Editing a Detail
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Editing a Detail

Our software allows you to edit details in a variety of ways.

Each time you open a drawing that includes details, our Update Details tool will fire automatically. If you've made edits to any of the details in the drawing, those details will be updated to their latest versions. For more information, see our Update Details documentation page.

Editing a Detail from Detail Explorer

The Detail Explorer is our interface where you can access and edit your detail folder structure directly from CAD. Open the Detail Explorer:


F/X Details ribbon, Explorer button




F/X Details menu, Detail Explorer option




Detail Manager toolbar

Details toolbar






or type DetailExplorer in the Command line




The Detail Explorer will open. Navigate to and highlight the detail you want to edit, and view the thumbnail image of the detail to the right. Right-click the detail, and select Edit from the menu that opens.




The detail's source file will open, allowing you to make any necessary changes with linework, etc.



If you do make changes, use our Save Detail tool to save them. Open Save Detail:



F/X Details ribbon, Save Detail button




F/X Details menu, Save Detail option

Details toolbar







or type FX_SaveDetail in the Command line




You'll see a message asking whether you want to Overwrite an existing detail or prompt for a New detail number.



Click Overwrite to make the changes and overwrite this existing detail with the same number.

Editing a Detail from the Detail Manager

While in the Detail Manager, you can highlight a detail you've added to a project.



If you want to edit or view the detail more closely, click Edit while the detail is highlighted.



The detail will open a separate CAD file. Here, you can view it or edit it.



If you edit the detail, you can use the system to either overwrite the detail number or save the detail with a new number.




If this edited detail is the one you want to represent your project (and not the detail you originally added), you can click Replace to replace the original detail with the one you just edited.

Editing a Detail You've Placed in a Drawing

You may have added a detail to your project and placed it into a drawing, with a specific detail number and sheet number. After viewing it, you may decide it needs some editing.









Open the Edit Detail tool:



F/X Details ribbon, Edit Detail button




F/X Details menu, Edit Detail option

Details toolbar








or type FX_EditDetail in the Command line





The cursor will turn into a pickbox. Click anywhere on the detail you want to edit. That detail's source drawing file will open. You can edit that detail and save with an overwrite, or save it with a different number, leaving the original detail unchanged.

Updating and Overwriting a Detail

Our Update Details tool fires automatically each time you open a drawing that includes details. All details in that drawing will be updated to their latest versions – as long as you've saved the new versions under the same names as the original details. For more information, see our Update Details documentation.









At times, you won't want the details in a drawing to update automatically – especially once a project goes out to bid. To prevent the details in a drawing from updating automatically, you can mark that drawing file as Read-only.


New Detail Number

You might need to edit a detail and save it with a new number. If you've placed this detail in a drawing, you can update it with the new version, including the new number, using the Detail Manager.



Open the Detail Manager for your project, highlight the detail you want to update, and click Replace.





Navigate to your edited detail with a new number, and click OK to replace the original.



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

Editing a Detail You've Just Saved

You may have created a new detail and, immediately after saving it into the system, decide you want to edit it. At this point, you can edit the detail you just saved by using the Edit Detail tool.


Open the Edit Detail tool:



F/X Details ribbon, Edit Detail button




F/X Details menu, Edit Detail option

Details toolbar








or type FX_EditDetail in the Command line




The cursor turn into a pickbox.




DO NOT select just any part of the detail.



Instead, click and select the detail number that appears at the bottom of that saved detail (as pictured to the right).



The saved detail will open, allowing you to edit and save it.




Why Edit a Saved Detail?

Why would you edit a detail you have just saved? You may have just saved it but then noticed some aspect of the detail you forgot to refine or finish correctly.



The detail may also include Placeholder Callouts referencing other details. Now that you've finished those other details, you can edit the first detail and assign a proper detail association with the Placeholder Callouts using our Associate Callout tool.

Reshooting a Detail Thumbnail Slide

Our Save Detail tool automatically creates a preview thumbnail slide of each detail you save. If you're unsatisfied with any detail slide, you can reshoot it by completing the following steps:



1. Zoom in as far as possible on the detail from the drawing where it originated.


2. Type MSLIDE in the Command line, and press Enter.



3. In the Create Slide File dialog box, navigate to the folder where your detail is saved. Click Save.

The size and shape of the AutoCAD window is extremely important for the shooting of any thumbnail slide. It's best to resize your AutoCAD window to a 4:3 aspect ratio, and ideally no larger than the target slide – which is actually very small. When we reshoot slides, we just make the AutoCAD window as small as we can realistically handle.

Renaming a Detail

You're free to rename your details manually from within their folders within our detail file structure.




To rename a detail, locate it in your Land F/X detail library and rename all three files associated with it:

  • DWG file
  • AutoCAD slide (SLD)
  • XML document




All three of these files will have the same name but different file types and extensions. Take care to rename all three of these files, giving them the same name. If you fail to rename the SLD and XML files, your detail will lack a preview slide and description, respectively, when listed in the Detail Explorer.

Editing Details & Land F/X Projects

If a detail has been added to a project and you edit that detail, the opened detail file will auto-assign itself to that project so it's using the correct Preference Set and showing the correct callout locations.


If a detail has been added to multiple projects, the project that auto-assigns itself will always be the one whose project number comes first alphabetically. You can change the project while editing if you want, but that change won’t save to the detail. However, you don’t need to worry about using the correct project assigned and showing correct callout locations because the callouts will change for each project what's open when they're actually placed.




Locking Standard and Project Details from Editing

You might want to prevent specific users in your office, or even all users, from editing your office details. Here's how

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Last modified on Monday, 13 September 2021 08:31

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