External dimensions on the floor planAbout files with the extension .mpifThe file with the .mpif extension is a special installation file of the ModPlus (ModPlus Install File).
These files allow you to install and update all ModPlus components using the auto-update module in case you do not have access to the internet or modplus.org
Plugin allows you to put in one click the external dimensions on the floor plan. Plugin only processes horizontal and vertical walls and axes. The outer dimensions are set according to the current working configuration, which indicates the sides of dimensioning and setting of dimensional chains
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For the Function to work, at least one working configuration must be present.
If the Function starts, if the configuration is missing, you will be prompted to open the working configuration settings:
The configuration settings window can also be opened from the Revit ribbon by launching the function "External dimensions. Settings"
The settings window contains configuration controls and several general settings for the function:
At the top of the window is a drop-down list of all created working configurations. The configuration selected in the list is current when the function is running. All your configurations are saved in a directory /ModPlus/UserData/DimConfigurations in file ExteriorPlanDimensions.xml, that allows you to transfer a set of configurations to another workstation.
Attention! Do not modify the configuration file manually, as this may lead to errors in the function!
Edit – opens the edit window for the currently selected configuration. The editing window is similar to the configuration window (described below).
Create – opens the window for creating a new configuration (described below).
Delete – permanently delete the selected configuration.
To process the wall thickness of … mm – sets the value for filtering walls before processing. It will help to exclude from processing, for example, the external finish, also made by the Wall.
When the distance between faces is less than … exlude … face – the exception of the faces of the wall between which the distance is less than the specified. For example, window families can create quarters in a wall. In this case, the size of this quarter will be created, which is not needed in external dimensions. When setting up - When the distance between faces is less than 100, exclude the largest face - if there is a distance between two faces less than the specified one (but more than a quarter of the window), then the largest of the two faces will not be taken:
Create/Edit Configuration Window
In the upper left part of the window there is a field for specifying the name of the configuration. This name will be displayed in the configuration selection list in the previous window.
Below is the side selection for dimensioning. To enable/disable the option, use the switch next to the corresponding side of the plan. To create a configuration, at least one side must be selected.
In the right part of the window contains a table with dimensional chains of the current configuration. The configuration must contain at least one dimension chain. For each dimension chain, you can specify the following options for setting sizes:
Indent – indent of the dimension line from the previous element. For the first dimension chain, the indentation is set from the last selected wall. For subsequent dimension chains, the indentation is set from the previous dimension chain. Indentation is given in mm in physical units - i.e. the indent distance will vary depending on the scale on the plan.
Walls – setting the overall dimensions of the walls in a given direction. Those. vertical walls for left/right direction, horizontal - bottom/top. When this checkbox is checked, the checkboxes for Openings and Intersecting walls become available.
Openings – dimensioning along wall openings in a given direction.
Intersec. walls – dimensioning along walls that are perpendicular to a given direction and intersecting all walls in a given direction.
Grids – dimensioning along axes perpendicular to a given direction.
Extreme grids – dimensioning along extreme axes perpendicular to a given direction. This option disables the ability to dimension on walls for the current dimension chain.
Overall size – dimensioning of the overall size in this direction. Overall size in current direction is the distance from the extreme edges of the outer walls. This option disables all other options for the current dimension chain.
In the last column of each dimension chain is the delete chain button. To display the button, the chain in the table must be selected.
Add dimension chain – adding a new dimension chain to the table. Names of dimensional chains in the table are set automatically and do not affect the function.
Accept – closing this window with saving all configuration settings.
In case of starting the function with the existing working configuration, a request will be made to select:
Select walls and grids – selection of walls and axes in the current plan. When choosing, the filter by elements works, so you can simply select the entire plan.
The floor plan selected should preferably form a closed polygon of walls. Otherwise, the result of the Function may not be obvious.
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