This tutorial will teach you how to set up your list of sign types in your TYPE table. It is recommended that you do this before beginning your sign programming.
1. Go to the TYPE Table
The TYPE Table keps track of all the different sign types in your project. It also affects the drop-down lists that show up in your SIGN table, and in InDesign.
As a general rule, it's easiest to add sign types before doing the bulk of your programming. Note that there are a number of sign types already in a default database.
You can get to this screen by clicking on TYPE.
2. Delete Types That You Don't Need
Once you're in the TYPE table, it's time to start customizing the list. First, let's delete any sign types we're not going to use. In this example, we're going to get rid of S1 (Level ID), U1 (Unique Sign 1), and X1 (Other Sign we use.)
This will remove it from your type list, and from any Type drop-downs in the SIGN table or in InDesign.
NOTE that deleting a type from this table will not delete any signs, even if they do currently have that sign type.
To do this...
1. Select the Sign Type you'd like to delete (by clicking on it's record)
2. Click Delete. (You'll get a warning message, so make sure you're deleting the right stuff.)
3. Add the Sign Types That You Do Need
The next logical step is to add the sign types that you are going to use in this project. For this example, I'm just going to add A3 (Small Department ID)
Don't forget to add other information, like Drawing Number, Background Colour, Text Colour, Unit Cost, etc. if you want it to show up in your Sign Count/Sign Estimate Reports
1. Click New (the new type will show up directly below the currently selected type)
Alternatively, you can also use the Duplicate button, instead of New. This will duplicate the currently selected type.
2. Enter the necessary information
3. Move the type to the proper location in the list using the Up and Down buttons
Remember that the TYPE Table is MANUALLY sorted, so just place your new sign type where you would like to be sorted.
Also Remember that the Background Colour/Text Colour will affect how those sign types are displayed in your reports.