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Detail Manager

The Detail Manager is your control center for details you add to Land F/X projects. From the Detail Manager, you can add details to your project, view each detail and find out its number, and see which details you've placed in your drawing. You can also open any detail for editing, delete or replace details, place details into the drawing set, or even enter a detail callout for a detail.

Detail Manager Overview

Open the Detail Manager:


F/X Details ribbon, Detail Manager flyout




F/X Details menu, Detail Manager option

Detail Manager toolbar






Details toolbar




or type FX_DetailManager in the Command line




The Detail Manager will open. Here, you can complete a variety of actions pertaining to your details.


1. Options to list your details By Sheet or By Number (In the image above, the By Sheet option is selected).



2. Search for a detail you've added to your project.



3. This pane lists the details you've added to you project, organized by detail sheet (pictured) or detail number. When you have By Sheet selected (pictured above), details you have yet to place in a drawing appear at the top of the list (above the title =======PlacedDetails======). The current sheet will appear at the top of the list.



4. A list of details that have been placed in the drawing, listed under the title =======PlacedDetails======.

If you delete one of your layout sheets, or one of your detail sheets from the Sheet Index, any details that were previously placed on those sheets will be marked as unplaced and moved back to the general list of details.


5. Administrative functions where you can:


6. Dock the Detail Manager on the side of your CAD interface.



7. Place a highlighted detail into a sheet in your drawing. See our Placing Details page for more information and instructions.



8. Insert a detail Callout for a highlighted detail. This is the same feature as our Insert Detail Callout tool; we've just provided it here for convenience.



9. Generate a Report of all details relating to this project and the locations where they've been placed in the drawing.



10. Preview image of a highlighted detail. You can open and collapse this pane using the Preview button (see #5 above).

Docking and Undocking the Detail Manager

You can now choose to dock the Detail Manager on the side of your AutoCAD interface. Docking the Detail Manager keeps it active, allowing you to work in your drawing while keeping the Detail Manager open.



To dock the Detail Manager, click the < Dock button.





The Detail Manager will now be docked to the side of your interface, allowing you to work in your drawing while still managing your details.






To undock the Detail Manager, click Undock >.




When docked, the Detail Manager includes a Refresh button (pictured to the left).



If you've deleted a placed detail, moved a detail from one sheet to another or to Model Space, the lists of placed and unplaced details may not change in the display when you have By Sheet selected.



In this case, you can click Refresh to refresh the lists of details and sheet numbers.

Replacing a Detail

Our Replace tool makes it easy to replace a detail in your drawing with another detail, or with a newly edited or renumbered version of the same detail.







In the Detail Manager, highlight the detail you want to replace.



Then click Replace.




Navigate to the detail you want to replace the other one, or to the newly edited version of the existing detail. Click OK to replace the original.



The detail in your drawing will be replaced with the new version with the new detail number.

Generating a Detail Report

Need an account of all details relating to this project and the locations where they've been placed in the drawing? Create a detail report.




To create a detail report, click Report in the Detail Manager.




You'll now see a Detail Report dialog box, which offers several options for placing your detail report.




1. Destination: Place a detail report directly in your Drawing, in your drawing in Table format, or in a Spreadsheet.


2. Select any or all of the following options to include them as columns in your detail report:

  • Placed details
  • Unplaced details
  • Saved
  • Drawn By
  • Checked By
  • Notes
  • References


3. Use this menu to organize the details in your report by:

  • Sheet
  • Detail number
  • Title




Your detail report will be either placed in your drawing or exported to a spreadsheet, depending on which option you selected.


Here's an example of a detail report placed in a drawing:

Deleting Details from a Project

Deleting Unplaced Details



To delete one or more details that you have not placed in a drawing, first select the detail(s) in the Detail Manager.

You can select multiple details at a time by pressing the CTRL and SHIFT keys while selecting the details.


Once you've selected all the unplaced details you want to delete, click Delete.




You'll be asked, Are you sure you wish to remove these detail(s) from the project?



Click Yes to delete the detail(s) from the current project. Click No to leave the detail(s) in the project.

Even if you select details you've placed in your drawing and click Delete, only the unplaced details will be deleted. If you delete placed details from the Detail Manager, they will be deleted from the current project but will remain placed on the sheet. They just won't be linked to the actual detail files once you've deleted them from the Detail Manager.




After you delete one or more details from a project, the Command history will display which detail(s) you just deleted. For example, if you delete detail # S-102, the Command history will have an entry for "S-102."


This way, you can make sure any affected sheets and other settings are updated. (Even if the detail was unplaced, it may have been called out on many sheets, referenced by other items, etc.).

You can open the Command history by pressing the F2 key, or you can simply grab the top of the Command line and drag it upward to expand it.



Deleting Placed Details

If you've already placed a detail in your drawing and you no longer want to use that detail in your project, you'll first need to delete that detail from the drawing. You can then highlight the detail(s) in the Detail Manager and delete it from your project.


Deleting an Entire Sheet of Details

In some cases, you may need to delete a whole sheet of details on a layout tab.




If you want to delete the layout tab that contains the detail sheet, right-click the tab and select Delete from the menu that opens.



You can also use our Sheet Index tool to delete the sheet.



Select the sheet in the Sheet Index and click Delete. If you're sure you want to delete the sheet, click Yes.





Whether you've deleted the layout tab or the sheet containing your details, those details will now be marked as unplaced in the Detail Manager.




You can now choose to delete those details from your project, or keep them in the Detail Manager in case you want to use them later.




You may need to click the Refresh button to see the details as unplaced. Make sure the Detail Manager is docked, then click the Refresh button.

The Refresh button is only available when the Detail Manager is docked.

Related Webinars

  • Design F/X Setup: Join us for a complete demonstration on how our software helps you manage and use construction details. We’ll provide an overview of our entire system, including instructions for placing a detail. (53 min)
  • Getting Started with the Detail Tools: We'll show you the basic tools you need to familiarize yourself with on the F/X Details ribbon, including our tools for placing details on your drawings. (58 min)
  • Detail Tips And Tricks: Learn some advanced techniques and best practices to create details that communicate your design intent clearly, including how to place a detail template. (59 min)


Issue: Details are missing from the detail manager but are visible in Detail Explorer


Issue: You're trying to copy details from your Standards folder to your Project Folder in the Detail Explorer, and the details aren't showing up in the Detail Manager


Issue: You are experiencing a significant delay when attempting to add or place details


Issue: You want to add (save) a PDF as a detail in our detail system


Issue: Your office is using cloud data with a shared online folder, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, and your details keep changing directories, or the Detail Manager stops working


Issue: You placed a detail on a sheet in your drawing, and it came in with the number 00


Issue: Several buttons in the Detail Manager are grayed out and inaccessible


Issue: You are unable to create a project-specific folder when adding a detail


Issue: You want to advance a project into a new phase (e.g., permitting to construction)

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 07:09

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