Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Crop Regions - subtle change

This would probably make the cut for Steve's "Department of Subtle".

Over the last few weeks, while helping a team on a Revit Architecture 2009 project, I noticed that crop regions in plan views did not have drag handles. I couldn't figure out what was going on and made a note to try and get to the bottom of it.

Today I was showing someone how to use scope boxes...what they're intended for, blah blah blah, and how to assign a scope box to a view in the properties, thus automatically adjusting the crop region extents to those of the scope box. And then, epiphany...

I noticed that once a view is assigned to a scope box and the crop region extents are then determined by that scope box, the crop region ceases to show drag handles.
In previous versions, drag handles still showed up in this situation and when you tried resizing the crop region of such a view, the extents would return to their original position, puzzling a lot of users in the process! Here's what it used to look like (similar to crop regions of views not assigned to a scope box).

It might seem trivial to some, but I really like this little change. This makes it clearer that you have to modify the scope box if you want to control the crop region extents.


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2 comments:

David Light said...

Dave,

I agree, a good change! :-)

John Tobin said...

Great tip David. Never would have figured that out.
Thanks, John Tobin

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