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I am looking for someone experienced in CA to take a pdf set of house plans and draw the basic structural aspects of the house (foundation, walls, roof, stairs, etc) into a .plan. I will do all the decorative finishes, interiors, etc myself. This work is to be completed online, I can email the plans to you and the .plan file can be emailed back to me. Potential for ongoing future work. If interested, message me asap to discuss the details.
As you know, the file icons for .layout and .plan files are annoyingly similar. I think in later versions (X4?) they may have tried to make it easier to distinguish between them, but you have to admit the icons are not great.
For my use, I have made new icons for .layout, .plan, .calib, and .calibz files. it is VERY conspicuous which is which.
It's easy to change file-type icons in WindowsXP, but to set them in Windows7, you will need a third-party application (I recommend the free program FileTypesMan).
The attached thumbnail shows what the icons look like in the various Windows 7 views. Although I haven't tested it, these should absolutely work with Windows 8.