How-To - Designer - Resetting the Graphics Layer Reference Scale

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    A reference scale can be specified for design graphics used within a design. This option enables the resizing of annotations and graphics in relation to a specific map scale. For example, when design graphics are added at the defined scale, sizing is based on any defaults such as 10pt font. When zooming in or out of the design, the annotations and graphics will enlarge or shrink in relation to the set reference scale.


    The reference scale for design graphics is typically defined when initially configuring the graphics layer within the database. Once set, the options for redefining this value are inactivated when this layer is in use. To establish a new reference scale for the layer, create and configure a new design graphics layer. Settings within the original graphics layer can be consulted and used as a reference to aid in this process. To reset the reference scale for the graphics annotation layer, follow the steps outlined below.


    Step 1: Establish a new graphic annotation layer with the desired reference scale.

    1. In the Designer database, rename the current DesignGraphics feature class via ArcCatalog.

    Note: This option retains the original layer for use as a reference when setting the scale, adding additional fields, or assigning applicable model names to the new graphic annotation layer. It is recommended that this original graphics layer be removed once the new layer is set up and verified as working properly. However, if this original layer contains graphics that are required for any designs which are in progress, this layer can be kept (minus the assigned model names - see step 7 below). Newly placed graphics will appear within the new layer and the original graphics layer will retain previously placed graphics. 

       2. Right-click the Designer Dataset and choose New > Feature Class from the menu.

       3. Within the New Feature Class wizard, create a new ArcFM Annotation Feature class called DesignGraphics.



       4. Set the desired reference scale and map units for the new graphics layer.



       5. Complete the setup for the new feature class using the wizard, and import or set up any fields based on the original DesignGraphics feature class.

       6. Register the dataset as versioned (i.e,. this will register the new feature class).

       7. Based on the original feature class settings, add any applicable model names, e.g., DESIGNGRAPHICS.

    Note: Following this step, remove the assigned model names from the original graphics layer to ensure newly placed graphics are directed to the new layer.

       8. Add the Design Graphics layer to the appropriate store display(s).

       9. Save the stored displays with the new annotation graphics layer.


    Step 2: Verify that the new graphics annotation layer is working properly.

    1. Create and open a new design for testing.
    2. Place some design graphics in the map and verify that the graphics are scaled correctly.
    3. Right-click the DesignGraphics layer within the ‘List by Drawing Order’ tab in the Table of Contents.
    4. Choose ‘Open Attribute Table’ and verify that newly placed graphics are saved to the new DesignGraphics feature class.


    Additional details on configuring the DesignGraphics layer can be found within the online help topic at the following location: