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I'm suffering from eye strain and wonder if there is a way to change CA so the screen is black and the lines are white.  A friend does this with Datacad, not sure if possible in CA?

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Of course, take a close look at "Edit - Preferences - Appearance" and other Default Settings as well but thereafter it may be difficult to share your plans with other users who do not do that.

 

Another consideration is that "White Lines" will NOT print to paper or PDF, so your prints and PDF's by default will use a lot of Black ink to print. Basically you are intending to go into "Undiscovered Country" indeed.

 

I know AutoCAD is set up with a black background but I am not aware of any Chief users who do so.

 

DJP

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You would need to set up different layer sets and/or saved plan views. Some for viewing on screen with layer colors that can be viewed against a dark background, and some for printing with these same layers set to black (or whatever color you want printed). 

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I've changed my colors to the 'Stone' theme which gives me a medium grey background for the toolbars and I also use a light grey background for drawing background. It is easier on the eye's.

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As far as I know, having a black background does not affect sharing files with other users.

Screen color is not saved with the file - it is a preference - each user will see their own background color.

I don't think it has anything to do with printing either.

Turn on Print Preview and I think you should see a white background even though you have a black background while drawing.

Same for layout.

 

A white line will not display on a black background, and I am pretty sure it will not print.

A black line will display as white on a black background, but I am pretty sure it will print as black. 

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8 hours ago, DavidJPotter said:

but I am not aware of any Chief users who do so.

@joey_martin I believe Joey does; maybe he will chime in as his plansets look great.

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6 hours ago, ericepv said:

I also use a light grey background for drawing background. It is easier on the eye's.

Same here.

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thanks very much!  I changed my background to gray and already feel better (placebo effect :-)   But I think it will make a difference

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19 hours ago, ericepv said:

I've changed my colors to the 'Stone' theme which gives me a medium grey background for the toolbars and I also use a light grey background for drawing background. It is easier on the eye's.

Hmmm, I changed it in "edit preferences, appearance" which worked for plan view, but not camera views.  I tried 3d preferences but don't see an option there.  Is there a way to change screen color for all types of views?  Also, you mentioned a stone "theme".  I don't see themes, just colors.  I'm in x10, maybe themes are a later version?

 

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22 hours ago, LevisL said:

You would need to set up different layer sets and/or saved plan views.

I didn't. If your layers are set up to be "default" simply change the background color and the default black lines turn white automatically. It's the line that you have set to black per line that will not be visible. I only use black backgrounds.

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Color themes are not available in X10.

 

To change the background color for camera views, you will need to change this in your camera defaults under the backdrop panel.

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