In BricsCAD there are two main workspaces: Paper Space and Model Space. In this series we’re going to explore the Paper Space workspace: what it does, how it works, why it’s used and the various features, such viewports, templates, layouts and annotations.

In the last post we looked at what Paper Space is and why it is used. In this post we will look at how to create a new layout, from a template and from scratch, in Paper Space, in BricsCAD.

What is a Layout?

A layout is a representation of a sheet of paper. Each tab on a BricsCAD drawing represents a different “sheet of paper” and each tab is known as a “layout”. The layout contains information such as the sheet size and style.

BricsCAD paperspace layout
Simple Layout with a single viewport. This is the default BricsCAD layout.

By default, all BricsCAD drawings automatically have two Paper Space layouts. The default names for these are Layout1 and Layout2. You can also create your own Paper Space layouts, from a template or from scratch. Each layout comes, with 1 Paper Space viewport. We will talk about how to add and modify viewports in the next blog post.

You can create and customize your own layouts. These can be saved as a template.

How to Create a New Layout

There are a few ways to create a new layout:

#1 The simplest:

  1. Cick the + symbol to generate a new Paper Space layout tab.

new layout plus button bricscad

#2 More advanced:

  1. Once you have created a new Paper Space layout (as shown above), navigate to Pagesetups in the Drawing Explorer and click the New Icon.
    drawing explorer bricscad
    The New icon is highlighted in blue

    This will bring you to the New Page Setup dialog.

  2. Enter a name, select and hit Create.
    New page setup dialog This will open a new dialog.use the page set up wizard to create new layouts in BricsCAD
  3. Yes, this looks very similar to the Print dialog box, but there are some differences. For detailed instructions, be sure to check out the help center article on page setup. Once you are happy with your changes, click OK and the new layout will be created.
  4. To apply this Setup to a layout, find the row of the layout you wish to change and under the “Based on” column of the Page Setup Drawing Explorer, select the Setup you wish to use. The changes will be applied to that layout.set up apply to layout in bricscad

#3 From a Template

  1. Right click on the model or layout tabs on your drawing and select the “From template…” option.create layout from template

How to create your own template

Templates are saved as a .dwt file. Templates can include things like size, layout and title blocks.

  1. Create your own configuration on a Paper Space layout.
  2. Save the drawing as a .dwt file.
    Each layout, as it was saved in the original file, can be opened as the template for the new layout. Each configuration takes its name from the layout name, so be sure to give them sensible names.

How to Change the Name of a Layout

The default name for a new Layout is Layout1, Layout2, Layout3, etc. If you want to change this to something more significant:

  1. Right-click the tab and select Rename from the menu.

What’s Next?

That’s all for this post, be sure to come back, in the next post we will look at how to create and edit viewports in Paper Space.