Having created a Layout, name it Plan 1, the amount of time spent, it makes sense to then use it as a basis for the next one.
right click on layout tab and choose ‘move or copy’ and choose the source (plan 1), then right click and move or copy and place it to right of existing. r/c properties and name it Plan 2.
I also tried for an Import and choose the existing file when browsing. This also works to create a layout I wish to use matching the shape and scale and title and logo of the last one.
Alter the title panel, size it, Go to main normal tabs, turn off all but the wanted object, add dims there (easier to work full screen !), back to layout Plan 2 and make the panes show the next object. Lots of moving and resizing detail borders, all looks great.
HAPPEN TO LOOK AT plan 1 and hells bells I have lost all the work there, 1 days worth of fiddling about, learning layout was in that tab.
its now same as Plan 2. and in fact tab 3 which I also made in preparation is also same as Plan 2.
I save my file as a new name, try again and again it happens.
Content has changed though the size and orientation hasn’t so A4 portrait remained so, when next tab was A4 landscape, just the content has changed. Title survived.
HOW DOES ONE USE AN EXISTING LAYOUT TO CREATE A LAYOUT FOR THE NEXT ITEM WHICH REMAINS INDEPENDENT AND DOESNT GET MODIFIED BY THE NEXT ONE BEING EDITED ?
It must be possible as move or copy allows one to move the layout tabs to and fro.
They were to be A4 P, A4 L, A4 L, A3 L etc. each with different object, different scales at times.
I have 20 or more to do of the objects in this project.
Perhaps save the massive project file before using an existing layout as above, means 20 or more copies of the master project for my 20 layouts, this is going to get complex and also use up HDD space. As I add dimensions to the project for the object, saving it each time a new layout is created so as to be able to access previous un-nuked layouts , will see my dimensions and any tweaks I do be out of date for the previous saves , project V11 Plan1, V11 Plan 2 etc etc.
I had sensibly experimented on this yesterday with a test file and had three independent looking layouts, I open that file now and they are still there, each one different, so I do the right click move or copy, I get page 4, rename it, move to right, alter it to a red item in the main object, scale and align the part. look at previous and THEY ARE NOW ALL THE RED OBJECT.
I attach that test file before todays red object nukes all, and yesterday when all was good.
Test objects Layout command_v3 3 tabs all independent.3dm (4.6 MB)
Test objects Layout command_v3 red object nukes previous.3dm (4.6 MB)