Change Entity


[Tools > Change Entity > Line Type]

This command allows you to change the line type or category to another line-type or to nothing. The command may also be accessed by simply pointing the cursor at a line and double clicking the mouse.

For modelling and estimation purposes, each line is given a line type automatically. This option allows you to change individual lines or groups of lines on a line by line basis. For example, the software automatically assigns the lowest point of the roof to be an eave, you may wish to install box gutter. In that case you will change the line type to Box-Gutter.

This function may also be activated by a double click of the left mouse button on the line.

After you select the command, the following dialog box is displayed, listing the different line type categories available.

You then select one of the line types. Crosshairs will appear and you simply select the lines that you would like to change to that line type. By doing so, the tag will change and the colour of the line may change and the style of the line may change to whatever you have defined in the Tools > Set Line Style command. You can use Verify on each line to see what the tag actually is, or you can use the Show button in the Flashings dialog.

The table below describes the menu item, the tag the system assigns, and how the flashing is reported.

Line Type Tag Reported Flashing
None NONE Ignored
Ridge RIDGE Reports ridge flashing
Valley VALLEY Reports valley flashing
Hip HIP Reports hip flashing
Fascia&Gutter FASCIA Reports both fascia and gutter.
Gable GABLE Reports both barge and fascia flashings.
Fascia-Barge FASCIA-BARGE Only reports fascia as barge flashing.
Fascia-Only FASCIA-ONLY Only reports fascia flashing.
Gutter-Only GUTTER-ONLY Only reports gutter flashing.
Barge-Only BARGE-ONLY Only reports barge flashing.
Apron APRON Only reports fascia flashing.
Tuck-Under TUCK-UNDER Ignored
Box-Gutter BOX-GUTTER Only reports as a box gutter
Step STEP Reports the step flashing
Monoridge MONORIDGE Reports monoridge tiles
Purlin BATTEN Reports batten or purlin
Purlin2 BATTEN2 Reports alternate batten or purlin
Headwall HEADWALL Reports headwall flashing
User 1 User Defined Reports as defined by the operator
User 2 User Defined Reports as defined by the operator
User 3 User Defined Reports as defined by the operator
User 4 User Defined Reports as defined by the operator
Drawing Entity DRAWINGLINE Will appear on your drawings but will not affect the material or labour estimate.
This may also be applied to other graphical elements that you add to a model,
not part of the model, such as descriptive text, and you need them to appear on the report.
Wall-Base WALL-BASE Reports wall base flashing
Wall-Top WALL-TOP Reports wall top flashing
Wall-Corner WALL-CORNER Reports wall corner flashing
Window-Head WINDOW-HEAD Reports window head flashing
Window-Sill WINDOW-SILL Reports window sill flashing
Window-Edge WINDOW-EDGE Reports window edge flashing
Door-Head DOOR-HEAD Reports door head flashing
Door-Edge DOOR-EDGE Reports door edge flashing


The User defined line types are defined under the Set-Up > Preference Settings > System Preferences.


(Pulldown Menu)

[Tools > Change Entity > Plane Type]

This command allows you to change the type of plane to a Roof Plane, Wall Plane or to None. Changing to None has the effect of the system not recognizing that plane as a roof plane in its calculations.



[Tools > Change Entity > Plane Material]

This command allows you to change the material assigned to a roof plane. By selecting this command you are prompted with another menu with the options, Tiles, Shingles, Shakes, Metal or Low-Slope. Select the material that you want o change you plane to and then select the planes required to be changed.

This function may also be activated by a double click of the left mouse button on the plane.

You can determine the roof plane material by selecting the Verify command from the main menu, then selecting a plane. You can then read the tags on the plane. The plane material is stored as a ROOFMAT tag.



Tools > Change Entity > Storey

This command allows you to change the storey of one or more roof planes. After selecting the command, you then select the planes you want to change. You are then prompted to enter the new storey. Any line work attached to the planes is changed to that new storey also.  The storey number allows different pat scales to be applied to different levels of the roof -typically, installers get paid more as they get further from the ground (but not always).