Tipster Hayden Clarke shares a tip with us about using viewport layer visibility controls in AutoCAD.
"This tip is really a double-barreled tip relating to viewport freezing. The first part is an oldie but a goodie; the second is new to AutoCAD 2012.
"Some people already know that the Freeze tool found on the Layer panel (or toolbar) can be used to viewport-freeze layers through individual viewports. A lot of people do not realize this because when used in the model space, it simply freezes the layer completely. This is helpful for picking the objects in individual viewports to freeze (provided the layers have been set up correctly).
"The feature new to the 2012 release is an addition to viewport freezing; this is something I could use almost daily. When you are in a viewport and you go to the Layer Properties Manager, you will find a new option when you right-click on any layer. Under VP Freeze Layer, you will find a new option which is used to viewport-freeze the layer in all viewports except the current one. It's excellent for newly created layers you wish to show only in the current viewport."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: The Layer Manager in AutoCAD is a very powerful tool. It controls how your objects look when displayed. These controls are carried over into paper space viewports. Using these controls, you can display every layer differently in any viewport, independent of each other. Not only can you freeze layers in a viewport, but you can also override their colors, linetypes, transparency, and weight.