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    Default Xref In Greyscale

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    Hi guys;

    Im working on drawings which basically rely on xref for ease of work in terms of it always being updated; eg road layouts, pipe layouts, Land Topo.
    on presentation of development plan drawings there are certain portions that needs to be in greyscale to put emphasis on an xref whose lines are at 100% screening. vice versa for the other xrefs in terms of emphasis for other sheets.

    Is there a way to present in greyscale entire xrefs without changing the colors of the layers in the xref itself?
    the only solution i do is to make a separate xref drawing of road, pipe layout and structure which is entirely on a single color i setup on 80% screening; so noob ^_^

    there is a way I browsed in the forums but it uses autolisp.
    I just wanted to know if autolisp is the only way to make this happen

    TIA

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    Default Style Based Plotting

    Have you looked at style based plotting rather than color based?


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    If the color of the entities in the xref are 'bylayer'...
    Layer Manager > use the tree to filter the xref layers
    Select all the xref layers (Ctlr+A)
    Change the color to grey.
    If you want the colors to remain grey, set Visretain =1
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    i dont really use STB, im more on the CTB.

    Great help seifer; thanks for the help. it saves me a lot of time instead of making new greyscaled xrefs...^_^
    I thought of this method once but never tried it thinking that when i reload the xref, all colors will revert to its original

    but I really thought there was a command for this ^_^

    Thanks again

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    This should work in most cases... change the "9" to what color you want
    Code:
    (command "-layer" "c" "9" "*|*" "")

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    take a look at that variable

    VISRETAIN
    this system variable controls the properties of xref-dependent layers

    0 ) Dont save the layer properties
    1 ) Save the layer properties

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    not exactly what I was lookin for,
    I already use visretain, visretain is concerned with saving or not saving any changes made to xref layers.
    the previuos post is what im currently using to manipulate greyscaling of the xref.
    ....always perform Beyond what is expected.

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    I also found that the viewport "properties" affects plot style.

    I had views set to 2DWIREFRAME but VP plot style was set to SHADED and it wouldn't plot in gray scale or monochrome until I set it to WIREFRAME.

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    Dude I know your kinda new but the thread is nearly 10 years old. I think he figured it out by now.

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    So you're saying that no one else has had or will have that problem again?

    And it's “you're"

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