elements as well as symbol graphics, autoconnecting lines, property placements,
special text and other text elements. In the layer management, every layer can be
defined as visible and / or printed, and if the allocated elements can be edited.
There are standard EPLAN layers that are always present and cannot be deleted.
The layer names and descriptions of these standard layers are also write-protected.
The layer names of the standard layers always begin with "EPLAN". For example, the
layer for general symbol graphics is called EPLAN300. The other properties of the
standard layers, such as color, line type, etc., can be configured on a project basis.
You can also create your own layers and define their names and properties.
Note:
Prior to changing the layer management settings for a project, you should first export
a configuration file. In this way you have saved the default settings and can restore
them for those layers by importing them at a later date.

1.1

Create layers

Precondition:
You have opened a project.

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1. Select the menu item Options > Layer management.

2. In the Layer Management - <Project Name> dialog, select the node (or a
layer below the node) for which you want to create a layer, and click on
(New).
A new row is created in the table. The Layer field automatically contains
the standard value NEW_LAYER_1. The properties will be copied from the
selected layer. (If a node is selected, the properties of the first layer below the
node are copied.) If you immediately create further layers, then these receive
the names NEW_LAYER_2, NEW_LAYER_3 etc.

3. If desired, change the default layer name and the entry in the Description
field. If you change the layer description, then EPLAN automatically sorts the
layer into the appropriate node.
Note:
The special characters <>^"?:*|'`.=/ are not permitted in layer names.

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4.
5. In the table, determine the properties of the layer, such as color, line type, etc.

6. Click [Apply], to save the layer. ([OK] also saves the layer and closes the
dialog.)
The layer will be sorted into the tree structure depending on the description
given. Periods within the layer description are treated as substructure
delimiters.

1.2

Delete layers
Note:

The layers used in a project, as well as the EPLAN default layers, cannot be deleted.
Precondition:
You have opened a project.

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1. Select the menu item Options > Layer management.

2. In the Layer management <Project name> dialog, select the desired layer(s)
and click
(Delete).

3. Click [Apply], to delete the selected layer(s). ([OK] also deletes the layer(s)
and closes the dialog.)

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1.3

Rename layers

The name and description of each layer with the exception of the EPLAN standard
layers can be changed at will. Duplicate layer names are not permitted.
Caution:
If you rename a layer with a name that already exists, then the two layers are
combined into a single layer. The properties of the edited layer are lost.
Precondition:
You have opened a project.
1. Select the menu item Options > Layer management.

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2. In the Layer management <Project name> dialog, select the desired layer
and change the layer name in the Layer field.

3. Click [Apply], to save the changes. ([OK] also saves the changes and closes
the dialog).
All objects in the edited layer are transferred to the new layer and the
edited layer is deleted.

1.4

Export the layer management configuration

The export and import of layer configuration data (*.elc) allows you to save the
layer configuration of the current project as a standard setting, to transfer this to
another project or to make it available to another user.
Precondition:
You have opened a project.

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1. Select the menu item Options > Layer management.

(Export)
2. In the Layer management - <Project name> dialog, click
.
The Layer export dialog is opened. Initially, in the File name field is the
current project name, as the standard name of the configuration file to be
exported.

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3. If desired, change the target directory and the name of the file to be exported
and click [Save].
The Layer export dialog is closed and the configuration is exported.

1.5

Import the layer management configuration


Note:

If you import a configuration file containing user-defined layers that are not present in
the current project, then these layers are created. User-defined layers that exist in
both the configuration file and in the current project are reconfigured according to the
settings in the configuration file.
Precondition:
You have opened a project.
1. Select the menu item Options > Layer management.

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2. In the Layer management - <Project name> dialog, click

(Import).

The Layer import dialog is opened.

3. If necessary, navigate to the directory containing the desired configuration file


(*.elc). Select the file and click [Open].
The Layer import dialog is closed. The layer management adopts the
settings in the imported configuration file.

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